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Suzuki July 27, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000E in Portland, Oregon

Update 10.18.2018: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If you gaze upon modern motorcycles today and think that they are all starting to look alike, you're not alone. There is a certain #metoo movement in current motorcycle design. But cast your eye back a few short - like 40 - years ago and things looked a bit different. Take one glance at this awesome late 70s literbike; there is no mistaking it for anything but a large-cubic-inch rocket. No middleweight or lightweight offering of the era looked even close to it, and even family resemblance was fleeting. One look and you knew it meant business, and 40 years on it still looks that way. Even better, perhaps, is that it did not remain on a showroom floor collecting dust and rotting out. This wonderful monster from the cusp of the liquid-cooled, mono-shocked, four valved, fuel injected, big braked, big tire era carries with it the honor and patina of time and ownership. This isn't just a time capsule to take you back, this is a roadmap of where that was and how it came to be. The seller has provide some truly wonderful background on this bike, and I leave it to his words here:

From the seller:
I am selling my precious 1979 Suzuki GS1000, Suzuki's original superbike---this is your chance to own a restored and properly functioning piece of motorcycling history. If this thing could talk, it would have one doozy of a story to tell. It spent all its life in the Pacific Northwest, and in its own small way has become a recognizable vintage bike...regionally at least. I met the previous two owners at the Isle of Vashon TT in 2016, and they were overjoyed to see it being ridden again. One used to take it to track days at Laguna Seca in the early 80s, another had the fairing put on it.

When I first got it, it was in fairly decent condition. It needed what old bikes usually need: o-rings, seals, gaskets here and there, carb work. After fixing one area, I'd move on to the next. After a few years, I started running out of things to fix. There were some original upgrades that were desirable back in the day and still look and function well today, like the Koni shocks, the Raask rearsets, and the oil cooler and associated plumbing. The fairing is from a Ducati 900SS, and the bike wears it beautifully. Also, this year of GS came stock with twin front discs. I upgraded those with modern calipers and rotors, which made a night and day difference in stopping power.

The extent of the work I've done is pretty exhaustive, and the common thread through all work was that it needed to be period-correct if possible and if safe, excluding suspension and brakes and tires, which have improved so much over the decades it would be silly and arguably unsafe to install original bits.

The seller has performed a significant amount of maintenance, upgrades and improvements to this bike, and the list is a long one. Again, back to his words:

More from the seller:
Nearly every box has been ticked on this bike. Here's what I've done:

-A full top end rebuild was done by Baisley Hi-Performance (Portland), and I've put about 2,000 miles on it since.
-New Kibblewhite black diamond exhaust and intake valves
-New OEM pistons
-New valve guides, springs, and oil seals, oil passage o-rings, and cylinder o-rings
-Cylinder head machined and lapped, cylinders honed
-New base and head gaskets, new cam cover gasket
-New manual cam chain tensioner
-New oil cooler/pressure sensor adapter plate
-New braided oil hoses and AN fittings
-Head, cylinders, and cam cover all bead blasted

More from the seller:
Carburetor/Fuel system
-Original Mikuni VM26 carbs
-New Pingel petcock
-Full carb rebuild including all rubber, all gaskets, pilot and main jets, by 2Wheel Dyno Works (Seattle)
-Full carb setup, tune, and balance by 2Wheel Dyno Works
-Two K&N oval air filters, one for the left two carbs, one for the right two. These are infinitely better than the single pods in terms of getting a reliable carb tune, not to mention how much easier it makes the carbs to remove.

More from the seller:
-New Dyna S electronic ignition, dyna s ignition coils, and dyna cables
-Full wire harness by SparckMoto (Albany), including getting rid of the infamous turn signal cancel box. New regulator/rectifier, signal relay
-New left and right control switches by SparckMoto
-Interstate AGM gel battery, reliably holds full charge and has been kept on a trickle charger
-New (super bright) led headlamp
-New OEM headlamp housing
-New tach cable and speedo cable
-New bulbs in the instrument cluster---the whole thing lights up!! Devil's in the details, folks.

