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Suzuki December 2, 2020 posted by

Just Add Water – 1994 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Occupying the top line of the Suzuki catalog is a real balancing act, with performance and reliability up against MSRP. The newly water-cooled 1100 kept it all in perspective, and this Texas survivor looks great in retrospect.


1994 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

Suzuki traded the oil cooler for a big coolant radiator, and more stable temps in the new engine allowed an increase in compression to 11.2-to-1, with 156 hp at the bottom line.  The chassis was similar to the ’92 but beefier, with multi-adjustable Kayaba dampers front and rear.  310mm Tokico brakes grew an extra pair of pistons in each caliper, helping haul the slightly increased weight down quickly.  The fairing was just a bit fuller, and the windscreen offered better protection from the gale-force wind.  Powertrain dimensions stayed trim and lean-angle clearances were as generous as ever.

Ownership history was interrupted along the way, but with almost 22,000 miles it was somebody’s favorite at some point.  With a very limited collection of road rash, it was a great candidate for the new grips, windshield, rebuilt carbs and calipers, and any expendables.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The 1994 GSXR series was the next evolution after the Slingshot era.  They share many design characteristics with the Slingshot, but a departure from the air/oil cooled era.  Suzuki figured that they could make more consistent power by adding liquid cooling yet trying to offset the extra weight of the liquid cooling.

Today these bikes are quite rare.  This bike is a beautiful example that was rescued and completely gone thru.  Every system and every surface has been attended to.  Most of these bikes were modded but this one is a true survivor, still has factory exhaust and airbox – it is one one the most original 1994 1100s out there, possibly the only unmodded one.

FRESH OIL/FILTER CHANGE
NEW SPARK PLUGS
NEW AIR FILTER
CARBS REBUILT AND SYNCHED
ALL BRAKE CALIPERS REBUILT WITH NEW FLUID
BRAND NEW TIRES
NEW CHAIN
NEW F/R SPROCKETS
REBUILT CLUTCH SLAVE CYL
REBUILT F/R MASTER CYLS
NEW WINDSCREEN
NEW BLINKERS

Bike is absolutely gorgeous, no rust in tank.  Starts stops and handles like a brand new bike. Needs nothing.

As the oil-cooled era wound down, Suzuki wanted to keep the liter-plus power but increase reliability while lowering emissions.  Couldn’t get the weight to the Fireblade neighborhood, but had a nice advantage against the Kawasaki and Yamaha GT’s.  Rebound damping was overdone but could be adjusted to suit.  Long term fans might be ready for a steam locomotive in this kind of condition.

-donn

Just Add Water – 1994 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Suzuki May 26, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Update 6.3.2020: This bike has SOLD on eBay for $9,800. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Unless owned by a retired racer, the liter-plus sportbikes generally find themselves on longer, more relaxed Sunday rides.  As some of the original owners are sunsetting, RSBFS reader Billy found his old flame GSX-R1100 and restored it with only the best intentions, but spare riding time did not materialize.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

About all the engine you could imagine air/oil cooled and snuggled into a full fairing, with 125 hp and 76 ft.-lbs. torque.  The chassis is very light for the segment, all alloy with some very nifty production welding.  The swingarm is fabricated from similar extrusions, carried by the Full-Floater monoshock.  41mm forks are adjustable and equipped with Suzuki’s NEAS adjustable electric anti-dive system.  18-inch wheels slow the handling a bit, as does the lengthened swingarm and steering stabilizer.  The seat and fairing design nestle the rider in, not that they’ll be there long with a 4 gallon tank and 155 mph top speed.

Billy’s GSXR came to him as a rider, and he’s done a comprehensive mechanical resto, sourced some new fairing lowers and had all the bodywork professionally painted.  It has a very factory appearance and a correct Vance & Hines slip-on, with modern concessions like braided brake lines and individual K&N air filters.  A little of the previous owner’s patina remains, giving the bike great survivor cred and relieving the new rider of too much guilt.  Billy’s comments about the work he did –

I bought this bike in 2013 from a fellow sportbike enthusiast “of a certain age”, who, like me, wanted one back in the day but was too young/poor/busy/etc to have one. I had been looking for a few years at that point for a nice example and this fit what I was looking for:

  • Essentially stock, except some period-correct mods
    • Vance&Hines full exhaust
    • Pod filters (mainly because servicing carbs with the stock airbox is a pain in the butt)
    • Steel brake lines
  • Low miles – just over 6000 when I bought it, which I believe to be accurate but the title does have a “not actual” brand on the miles. The previous owner didn’t know why. I can’t say for sure the mileage is correct but I did replace the stock chain since I bought it, and it wasn’t worn/stretched out, just getting grungy looking. The rest of the bike, in general, seems like it hasn’t had much use.
  • Original paint
  • Nothing polished or otherwise butchered, thankfully
  • Ran/rode fine

Since I’ve owned it, its done a lot more sitting than riding. I have way too many projects and am trying to thin the herd a bit. COVID gave me some time to finally get this one ready to move to the next care taker. While I’ve had it, a lot of freshening has been done, because if I’m going to sit and stare at something in my workshop, I want it to look nice! Here’s the highlights:

  • A LOT of cleaning – the bike was stripped down and any non-stock or corroded fasteners were replaced with the correct new OEM items, that sort of thing.
  • When I got it the PO didn’t have the lower fairings. Like him, I actually like the look of these bikes without the lowers, it ‘lightens’ up the look, but I wanted to put it back to as nice of condition as possible, and that meant adding lowers. There was also some clear coat peeling on the decals on the tank, pretty common from what I’ve seen. Add in some light scratches on the upper from a driveway-type incident and I decided to go ahead and paint the upper, mids, lowers, front fender and tank, otherwise I’d never be completely happy with it. Everything from the seat back is original paint and in great shape. My painter let me down in a couple spots but it wasn’t enough to ask him to re-paint it. I took close-ups of the flaws – fairly minor and nothing that jumps out at you but I wanted the buyer to be aware of these. It’s a quality paint job from a professional auto body shop, 3 stage PPG paint, using repro decals from RDdecals.com – great products. Decals are under the clear, as stock.
  • New consumables: battery/tires/brake pads/oil/filters/fuel lines/fork oil & seals/chain/brake fluid/etc., etc.
  • New petcock
  • Repacked all swingarm/head/etc bearing
  • Rebuilt brake calipers, master cylinders and clutch master cylinder
  • New windscreen (minor scratches from handling – see pic)
  • Rebuilt carbs and installed Factory Pro jet kit, bike runs really well here in Ohio near sea level
  • Adjusted valves
  • Powdercoated side stand
  • More cleaning…

The bike runs and rides fine, no leaks/smoke, and gets a lot of attention from those ‘in the know’.

I’m an hour east of Cincinnati in southern Ohio.

The GSXR-1100 was developed alongside the 750cc model, and seemed to a lot of reviewers a perfectly scaled-up supersport or trimmed down GT, either way winning a lot of flagship shoot-outs.  With an endurance racer’s good looks, the cockpit reviewed as comfortable and got the rider out of the wind, and handled acknowledging the pre-nanny 125 ponies on tap.  Billy’s GSXR is a good year, pre-dating the 1989 chassis change and the water-cooled era.  With low miles and fresh restoration, it should be a trouble-free classic – just in time for some good weather !

-donn

Featured Listing – 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Suzuki February 2, 2020 posted by

Pre-Busa: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

The 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 earned a hairy reputation on their debut, as frame revisions or dodgy factory suspension meant their handling wasn’t what people had come to expect from the GSX-Rs, which even that early in their run had earned a sterling reputation. The handling was enough to scare some people away, but those who bit the bullet were rewarded with Suzuki’s gem 1127 cc air-oil cooled inline four.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

Despite a fatality at the 1989 Isle of Man TT that caused organizers to ban big bikes for a few years, the big Gixxer made a huge impression on street bikers and drag racers alike. Even with modern tech and the likes of the Hayabusa floating around, the appearance of the twin-headlights strikes fear into straightline guys on lesser machines. With 122 horsepower stock and a very tunable platform, the engine made lots of friends very quickly.

This tri-color 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 has been in storage for the last little while, but had excellent compression numbers and looks like it was very well maintained over its 21,000 miles. It has avoided being hacked up, painted garish colors, slapped with an extended swingarm or chromed, polished and neon’d to death. If you love these bikes, this is your Huckleberry.

