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Springtime Slabbie: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

NOTE:  I have been informed that this one was posted previously, here is the link

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A lot of people will say that modern sportbikes began with the launch of the Suzuki’s GSX-R lineup and I really can’t argue with that sentiment.  Prior to the GSX-R most “sportbikes” were actually large displacement bikes that had some sporting bodywork/pieces. It wasn’t until the launch of the GSX-R lineup that regular riders were able to get their hands on true sportbikes.

Suzuki introduced the 750cc model in 1984 and the 1100cc edition followed in 1986. While the bikes were developed in tandem/were visually similar, virtually no parts were interchangeable.  The engines, frame, swing arms, and steering geometry were all different and the resulting experience was different for each model; the 750 was sharp but peaky, the 1100 was more to handle but had more power.  I suppose it’s not surprising that the two models developed different core constituencies, with the 750cc bike was the object of lust for those who wanted to go to the track while the 1100 was more “all around”oriented (although some people did take the 1100cc onto the track).

NOTE: The very flat side panels and tall narrow frames gave rise to a nickname for the bikes as the “slab side” GSX-R models while the 2nd generation GSX-R’s are often referred to as the “slingshot” models due to a different engine and carb configuration.  For anyone who is curious, a really good comparison of the slabside and slingshot models was just done in the Feb 2016 edition of Practical Sportbikes.

Regardless of the model, lots of the GSX-R’s got what we sometimes call the “80’s treatment” of anodized bits, aftermarket exhausts, flush mounted turn signals/indicators, chopped down tail assemblies, smoked windscreens, etc, etc. This makes finding one with the major OEM parts still in place and in good condition a challenge that will only continue to increase in difficulty over time.

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1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 on ebay

This particular GSX-R1100 looks to be in mostly OEM shape save an aftermarket exhaust system.  There does seem to be an odd white patch at the base of the rear plastic on the both sides, possibly decal residue from the SACS decals? The seller indicates there are some paint chips/small gas tank dings and the exhaust is aftermarket but overall the bike looks to be in really good shape/mostly OEM.  Mileage is only 9,962 (yes you read that right) and there are lots of fresh items including tires, battery and oil.

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Here is a summary of what the seller has to say

  • DYNOJET KIT, K&N AIR FILTERS AND VANCE & HINES EXHAUST SYSTEM  (INSTALLED BY PREVIOUS OWNER)
  • NEW DUNLOP  ROADSMART TIRES
  • NEW US MADE GEL BATTERY
  • NEW REAR BRAKE PADS,  GOOD FRONT BRAKE PADS
  • FRESH ENGINE OIL
  • BIKE HAS SOME SMALL SCRATCHES, SMALL PAINT CHIPS AND TWO  SMALL DINGS IN FRONT OF THE GAS TANK

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Now we ask the question, is this low mileage, recently freshened but not 100% OEM 1987 Suzuki GSX-R worth the $7,200 Buy-It-Now ebay price?  That price seems a bit high; the average price we seem to be seeing for one of these seems to be about $5,800 USD.  But factor in transport cost and the fresh items listed as being included and I think a bid of around $6400 might make this one move to a new owner.  And values of these do seem to be creeping up…I’m just saying..

 

Marty/Dallaslavowner

12 Comments

  • Let the dead horse beating begin…

  • Now this is a great classic. Fast, hairy, scary and enough of everything to relive ones youth 🙂

    When we saw the GSX-R750 in ’85, we KNEW this was it – no way you get more extreme, the bike looked like it had escaped from the Suzuka 8 Hour pit lane.

    Then when the 1100 rolled out in ’86 it was unbe-freaking-lievable.

    We had to wait until the CBR900RR for the next “WTF??” moment 🙂 (the RC30 arrived in ’86, but only for Rich Bastards & Company Directors)

    • Personally I had a moment when the 916 debuted, but it was less of a WTF and more of a moment 🙂

  • I bought an ’86 when I was 18. I ride it home in freezing rain without crashing. Great bike, I wish I still had it.

  • You guys are great! Yep, I remember when my race partner rolled this model out of the trailer at Riverside Int’l Raceway… You could hear a fuckin’ pin drop! I chased him on my TZ, and guess what? We traded rides (he didn’t know how to ride a 2 stroke), and he rammed me going into turn 7, I forgave him, and we are all “G” to this day! These were (and still are) one of the best diesels ever concocted! America(Japan) FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The white patches were stock for your boot heels to rub against.

  • The other thing too? Pinned down the front straight at Portland Intl. They felt like they were idleing through the pit’s … Great, great, bike, just too big for me, and Jimmie Felize…

  • The white patches are for what???????????????????

    • They’re just clear plastic vinyl paint guards, meant to protect the lower panels from boot wear/contact. Not white- they’re clear that has discolored from age. Factory original installed, the 750 had them as well. All ’86/’87 Gixxer guys recognize them.

  • It’s the “dad” of the RF900…lol

  • I remember the first time I rode a 750 and thought “how could you fall off one of these?!” It was so good compared to my 84 Ninja. Then my brother got an 1100 and my head exploded; One of those moments that live clearly in this old brain.

  • Retro is back in full force. Nice bike and would possibly worth asking or very close if it was mint. At $7k+ you have a pretty wide selection of classics to choose from…

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