More from the seller:
-Front and rear sprockets by Sprocket Specialists
-DID x-ring 520 chain
-New clutch friction plates and springs
-New OEM clutch cable

-Racetech springs and gold valve emulators in the front fork, and new seals (this made a huge difference)

-Brembo master cylinder
-Upgrade to two (fairly ubiquitous) Tokico twin piston calipers, same calipers that have gone on many different ninjas and other bike makes and models for years
-Upgrade to two rotors from a Ducati 900SS, much larger. The result is a front brake that actually stops the bike, which is nice!
Stainless brake lines

More from the seller:
-Original mag wheels
-Pirelli Sport Demon tires (one year old, plenty of wear left)
-New wheel bearings

-Full MotoGPwerks (California) stainless 4-1 exhaust system---a very sought-after system that you can only get when motogpwerks actually makes a run of them. (Satisfying throaty warble at idle, baleful howl when under load)
-New exhaust gaskets

More from the seller:
The tachometer says 60,000 miles, but only 2,000 since the top end was rebuilt. It starts immediately, reliably, rides beautifully, and pulls shockingly well.

The only cosmetic flaws are a few small paint scratches on the tank and various rock chips on the fairing. I have the original airbox and air filter assemblies, the exhaust it came with when I bought it, lots of redundant hardware, and even the old cylinder head and valves and shims if you want those for some reason.

Asking Price: $4,500

This bike really looks the business. The four-into-header gives it a mean look, and I'm sure an even meaner growl. Nobody will confuse with with a more modern platic-cycle ride when you rumble by on this baby, and yet it still looks like it could yank your arms out of their sockets should you twist the throttle too far. This era of motorcycling is gone for good - and in many measurable categories that could be a good thing. But it is more than nostalgia that brings you back to this monster. It does everything a motorcycle should do, but with an intimidating presence missing from motorcycles today. This is not just a survivor of the era, but rather a good strong look at all that was great about the time, and all that is great about motorcycling. If you want a basket-case project bike, there is nothing to see here. But if you want a well-kept, well maintained beast from the apex of another time, you might want to give Ethan a shout - this big Suzuki won't hang out long. Good Luck!!


Featured Listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000E in Portland, Oregon
Sport Bikes For Sale December 31, 2011 posted by

Smaller Sword: 1983 Suzuki 750 Katana

For Sale: 1983 Suzuki GSX / Katana 750
Update 9.16.2011: Back on eBay!
Update 01.02.2012: Not everyone's cup of tea but we like it, and it's back on eBay. Links updated. -dc

Named after the famed Samurai sword, the Suzuki Katana was cutting edge in terms of style and performance. While most folks flocked to the Katana 1000 and the later 1100, there was another, smaller Katana cut from the same cloth: the 750.

The 750 was never as popular as its bigger brother, and thus fewer bikes were made. Obvious differences - besides engine capacity - included the color palette. While the original Katana 1000 was silver/black and the '82 was silver/blue, the 750 was available in this striking silver/red color combination. This particular bike includes the very rare (and very period correct) Lockhart lowers. While not stock, they certainly enhanced the look of the bike, and are very hard to come by today.

From the seller:
This will be an incredible find for some lucky person. I bought this bike from the original owner back in 2002 after looking for this bike for about 5 years previous. It is the last bike out of my 80's superbike collection.

This is a completely original 83 Katana 750 with an original aftermarket Lockhart lower. This bike is incredible and runs fantastic. It turns heads and is going to be in the International Motorcycle Show "Classic Bikes Display" on the east coast in 2012. (If the new owner wants to display it). These bikes (1100,1000,750 Katana) were only sold for one year in the US and the 750 was the rarest of the three.

The bike has been very well maintained, Tires and chain have low miles on them. Clean gas tank. Battery Tender included

Although not as desirable in the showrooms, I would expect this "baby" Katana to pull its own weight and then some in the collector market. Given the scarcity of these smaller models, coupled with the rabid marketplace interest in early Katanas, this should be a fun one to watch.

