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My Collection of Suzuki and Ducati Motorcycles.

This page is about my other hobby Motorcycles, I have ridden and owned bikes since passing my test in 1979, I spent a brief time as a Motorcycle mechanic and have always enjoyed sorting bikes out. After riding various makes I have started to collect two marques Suzuki and Ducati and have a small collection that spans from 1990 to 2000.

Ducati 748R MK1 from 2000 This is my Ducati 748R dating from 2000, it is an early MK1 which was delivered into the UK in March 2000. In 200 Ducati revamped the entire 748 range and the top of the range model was now the 748R, Ducati's racing homologation model produced only in very limited numbers. This engine was again a derivative of the SPS model but with more tuning. The main difference is that the R model has an overhead shower-injector arrangement compared to the 748E and S model's traditional throttle bodies, titanium connecting rods, titanium valves and more extreme valve timing, the 748R has a larger, two-part airbox and thus the frame was also different to accommodate this. The suspension choice was Ohlins for both the rear shock and front forks, although the very first models in 2000 used Showa titanium nitride(TiN) front forks and a Showa shock absorber. Mine is one of these although the rear now has an Ohlins. The engine included a very basic slipper clutch to ensure that this would then be homologated for use in racing, as well as an oil cooler.

Suzuki GSXR 750 SP R Race Homologation Model 1994

Now Sold This was my 1994 Suzuki GSXR 750 SP R it has only covered 18,000 miles from new, and it is has now been completely restored to as near original condition as possible. The GSXR 750 SP R is probably on of the rarest Japanese race homologation models with only 200 being built worldwide, 150 went to Germany 50 to France and 6 of the German destined bikes were imported into the UK by Paul Denning of Crescent Suzuki fame, he raced one and sold the other Five of which mine is one of them. After more research it appeared that my bike had been featured in Superbike magazine August 1994 alongside Paul's race bike so I have now purchased a copy of the magazine.

Ducati 900 Superlight MK1 Number 110 1992  
A video showing its first start since restoration

Now Sold This was my 1992 Ducati 900 SL MK1 #110 Purchased in Late August 2012 this Superlight had been stored in a shed for 10 years, then changed hands twice in the last three years with not a lot done to it.
I decided that a full strip down and rebuild was needed. Already noted were some expensive mods that were done in the 90's , Full Skorpion(Akrapovic) stainless race exhaust with carbon cans, Arias high comp pistons, Dynojet Stage 2 kit with K&N, Baines racing Twin Setrab oil cooler etc. The Bike is now restored and I am enjoying riding and showing it. More recent mods are the fitting of a lightened flywheel from a 600ss and a fully mappable Ignitech ignition system.
My Superlight MK1 is the second oldest one recorded in the UK and the 5th worldwide, there were 952 made worldwide in 1992 and this is number 110. It has recently been featured in a 9 page article in issue 34 of Practical Sportsbikes magazine. Click on the Image below for a great website for Ducati 900 Superlights

Suzuki GT550 2 stroke

Now Sold This was my Suzuki GT550 M triple cylinder 2 stroke dating from 1974, it has been imported from the U.S.A. and has only covered 9,000 miles ! It is in generally good condition and the chrome is pretty good having been in one of the drier climates, the paintwork has gone away to be resprayed and the engine has been fully stripped and the crank re built, I should hopefully get this back on the road in 2015 and a blue haze will once again emanate from the four exhausts.

A picture of my Suzuki GSXR 750 WX SRAD 1999 with only 1700 miles on the clock. 

Now Sold This was my 1999 Suzuki GSXR 750 WX it has only covered 1,700 miles from new ! and is totally original, all I have done is fit new tyres as the 11 year old Meltzer's weren't really up to riding, thorough clean, and strip brakes and clean, new oil filter plugs and coolant and away we go. The WX was the last year of the W SRAD series which was replaced by the K series in 2000. I have now sold it and it resides in the Isle of Man.

Suzuki GSXR 750WP 1993

Now Sold This was my 1993 Suzuki GSXR 750 WP it has only covered 12,000 miles from new, it is totally original, all I have done is re shim the valve clearances strip and clean all the brake calipers and strip and re build the carbs, the bike had been left standing for quite a few years and the carbs were completely blocked, a manual clean followed by a dip in my ultrasonic tank soon sorted them out and all the internal o rings were replaced, the bike started 1st push of the button. The WP was the second year of the new water cooled GSXR engine which replaced the oil cooled model in 1992, this engine would carry on until the introduction of the GSXR SRAD in 1996.

Suzuki GSXR 1100 WP

Now Sold This was my 1993 Suzuki GSXR 1100 WP it has only covered 13,000 miles from new, it is totally original, all I have done is re shim the valve clearances strip and clean all the brake calipers and strip and re build the carbs,
The 1100WP was the first year of the new water cooled GSXR engine which replaced the oil cooled model, this engine would carry on until 1998 when Suzuki dropped the 1100cc capacity range.

Suzuki GSXR 750 L 1990 Picture

Now Sold This was my 1990 Suzuki GSXR 750 L it had only covered 16,000 miles from new, it was stripped down to the bare frame and the engine was stripped down to sort out an oil leak. I rebuilt it as totally standard apart from a couple of mods to the wiring.
The L model was the last but one of the Suzuki GSXR oil cooled motor in the 750 range, 1992 would herald a completely new bike the 750 WN and would introduce water cooling to the GSXR range. I parted with it in 2011 and bought the 750WP.

Honda CB 750 K3 1973 SOHC

Now Sold This was my 1973 Honda CB 750 K3 sohc it had only covered 11,000 miles from new, and came back from the U.S.A. this was my second full nut and bolt restoration and although enjoyable the bike never "did" it for me so was sold and is now residing in Malta.
The K3 model was never imported into the UK in this guise and this was the forth year model of Honda's ground breaking 750 single overhead bike this model alone started the death knell of the British motorcycle industry and I'm afraid you can see why once you have worked on comparable machines.
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Triumph T140D US Special 1979

Now Sold This Bonneville T140D U.S. Special it had only covered 9,000 miles from new, and I imported it back from the U.S.A.
This was my first full nut and bolt restoration and the first ever British bike I have worked on, I restored it to look original but brought some things in line with the 21st century, including the brakes, wiring, switchgear and also converted the clutch to hydraulic operation. I rode it for 10 or so miles and decided that Brits weren't for me, it now resides in Kent.