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Suzuki January 15, 2017 posted by

Slab vs sling: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100, 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750

This post is for two early edition Suzuki GSX-R's, a 1100 and a 750.  Both are in good but not perfect condition, have the desirable blue and white bodywork and similar mileage.


1987 GSX-1100R on ebay

The first bike is a 1987 GSX-R1100...a big beasty of a sportbike responsible for more than one type of skidmark for anyone willing to sling a leg over.  While the smaller displacement 750cc sibling is considered to be the first affordable, modern racer-replica suitable for daily road useage, the bigger GSX-R model actually sold better than its 750cc sibling.  This was in large part due to its being less effort to use on the road/less peaky and also because, well, "more POWAHHHH!!!" is always a big seller.

This particular GSX-R1100 is the first year "slab-side" version prized by collectors.  Condition is not perfect but all parts appear to be OEM with the exception of the windscreen (and the seller indicates he has that available).  Oddly there appears to be some front fairing damage that has been fixed via a set of 'stitches' which is not something I have seen before.  Also I can't really tell from the pics but the frame looks a bit shiny - perhaps some polishing has occurred.

Mileage is a respectable 14,186 in the pics and the seller indicates he has owned the bike for about 7 years.   The seller does indicate some idle issues which are probably due to gummed up carb needles.  Other general service info isn't provided so I would expect fresh fluids and tires to be needed.


The second bike is a GSX-R750 edition from a year earlier with similar mileage.

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 on ebay

The 750cc GSX-R750 was initially the more desired of the the series, in part because the 750cc configuration was the dominant configuration in racing at the time.   Like the 1100 earlier in this post this one looks to be in good condition but not perfect with some bodywork issues, bits of rust on the exhaust canisters and fork oxidation.  Also the condition of the brake lines/front fairing area make me think that despite what the seller says this bike wasn't always garaged or perhaps was originally owned somewhere damp.

As for maintenance, the seller indicates a bit of rough running but on the plus side, it has fresh tires, battery and brake fluids and all parts appear to be OEM with the exception of some handgrips.

Here are a few more pics of the 750cc edition.

So, what are these worth?  Both have opening prices in the $5,000-$6,000 USD range which seems a bit high but not preposterous, especially given both bikes location in California where prices tend to be higher.   Finding first gen Suzuki's that have not been modified is getting to be tougher and tougher - you are more likely to see something like this which while cheaper, would probably end up costing more if the intent is to put it back into completely OEM condition.

From a collectors standpoint, the market for these seems to be demonstrated by the similar pricing of these two so I would not expect either of these to appreciate in price much.  Personally I think the 1100 would be more fun but both will probably appeal more to the nostalgia-oriented rider or restorer than the investment oriented collector.  Then again, market values can change fast so if a late 1980's GSX-R is on your list for your dream garage, maybe a trip to California to check both out would be in order.

-Marty/Dallaslavower

Slab vs sling:  1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100, 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki October 29, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750

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Not often seen on RSBFS outside of low-mile introductory-year models or factory racers, the GSX-R750 is the legend that launched a million amateur race teams.  As any long runner, the model has had its great and meh years, and this is an interesting one - 1992 was the last year of the air/oil-cooled GSXR.  The rest-of-world folks got a water-cooler that year, but the U.S. got a final year of the proprietary SACS two-stage oil cooling but new looks.  This lightly used example has been returned to former glory at a Gulf Coast Florida shop, and is ready for a show and / or ride.

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After a 1990 engine and suspension update, the GSX-R750 revisions were light for 1992 and the "M" got a new valve train design using a rocker arm for each valve and supplied 115 hp.  Great handling from the alloy frame, 41mm inverted forks, and Full-Floater monoshock rear remained, fully adjustable for those with set-up knowledge.  Stoppage was excellent with 4-piston 310mm front brakes and 280mm rear.  The roomy new fairing was more aerodynamic as well as more comfortable.

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With only 5,700 miles this Suzuki was a find, but the fuel system and cosmetics had taken the brunt of the twenty-plus years of downtime.  The owner describes the uncompromising way they were addressed:

When I got it didn't need a thing. Well me being me I couldn't just leave it alone so I started with the fuel system ) just as a precaution ( and knowing old fuel systems real well ) I didn't want to wait until it failed so I ordered four new OEM rebuild kits and complete fuel shut off , all new fuel lines for the shut off as well.

Also the ones that connect each carburetor, all new from Suzuki, ( NO ) aftermarket parts were used.  I did clean the tank with Yamaha tank clean.  Having said that it didn't get to the very top so the lip of the tank still has some left over dust from rust but only on the lip the rest of the tank seems ok .

