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Suzuki March 6, 2018 posted by

Low Mile Lookalike – 1979 Suzuki GS1000E Wes Cooley

I had expected an "S" with the GS1000 badge on this sparkling Wes Cooley commemorative, but the differences between the -E are minor and hardly detract from the aggressive looks of this AMA Superbike commemorative.

1979 Suzuki GS100E Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

Suzuki and Yoshimura joined forces and were almost instantly successful on the AMA Superbike trail.  Lightness was given priority, which helped the air/oil-cooled four's 90 hp move things in the right direction.  Pneumatic rear shocks were replaced with regular hydraulics on the -S, though forks remained air-charged.  The solid triple disks could handle the heat but not a light touch, squeaking around town.  Suzuki nailed the chassis geometry and came away with a quick-handling package that could accept a 1000cc engine's power.

Not many miles has elapsed for this GS1000, replica paint still shines, and aluminum castings made before today's miracle coatings look good.  Period Kerker is polished nicely.  Might be nice to try the rear quarter view without the luggage rack.  From the eBay auction:

Purchased in 2005, bike had approximately 5K miles on it

2005 - installed after market rack and rear tire; had front and rear tires rebalanced, and professional valve adjustment

2014 - new clutch and speedometer cable installed

2016 - new battery

No disappointments in running condition; bike runs as good as she looks! Bike has always been garaged and well maintained. This bike had the after-market Vance & Hines exhaust system (4 into 1) when I purchased it, so I do not have the original stock pipes.

Bike as you see it is exactly as I purchased it in 2005; has not been altered or repainted. The only addition / change I made to it was the after-market rack, rear tire and mechanical items (as mentioned above).

Lifting the bikini fairing from BMW's R90/S gave designers the excuse to fit a lower handlebar, receiving a sporty riding position as part of the bargain, helping high speed stability.  Suzuki played a little catch-up with the -S, it was originally just offered in Europe, but stateside dealers clamored - after all, it was the AMA winner !  Which might explain the -E instead of -S, maybe a dealer-done special or early example.  A close look at the rear wheel might divulge, the -S had an 18-inch rear.  Maybe a knowledgeable reader will have the whole story, meantime we will just have to enjoy...


Low Mile Lookalike – 1979 Suzuki GS1000E Wes Cooley
Suzuki October 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley

The market for factory replicas is hot right now, especially from the 1980s era of Superbike racing. These were the days of low-tech, skinny tires, big handlebars and manly men riders. Air-cooled, inline fours with two-valve heads and a quartet of carbs ruled the track. Motors were impossibly wide, bias-ply tires were (by today's standards) impossibly skinny, forks were still conventional and had yet to be turned upside down, and brake rotors had yet to grow to the insane proportions of current hardware. This was a key period of sport bike development, and this fantastic 1980 Suzuki GS1000S "Wes Cooley" replica highlights all that was right about the moment.

Featured Listing: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley

Wester Steven Cooley won the 1979 and 1980 AMA Superbike Championships on a Pops Yoshimura-prepped Suzuki GS1000S. Suzuki never officially cashed in on Wes Cooley's name and fame, but the 1980 GS1000S was a stunning silhouette of the AMA racer. It was only in the years following that these models became know as Wes Cooley models - but it only seems fair given Kawasaki's similar creation of the ELR. To build the replica, Suzuki used the standard GS1000 offering; the limited edition "S" model came a year after the rest of the GS1000 lineup. The Wes Cooley replica did not have any material differences to the other GS1000 models in terms of engine, but it did share what was widely regarded as the best chassis to emerge from Japan during the era. Ultimately, that was the secret to the success of the bike on the track. For its first entry into the 1000cc market, Suzuki created a winner - both on the race track as well as the showroom.

From the seller:
1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley

Good solid riding classic, clean GA title, you don't see too many of these in this condition, although no museum piece it shows nice and rides well, starts right up and everything works like it did back in 1980. A cool survivor to ride "as is" or to do a complete showroom restoration, I have the stock air box and stock exhaust although the mufflers look good, underneath they are starting to give in to the dreaded rust.