The current auction price is only just above $2k, and the reserve has not yet been met. Anything below $4k would be an utter bargain on this bike, and I expect it to bring much more upon auction close. Bidding has been relatively brisk, so there is definite interest in this machine. Check it out, and let us know what you think. Click here to jump over to the auction. Good luck, and be sure and let us know if you win!


Sport Bikes For Sale June 21, 2011 posted by

Beautiful Survivor: 1985 Suzuki GS1150 ES

For Sale: 1985 Suzuki GS1150 ES

I know what you're thinking: doesn't this era of motorcycle really belong over on CSBFS? And truth be told, it does. However this bike is so exceptionally clean, so original, so NEW that I thought it deserved top billing right here on RSBFS. Send me your comments if you disagree, but make sure you check out all the pictures first. You would have been hard pressed to find a used 1150 ES in this condition back in 1986, much less 25 years later.

The 1150 is not your average motor scooter. Back in '84, Suzuki bored out the GS1100 mill, upped the compression, played with cam timing, and launched the 1150E. Motorcycle magazines of the day promptly ripped off quarter mile times in the 10 second range, and proclaimed it the fastest bike of the year. With nearly 120 hp on tap, the 1150E was stout - to say the least. The ES model added the sport touring fairing, providing the rider with some protection considering the velocities the bike was capable of producing. This gorgeous example of the breed shows less than 4,000 miles on the odometer.

From the seller:
Up for bid is a MINT condition (other than a spot on the right side of the faring. You can see it in the picture)1985 Suzuki GS1150ES. It has 3598 original miles. It is completely stock and all original. It runs perfect. New tires (do to age not abuse).

With a double-downtube steel frame, GP-inspired 16-inch front wheel, anti-dive fork, and a Full Floater single shock rear complete with box aluminum swingarm, the rest of the 1150 was up to the power put out by the motor. The handling was reported to be stable, but with a gross weight of well over 500 lbs, directional changes were slower than that of contemporary "pure" sportbikes such the company's own GSX-R.

This well-preserved rocket ship from the 1980s is available now on eBay. The auction opening ask is $4k. At the time of this writing, there were no takers on that number. Given, there are many machines from this era that are available for less - but a bike can only be completely stock and original once, and this is one such machine. As such, the opening ask is a relative bargain.

Kudos to the owner who kept this bike in this fabulous condition, and congratulations to the next lucky owner. If you want to check out the details or even get in on the action, . You won't find many bikes in this condition, so enjoy!


Sport Bikes For Sale February 13, 2011 posted by

1982 Suzuki GS KATANA 1000

For Sale: 1982 Suzuki GS KATANA 1000

Times appear to be very good at the moment for those wishing to collect an early 80's Suzuki Katana. RSBFS staff have posted several of these recently - some in great condition, some not so great condition - after a long dry spell. This particular bike appears to be in excellent, although not completely original, shape.

The Katana was first unleashed upon an unsuspecting public in 1981. These models can be identified by the sliver/black color scheme. In 1982, the bike was resyled in the silver/blue color you see here. Both bikes sported 1000cc, air cooled, two-valve motors - although in subsequent years that was bumped to 1100. This bike is missing the passenger seat strap, sports a Vance & Hines aftermarket exhaust, and appears to have extensive polishing done on the wheels, forks/trees, and engine cases - but otherwise appears stock.

From the seller:

Whether a 1000cc or an 1100 model, whether a first year or subsequent, these bikes simply turn heads like no other. They are increasingly rare (especially in decent condition), and a great example of a collectable mass-produced bike. Bikes are in demand, and there exists a hungry public. Pricing continues to stay reasonable - for now - but as always, the cleaner bikes will fetch more green.

Most Katanas of this era will bring $5,000 - $6,000 in reasonable condition. This bike is currently at $3k, with the reserve not yet met. This is still bargain country for the ride, and I would recommend you get in early if you want a piece of this one. For more details or to get your bid on, click on the link and . Good Luck!