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Suzuki February 27, 2021 posted by

New Lease on Life: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22

The Suzuki RGV250 Gamma was a significant model for the factory at Hamamatsu. Original conceived as a parallel twin, the RG evolved into the 90 degree v-twin for the VJ21 and VJ22 models before morphing into the 70 degree vee of the VJ23. A favorite of racers, street riders and collectors alike, the RGV250 spawned the successful Aprilia RS250 as well as several Suzuki-specific themed liveries. Of the rare graphical packages, the Pepsi was perhaps the most rare, but the Lucky Strike livery continues to be the most popular. Today’s 1991 RGV250 VJ22 does not appear to have started life as a Lucky Strike, but looks striking after a much needed refurb (despite the lower resolution photos).

1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1991 Suzuki RGV250 M model. This an UNRESTRICED RGV250 VJ22

As shown in the before picture it was UGLY…. but has been transformed into a beauty.
New Lucky Strike paint job with four (4) coats of clear and a little pearl in the white areas.
Wheels stripped and powder coated white. New Dunlop Q3+ tires.
New Ohlins color upper fork tubes…NOT Ohlins forks but they look like them,,,however I added..
New Andreani Misano race fork cartridges with separate compression in one leg and rebound in the other.
New fork tube bushings (Racetech), Red SS brake lines, SBS brake pads, Sugaya street expansion chambers

More from the seller:
Calipers gutted and new internals installed with satin black caliper paint
New NITRON R2 fully adjustable remote reservoir rear shock
Tyga carbon fiber rear hugger and Tyga power valve covers with drains
Cougar power valves
Mild street porting and head work by Ed Toomey at Ed Toomey Designs. Renowned two stroke guru.
New 1st over pistons, rings, wrist pins, small end bearings and cylinder Nikasil coating.
Radial front brake master cylinder from a GSXR600, wave front brake rotors.
New Zeeltronic ignition controller with hand held programmer.
(If you don’t want the Zeeltronic I can put the original ECU back on. It is the upgraded 23D70 unit).
Carbs are clean and balanced. Carbs are the larger 34mm size
New Suzuki oil injection pump

Putting aside the sordid history that might have brought this bike down the road it traveled, the resto-mod approach with this particular example really works for me. This bike certainly looks a sight better than when the seller first acquired it, and there is no denying the visual impact of the Lucky Strike scheme. In addition to paintwork this bike has received some much needed attention to the chassis and systems, and now sports some important upgrades including suspension, exhaust and the all-important tuning to de-restrict the colony of bees and transform it into a hive of angry hornets. Figure 60+ HP from a stocker with the restrictions removed, and likely a tad more here if all components are working correctly together. Should be fun on a barely 300 lbs (dry) machine.

This bike is listed as “Excellent condition, as new, showroom condition” – although it might be fair to list it more along the lines of a restoration. And we should all be thankful someone is willing to undertake such a labor of love, as the world needs more of these bikes rescued and returned to glory. Not much action on this particular auction yet; opening bid is $5k USD with a reserve in place. There are a fair number of watchers on this, so perhaps everyone is sitting back and waiting for the fun to start. Check out all of the details here. While not completely original or stock, this restored and modded machine sure looks like fun. Good Luck!!

MI

New Lease on Life: 1991 Suzuki RGV250 VJ22
Suzuki December 18, 2020 posted by

! obruT – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo

Suzuki’s entrant to the turbo sweepstakes was sportier than the green or red models, still more of a GT all in all.  This Oregon example has been ridden some, displayed some, and made ready for the next rider.

1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo for sale on eBay

Suzuki designed a special engine for the turbo, only 673cc and 7.4-to-1 compression, but nicely oversquare with a 10,000 rpm redline.  Full injection ensures smooth running across the range and the advanced oil cooling system used squirters to cool the pistons.  The forward leaning chassis used twin downtubes, anti-dive forks with a 16-inch front wheel and Full Floater monoshock rear.  A little Katana-style goodness made for a distinctive fairing with sportier clip-on handlebars and footpeg location.

Any curator would be happy if their XN85 was in this kind of shape, undamaged and shiny pretty much everywhere.  The owner states he’s only the second, and it’s been in “his” museum for the last twelve years.  That might be worth looking into if you’re local to Portland.  Links to a few comprehensive videos are in – the eBay auction – interspersed with the owner’s comments:

The XN85 Has Been On Display For 11-12 Years In My Museum.

