Read more about the Archive: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750RR at Motorcycle.com.In honor of it being 30 years since Suzuki’s first GSX-R750 came to America, we hereby present what I’m pretty sure is the rarest of them all, the bike that proudly wore two 'R's before others had even one, the super-rare race-homologation special 1989 GSX-R750RR– also reverentially known as 'RK' among the few collectors who know this bike exists.
It may be a bike even Suzuki wants to forget, or maybe to deny existed, since it’s basically a rolling mea culpa, Latin for 'our bad.' The original low-mass GSX-R750 of 1985 (it didn’t come to the U.S. until ’86) was a tremendous worldwide success, a motorcycle lots of people say was the first streetable racebike, as opposed to all the raceable streetbikes that had preceded it. It was good enough to win the FIM World Endurance Championship in 1987 and ’88, in fact. Flush with victory, Suzuki jumped into a redesigned GSX-R in 1988, with an all-new chassis and a new, shorter-stroke engine that would make even more horsepower! In the ’80s, if a little was good, a little more was better. Bore and stroke went from 70 x 48.7mm to 73 x 44.7mm.