Suzuki GT750: The Legendary Kettle That Boiled Over the Competition

As motorcycle icons go you would have to go a long way to find one that stands out as much as the first mass-produced Japanese motorcycle with a liquid-cooled engine; the legendary suzuki GT750.

The suzuki GT750 was launched in Japan in September 1971 as a sports tourer (GT standing for Grand Tourismo). Marketed as the Le Mans in the US and Canada, it was nicknamed the "Kettle" in Britain, the "Water Bottle" in Australia, and the "Water Buffalo" in the United States.

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Heavy at 550 lbs or250 kg, with a 739 cc two-stroke three-cylinder engine with 70 mm bore and 64 mm stroke, it had a five-speed gearbox and three-into-four exhaust but was not without some sporting genes. Raced as the TR750, the basic GT engine achieved notable racing success in the F750 class in the hands of riders such as Barry Sheene, Paul Smart and Tepi Länsivuori was first raced at Daytona in 1972.

In 1973 the suzuki GT750K was announced with extra chrome plating and two 295mm discs replacing the complex and hard to adjust multiple leading shoe drum front brake. No other manufacturer was offering dual front disc brakes as standard showroom fitment at this time, so this was quite a marketing coup for suzuki as was the iconic “digital gear indicator” that was literally years ahead of its time.

For collectors there are no "bad" years for GT750s and prices continue to climb. Naturally the very early models with the "water-cooled" side panel badge command the highest prices, but the later 1976/7 A and B models are now also very much sought after.

When it comes to genuine spare parts; CMSNL has the largest inventory of “new old stock” suzuki parts in the world. So put your kettle on and start browsing our wide selection of items today!

issued: Monday, March 18, 2024
updated: Monday, March 18, 2024

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