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Suzuki April 29, 2016 posted by

Serious Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 L Side
A mix of big-bike power and light weight, Suzuki’s GSX-R set the tone for the modern superbike. At the time it was introduced, more and more bikes were being cooled by a strange new substance known as “water,” but the GSX-R remained uncluttered by hoses and unburdened by awkward heat-radiating devices: in an effort to slash unnecessary weight wherever possible, Suzuki kept the bike air/oil-cooled. When it debuted in 1986, one year after its littler brother, the 1052cc “1100” weighed a modest 434lbs and produced a stout 137hp. While obviously that’s a bit of a yawn for riders used to reading about 200bhp road missiles, those 137 ponies offer up midrange-rich pull that can still entertain, especially once you throw a set of curves at it…

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 Front

Stopping wasn’t a problem: braking was handled by Suzuki’s “Deca-Piston” setup with a pair of four-piston calipers up front and a twin piston in the rear. And the bike’s suspension was certainly state-of-the-art, at least on paper, and featured Suzuki’s “Full-Floater” rear suspension that used a set of linkages both top and bottom for a much more progressive action than what you’d typically find on a stiffly-sprung sportbike. But while the bike was definitely more nimble than the big-bore superbikes it replaced, the 1100 was really much better in a straight line than in the corners.

These days, the big slab-sided Gixxer is probably less a canyon-carver and more a very fast nostalgia machine. Suzuki fiddled with the suspension from year-to-year but the GSX-R1100 was never really known for its handling, at least in the positive sense, and those 18” wheels just make things more of a challenge, since good rubber is hard to find in that size…

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 Dash

Today’s example is surprisingly clean, and those braided brake and clutch lines look new. GSX-Rs of all stripes sold well, so they certainly wouldn’t have been very rare at the time. But thirty years of use and abuse have seen most of these blown up, ridden into hedges, or left sadly to rot.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100G for Sale

The bike is 100% stock. It has new spark plugs, fresh Motul RBF600 brake fluid, fresh golden Spectro 10W40 oil. It has new brake pads and tires. It has a new drive chain and a new clutch, along with a new Shorai battery. It has fresh powder-coated calipers and Galfer stainless steel brake lines. It has a new stock air filter. It has a Suzuki brand new wiring harness. The front fork brace is a custom made piece made from 7075 aircraft aluminum, the fork seals are new and there is fresh fork oil.

The bike is all Suzuki parts with the exception of the ignition switch and the brake lines. The windscreen is also aftermarket. The stock exhaust is ceramic coated inside and out. It comes with a Suzuki-branded sportbike cover and, if the buyer wants, an extra complete stock motor and a set of virgin, untouched carburetors for an added fee.

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 Rear

Mileage isn’t all that low at 18,000 but, considering the obvious care that’s gone into the bike, shouldn’t be too much cause for concern. Examples like this are few and far between, and starting to attract serious attention from collectors, but it looks like the seller is aiming a bit too high, with no takers yet at a $7,750.00 starting bid. And there’s that sinister dark side not often mentioned when discussing the GSX-R: although its combination of accessible, reliable, affordable performance may have helped to usher in the modern sports motorcycle, the “Gixxer” may also have helped to spawn the very first primitive examples of the notorious Squidus Americanus that frustratingly clog both highway and YouTube…

-tad

1986 Suzuki GSXR1100 R Side

 

Serious Slabbie: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for Sale
Kawasaki August 10, 2015 posted by

Very Clean, Very Fast: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale

1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 R SideIt’s not incredibly difficult to find a ZX-11 for sale and Kawasaki did make plenty of them at the time. But it is hard to find one that looks this nice, and nearly impossible to find one with the mere 7,700 miles on the clock this one has: dead-reliable and capable of massive speed all day long, these usually rack up far more hard miles than this one has.

1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 L Side Front

Also known as the ZZ-R1100 in some markets and built from 1990 until 1997, the ZX-11 was powered by a 1052cc inline four backed by a six-speed gearbox. That motor pumped out 150hp at the crank and, aided by one of the first production ram-air systems, was good for a genuine 175+ mph. Unlike so many of today’s ultrabikes, it was no screamer: this was the Small Block Chevy of motorcycle engines, with power on top, power down low, and power in the middle.

1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 Cockpit

The ZX-11 was one of the most significant weapons employed in the Speed Wars of the 80’s and 90’s and, until Honda dropped their Super Blackbird into the mix, it was the fastest motorcycle in the world. And like that bike, the Kawasaki was never really meant to be a race-replica-style sportbike: at 600lbs fully-fueled, it’s much more of a GT, the perfect bike for gobbling miles at supra-legal speeds, but one that’s still agile enough to enjoy riding around [or terrorizing] your destination.

1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 Seat Detail

Because for all its weight and power, the ZX-11 has very neutral, forgiving handling and is pretty docile, as long as you respect that throttle and the power at your command. Be aware of the mass and short-shift it, and you can take it shopping on the weekend around town. But twist that grip and it will still squash your eyeballs, unless you’re used to riding modern literbikes.

From the original ALL CAPS eBay listing: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale

This is a rare opportunity to own a true iconic motorcycle.

You will never find one nicer than this… Looks like a 2015, hard to believe it’s a 1992. Truly amazing condition.

Beautiful rare gloss black color.

The ZX11 is the original bad ass sportbike

All stock except for

Gen Mar 1 inch risers

D&D exhaust

Corbin seat have original seat with rear seat cowling cover. Shown in pic.

Purple piping on seat matches Ninja decals.

This bike runs as good as it looks.

Tons of raw power and handles like a dream.

No scratches, scrapes, or rust of any kind.

Collect it or ride it but don’t let this amazing bike get away.

I have owned 2 ZX-11s before but this one is in amazing condition and runs as good as it looks

Look at pics and check my feedback… You will not be disappointed!

Aside from some slightly fuzzy pictures, this is one of the nicest ZX-11’s I’ve ever seen, and is basically stock except for that single-sided exhaust that I think really cleans up the bike and modernizes the look. That Corbin saddle is also perfect for the bike’s intended mission and should help the new owner munch miles for years to come.

If you’re looking for a cool, reliable, potentially collectible bike you can ride the bejezus out of, but won’t break the bank, this bike deserves a second look.

-tad

1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 L Side

Very Clean, Very Fast: 1992 Kawasaki ZX-11 for Sale