New Michelin tires, new OEM petcock, new OEM clutch, new K&N pod filters, new Dynojet kit, new oil and filter, new OEM head gasket just installed (inc bills for work done) head decked, valves checked, new OEM o rings and gaskets used. paint work is shiny and shows well, no rust on or in the tank, has some signs of an older repair on the fairing, has had one re bore with OEM pistons and rings at 40k or 8 thousand miles ago. The seat really needs a new cover, the clock no longer functions, the fuel gauge is intermittent and the needle from the oil temp gauge has come off. This bike has been my rider for the past several thousand miles and gets plenty of attention everywhere it goes.

Just a good solid representation of a getting harder to find classic, ready to ride home to anywhere in the country today.

Make no mistake - this is a rare make and model. Suzuki had no plans to bring the GS1000S into America. But when US dealers saw it during an overseas dealer conference they pressured Suzuki into importing the model. Reports indicate that dealers in the US were allotted a single bike, with only 500 units imported for 1979 and 700 units for 1980. Today few survive in recognizable condition, and those that do are commanding higher and higher prices. This one has higher mileage than some we have seen, but there is still a lot of life left in it yet.

This beautiful Suzuki time piece is located in Georgia, and will be going to a good home at the end of this No Reserve auction. There have been a large number of bids early on, showing the level of interest that these Wes Cooley replica models generate. Jump in before it is too late, as this 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica looks too good to pass up. Good Luck!!


Featured Listing: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley
Suzuki May 30, 2017 posted by

Very Cooley: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S

Wes Cooley was a Los Angeles phenom on the club scene, and was cultivated by Pops Yoshimura to ride in the newly formed AMA Superbike Championship. Yoshimura initially fielded Kawasakis, but moved to Suzuki for the 1978 season. Wes Cooley used that dialed-in GS1000S to win the 1979 Championship, and he backed it up by doing the double in 1980 (amid stiff competition from younger guns such as Freddie Spencer and Eddie Lawson). The GS1000S streetbike was a commemorative nod to the AMA Superbike, and was produced by Suzuki in very limited numbers between 1979 and 1980. As the story goes, the GS1000S was never even supposed to come to America - but when US dealers saw it they pressured Suzuki into importing the model. Reports indicate that dealers in the US were allotted a single bike, with 500 units imported for 1979 and 700 units for 1980.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

While never signatured as the "Wes Cooley" model (nor ever officially marketed as such), the GS1000S is known as the Wes model in most circles. Replicating the style and color scheme of the Yoshimura racebike was a master stroke on the part of the design department, which resulted in a wonderfully proportioned bike that spoke to race enthusiasts. The limited edition "S" model came a year after the rest of the GS1000 lineup (which included the standard GS1000 and the semi-sporty "E" model). It did not have any material differences to the other GS1000 models in terms of engine, but it did share what was widely regarded as the best chassis to emerge from Japan during the era. Ultimately, that was the secret to the success of the bike on the track. For its first entry into the 1000cc market, Suzuki created a winner - both on the race track as well as the showroom.

From the seller:
Rare limited edition 1980 Suzuki GS 1000S Wes Cooley only 700 produced.

The bike was displayed in a humidity controlled private collection for the past 22 years. It has been recently gone though, new tires mounted less than 100 miles ago and is in excellent running condition. The engine is completely stock and unmodified, everything works on the bike including the clock. It comes with a Factory and Clymers service manual. As you can see from the photos the bike is in excellent condition and has been well taken care of.

Well-loved and unmodified Wes Cooley models are rare affairs. They are becoming harder to find, and more expensive to procure. Such is the nature of collectable bikes; the good ones will always be perceived as good, whether the market is up or down. Chances are strong that if a bike evoked some emotion on the day it was new, it will still be able to do so nearly 40 years later - for a price. And this bike really does look to be in excellent shape.

This bike has approximately 5,000 miles on the odometer, and is located in Tennessee. There are only a few days left on the auction, and interest has been moderate. I expect this one to climb a bit more before the final bell, so if you are interested I suggest you jump in quickly. Check it out here, and celebrate all the wonder that is the Wes Cooley Suzuki (that isn't officially a Wes Cooley commemorative model). Good Luck!!


