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Featured Listing March 7, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

For those readers of a certain age, the 1980s were an amazing time to ride. Motorcycles were making quantum leaps in terms of performance, and technology was reshaping the design elements that we take for granted today. Take for example this wonderful 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100. Only two years previous one of the top dogs of the sport bike world was the GPz1100 - an air cooled, two valve per cylinder dinosaur that had became technologically extinct. And while Honda went full bore into the world of liquid cooling (along with a size and weight penalty), Suzuki gambled with an innovative solution of air/oil cooling, saving precious weight and creating the lightest of the heavyweight hitters.

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

The Suzuki Advanced Cooling System (SACS) employed two oil pumps, an enlarged sump to hold additional oil, and an oversized oil cooler. By employing the engine oil as both a lubricating medium as well as a cooling source Suzuki reduced the complexity of the GSX-R while also reducing weight. And this was no accident: Suzuki experimented and developed the concept in the revolutionary (and rare) XN85 Turbo. A close look at the early GSX-R engine cases and heads show the same fins as utilized by air-cooled motors, this being used as a secondary form of cooling (and both free and lightweight). The rest of the motor was closely based off of the original GSX-R750, but with larger bores and various changes to handle the additional stress. With four valves per cylinder fed by four Mikuni flat slide carbs, the big Gen I Gixxer offered 125 horsepower through a 5-speed transmission. That was enough for high 10s in the quarter and a top speed in the 155 mile per hour range. Heady stuff indeed.

From the seller:
COMING OUT OF MY PRIVATE COLLECTION IS MY 1986 SUZUKI GSX-R 1100. THIS BIKE HAS BEEN CUSTOM PAINTED A FEW YEARS BACK IN 1987 SUZUKI BLUE AND WHITE WITH AN ADDED RED STRIPE. THE PAINT WORK WAS DONE TO MUSEUM QUALITY STANDARDS BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA. THE BIKE WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS COLLECTION UNTIL I ACQUIRED SOME YEARS BACK WHEN HE STARTED SCALING DOWN HIS AMAZING MINI MUSEUM.

THE BIKE WAS SET UP FOR A SLIGHTLY MORE UPRIGHT SEATING POSITION BY ADDING VINTAGE PERIOD CORRECT CLAMP-ON RISERS, RAISING THE BARS 60 MM. TO FURTHER ACCOMMODATE THE RISERS THE FRONT UPPER COWLING IS ALSO SLIGHTLY TALLER. IT IS A PERIOD CORRECT FIBERGLASS UNIT THAT FITS LIKE AN "OEM" COWLING. THESE 2 MODIFICATIONS MAKE THE BIKE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE FOR US NOT 25 YEAR OLDS TO RIDE. THE 2 MODIFICATIONS COULD EASILY BE CHANGED BACK TO FACTORY STOCK. I HAVE EXTRA "OEM" CLAMP-ONS AND COWLINGS.

More from the seller:
THE ENGINE IS STOCK WITH THE ADDITION OF AN AMAZING SET OF 40MM KEIHIN CR FLAT-SLIDE CARBURETORS THAT MAKE THE ENGINE COME ALIVE. ALSO ADDED WAS AN IGNITION ADVANCER. THE ENGINE PERFORMS WITH AMAZING RESPONSE. IT IS IN NEAR PERFECT CONDITION COSMETICALLY AS THE ENGINE PAINT IS ALL ORIGINAL AND WELL PRESERVED.

THE FRAME IS IN AMAZING ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH NO BLEMISHES TO SPEAK OF. THE WHEELS ARE ALL ORIGINAL AND IN AMAZING SHAPE. SHE IS SPORTING A PAIR OF METZLER LASERS. STEEL BRAIDED BRAKE LINES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO IMPROVE BRAKING. THE SEAT IS ORIGINAL WITH NO RIPS AND HAS THE VERY HARD TO FIND SOLO SEAT COWL. THERE IS A SMALL REPAIR ON THE SOLO SEAT COWL. THE BIKE HAS A PERIOD CORRECT D&D EXHAUST IN PERFECT CONDITION. THE INSIDE OF THE TANK IS RUST FREE.

