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In a bit of reverse mission creep, Suzuki began work on the GSX-R1100R by seeing how similar it could be to their winning 750. The air/oil-cooled machine achieved great power-to-weight and many long burnouts along the way.
Suzuki’s 1056cc four uses a two-chamber oil pump with the high pressure side going to the engine, and hot oil coming back from the heads is pumped to the oil cooler by the low pressure side. The system helps the 125 hp engine stay alive without the complication of water cooling. The all-alloy chassis is a twin spar, with Full Floater rear monoshock and an electrically activated anti-dive system up front. Even with full fuel the open class GSX-R stays under 500 lbs, making the back pad on the rider’s seat more than an afterthought.
Offered by a Utah collector but not Gary, this GSX-R has a few mods but rather low miles at 9,600. The Yoshimura-developed NACA ducts are period-correct but beg for the companion airbox, however the owner is using individual K&N filters. The Supertrapp muffler looks small but can be adjusted for street or strip. The deal evidently includes a tank protector and rare fairing bra from the way-back machine. Notes from the eBay auction:
K &N filters and Supertrapp exhaust makes a great sound , Yoshimura air ducts, 1986 was the first generation GSX-R1100. Two plastic repairs one in the front fairing left by the windshield very common and in the low fairing right side a little crack was repaired look perfect. Rest of the panels are original untouched, gas tank is very clean in and out, leather covers are included for gas tank and front fairing very rare.Very strong engine and fast, runs smooth and steady, beautiful machine.No noises or smog, fresh oil and new battery, Dunlop tires have plenty of life left.
The GSX-R1100 advertised its business with a tach that started at 3,000 rpm and had the handling to back it up. The sub-11 second quarter removed any doubt. Not babied but seemingly not abused, this example could be an exclamation point or the start of a beautiful friendship…