Very Cooley: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S
Suzuki July 19, 2015 posted by

Sunday Flashback: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S R Side Front

Today's bike is a bit of a flashback, something a bit older than we'd normally feature here on RSBFS. But this Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica holds a special place as the last, and maybe best of the twin-shock sportbikes.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side Front

Prior to the monoshock, endurance-racing GSX-R that we all know and love, this was Suzuki's big bruiser from an era when Japanese literbikes' chief virtues were power and stability. But while the Suzuki didn't bring anything particularly new to the party in terms of straight-line speed, the ace up its sleeve was handling, and the bike was much nimbler than rivals from Honda or Kawasaki.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Cockpit

It was that complete package, tuned to perfection by "Pops" Yoshimura and raced by Wes Cooley, that led to this bike's fame. The 1000S was really intended for the European market, but Wes rode the bike to victory in AMA Superbike racing and the nickname, while never official, stuck: the blue-and-white GS1000S has been known as the "Wes Cooley Replica" ever since.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Engine

Powered by a dual overhead-cam four that displaced 997cc to meet racing requirements, the GS1000S weighed in at 525lbs wet and made 90 honest horses, enough to propel the bike to a 130mph top speed. Interestingly, that engine was based on the GS750 powerplant, but was actually almost 20lbs lighter, which was a bit of a theme throughout the bike. There was nothing revolutionary here, but the bike went around corners and stopped better than other bikes of the period. And these are definitely rare: just 500 were made in 1979, with 700 the following year.1979 Suzuki GS1000S Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

This 1979 GS1000S, also know as a Wes Cooley Replica has under 2,300 miles.  This bike was owned by a Suzuki dealership owner in PA for most of it's life. Early in it's life, the bike would be used around town by the owner.  

I acquired the bike a couple of years ago after the bike had been sitting in a shed for many years. The bike is in very good, unrestored condition.  I have owned a few of these GS's over the years and this one is a special bike.

The low miles and originality make this a great bike for your collection!

The bike runs and sounds great.

The following maintenance items have been addressed:

New tubes and tires ( the original tires were on the bike)

New Chain

New brake Lines

Rebuilt calipers and Master Cylinder

Carburetors disassembled, cleaned and bench synced and new fuel lines

New OEM Fuel Petcock

Valves clearance checked ( inside looked new) swapped out one shim

Replaced fork oil and fork seals

This bike is remarkably original with the right patina.  It does have some chips, dings, scratches etc., as it is a 36 year old bike.

If you want a low mileage original will probably wait a while to find another like this.

This is certainly one of the cleanest, lowest-mileage examples I've ever seen. Aside from some damage to the striping on the left side of the fairing, it looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Controls

There are four days left on the auction and bidding is very active although, at $5,300 the reserve has not been met yet. While speculating on motorcycle values is always a gamble, the Wes Cooley Suzukis are very rare and represent an important stage of sportbike development. A bit of a dinosaur, if you will, but Suzuki's modern DNA is still visible in this brute: while the styling is a bit vintage, the bike's combination of power and handling set the stage for the later GSX-R that defined the modern sportbike.


1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side

Sunday Flashback: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale
Suzuki March 20, 2015 posted by

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side

The GS1100ES was the last-hurrah for Suzuki's twin-shock sportbikes, a forgotten middle child sandwiched between the classic, Wes Cooley era GS1000S and the modern icon GSX-R. But for a few years, this was as good as it got.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Rear Suspension

And it established the template for the later GSX-R: it wasn't the most powerful bike, but it was light, stiff, and powerful enough, and provided a complete performance package. That complete package impressed the motoring press at the time, and it fared well in period tests, even against its more striking stablemate, the Katana.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side Front

This was the first Zook with 16-valve cylinder head, although it featured "shared cam lobes" that used forks to actuate a pair of valves each. A narrow included valve angle and specially-shaped combustion chambers led to a more efficient burn of the fuel-air mixture. Although the technology was not unique to Suzuki, they of course had to come up with a cool acronym for it, and dubbed it "TSCC" for "twin swirl combustion chamber."

