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Suzuki GT750S Vallelunga

Suzuki GT750S Vallelunga limited edition Italian racebike
Some motorcycles from the late 60s and early 70s seem to look more beautiful as each year goes by. It makes me wonder which contemporary bikes we’ll be coveting in 2045. Right now, I’m in love with the Suzuki GT750S Vallelunga. It was based on the regular Suzuki GT750 triple introduced in 1971—a bike with a strong following today and nicknamed the ‘kettle’ or the ‘water buffalo’. The Vallelunga was based on the disc-braked GT750K; it was a limited edition created by SAIAD, Suzuki’s Italian importer. Less than 200 units were made, and perhaps as few as 85, just so the bike could run in the 1973 Italian championship races. The race bikes often had an exhaust system from the TR750, with expansion chambers, and a Krober ignition to give the engine a little more pep. Information is otherwise scanty, but the real feast here is for the eyes. Of today’s roadburners, which do you think will still look as hot in 36 years’ time? [Prompted by another Suzuki Italy special on Ze Last Chance Garage.]

  • Solid pick Chris! I spotted the Suzuki (GT 750) Vallelunga on the Suzuki-Cycles resource page over a year ago and haven’t stopped looking at it since. Italian flair with Suzuki two-stroke muscle? Unbeatable!

    The GT 750 was unique; not following the established pattern set up by Japan Inc. It was a great motorcycle too; especially 1975’s ‘M’ model on up. Just a very handsome, great sounding engine. ‘Gotta love those big twosmokes!!


  • I may be biased as an owner but the Ducati 749 I think has a look that will stand the test of time. The 749 and 999 with round headlights were a sales disaster but the design was, in my opinion at least, bang on! Great looking and so different to the direction that followed from all the major sports manufacturers.

    See also the RC8, especially if KTM continue to struggle financially. They’ll be like hen’s teeth!

  • I completely agree the 999 will prove itself as time goes by.
    Select Yamaha R1s over the last decade will also be noteworthy.
    The Firebolt will be desirable to the collector who keeps things in perspective. If you don’t lose sight of the Buell Firebolt’s intent, then the bike makes a lot of sense and its distinctive styling is still original & fresh.

  • I am biased! In my eyes, the only (semi?) modern motorcycles that are as classically functional as the Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport (mine’s a carbie…95/6 vintage) is the original 916 or the Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin.

    Ben Part’s alloy Guzzi cafe’ racer ranks too tho…=)

  • Sean

    Another biased Ducati owner here, but I agree that the Ducati 749 / 999 design is sure to become more respected with time. I wonder, will the 749 / 999 models be good collectors?

  • beni

    hi, Benito, Spain. I recently got a 750 gt s Vallelunga, someone could help me? I need to know details of the production of saiad, if there is any record of units built and their economic value in the marketplace by being an exclusive piece.