I have a 1987 Suzuki VS750. I know this forum is about the 700, but since US protectionism in the 80s prevented foreign manufacturers from selling the 750, the bike is rare, and I can't find a lot of information.
My question is, does anyone know if the body parts for the 700 will fit the 750? I need pegs and mirrors.
I had an entry back in July on the idea I may have over paid for a 86 VS 700; I couldn't have been more wrong. Even though I did sink out $1,000 and way too many hours to track, it ended up as one fine custom bike. Friend & I did almost all the work, and I was able to locate parts, new and used, through many different areas such as ebay, Craig's list and just Yahoo searches for the bike name and part.
New 39" chrome drag bars with 6" chrome risers and 3" pull back, cat eye heavy duty chrome mirrors, new cables, paint, shorty chrome mufflers, shaved tail light off and filled, LED lighting, exhaust wrap pipes and somewhat bobbed. The shortest trip taken on it had been 200 miles, and it has been great.
The only problem I would say I have had, is it is not a bike to try to run with the sport touring guys on those twisty two lanes, but then again, when around in a town they are not getting the looks. You know it is good when people circle it at a bike night, point out all the stuff, and then say "what is it?".
This couldn't be done without a strong base or starting point. This bike was designed well, and they made it easy to make it your own. 50+ miles to the gallon and handles great.
I am selling it now, but I have to say it has been a great project and bike. It has reconnected me with a time of my life I had all but forgotten. With that said, it is time to take on another project, and the VS 700 needs to find someone to ride her.
If anyone reading this is looking for a first bike or just something to cruise on, you need to find one of these in your area and jump on it. You can do anything you want to change the look or keep it bone stock; you will have a great bike. The aftermarket parts are there; you just need a little vision and the desire to do it.
To all of you out there on a Intruder; I say go for it, and I hope to see you out on the road soon.
Wow! I am amazed at the number of comments my review from back in 2005 has generated over the years - 74 as of February 7, 2011, not including this one. Comment #2 was mine too, so that's 73 comments by other people! It's great to see so much love for the VS 700, and it's truly well-deserved. I still have mine, and although I don't ride it as much as I used to after buying a Buell in October 2009 (got a great deal!), I just can't bring myself to sell the Intruder.
In case people are wondering why I said I was stranded twice, but listed three different years, it's because the last time was close enough to my house that I could push the bike back home without needing a ride/lift.
People have asked about the seat height, speed, and handling. I'm 5'11" (1.8 m) with a roughly 33" inseam, and when I stand up flat-footed there's about 4" (10 cm) of room between me and the bike seat. Note that I do not have the original seat but a Corbin gunfighter (which is the one that caused the electrical short until I rerouted the wires underneath). Regarding speed, it has no problem going 75 mph (120 km/h) all day long; the fastest I've ever gone on it is 105 mph (169 km/h). Regarding handling, while it can't keep up with sportbikes in a straight line, I had a buddy with a 600 Katana who had trouble keeping up with me in the twisties! To be fair though, he was a relatively new rider at the time. Still, this bike handles really well. It also has so much torque that I don't need to downshift much in the twisties, either, unless I'm feeling really aggressive (I should mention I weigh about 155 lbs, or 70 kg).
I've done three cross-country trips on this bike, with various touring gear: Willie & Max soft saddlebags, highway pegs (from either J.C. Whitney or Dennis Kirk, I don't remember), and a handle-bar mounted windscreen (don't remember the brand), and for the last nine years or so Leatherlyke lockable hard bags and a National Cycle flyscreen (fork-mounted). My last major trip on this bike was a 5-week trip across the USA, and the Leatherlykes plus a duffel bag bungeed to the pillion seat were able to carry everything I needed.
Regarding parts compatibility and availability, a great source of information for any Intruder owner is the Intruder Alert web site (www.intruderalert.com).
Once again, it's great to see so many people enthusiastically riding VS 700s. Keep those Intruders on the road!
Hey everyone, I've got a VS750 Intruder, and I love the bike. I just got it last summer, and was wondering if anyone knows of a wider seat that would fit on the bike, I'm a big guy (about 270 lbs), and the original seat just isn't very comfortable on long rides... not to mention the fact that my girlfriend complains that the passenger seat is really uncomfortable.
Thanks for any help.
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Check out JP Cycles, they have a very nice Mustang seats for sale.
Spot on thread for a great bike. I have an '86 VS700 Intruder, which has sadly been forced to hide under a tarp for the last 5 years (I'm an RV fulltimer that doesn't always have a nice place to store my bike). But, it's always ready to roll - always starts without too much hesitation, even on cold days.
Black and chrome with drag bars, mustang seat, leather saddle bags - sharp looking bike and still gets the looks, even though some rust and wrinkles have developed over the years of rough storage.
Easily 50mpg - long rides could count on gas refuel every 100 miles (2.? gallon tank). I am 6' and 200lbs - forward controls (about $300? or highway pegs (about $100?) would be nice for the long rides - a future project.
Project for this summer -
1. CLEAN IT UP!
2. Fix the rear brake switch contact so the brake light comes on every time, and not just sometimes (corrosion from setting out under a tarp).
3. Replace clutch pack - slips (about $60 on eBay).
Thought about trading it in for a Harley... but.. why downgrade? Intruder's are a superior machine.