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Suzuki November 2, 2022 posted by

Only the Coolest – 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition

If you’ve come to the RSBFS site today looking to find a hot and collectable motorcycle from this millennium, please indulge us for a few more minutes. Because today’s find is a very, very sano Suzuki GS1000S circa 1980, putting it firmly in the pre-Y2K era, and very soundly into the old-school cool category of what a superbike used to be. Big, bright, blue and bold, the air-cooled inline four with racy stripes and bikini fairing pays homage to Wes Cooley’s success in AMA Superbike competition.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Suzuki GS1000-S
Wes Cooley Replica
Unobtanium In This Condition
Low Miles & Carefully Maintained
Absolutely Showroom New
Rare Original Mint Condition
The Holy Grail Of Super-Bikes
The Most Highly Collectible Of The Japanese SuperBikes
Looks, Runs & Rides Like New
On Display In The New England Motorcycle Museum
Previous Owner Passed Away

More from the seller:
Rare Opportunity To Buy The Best
Clean Title In Hand
Oregon Registration
Spare Key
Suzuki GS1000 Owner’s Manual
Suzuki Supplemental GS1000-S Owner’s Manual
Just Fully Serviced, Tuned & Detailed
PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO FOR DETAILS


More from the seller:
Carbs Cleaned & Tuned
Fuel Tank Removed and Flushed Out
VP Non-Ethanol Fuel Added
New Bel Ray MC4 Engine Oil
Mechanically, Cosmetically & Electrically a 10
New Battery
System Charging at 14.5 Volts
All Lights and Gauges Work Like New
Complete 100 Point Check Over
Full Rotisserie Detailed
Steam Cleaned, Hand Washed, Polished & Waxed
Ready To Ride or Show Today

We do not see these GS1000S models come up for sale often, and rarely do we see a bike quite this clean. The seller is a familiar entity in the collector world, and generally presents a clean and well photographed example. In today’s case we have a 42 year old, 7,500 mile example that looks to be pretty original. The OEM 4-into-2 exhaust has been traded for a 4-into-1 Kerker unit, which is period correct but looks out of place to me given the Cooley championship bikes in ’79 and ’80 were fielded by the legendary Yoshimura team. Other than that, this looks as good as we’ve seen. These bikes are not getting any younger, which means supply is dwindling with time. The internet appears to agree, as this one has been bid up to a strong $18,500 thus far; anxious prospects can still pull the trigger on a $25k Buy It Now option. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Only the Coolest – 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Edition
Featured Listing October 31, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing in Portugal – 2002 Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1

Francisco has upgraded this post to a Featured Listing. Check out all three of his listings: Honda MC28 NSR250, Suzuki RGB500, and a Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1! Thank you for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Say you want something really special, but an Italian Bimota doesn’t float your boat. There are certainly a number of boutique builders that have bikes on offer, but few are truly integrated offerings. Now imagine if somebody like the legendary Pops Yoshimura took an off the shelf 2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and reimagined it in a way that only Yosh can do? Well, you can stop imagining because today’s find is one of the only 50 Tornado S-1 models ever built. Performance and style courtesy of Yoshimura, with quality underpinnings by Suzuki. Now that is a win for a limited number of riders and collectors.

2002 Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1 for sale on eBay

Since Yoshimura is best known as providing performance items for Suzuki, it made sense for them to leverage their Suzuki know-how. Unlike Bimota which utilizes donor engines in primarily stock format, Yoshimura dug deep into the GSX-R mill, modifying the cylinder head, valves, camshaft and upping the compression. Adding a Yoshimura Engine Management System (EMS) in place of the stock Suzuki unit and finishing off the powerplant with one of their 4-into-1 titanium exhaust systems added approximately 20 horsepower to the already stout Suzuki. The EMS change also benefits the rider in allowing for selectable power maps while on the go. To complete the engine work, Yoshimura added bespoke engine cases and a special sump, reducing weight and providing for a greater oil quantity.

