c.1976 Suzuki GT380
Lot 355A
c.1976 Suzuki GT380
Sold for £138 (US$ 231) inc. premium
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c.1976 Suzuki GT380
Suzuki joined the exclusive superbike in 1971 with the launch of the GT750. A three-cylinder water-cooled two-stroke, the GT750 was joined a year later by a pair of smaller air-cooled triples - the GT380 and GT550. Using the 'square' 54x54mm bore/stroke dimensions of the existing T250 twin, the GT380 displaced 371cc and produced 38bhp at the crankshaft. The gearbox was a six-speeder, complemented by Suzuki's digital gear indicator in the instrument binnacle. Performance was brisk - 100mph being exceedable - but compromised by the fade-prone tls drum front brake, which was soon replaced by a single hydraulic disc. Smooth and comfortable, the GT380 handled surprisingly well once the Japanese original-equipment tyres had been replaced by superior European rubber, proving quicker than its more powerful but heavier and harder-to-handle GT550 sibling over cross-country going. Offered for spares or restoration, this example is offered without documentation and sold as viewed.

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  • c.1976 Suzuki GT380 Suzuki joined the exclusive superbike in 1971 with the launch of the GT750. A three-cylinder water-cooled two-stroke, the GT750 was joined a year later by a pair of smaller air-cooled triples - the GT380 and GT550. Using the 'square' 54x54mm bore/stroke dimensions of the existing T250 twin, the GT380 displaced 371cc and produced 38bhp at the crankshaft. The gearbox was a six-speeder, complemented by Suzuki's digital gear indicator in the instrument binnacle. Performance was brisk - 100mph being exceedable - but compromised by the fade-prone tls drum front brake, which was soon replaced by a single hydraulic disc. Smooth and comfortable, the GT380 handled surprisingly well once the Japanese original-equipment tyres had been replaced by superior European rubber, proving quicker than its more powerful but heavier and harder-to-handle GT550 sibling over cross-country going. Offered for spares or restoration, this example is offered without documentation and sold as viewed. Estimate £100-200
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