It’s Been Pulled Off The Display Floor And, Over Last 3+ Months As Time Permitted I Have Had The Following Service Items Performed By My Mechanic –

-New AGM Battery Installed

-New Oil & Filter Change

-Both Front And Rear Calipers Serviced – Cleaned & Brake Fluids Flushed From The Long Time sitting Idle While On Display

Recently un-mothballed in a loving fashion by my master mechanic.  The fuel system flushed with non-ethanol premium fuel.  Installed a new battery along with a new battery tender hook-up.  It started up in less then 2 seconds and runs great!  There are no fuel leaks. It idles perfectly.  It’s fuel injected. It Revs & Restarts fine.  It is ready to go and needs nothing  to go riding.  And/or it’s ready to go straight into another Museum.

Though a great engineering exercise, the fuel crisis passed, insurance companies got wind of the power vs. displacement issue, and none of the models survived to see 1986.  The XN85 was relieved for the ’84 model year in the U.S., but was sold abroad for a couple of more years.  Time has confirmed that Suzuki’s ideas about handling and de-tuning the turbo were correct, as the model has consistently reviewed well in the fun-to-ride and reliability departments.  Evidently the victim of a failed BAT auction, this particular XN85 would’ve been a bargain at that strike price, but likely this and XN85 owners everywhere are hoping for better.

-donn

 

! obruT – 1983 Suzuki XN85 Turbo
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 November 19, 2020 posted by

Loose Cannon – 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Almost ten years after developing their RG Γ 500 Moto GP bike, Suzuki introduced the road-going version, and even with required street equipment the performance was beyond the norms.  Like this one, many were imported on the left coast, but not all have had such careful stewardship over the years.

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma for sale on eBay

The Gamma shared engine dimensions with the race machine, but had a shock damper between the twin crankshafts and the clutch, and claimed “just” 95 hp ( racers were estimated at 120 hp ).  A factory cassette gearbox is fitted, allowing at least a theoretical quick change of ratios.  Two strokes of the time used moving exhaust ports to stretch the power band down to 5,000 rpm, and the RG’s are controlled by the Suzuki Automatic Exhaust Control system, in concert with the ignition.  Anti-dive forks and Full Floater monoshock took care of the staggered 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.

With just enough photos to wet a buyer’s whistle, the owner can expect a message and visit from any really interested party.  Still this RG looks very stock and undamaged, with mostly nice finishes left on the alloys and paint.  Hyperbolic comments and specs ( reviewed top speed 147 mph, wet weight 386 lbs. ) from the eBay auction:

Street legal MOTO GP bike from the 2 stroke good old days!!  Legally registered in the state of Washington (now with collector plate) and was registered in Oregon.  BONE STOCK with just less than 19,667 kilometers on the speed-o (12,220 miles).  This is a 200 MPH insane 250 lbs. Rocket!!  that I just can’t seem to open up in my area of WA (too many cops).  So my baby just sits in a heated garage/shop.  Bike has ALWAYS been in a garage, and never used in bad weather!!  My loss your gain – first $37,500 gets it!!  Also comes with some extra parts to update it, if you so desire. Katana wheels, modern swing-arm, passenger seat, extra forks, NEW euro front turn signals, shop manual, and some other bits and bobs.

The RG500 had a limited market, was expensive to put together, and up against the new GSX-R’s – so in hindsight its green/white/checker run was no surprise.  In contrast, the racing RG and subsequent RGV-500 had a ten year run on the circuit.  Total production was under 10,000 units, but its only North American import was north of the border, so it’s a rare sighting here.  More study is required at this sort of ante, but the owner seems open to offers.

-donn

Loose Cannon – 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
Suzuki November 10, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1999 Suzuki TL1000R

Update 1.18.2021: Tim has decided to keep this one and I can hardly blame him. Be well! -dc

Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace will cough up examples of Suzuki’s thundering, hairy-chested v-twin superbike bruiser if you really look, but they’re almost never worth a second glance. Generally, they’re wrecked, stretched, rattle canned or all three, and more often than not have been without a title since the Bush administration. The 1999 Suzuki TL1000R you see here is none of those things. In fact, if you’re looking for one, this might be your stop.