From the seller:
2002 Suzuki S1 Tornado
With only 13400 kms, this bike is very rare.
Only 50 unities were produced, all numbered from 1 to 50.
This is probably the rarest Suzuki ever produced road legal.
Only true collectors will appreciate it.
Feel free to ask more pictures.
Bike is located in Portugal – Lisbon.

On the suspension side, nothing but Ohlins will do. Which is exactly what Yoshimura has done. Brakes have been updated through a radial master cylinder and re-worked six-piston calipers. Wheels are unique and lighter, thanks to multi-spoke aluminum units from BBS. And as if all this needed even more wrapping paper, Yoshimura draped the old Gixxer in a new carbon fiber body that completely disguises the original DNA. Unique, custom and totally Yoshimura, only 50 units were produced in a single run of bikes. Today’s rare find is one such bike.

Located in Portugal (and looking like it comes from the same shop as some other outrageous finds), this very rare, very unique, very special Tornado S-1 is ready for a new home. When new – if you could even get on the list – this was a nearly $35,000 motorcycle. Today you can only find them on the used market, if you ever see them at all. The back story on today’s bike is unknown, but a sticker on the frame indicates it may have come through Canada at some point. The asking price for this one is $42,500 – or best offer. That is not too bad considering 20 years has passed since this bike was introduced to the world, and we all know how rarity adds to value. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing in Portugal – 2002 Yoshimura Suzuki Tornado S-1
Suzuki July 5, 2022 posted by

Old School Cool: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica

It is no secret that RSBFS staff members love the old-school nostalgia of AMA Superbike racing. And when it comes to the ’79 Suzuki GS1000S, we have written about it several times. These were days of manly men, doing manly stuff with skinny tires, skinny fork tubes, and relatively flexy frames. And while one might deride a late 1970s ride as slow, wobbly and antiquated, this was the stuff of racing madness back in the day. Time and tech wait for no man, and clearly today’s electronics, braking, engine and aero tech have moved us forward. But when it comes to straight up riding, nothing beats a massive lump of 1,000cc of four stroke goodness. And today’s example is even more so, sporting some period correct Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura add-ons which increase the value, rarity, and performance.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for sale on eBay

For more on the background of the Wes Cooley inspired GS1000S I could write up something to recycle all the old collective knowledge on the model and how it came to be. However the seller has already done so below, quoting liberally from this RSBFS post from 2020 (attribution really is the highest form of flattery, not to mention good form). All what was said in that article applies to this bike, however the Yoshimura Stage 3 kit adds horsepower the old fashioned way; displacement, compression and breathing improvements. This example also appears to be fitted with improved brakes (stock rotors appear tiny by comparison to these huge additions).

From the seller:
1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Race Replica w/ Rare Pops Yoshimura Stage 3 Full Kit! – $19,995 – WE TAKE TRADES! TOP DOLLAR FOR MOTORCYCLES, CARS, TRUCKS, RV’S, BOATS, TRAILERS, ETC – 315 Big Road Zieglerville PA 19492 – NATIONWIDE SHIPPING. 610-754-8500

1979 Suzuki GS1000S
Wes Cooley Race Replica w/ Rare Pops Yoshimura Stage 3 Full Kit.

This bike is a gorgeous 1979 Suzuki GS1000S. Often referred to as a Wes Cooley model due to the livery, however it was never marketed as such. Wes was a popular racer in Superbike and had some major success with Suzuki (AMA champion in ’79 and ’80) but failed to be honored with his own bike. Regardless, we still consider these models as Cooley replicas.