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Engine Detail

The 1074cc engine put 108hp through a five-speed gearbox. Interestingly, the dash includes a gear position indicator, although I don't think you're too likely to find yourself selecting the wrong cog, considering the flexible power on tap.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Dash

The frame was conventional, but very stiff, allowing the suspension to provide the rider with good feedback and control. More a marketing gimmick than real performance items, anti-dive forks were added in 1982 and are clearly visible in the photos, but the bike handled well enough without them.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Front Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

Up for auction is my well-preserved 1983 GS1100ES Superbike.  This was the machine to beat in 1983 with the final version of the bulletproof 1100 16 valve motor.  These motors are still used extensively in drag racing.  The GS1100ES helped start the true sportbike era with a small frame mounted sport fairing, lower than standard bars, and slightly rearset pegs. It was serious machinery in 1983 (having owned one back then I agree!).  This one runs and drives very well and has clearly been well cared for over the years.  It’s hard to find one that hasn't been piped and jetted and beat to a pulp.  

Paintwork is original, except for side covers, knee fairings, and seat cowling which were professionally repainted.  All paint is in  very nice condition with very few minor chips and no fading.  Seat is original.  Frame and motor paint is very nice, wheels are clean, and pipes are in good, but not excellent, shape.  Recently serviced with oil change, air filter, plugs, valve clearance adjustment, carb cleaning and brake fluid flush.  No oil or gas leaks, tank is clean inside.  Rear tire is new, front is several years old but has good tread.   Several NOS detail pieces like new mirrors and grips.  Comes with original owners manual and toolkit. I removed the Lockhart lowers after purchase and stored them.

The listing also includes an extensive list of upgrades and maintenance performed, so pop on over to take a look.

Those fairing lowers, as the seller mentions, were not found on all bikes, but really complete the look and give the bike a clear place in the progression from GS1000S to GSX-R and beyond. I've never actually seen one with these fitted, and I think they make the bike.

The bid price is still below $3,000 but the reserve has not been met. There's been plenty of interest so far, but there's still time left on the auction if you want to scoop up this somewhat forgotten bit of superbike history.


1983 Suzuki GS1100ES L Side No Fairing

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale
Bimota April 11, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: March 2013, 27 Bikes in Total

Here is the latest round up of bike sales or bikes that saw high bid activity. We're starting with Feb 25th and moving forward as they hadn't been reported on in the last Month in Review as they were still open at the time of publishing. Each picture is linked to eBay as they haven't been archived yet.

We blogged over 60 bikes in March and these are the ones we have sale values on. A great read for savvy buyers and sellers alike!


Katana 1000 for sale

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 Sold for $7000

Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

2002 Suzuki TL1000R Sold for just $4100

1987 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Sold to one of our readers!

2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

2008 Bimota DB5R Sold for $21500

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Bike For Sale

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Sold for $8215

1996 Honda VFR750 For Sale

1996 Honda VFR750 Sold for just $3223

1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R Sold for just $4500

1974 Yamaha TZ750 For Sale

1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer Sold for $42500

Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

1993 Honda CBR600 F2 Sold for just $2750

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America For Sale

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America sold for $10401

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $4800

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale

1990 FZR750R OW01 sold via Craigslist, owner reported bike as sold.

1988 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR750R sold for $5200

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage For Sale

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage sold for $10300

2001 Honda NSR150 SP For Sale

2001 Honda NSR150SP sold for $3550

1986 Honda RS250 For Sale

1986 Honda RS250 sold for $3750

1988 Ducati F1 750 For Sale

1988 Ducati F1 750 sold for $13700 to one of our readers

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 sold for $5500 to one of our readers

1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR sold for $5000

1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

1991 Ducati 851 sold for $8700 to one of our readers!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield had met reserve at $8500 but was pulled from eBay. The seller's website indicates it as available for $8950.

Ducati 999R For Sale

2006 Ducati 999R with 6 miles sold for $23000!

Honda NS400R For Sale

1986 Honda NS400R sold to one of our readers for $7500!

2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 sold for $7200

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S sold for just $5000

1983 Laverda RGS1000 For Sale

1983 Laverda RGS1000 sold for $8250