It’s a two-owner bike that has been ridden enough to show it was maintained and the bugs were duly dealt with. It looks clean enough to eat off of, and has been treated to an Ohlins rear damper, in place of the notorious factory piece. The seller says it has Penske springs front and rear. It also has Jardine exhaust cans, switched cooling fans, a Power Commander and a toggle switch for diagnostics. The paperwork for the suspension work is present, and the bike comes with a shop manual.

The TL1000R’s history as a race bike is, excuse the pun, checkered, as it didn’t quite measure up to contemporary Ducatis and Honda’s RC51 when it came time to put up or shut up. But the bikes don’t look like anything else on the road at the time, and are known as wonderful, brawny streetbikes and track toys. There’s more than enough power to get yourself into serious trouble, but none of the peakiness of an inline four.

From the seller:

I have 1999 Suzuki TL1000R I am looking to sell. I am only second owner and previous owner was a Suzuki mechanic so it has been adult owned it’s whole life. I have Ohlin’s dampener with Penske spring in back, and Penske racing springs up front. Jardine pipes, upgraded grips, a toggle switch in back that will read the problem codes as well as an auxiliary switch to keep the fans on while bike is turned off to cool oil. I recently rebuilt the original clutch so that is new. I also installed a new drive shaft seal as well as the pushrod seal (the pushrod seal is from an SV1000 and installed backwards…much better fit than the original part as this was a known oil leak issue). Also included are 2 head gaskets, 2 fuel pumps, a crank case gasket, full additional wiring harness and CPU’s, and a full set of shims for the bike. (not cheap stuff). It has just shy of 29k miles. I also have all original parts for it including the rotary dampener and springs, original muffler and additional items for maintenance. It will come with the full mechanic book as well as paperwork for suspension upgrades. It has been very well taken care of and runs perfectly with the power commander.

Seller Tim is asking $5,500 for this beast, which is an immaculate, two-owner machine that represents the pinnacle of the nameplate.

Featured Listing: 1999 Suzuki TL1000R
Suzuki October 22, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 Skoal Bandit

Update 10.20.2020: The sale of this bike is now concluded to an RSBFS reader with a winning bid of $14,200. Congratulations to buyer and seller!

From the seller, “Just wanted to thank you for the support, your listing got a huge response and no doubt contributed to the amazing sale price at the end of the day.” Thank you for the kind words!

If you’ve got a special and rare sportbike that would benefit from being on the site, check out our Featured Listings! -dc


The first generation Suzuki GSX-R750 needs no introduction on these pages. A meteoric sport bike that turned the world on its ear, the slab-sided Gixxer redefined the concepts of light weight and handling. Today even non-LE models are appreciating quickly in price, for although these were mass produced motorcycles, the ravages of time and hard use have taken toll on the available supply. Today’s Featured Listing is the perfect example of a Gen I slabbie – with a twist. Faithfully recreated in the legendary “Skoal Bandit” livery as applied to a handful of new bikes sold in the UK, itself an homage to the Suzuki GP & production racer colors, this is a unique and ultra-rare opportunity to score some classic 1980s artwork.

Featured Listing: 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 Skoal Bandit

Today’s seller has been as meticulous at documenting this restoration as he has been with the restoration itself. Therefore, I will turn it over to him:

From the seller:
Gorgeous showroom quality 86′ GSXR750 “Skoal Bandit” replica that has just been through a 3-year frame off, nut and bolt restoration. For those of you who don’t know the folklore behind the “Skoal Bandit” GSXR750, the story goes that Suzuki GB or one of the UK main dealers had stock of 86′ GSXR’s left over at the end of the sales year and as a special promotion had them painted in the “Skoal Bandit” race livery, one of the main sponsors for Suzuki racing at the time. There were supposedly 50 or so bikes painted in this scheme and at the time one of those was used in a magazine shootout article against the Ducati 750 F1. The photo shoot from that magazine article as well as several documented replicas in the UK provided the source material for my replica, which I’ve tried to recreate in painstaking detail, with just a couple of period correct modifications to improve handling. The base for this restoration was an early 87′ GSXR-750 with clean California title, but I converted it to an 86′ layout to be faithful to the original. The restoration is 99% OEM, with only a few fasteners that were remade due to lack of availability, and aftermarket screen/mirrors. The bike was stripped to the frame and every single component refurbished, painted or plated before reassembly. The engine only had 16K miles on it but was stripped to the cases and rebuilt with new components to ensure reliability and that new bike feel. My restorations are built to ride and this one has approximately 100 shake-down miles on it to date, the restoration was completed in June. The bike handles beautifully, and the engine pulls cleanly and strongly through the entire rev range. However, if you wish to just park it in your living room and admire it with your biking friends, I would understand.

