Suzuki revealed a new special edition livery for the GSX-R1000 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gixxer. The limited edition paint scheme is a throwback to the colors of the original 1985 GSX-R750 that first established the brand’s legacy.

The animated gif below illustrates the similarities between the original GSX-R750 and the anniversary-edition GSX-R1000. Suzuki says the special edition livery will be available soon in dealerships worldwide, though no specific timelines or prices were announced as yet. UPDATE: Suzuki says international models of the GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000 (including North America) may also get a red/black version in addition to the blue/white version shown in these pictures.

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The 30th anniversary color scheme was revealed as Sachsenring, the site of this weekend’s MotoGP round. Suzuki factory racers Aleix Esparagaro and Maverick Vinales will ride a GSX-RR prototype dressed in the same livery while sporting colors designed to resemble Kevin Schwantz‘s leathers in the 1980s. Schwantz first rode the GSX-R750 at the 1985 Suzuka 8-Hour endurance race with Graeme Crosby and later rode Gixxers to victory at the Daytona 200 and the 1993 500cc World Championship on the RGV500.

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“I’ve been involved with Suzuki and raced Suzukis my entire career and to have seen the GSX-R evolve,” says Schwantz. “I like to think that some of the Grand Prix racing I did helped with some development of the GSX-R; maybe some of the technology they learned from GP racing is stuff that has evolved and gone into the production GSX-R motorcycles. Whether it’s a 600, 750, 1000, or all the other different sizes that they have made, they’re all just as much fun to ride.”

[Source: Suzuki]