It looks rusty on the inside but that's just how that product works.  I fitted the bike with new Pirelli Diablo's front and rear I also kept the old tires ,OEM I think, ( I'm not riding on tires from the 90's .

So that lasted about three months and I thought this bike would look its best if I had it painted the factory 1991 colors.

I called the best painter the sport bike world has ever known and asked if he could fit it into his schedule. He agreed, so me being me the colors had to be as close to a perfect match as possible. I also wanted every decal to be as exact as possible so he made all the decals himself. In the end the paint is better than new using only the best paint and materials.

The wheels I had powder coated to match. Then fitted with new seals and bearings, again all OEM Suzuki. This bike didn't have a scratch on it when I got it and it still doesn't. All other parts are original to the bike.

The owner also offers a Photobucket slideshow with some before, during, and after pictures here.

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The idea of rebuilding and tuning four carburetors has likely scared off many would-be classic sportbike riders, but a pro has taken care of that here.  As well the paintwork, looking super and original, when so many are scarred up or rattle-canned.  Starting with an undamaged low-mile supersport from the last year without a coolant system, this owner has been careful to return to the stock looks and retain all the smaller parts.  This adds to the value now and as time goes on.  The owner asks $6,000 and Steve at Southwest Cycle can be reached at (239) 898-3050.

-donn

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Featured Listing – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki September 30, 2015 posted by

Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

The big-bore sportbike can lead a hard life, racing from light to light, changing hands often - it's rare to see one survive without some half thought-out mods and undamaged, but here is the exception.  The GSX-R models were the right step for Suzuki after many years developing the GS and Katana, introducing the 750 and 1100 to the USA in 1986 and starting a dynasty.  Lightweight for the time, with the beginnings of alloy frame construction and a now legendary powerplant, the GSX-R1100 is a once and future flagship.

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

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Suzuki's 1052cc mill is air and oil-cooled, with a newly designed two-stage oil pump providing high pressure to the bearings and lower pressure feed to cool the internals.  The carburetted engine with double overhead cams generates 125 hp and 76 ft-lbs. torque.  It's laid in a cradle of aluminum extrusions welded to cast connectors and steering head, more heavily built than the 750 frame and quite rigid.  Only five speeds are required with all that torque.  41mm front forks are fully adjustable, and Full Floater monoshock rear shock is adjustable for rebound.  Twin 310mm disks are up front with 4-piston calipers, and a single 220mm disk follows.

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This GSX-R has almost 12,000 miles but it doesn't amount to even light wear over just about 30 years.  Surprisingly stock for a liter bike of a certain age, most have been "improved" or all the alloys polished, re-painted or even re-bodied.  Looks super in the pictures, just a couple of notes in the eBay auction:

Features:
Has original Air Box, Exhaust, all wire ties, all frame plugs, hardware, assembly check paint on bolt heads, original brush finish on frame. Runs as good as it looks. Bike is 99% original I’d say.

Whats NOT original:
Windshield
Battery (brand new sealed Yuasa brand)
Tires (brand new Bridgestone BT45s)

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Bidding started almost as soon as it was posted, and there's no telling what a time machine like this can bring.  Tests from the day praised the big machine's handling, torque and light weight, it'd be something to step back in time and smash an 11-second quarter-mile or straighten out Laguna Seca...

-donn

Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Suzuki July 31, 2015 posted by

Big Shot: 1991 GSX-1100R Slingshot, only 7750 miles

Good news everyone!  Today we get to take a trip to the past, into a time before fuel injection, ABS and traction control, when two wheel slides out of the corners were still seen in top level racing (ala Gary McCoy).  This was an era of serious performance that required a feather touch on the throttle and brakes instead of just point and squirt like they do nowadays.

Bonus points to those who read the paragraph above in the voice Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth 😉 - Marty

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1991 Suzuki GSX-1100R on ebay

In all seriousness, the brute performance focus of the era showed in the bikes, and perhaps the one that did this the best was the Suzuki GSX-1100R.  The big level performance focus of the big Suzuki is clearly seen in its design; not beautiful like a Ducati 916 or modern MV Agusta, the big GSX-1100R is a blunt instrument with aggressive angles and perhaps even a whiff of the quarter mile.

While the original 1989 GSX-1100R K model had a reputation for handling problems which was finally traced to incorrectly setup suspension units, by the time this 1991 2nd generation L/M model was produced the wheelbase had been lengthened and the front fairing was reworked to improve aerodynamics.  Perhaps most famously the 2nd generation GSX-1100R came with Mikuni carbs that had vacuum operated slides.  The slides cross section resembled the shape of a slingshot, hence the bikes nickname.