More from the seller:
Some Restoration Details…..Chassis/Suspension: Frame fully stripped and modified with 86′ GSXR1100 steering damper, all new steering and swingarm bearings. 86′ Forks/Anti Dive fully stripped, new seals, coatings refurbished. Rear shock full rebuild using 86′ GSXR1100 shock body & remote reservoir for improved handling. Brake calipers stripped, refinished & rebuilt with new seals/pads, rotors refurbished/refinished. All brake/clutch masters/slaves rebuilt with new seals. Wheels fitted with new bearings and new rubber. All fasteners replaced with NOS or replated. Electrics: Wiring loom gone through and rewrapped, all electrical components in perfect working condition. Usual missing components such as clutch starter safety switch and side stand safety switch are fitted and operational (so pull clutch lever in to start). Fitted Japanese OEM turn signals with smoked lenses, because they look cool! Instrument cluster and switch gear refurbished. New battery.

More from the seller:
Engine: Stripped to the cases, all new mains, big end bearings, oil seals and gaskets. Cylinders honed and pistons fitted with new rings and wrist pins. Heads rebuilt with new valve oil seals and valve seats reground. New clutch. Carbs ultrasonic cleaned, rebuilt with new gaskets and fuel valves. Stage 1 jet kit fitted for smoother acceleration off idle. Hi-Flow air filter with stock airbox and stock OEM exhaust system. Fuel tank petcock rebuilt, tank in excellent condition, no liner. Fairings/Body Panels: All OEM fairings with the exception of the screen. No missing tabs, poppers or cracked mounting holes. “Skoal Bandit” base coat colors referenced from RS paints in the UK, and then matched by PPG. 6 Coats of clear, wet sanded flat and then polished to show quality. “Skoal Bandit” decals from classic reproduction decals in the UK.OEM solo seat unit, seat and butt pad recovered in matching green vinyl. Unobtanium trim panels are present, including front mid fairing inner covers, rear shock mud flap (remanufactured) and unmolested rear mudguard.

More from the seller:
I have seen some very nice GSXR1100 “Skoal Bandit’s” in the US but cannot recall seeing a GSXR750 as close to the original as this for many years. I hate to let this one go, but someone else will get to enjoy it and I have other projects waiting in the wings. I will be happy to answer any questions I can, and potential bidders are welcome to view the bike in person, I am located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Photographic documentation of the restoration can be found here.

The seller has also included a video of the bike with a walk around and proof as to how well it runs and idles. This is definitely worth a few minutes of your time:

Early GSX-R750 models are escalating in collector demand. Pristine examples of the breed are leading the charge. That’s what makes this ultra-rare Skoal Bandit recreation so unique: here is an opportunity to obtain a completely refurbished example of an iconic model, but in striking (and period correct) livery. You definitely need to check out all of the details, as the workmanship is fantastic. I challenge you to find another example that is this clean. Park it in your man cave as art, or put it on the street as rolling art – either way this 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 in Skoal Bandit colors will have everyone green with envy. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1987 Suzuki GSXR-750 Skoal Bandit
Featured Listing September 29, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

The world of motorcycle collecting is undeniably a global affair. One need only to look at today’s Featured Listing to know why: a rare Japanese sport bike made even more exclusive through the association with an Austrian-born Canadian businessman and F1 entrepreneur, collected and protected by a knowing individual in Portugal. Somehow that all makes perfect sense.

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf

Walter Wolf – a massive motorsports enthusiast – made his fortune in oil drilling, supplying drilling tools and supplies worldwide. Wolf parlayed that fortune into the circus of F1, propping up an early team with Frank William’s at the helm. For another tie-in to the two-wheeled realm, Wolf also purchased that remnants of Lord Hesketh’s F1 operation. When Frank toook key staff and created his own team under the Frank Williams Engineering banner, Wolf continued under the Wolf brand, winning a few races. Notable drivers included Keke Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, James Hunt and Bobby Rahal.