I JUST REBUILT THE CARBS AND SYNCED THEM. INSTALLED A NEW BATTERY, REPLACED THE SPARK PLUGS, OIL AND FILTER, AND FLUSHED NEW BRAKE FLUID THRU. SO THE BIKE IS READY TO BE DISPLAYED OR ENJOY RIDING HER. THE BIKE IS AVAILABLE WITH A RED SEAT INSTEAD OF THE BLUE ONE IF THE BUYER PREFERS. I HAVE A FEW PICTURES SHOWING HOW THAT LOOKS

More from the seller:
THIS BIKE IS SET UP JUST AS MANY OF THE 86-87 GSX-R 1100's WERE BACK IN THE DAY. I HAVE BEEN FIXING, RIDING, RACING, AND RESTORING BIKES SINCE BEFORE GRADUATING FROM AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE IN DAYTONA BEACH FL. IN 1980. I HAVE 6 OF THESE SO TIME TO PART WITH THE NICEST ONE FIRST.

DON'T MISS OUT ON A VERY SPECIAL PART OF HISTORY THAT WILL APPRECIATE EVERY YEAR.

While the GSX-R750 blazed the trail, the GSX-R1100 followed with subtle changes. The overall dimension of the bike was necessarily bigger. However the aluminum square-section frame was similar (thicker walls and different dimensions in critical areas) during a time when aluminum was space-aged, magical and mysterious stuff. The Full Floater single shock rear suspension was a massive upgrade over twin shock designs, and offered rebound adjustment and an eccentric rising rate linkage. Up front the 41mm forks offered electrically operated anti-dive which was a decided improvement over hydraulic units. Tires on both ends were 18 inchers, the trendy GP 16 inch hoops blessedly a thing of the past. Bodywork was straight off the starting line of an Endurance event, with large, flat side sections and dual headlamps (a massive distinguishing element back then). The four into one exhaust signaled the sporting intent of this machine, as did the triple disk brakes (twin four piston calipers up front, a dual piston caliper out back).

The early GSX-Rs are often referred to as "Slabbies" given the slab-sided nature of the bodywork. They are instantly recognizable and have become tremendously collectible. This particular example shows only 5,100 miles on the clock, and is extremely well kept. Many of these bikes found their way to the race track (these were fantastic club racers, along with the 750), or were thrashed, crashed and sold - repeat cycle as necessary. And while today's bike is not wearing original paint, the paint that is there is attractive and subtle - looking close to a stocker, but with a little extra class. The rare solo seat cover is color matched. There is an upgraded pipe installed as well, making this a period correct and clean Slabbie versus a 100% original and NOS stocker. But that needn't be a negative, as those who ride are more concerned with a clean and functional bike than a collectible garage queen. This is about as clean a Gen I rider that you could hope to find, has a cool history as described by the owner, and is near enough to stock to pass off as a wonderful example of the breed. Check it out here and drool over the pictures. These Gen I bikes are becoming more difficult to find; if you've been looking, it might be time to act. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Suzuki March 14, 2016 posted by

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

Springtime Slabbie:  1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Suzuki May 26, 2015 posted by

Two Owner 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Illinois

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If last week felt like Ducati week, this week is already starting to feel like GSX-R week. Following Sunday's 86 model is this 87 GSX-R 1100 that is also in very original condition and shows less than 10k miles. Similar to the other example, this one has an aftermarket pipe and pod filters, so make sure it runs right as the comments on the other post suggest. While this one shows a bit more storage wear it also carries a higher price of entry with a $10,900 buy-it-now. Compared to the 86 which has met reserve and is currently at $4,650 with over 7 days to go. It will be interesting to watch these both (if the auctions run to completion) to gauge the market.

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1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on eBay

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from the seller's description (converted to lowercase, sorry personal pet peeve!):

1987 SUZUKI GSXR 1100 WITH LOW ORIGINAL MILES (9961), NEW DUNLOP ROADSMART TIRES, NEW US MADE GEL BATTERY, NEW REAR BRAKE PADS, GOOD FRONT BRAKE PADS, FRESH ENGINE OIL, THE BLINKERS AND ALL LIGHTS WORK, THE GAS TANK IS CLEAN INSIDE, THE MOTOR RUNS STRONG, THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTS INTO ALL THE GEARS, IT IS A GOOD RUNNING CLASSIC BIKE. I GOT THIS MOTORCYCLE FROM ORIGINAL OWNER FOUR YEARS AGO, I STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL TITLE READY TO BE TRANSFER TO NEW BUYER. DO TO STORAGE OVER THE YEARS BIKE HAS SOME SMALL SCRATCHES, SMALL PAINT CHIPS AND TWO SMALL DINGS IN FRONT OF THE GAS TANK, THERE ARE FEW MARKS ON THE CLUTCH SIDE COVER OF THE MOTOR FROM OLD ACID BATTERY VENT TUBE.