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This particular 1991 looks to be in almost totally OEM condition, with the often replaced turn signals still intact and the original clear windscreen still in place.  A Yoshimura exhaust canister appears to be the only non-stock item.  Overall the bike looks amazingly clean - the only issue I am seeing in the pics is the rear brake caliper looks a little offcolor and the bolts look like they have some white residue.

Mileage is listed at a barely broken in 7550 miles but I would be willing to bet the majority of those came back in the early 1990's so I would expect fluids might need to be replaced. The seller doesn't provide much service history but they do indicate fresh rubber has been mounted and a fresh service of the carburetors have been done.  The seller also lists some new parts are available but not installed, including a new rear rotor, grips and switchgear.

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Now we come to the question of whether this big slingshot is worth the $5,500 USD asking price.   The 1100 series doesn't seem to be as high on most collectors wish lists as the 750cc series so its not surprising prices for the 1100 series still don't seem to be as high as the 750cc model but as the supply of pristine slingshot edition Suzukis' continues to dwindle, the price for the big 1100 does seem to be creeping up.

Previous versions of the big GSX-R posted on RSBFS have shown prices varying from a low of $2800 USD for clean examples of the next/3rd gen/"tiger stripes" model up to a high of $6500 USD for similar 2nd generation slingshots.

The $5500 USD asking price for this one actually seems a bit cheap to me and it will probably move pretty quickly.  If this one is on your list, you will probably want to move quickly (no pun intended).

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Big Shot:  1991 GSX-1100R Slingshot, only 7750 miles
Suzuki August 31, 2014 posted by

8>enough: 1988 Slingshot GSXR 750

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Collectors seem to come with a variety of mindsets; some only like zero mileage bikes/"trailer queens", some build collections consisting of a variety of brands/bikes that introduced major technological changes, some focus on personal favorites such as a single brand or even a single model within a brand that they find attractive, etc, etc.   Interestingly, the 2nd generation GSXR 750 series seem to be especially popular with multiple types of collectors, probably because low mileage examples still come up for sale occasionally, they were introduced the "slingshot" engine concept to the general public and they still look great.  Also, even with a steady increase in prices, these bikes are still pretty cheap and parts availability isn't yet impossible.

1988 GSX-R 750 Slingshot

This is a 1988 GSX-R 750 Slinghost that appears to be extremely clean and complete (the seller indicates he has the rear seat) and is in the attractive Red/White color scheme which seems to age particularly well.   Furthermore, the seller claims that their personal collection includes 8 similar models across a narrow year range so the chances of the seller actually have a bike that looks like this seems pretty good/no "bait and switch" risk here.

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gscr 3 gsxr4The starting price for this particular slingshot is currently at 6k which is actually quite reasonable.  A pristine version with under 1000 miles sold earlier this year for about 8k to a RSBFS reader.  While this one has done about 18000 miles, the condition looks to be excellent and would make a good addition to any collectors garage or for someone who wants to have the slingshot experience.

 

-marty

 

NOTE: The 2nd generation GSX-R 750 has been posted here on RSBFS previously and anyone interested in learning more about why these bikes were special can simply review the previous posts.

8>enough:  1988 Slingshot GSXR 750
Suzuki October 15, 2013 posted by

The Lost Limited: 1994 Suzuki GSX-R 750 SP (U.K.)

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The forgotten one of the limited edition GSX-R's.  The design had gotten old and heavy, they were never imported into the Untied States and only a few hundred were produced;  it all adds up to one rare and highly collectible bike.  What it lacks is the wow factor of the 89 RR and 86 LTD.  Instead it has a list of small targeted upgrades to help reduce weight and help scoot it around the track.  I've highlighted a few below but the seller has included the full list on the auction.

1994 Suzuki GSX-R 750 SP for sale on eBay

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The larger 40mm flatside carbs.

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You can just see the magnesium head cover.  Those would be fun to try and order from your local Suzuki parts man.

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The seller describes a feature I had not heard of, tuneable head pipes via an adjustable bolt to help fine tune carbs.  Kind of interesting the engineers would waste even a single yen on this since the exhaust system is the first thing tossed for racing.

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Six pot brakes lifted from the 1100.  Wheels are lighter as well.

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The seller claims only six were imported into the U.K. by Crescent Suzuki.  I thought I'd never see one for sale but in the last couple of years we've seen 3 or so listed (all in Europe).  Bid accordingly if you are trying to finish off a collection. 

The auction is right here.

Ian

The Lost Limited:  1994 Suzuki GSX-R 750 SP (U.K.)