From the eBay listing:

1989 GSXR 1100, Well kept bike. New Pirelli tires, brakes, clutch, carbs just redone. Paint is showroom condition, 200psi in all cylinders. This is when bikes where bikes. Very rare to see in this condition. Top pad seat has some de lamination. Top tree is dull from keys (common). XL jacket included also bike stand included. This is no poverty sale so please no low ballers. Under ten feedback please stay away! The bike has no fluids in it right now as it is in storage. Bike runs and rides perfect. Please don’t ask what the reserve is, want auction to run in full!!

The days are getting longer, and even here in the heights of the Appalachians, the days are warm enough to get out and ride. This thing is ready to add a little extra steeze to your riding season.

Pre-Busa: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Suzuki December 5, 2019 posted by

Old School: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

If you wanted to hit the track or really tear up the canyons in the 80s and 90s, a 750cc machine was probably a much better choice for a rider than this Suzuki GSX-R1100. At the time, all of the Japanese manufacturers were caught up in a shooting war, homologating their 750cc machines for superbike racing, and that meant that those bikes balanced handling and power, versus outright brute force. Liter bikes of the period were more bruisingly-powerful GTs than out-and-out sportbikes and, although bikes like the Yamaha FZR1000 might have been just as fast and more refined, the allure of that extra 100cc gave the big Gixxer a swaggering air of danger.

The original GSX-R1100 is very much straddles the vintage and modern eras, with a full fairing and dual headlamps that aped endurance racers of the period and manages too look fairly modern, in spite of being matched to a set of 18″ wheels that would be out of fashion by the time the second-generation rolled around in 1989. The engine of the “L model” seen here still used Suzuki’s “oil-boiler” sixteen-valve inline four, but displacement increased from 1052cc to 1127cc. Weight was up to nearly 470lbs dry, but naturally so was power and the bike could almost touch 170mph.

I really like the style of the second-generation GSX-R1100, bridging the gap between classic and more modern superbikes. It’s big, heavy, fast, and handsome. Personally, I’m not so enamored of them that I’d hesitate to restomod or otherwise “improve” one, but that’s just me. Originality counts for collectors, and this one looks very clean and unmolested, even down to the stock exhausts.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

Excellent condition hard to find classic bike! 22k miles with clean title in hand. Please message me with any questions you may have. Unmolested motor with all factory parts including carbs and exhaust. Starts right up, runs great and excellent condition! No reserve!

The $6,500 starting bid just shows how much these have appreciated in recent years. Miles aren’t museum-piece low, but the bike appears to be in very clean condition and these engines are pretty durable. Certainly, parts to do a complete rebuild should be available, and decades of tuners have been able to squeeze plenty of power out of the oil-cooled lump, if the 140hp and 86lb-ft of torque of the factory bike don’t excite…

-tad

Old School: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale
Suzuki October 8, 2019 posted by

Spring has Sprung – 1982 Suzuki GSX-1100SXZ Katana

– At least in the seller’s Cape Town home.  This low-mile Katana is an excellent original and unusual -SXZ variant that was only offered south of the equator.

1982 Suzuki GSX-1100SXZ ( South Africa ) for sale on eBay

As 1980 approached, Suzuki was having its way on the track and in the showroom, and the SXZ was specified by the New Zealand importer to homologate the model for racing down that way.  Beside the radical look of the Hans Muth design, these Katanas came with spoked wheels ( 18-inch rear ), bigger brakes, carburettors and exhaust, and performance camshafts.  Actual tech for the time meant air cooling, right-side-up forks, and twin shocks.  Even with power bumped up from the usual -S’s 111 hp, the 500-plus pound dry weight was undeniable.  But it made for a great endurance racer and GT.

This owner has had some knowledge of the SXZ’s special lineage, and preserved it beautifully.  Some close-up details would be nice, but metals and finishes look close to faultless in what’s shown here.  Most bikes closing in on their 40th birthday have had some degree of customization, but this Katana is very original.

I am the second owner of this very special Katana for the past twenty-six years.
The mileage is low for the age of the vehicle.
In total, she has done just over 17,000 Km (10,493 miles) of which I have done about 7,500 Km (4,630 miles) during my 26 years of ownership.
She is in mint condition, well maintained and recently serviced.

The factory’s change to an 18-inch rear wheel is puzzling, maybe it was deemed the easiest way to increase ground clearance and decrease the rake angle, lending more quickness to the steering head.  The up-and-coming GSX-R put the kibosh on the Katana’s racing career, but the model has had a lasting impact on Suzuki’s stable, being revived this year as a 2020 model.  For a fan with the time and resources for an international purchase, this looks like a special opportunity.

-donn

Spring has Sprung – 1982 Suzuki GSX-1100SXZ Katana
Suzuki June 23, 2019 posted by

Blunt Force Trauma: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

For a flagship superbike, the Suzuki GSX-R1100 looked relatively primitive on paper: oil/air cooled engine, twin cradle frame, five-speed gearbox… But the sledgehammer personality of the early GSX-R1100 makes it more collectible today, next to comparatively polished in-era competition from Honda and Yamaha. It may not have been the most sophisticated bike, but it did the job, and the engine is famed for being durable and responsive to tuning, with a wealth of go-fast expertise out there for anyone looking to build a big, bruising retro sportbike. It’s a handsome beast as well, with old-school looks and more tasteful graphics than the later Gixxers, combined with more modern running gear like those 17″ wheels that allow for riders to fit modern, grippy rubber.

The air and oil-cooled inline four was always the star of the show. It has dual overhead cams and sixteen valves, but stuck with what is basically air cooling, which does seem like a strange choice. But in the wild days of the 1980s, motorcycle designers were experimenting with all sorts of technology to maximize power and minimize weight. Japanese sportbikes were suffering from no deficiency in the former department, but weight was still a bit of an issue. So in developing the various GSX-Rs, Suzuki took a page out of Colin Chapman’s book and decided that keeping things simple meant fewer parts to fail, less of them to weigh the bike down, and a whole type of fluid the bike wouldn’t need. Namely: coolant.

To keep the bike operating within the appropriate temperature range, Suzuki employed a high-capacity oil pump, a dedicated oil circuit for the cylinder head, and oil jets for the bottom of the pistons. The system was dubbed “SACS” for Suzuki’s Advanced Cooling System, and it featured on the Gixxer lineup from the bike’s introduction until 1993. The GSX-R1100K introduced in 1989 bumped displacement to 1127cc from the original bike’s 1052cc and featured a set of 38mm Mikuni “Slingshot” semi-flat slide carburetors for a claimed 143hp and 75lb-ft of torque. Compared to today’s cutting edge superbikes, the GSX-R1100’s 462lb dry weight is still pretty portly and this version of the bike wasn’t especially successful in international racing, but the bike’s fat powerband meant the bike was a highway blaster par excellence and it was a popular choice for drag racing and all-around hooliganism here in the US.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

11,225 ORIGINAL miles, bike is in exceptional condition for a 29 year old machine. Untouched, original and exceptionally clean, but not perfect. Bike has been garaged since new. I had not started it or ridden it in about a year. I installed a new battery and drained the fuel bowls and it runs like new. Title is in my name and there are no back fees on registration.  Please feel free to ask me any questions.

Bidding on this clean, original example is up to $7,100.00 with several days left on the auction. This is one of my favorite sportbikes of the period, and this one looks like the perfect candidate for someone who wants a collector they can actually ride: condition appears to be good, but not perfect, and miles are low, but high enough to encourage the new owner add a few more. Suzuki sold lots of these when they were new, but very few remain in anything approaching collectible condition.

-tad

Blunt Force Trauma: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale
Suzuki April 28, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki GSXR1100

Update 5.14.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

I have always had a soft spot for Suzuki GSXR1100s for a couple reasons. First, when they bowed in the mid-1980s, they were absolutely one of the baddest machines you could buy, two wheels or four. They weighed nothing and had an absolutely insane engine. Over their run, they evolved into the thinking man’s sport tourer. They didn’t handle like their smaller badge mates, but they sure as hell went fast. And, compared to a lot of liter-plus mile-eaters, they went around turns with a fair amount of poise and grace. But by the mid-90s, they were an also-ran in the arms race, so they didn’t fly out of dealers the way CBR900RRs did.

1997 Suzuki GSXR1100 for sale on eBay

Which brings us to this 1997 Suzuki GSXR1100. It’s a bone stock, close to perfect example from the second to last year of the model. When the seller says it has zero flaws, he ain’t kidding. It’s exceedingly low mileage, to boot. That means it’s a modern sport tourer with classic pedigree, fabulous, blocky mid-90s Gixxer styling, and the running gear to take you from coast to coast in comfort and beyond 100 mph.

From the seller:

If you’ve always wanted a mint 1997 GSXR here’s your chance. This is a true time capsule that’s
in museum collecting condition. It’s totally bone stock including air box, cans and manufacturer
idiot stickers. It has 4300 original miles on it and looks like the day in left the dealership. No
chips, dings, anything. It seems like the previous owner detailed it after every ride. I was not
looking to buy this but when I saw the condition it was in; I could not help myself. It’s a disease.
As I am more of a track guy I do very little street riding anymore, no this has not been tracked.
As such it’s been sitting in my climate-controlled garage so time for a new home. I’m a picky 50
plus year old that collects bikes. Hence, I am very particular and tend to understate condition. I
can honestly rate this a 10 out of 10 as it has zero faults. The pictures speak for themselves. As I
like selling things with no stories the bike has just had all fluids changed, a new battery
installed, and the carburetors cleaned. It’s ready to be collected or ridden, your choice. You will
not be disappointed; I have many more pictures and happy to answer any questions. It’s
registered in New Hampshire which does not title anything over fifteen years old, but I do have
the previous owner’s title. I do not need to sell this bike so please don’t waste either of our
times. Thanks for looking.

As a now-classic example of one of motorcycling’s most famous marques, this thing has very few flies on it. It might not have been the fastest or nimblest in its day, but there’s no denying its pedigree, quality and power.

Featured Listing: 1997 Suzuki GSXR1100
Suzuki March 7, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

For those readers of a certain age, the 1980s were an amazing time to ride. Motorcycles were making quantum leaps in terms of performance, and technology was reshaping the design elements that we take for granted today. Take for example this wonderful 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100. Only two years previous one of the top dogs of the sport bike world was the GPz1100 – an air cooled, two valve per cylinder dinosaur that had became technologically extinct. And while Honda went full bore into the world of liquid cooling (along with a size and weight penalty), Suzuki gambled with an innovative solution of air/oil cooling, saving precious weight and creating the lightest of the heavyweight hitters.

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

The Suzuki Advanced Cooling System (SACS) employed two oil pumps, an enlarged sump to hold additional oil, and an oversized oil cooler. By employing the engine oil as both a lubricating medium as well as a cooling source Suzuki reduced the complexity of the GSX-R while also reducing weight. And this was no accident: Suzuki experimented and developed the concept in the revolutionary (and rare) XN85 Turbo. A close look at the early GSX-R engine cases and heads show the same fins as utilized by air-cooled motors, this being used as a secondary form of cooling (and both free and lightweight). The rest of the motor was closely based off of the original GSX-R750, but with larger bores and various changes to handle the additional stress. With four valves per cylinder fed by four Mikuni flat slide carbs, the big Gen I Gixxer offered 125 horsepower through a 5-speed transmission. That was enough for high 10s in the quarter and a top speed in the 155 mile per hour range. Heady stuff indeed.

From the seller:
COMING OUT OF MY PRIVATE COLLECTION IS MY 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100. THIS BIKE HAS BEEN CUSTOM PAINTED A FEW YEARS BACK IN 1987 SUZUKI BLUE AND WHITE WITH AN ADDED RED STRIPE. THE PAINT WORK WAS DONE TO MUSEUM QUALITY STANDARDS BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA. THE BIKE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS COLLECTION UNTIL I ACQUIRED SOME YEARS BACK WHEN HE STARTED SCALING DOWN HIS AMAZING MINI MUSEUM.

THE BIKE WAS SET UP FOR A SLIGHTLY MORE UPRIGHT SEATING POSITION BY ADDING VINTAGE PERIOD CORRECT CLAMP-ON RISERS, RAISING THE BARS 60 MM. TO FURTHER ACCOMMODATE THE RISERS THE FRONT UPPER COWLING IS ALSO SLIGHTLY TALLER. IT IS A PERIOD CORRECT FIBERGLASS UNIT THAT FITS LIKE AN “OEM” COWLING. THESE 2 MODIFICATIONS MAKE THE BIKE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE FOR US NOT 25 YEAR OLDS TO RIDE. THE 2 MODIFICATIONS COULD EASILY BE CHANGED BACK TO FACTORY STOCK. I HAVE EXTRA “OEM” CLAMP-ONS AND COWLINGS.

More from the seller:
THE ENGINE IS STOCK WITH THE ADDITION OF AN AMAZING SET OF 40MM KEIHIN CR FLAT-SLIDE CARBURETORS THAT MAKE THE ENGINE COME ALIVE. ALSO ADDED WAS AN IGNITION ADVANCER. THE ENGINE PERFORMS WITH AMAZING RESPONSE. IT IS IN NEAR PERFECT CONDITION COSMETICALLY AS THE ENGINE PAINT IS ALL ORIGINAL AND WELL PRESERVED.

THE FRAME IS IN AMAZING ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH NO BLEMISHES TO SPEAK OF. THE WHEELS ARE ALL ORIGINAL AND IN AMAZING SHAPE. SHE IS SPORTING A PAIR OF METZLER LASERS. STEEL BRAIDED BRAKE LINES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO IMPROVE BRAKING. THE SEAT IS ORIGINAL WITH NO RIPS AND HAS THE VERY HARD TO FIND SOLO SEAT COWL. THERE IS A SMALL REPAIR ON THE SOLO SEAT COWL. THE BIKE HAS A PERIOD CORRECT D&D EXHAUST IN PERFECT CONDITION. THE INSIDE OF THE TANK IS RUST FREE.

I JUST REBUILT THE CARBS AND SYNCED THEM. INSTALLED A NEW BATTERY, REPLACED THE SPARK PLUGS, OIL AND FILTER, AND FLUSHED NEW BRAKE FLUID THRU. SO THE BIKE IS READY TO BE DISPLAYED OR ENJOY RIDING HER. THE BIKE IS AVAILABLE WITH A RED SEAT INSTEAD OF THE BLUE ONE IF THE BUYER PREFERS. I HAVE A FEW PICTURES SHOWING HOW THAT LOOKS

More from the seller:
THIS BIKE IS SET UP JUST AS MANY OF THE 86-87 GSX-R 1100’s WERE BACK IN THE DAY. I HAVE BEEN FIXING, RIDING, RACING, AND RESTORING BIKES SINCE BEFORE GRADUATING FROM AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE IN DAYTONA BEACH FL. IN 1980. I HAVE 6 OF THESE SO TIME TO PART WITH THE NICEST ONE FIRST.

DON’T MISS OUT ON A VERY SPECIAL PART OF HISTORY THAT WILL APPRECIATE EVERY YEAR.

While the GSX-R750 blazed the trail, the GSX-R1100 followed with subtle changes. The overall dimension of the bike was necessarily bigger. However the aluminum square-section frame was similar (thicker walls and different dimensions in critical areas) during a time when aluminum was space-aged, magical and mysterious stuff. The Full Floater single shock rear suspension was a massive upgrade over twin shock designs, and offered rebound adjustment and an eccentric rising rate linkage. Up front the 41mm forks offered electrically operated anti-dive which was a decided improvement over hydraulic units. Tires on both ends were 18 inchers, the trendy GP 16 inch hoops blessedly a thing of the past. Bodywork was straight off the starting line of an Endurance event, with large, flat side sections and dual headlamps (a massive distinguishing element back then). The four into one exhaust signaled the sporting intent of this machine, as did the triple disk brakes (twin four piston calipers up front, a dual piston caliper out back).

The early GSX-Rs are often referred to as “Slabbies” given the slab-sided nature of the bodywork. They are instantly recognizable and have become tremendously collectible. This particular example shows only 5,100 miles on the clock, and is extremely well kept. Many of these bikes found their way to the race track (these were fantastic club racers, along with the 750), or were thrashed, crashed and sold – repeat cycle as necessary. And while today’s bike is not wearing original paint, the paint that is there is attractive and subtle – looking close to a stocker, but with a little extra class. The rare solo seat cover is color matched. There is an upgraded pipe installed as well, making this a period correct and clean Slabbie versus a 100% original and NOS stocker. But that needn’t be a negative, as those who ride are more concerned with a clean and functional bike than a collectible garage queen. This is about as clean a Gen I rider that you could hope to find, has a cool history as described by the owner, and is near enough to stock to pass off as a wonderful example of the breed. Check it out here and drool over the pictures. These Gen I bikes are becoming more difficult to find; if you’ve been looking, it might be time to act. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

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