More from the seller:
The GS1000S was yet another evolution of Suzuki’s mainstay GS model. Climbing out of the ooze of the naked standard, the GS1000S showed its sporting intent with sophisticated air/oil front fork, and gusseted swing arm, and the requisite bikini fairing. But the real magic was in the steel connecting those pieces together. The frame was more robust than that holding up many contemporary bikes, allowing for better handing for what was not exactly the most powerful or fastest bike of the day. At the racetrack, this meant everything, and Pops Yoshimura breathed his magic on the motor to make up for the rest. In stock form expect the 997cc air cooled inline four to produce approximately 90 HP prior to the upgrades. This bike has a very rare Stage 3 Pops Yoshimura 1100 Big bore kit with short skirt/Slipper pistons, and camshaft.

It’s an original owner bike with only 20k. It also has period correct Billet Aluminum Performance Machine PM wheels, PM master cylinder, PM Calipers, and rotors. Numbers matching. Runs flawlessly. Just put about 50 miles going through the gears and making sure everything was in good working order. I opened her up in excess of 120mph just to shake off the cobwebs and she had plenty more. With the performance upgrades you get a much broader power band you’ll appreciate.

More from the seller:
This particular model was limited to a two year production run from 1979 to 1980. The blue/white paint was extra in the showroom, and the Cooley model was the most expensive GS offered by Suzuki for those years.

This bike is very clean, and has been very well cared for. That being said, these are reasonably rare 2-year only models, and few still around with low miles and fantastic condition. Only 500 were sold in USA and Canada.

Historically significant since Wes Cooley won the AMA Superbike Championship in 1979 and 1980. On October 16, 2021, Two-time AMA Superbike champion and two-time Suzuka 8 Hours winner Wes Cooley died at the age of 65.

Priced at $19,995 it’s a appreciating collectible that may never come up for sale again.

Over the years we have seen a fair number of these GS1000S models in reasonable condition. This particular bike has some upgrades, but is perhaps closer to the spirit of a Wes Cooley Superbike replica than the stocker. Regardless, this is one clean looking example of the breed that is being offered in a classified format. The price – like prices we have seen on motorized collectables everywhere – is high. If you want to party like it’s 1979, you’d better be prepared to pony up nearly 20 grand in today’s dollars. That is a lot, but these are relatively low volume, short production year bikes that you do not find every day. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Old School Cool: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica
Suzuki February 8, 2022 posted by

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !

Suzuki’s stylish flagship was a released as an 1100cc model, but also homologated for superbike racing with just a liter, but racing cams and carburetors.  Here’s a collector that was nicely upgraded, put in hibernation for 35 years, and has recently been fawned over to a museum-ready level.

1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ for sale on eBay

Though the Katana made do with a fairly conventional chassis, its clip-ons and factory rear sets made for a riding position poised for action.  Having the front axle centered in the anti-dive forks put a fine hone on the handling.  With 108 hp on tap, Hans Muth’s triangular fairing made a surprisingly effective notch in the wind.  1000SZ homologation specials got a performance intake cam and round slide Mikuni carburetors.  Alloy wheels had the then-current street stagger with 19-inch front / 17-inch rear.

The seller is apparently the second owner, but both custodians can clearly be termed superfans – the original owner spec’d engine mods by Vance and Hines, and the seller has gone through the bike comprehensively after its long hiatus.  Take a look at the – detailed pictures – and mammoth list in the eBay auction, and enjoy these comments:

First year, limited production. One year only AMA homologation model. One owner bike (I purchased this bike from the original owner). Purchased new at Pasadena Suzuki in 1982. All work performed in-house by Vance & Hines in late 1983/early 1984. Bike was parked and put into hibernation around 1989/1990 at the request of the original owner’s wife when they had their first child. Bike has been stored indoors in a climate controlled garage ever since.

Clean and clear title. Clean VIN. Starts, runs, and stops great. Bike has been fully gone through. All body work and panels are original, as is the paint. Frame and bodywork are in fantastic shape, paint is in great condition throughout. The seat cover is the factory original faux suede seat cover. The windscreen is the factory original GE Lexan windscreen. The lower fairings are original Lockhart Phillips fairings. These were made to order back in the early to mid ‘80s and are extremely rare. