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I'm currently trying to sell my car for a bike and this guy wants to trade me for his 1985 gsx-r 750 slingshot. Did they make the slingshot back then? For some reason, I thought it was 88 when they came out.

Does this guy know what he's talking about?

I'm going to see the bike tonight so I just want to know what to look for. Also, are there any problems with these bikes I should be checking out?

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help!

I don't want to be annoying but I really need some info on this. I'm going to see the bike in a couple hours and I'd like to go in with some knowledge of this bike. Thanks a lot.
 

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It started in 1988 when Suzuki switched to a new type of semi flat side carburetor (known as "slingshot" carbs). If I recall correctly, the engine was also given a shorter stroke, and the bike kind of inherited the "slingshot" name.

If its an '85, then technically it is NOT a "slingshot" GSX-R. Although in the guys defense, the original line of GSX-R's are still referred to by many as "slingshot". Its more of generic nick name the whole line inherited, and many people dont know that.

Hope that helps,
 

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As I listed in your other post the 1985 GSXR never came to the States. I don't know who did receive these bikes but if it is in perfect original condition it could be worth some money as the bike is the first year of the GSXR and a collector may want it. All the other posts are correct as far as the 88 being the slingshot.
 

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Yah Suzmcman, that very true about the '85 not in the states.... Personally, I was just assuming it was an '86 model year bought at the end of '85 :) After all, the guy selling it thinks its a slingshot, so what are the chances of him having the model year correct ;)
 

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This is a common problem with people selling bikes. I had to look at seven bikes before I found a true 1986 GSXR limited Edition. I think that everybody that year thought if they put something in the add to get attention they would sell the bike quicker to somebody that did not know anything. For example I ran into a guy selling a bike for his son who kept saying the bike was a limited edition until I went to my truck and got a picture of one for him. Then he stated he was sorry but that is what his son was told and then told him to put in the paper for the add. In this case I don't feel that ethier the son or his dad knew much more than it was a motorcycle. It comes down to buyer beware again.
 

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nice ltd. a guy i know raced one for years. cool bike. i think canada got 85's btw. they were getting all the good bikes then, rg500, the 89 750 ltd.
 

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I know the States didn't get the 85 version but if I remember right the 85 didn't come over the big pond. This dose not mean a few didn't show up even in the States. I know a collector that has one along with several other bikes that are all in the original boxes in his warehouse. Somehow he came up with several toys that others could only dream of. What he did was to get the bike and have a local shop prep it for him. After this was done he would have a photo taken with the bike and it would be put back in the box to be put in his collection. Last I knew of this guy had around 30 bikes and I'am sure its up around 50-60 by now. Also this collection covers all makes and not just Suzuki's.
 

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I know the States didn't get the 85 version but if I remember right the 85 didn't come over the big pond. This dose not mean a few didn't show up even in the States. I know a collector that has one along with several other bikes that are all in the original boxes in his warehouse. Somehow he came up with several toys that others could only dream of. What he did was to get the bike and have a local shop prep it for him. After this was done he would have a photo taken with the bike and it would be put back in the box to be put in his collection. Last I knew of this guy had around 30 bikes and I'am sure its up around 50-60 by now. Also this collection covers all makes and not just Suzuki's.
i talked to a guy who was doing the same thing. he was selling an rc30. i saw them going for sale for 10000. i thought, cool, interesting bike, same price as a modern open-classer. then he mentioned it was in a crate, never started. he had bids of $16,000 that he wouldn't even concider.

i've seen 85's for sale in the states. it didn't say where they came from. i always assumed canada, since they did get a lot of those great bikes. but really, shipping a bike in from europe wasn't that hard to do then.
 

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Are ALL '88 gsxr's considered a Slingshot? This thread is the first time I've heard that term.
Also, it seems all pictures I see of gsxr's show them in the blue/white colors. Were they available in other colors in the U.S.? Mine is a really cool Black/Grey/Silver which still turns heads today.
As for Canada getting bikes not available in the States, the only reason I could see it happening is because the instrumentaion could be kept in metric. If the U.S. would join the rest of the world in the 20th & 21st century perhap you too could get a VFR in Silver or Blue.;)
 

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I think the EPA has something to do about it as far as the two strokes go like the RG500. Which one of these days I'll have one. I have been working on a guy for about three years and one of these days he will sell it just to get me out of his hair.
 

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thanks for posting that pic. Looks good. What does the Ltd Edition come with and where can I get a rear seat and fairing like that? I've got the solo seat but I don't like the way the fairing comes down so far.
 

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As far as the rear tail section your out of luck. Last I checked it was no longer available from Suzuki. As a rep. from Suzuki put it when the stock parts run out for this bike they will not make any other parts but tell you what other parts will fit. The only problem with this is the colors will not match. If I remember correct the tail section was about $500 or more and it was fiberglass instead of plastic. As far as some of the other toys on it include a dry clutch, bigger carbs, misc 1100 parts, and a bunch of other neat goodies like a stock aluminum chain guard. It sure beats the ugly plastic ones. If I remember correct if you bought one by order you could also get the vin plate with your name on it or something to that effect. The bad thing about this bike is to try to find original stock parts. I have bought some of the last parts for this bike trying to put it back to original and I'am still trying to locate a couple more parts like the front right middle section which has a defect on it and a minor scratch. After about five years of searching the web I'am almost ready to give up but I keep running into new leads. The last was from New Zealand but come to find out over the pond the middle stripe is blue and not red like on my bike. This really limits my search to the U.S. and Canada for a match. Only around 2000 of these bikes were made with approx 500 coming to the States. Suzuki won't even tell you how many were made or how many came to the U.S. I had to find this in a Magazine. At this time I know of only around 10-12 of these bikes in original or close to original conditon and only a handfull, like mine, are still on the road for a ride now and again. As a matter of fact a research company that I have a friend at did a check for registration in the States to see if he could find how many of these bikes were still on the road in the States and he could only find two. Mine was one of the two in the 5 months of searching. Since I have come across a couple more still on the road with three here in Ohio but when a research company that works for the major car / motorcycle companies to advise them on how many of a year and type of vehicle are still on the road can't find more than two that tells you that its going to be a bitch to locate a used part. Just another fact that I found was that this bike was not allowed to race in the GSXR Cup due to not enough bikes to allow any racer who wanted one to be able to get one.
 
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