Wolf was also interested in motorcycle racing, sponsoring several teams including Japanese champion Masaru Mizutani. The Walter Wolf Edition RG500 celebrates a unique personality and branding through unique graphics, wheels, colors and “W” instrumentation. The recipe is pretty simple: start with a rare bike (the RG was made available for a scant 2 years), and run off a stand-out special edition in low numbers. Today the Walter Wolf edition RG500 is cherished by collectors in the know.

From the seller:
Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf Edition unrestored.
Year 1985 with 26000km.
2 Original keys plus many original parts.
Portuguese Documents.
Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.
Transport to UK costs around £550 and will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

Price: $19,000 GBP (approx $24,000 USD)
Details: eBay auction
Contact: Francisco Godinho

Despite the rarity, there were several different variants of the WW Edition RG500 depending upon locale. Some markets received livery with red wheels and a matching red seat (North America). Others offered the WW bodywork and instruments but different wheels and seat. There was even a silver edition for Singapore, and an extremely limited model offering in Japan commemorating Masaru Mizutani.

Today’s Featured Listing is located in Portugal, although the seller has identified shipping options for the UK. US-based buyers might need to contact the seller for logistics to transport the bike to the States, but given the number of bikes in this seller’s collection I’m sure that should not be an issue. The bike has Portuguese paperwork, and looks to be one of the European models. Have questions? Reach out to Francisco for more details. If you want to stand out from the crowd – or simply pull away from it in a cloud a delicious blue smoke – a rare Walter Wolf Edition is just the ticket you need. Check out all of the details and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Walter Wolf
Suzuki September 19, 2020 posted by

Pre-Marketing Replica: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley

In the early days before serious motorcycle marketing, companies offered up “racer replicas” that often sported the race livery or the team colors of the manufacturer. These replicas were often quite anonymous, and did not utilize the star power available from team riders. Even the marketing juggernaut Ducati – who probably led the way with the Mike Hailwood themed bikes – offered up the green framed 750SS as a replica without a rider’s name attached. As the 1980s progressed, riders such as Hailwood, Roberts and Lawson started to appear on bikes in showrooms – and the tribute race was on! Today’s bike – a gorgeous 1980 Suzuki GS1000S – is often referred to as a Wes Cooley model due to the livery, however it was never marketed as such. Wes was a popular racer in Superbike and had some major success with Suzuki (AMA champion in ’79 and ’80), but failed to be honored with his own bike. Regardless, we still consider these models as Cooley replicas.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for sale on eBay

The GS1000S was yet another evolution of Suzuki’s mainstay GS model. Climbing out of the ooze of the naked standard, the GS1000S showed its sporting intent with sophisticated air/oil front fork, and gusseted swing arm, and the requisite bikini fairing. But the real magic was in the steel connecting those pieces together. The frame was more robust than that holding up many contemporary bikes, allowing for better handing for what was not exactly the most powerful or fastest bike of the day. At the race track, this meant everything, and Pops Yoshimura breathed his magic on the motor to make up for the rest. In stock form expect the 997cc air cooled inline four to produce approximately 90 HP.

From the seller:
1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley replica
Motor and frame numbers correct as per registry.
Extremely low mileage.previous owner claims original but I have no way of verifying it.
Starts runs and drives perfectly.
I don’t have the original exhaust.
A rare bike.
Can ride anywhere.

This particular model GS – the 1000S line – was limited to a two year production run from 1979 to 1980. The blue/white paint was extra in the showroom, and the Cooley model was the most expensive GS offered by Suzuki for those years. There are some very subtle changes between the years, but the dead giveaways that are most visible are the stepped seat and the slotted rotors – those were 1980 model year items only. And while the original model offered a 4-into-2 exhaust, this one has been upgraded to a period correct (although not stock) 4-into-1. Otherwise, it looks clean and pretty much what you would want in a blue and white special from Suzuki.

This bike is located in Florida, and has a reported 9,900 total miles on the clock. It looks to be very clean, and must have been reasonably well cared for given the overall condition. The seller is not the original owner, but there does not seem to be anything wildly amiss here in the photos. There are some dedicated forums and clubs for this model, so those who are serious should do their homework. The seller has included the VIN which will help with research. Pricing for this Wes Cooley model is a pretty strong $14,000. The seller is open to offers, which might be a good idea given the pricing we have seen on these bikes in the past and the manner in which the market has been swinging. That being said, these are reasonably rare 2-year only models, and few with as low miles and clean in stature. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Pre-Marketing Replica: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley