Another great classic bike that you can find on today’s market place for very low prices is the Suzuki Gs 750. The Suzuki Gs 750 was a fantastic mid-range bike produced from 1976 to 1983.
The I’m quite the fan of the old Suzuki’s, they may not be the most powerful or modern (for their production time), but they sure are fun to ride. The Suzuki Gs750 was introduced with an air-cooled DOHC 4 stroke engine that turned out about 63 horsepower. Not enough to break the speed of sound but plenty of pick-up for a sport bike this size.
There are several models available starting with the 750 in ’76-’78, GS750E in ’79-’80, GS750L also ’79-’80, and finally the GS750G and GS750GL in 1981. All had a 5-speed gearbox and a front disc rear drum brake setup.
One thing about Suzuki Gs motorcycles I am particularly fond of is their ability to handle abuse and provide good reliability. Especially for a rider today who wants to enjoy the classic style of a Gs750 yet doesn’t want to spend every waking moment tuning the bike and making adjustments.
In fact the Suzuki Gs750 is a perfect candidate for restoration or customization as well. There are several Cafe kits available for those looking to relive the days when these bikes used to fly at crazy speeds down race tracks and many also go the bobber/chopper route as well. These bikes are very simple and easy to work on so customizing one to suit your tastes is something that can be tackled even by the somewhat inexperienced mechanics out there.
Now on to the ride.. The Suzuki Gs750 is a particularly stable and well handling bike that is capable of handling and stopping the power it puts out with ease. I still feel the brakes leave a little to be desired but that is fairly common of all older sport bikes.
The best part about these Gs750’s is that they are not only abundant still today, but you can pick up very clean examples for under $3,000 dollars and decent running bikes for $2,000. At those prices why not add one to your collection?
When looking for a car under $1000 bucks a lot of classics that are great to build, restore, and drive are always available.
One of the more common great classic cars that you can buy cheap and drive is still the Volkswagen Beetle. The VW bug has always been a symbol of cheap and reliable transportation and even though many are becoming more valuable, you can still find plenty at for under $1000 dollars. Its becoming tougher to find a clean example that can be driven for under $1000 dollars but you can always find a start to a great project car.
What I like best about these VW’s (other than the fact it was my first car a ’72) is that you can do so many different things with them from perfect resto’s, custom resto’s,custom drag cars,road racers, off road toys, kit cars, and the list goes on. Depending on what you have in mind for yours this can affect how you may want to make your purchase.
Most cars of this age and VW’s are no different have a fair amount of rust thats needs to be checked for and addressed. Floor pans and heater channels tend to be problem areas especially where the battery is located. Floor pans are not a tough fix but heater channels if they get bad may require bracing of the car and a lot of labor. So if your planning on doing a baja bug for example rust on the fenders etc. may not be of concern but structural areas will affect it’s ability to take abuse on the trails.
Quick stats in-case you did not know are the car comes with one of two motor types dual port and single port, two rear suspension types swing axles and IRS,and two trim models standard and super. Super Beetles have Macphearson struts in the front and a shorter stubbier front nose. Its seems the super’s have less overall value as collectables so they tend to be cheaper. The mix of parts you get will simply depend on the year; VW always made changes but maintained the overall same design.
The reason these cars are All-Stars is that not only are they very simple to and easy to work on (pull the engine in 30 minutes), but they are reliable can usually handle all types of weather and parts are fairly cheap still. These classic’s can let you have the classic car experience with a more modern reliability standard. So if you can find one for cheap buy it and have fun!