PLEASE LOOK AT THE PICTURES AND ASK ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE BIDDING. IT'S BEING SOLD AS IS CONDITION. IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN THREE POSITIVE AND/OR NEGATIVE FEEDBACK PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE PLACING A BID ON MY LISTING. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL YOUR BIDS, AND BLOCK YOU FROM BIDDING FURTHER IF CONTACT IS NOT MADE.

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Two Owner 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Illinois
Suzuki March 19, 2015 posted by

Gonna go fast: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Canada

Always a RSBFS favorite and a quickly appreciating classic, here is a pristine 1989 GSX-R1100 located in Ontario Canada.

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There have been a lot of posts here on RSBFS about the the early GSX-R series so I won't waste time and repeat the previous posts.   This particular bike appears to be a very clean and almost completely OEM 1989 2nd generation "slingshot edition" 1100cc model in the red and white bodywork.

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1989 Suzuki GSX-1100R for sale on ebay canada

Pictures seem to show everything in very good condition.  The seller does note that the turn signals are not OEM and there is one crack under right mirror on upper fairing...neither of which seem like major issues. Exahust and seats also look to be OEM and in excellent condition.

Note:  While the pics show the full rear seat, the seller also indicates that the bike comes with the original hard to find rear solo seat section.

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While the bike certainly looks very clean, mileage is listed at a 45,000 miles so it hasnt been a garage queen.  To me the mileage doesnt seem to match the condition of the bodywork so I would want to check to see if any has been replaced or if the bike has been restored previously.  Then again, it may just be a really pristine survivor bike...its hard to tell without seeing it in person.

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Here is some of the information the seller includes in the ebay auction regarding condition:

  • NEW :
    • 2 metzler tires
    • Battery
    • all fluids/oils/filters
    • wheel bearings re-greased
    • chain and pivot points lubed
    • carbs cleaned/rebuilt with new jets
    • new spark plugs
  • Bike has just be serviced by my mechanic, can provide notes/bills of what was done
  • Signals, horn, hi/low beam all work as they should 

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The asking price for this slingshot edition is a surprisingly low $4,600 CAD/$3,600 USD which at first seemed a bit low to me.  However, a closer review of the auction posting reveals the following statement by the seller

"I can't get it to fire up and start at the moment .. petcock/fuel shutoff needs a rebuild kit or replacement"   

This statement could indicate something as simple as a long-standing gas tank having some crud go into the fuel system ...or it could be something more serious.  Personally I would want to take a close look at the bike myself before going after this one but it is a very clean early edition GSX-R1100 so it will probably "go quickly" to a new home.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Gonna go fast:  1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Canada
Suzuki June 10, 2014 posted by

Almost New: 1986 Suzuki GSX1100R in New Zealand

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Let's call this particular auction a market barometer. Sure, there is great love for the slab-sided early Gixxer. But how far are you willing to go to get a truly great one? Assuming that this is a truly great example (and it appears to be so with only 1,500 KM showing on the clock and looking pretty spiffy), is the land of Kiwi too far for a mass produced, non-homologation model? I guess it depends on where you live, and what you consider too far. Any interest from our US readers? Or are there simply too many examples of clean GSX-R 1100s in various regions to make this noteworthy? RSBFS is global, but is the love for slabbies also global? Check out this clean machine, and then let us know what you think. I know you want one, but how far is too far?

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

From the seller:
This machine is a genuine time capsule!

A 100% orginal, unrestored, first-generation GSX-R1100 with 1,200 miles in perfect, unmarked condition

Held in a private collection in Europe since new, stored in a temp/humidity controlled environment until end-2011 accumulating 900 miles over 26 years

I am the second owner and imported to NZ early-2012

Serviced and carb clean by Suzuki NZ on arrival

Starts and runs perfectly - looks, sounds and even smells like a new machine!

The tyres are new, the original tyres are in new condition and come with the bike, I also have an NOS screen which is included

2 x original keys, original registration documents & original manual

Almost New: 1986 Suzuki GSX1100R in New Zealand