1980s Suzuki GSX R 750 Restored With The Most Suited Paint Scheme
This beautiful photo set comes from Sébastien Nunes, a passionate automotive photographer, traveller and adventure seeker… and also a friend to the blog. His passion takes a niche dive with motorcycles, and around the road warriors and builders who are involved with the joy of two wheels. But while there are quite a few out there with a similar skill set and liking, Sébastien is different. His photography revolves arounds creating a visceral story that gives his images a lifeline of their own. There are sparks or spontaneous emotions that flow from the frames that he captures, and none are more prevalent than these capturing the soul of 80’s motorcycling that come in the form of this beautifully detailed mid-80s Suzuki GSX R 750.
The story of this Suzuki GSX R 750 as Sébastien narrates, starts off with Patrick Orban a Belgian pilot and his friend who always wanted to rebuild a GSX-R from the 80’s. They loved the machine’s racing heritage and how this early-day superbike defined the modern supersport category of today. Back in the day, specifications such as 100 bhp of power, 180kg dry mass, 55-degree lean angle and a lightweight alloy frame meant something very special that only a few machines such as the GSX-R 750 could have achieved. This combination of race-bred technology at and affordable price was what made the Suzuki a revelation to own and ride, on roads and on track. Unfortunately, Patrick’s friend passed away within a few years, never able to see the rebuild take shape. As a tribute to his lost mate, Patrick started to rebuild the motorcycle with parts that came from different donor machines. After completing the build, Patrick decided to pass on the machine to someone who was willing to ride it, hard and fast as it were meant to be.
Now, the motorcycle belongs to a certain Jonathan who wanted something unique that reflected the character of machines from that certain era. Owner of Niyona, a specialist atelier of hand-crafted leather goods, the Suzuki complements Jonathan’s flair for objects with timeless beauty. This photoset created by Sébastien is a reminder of that one beautiful morning when all was well; the sun was out and the temperature was right, and finally after some more tinkering gone in to fixing the Suzuki from Jonathan’s end, the old girl was ready to pose, in all her glory.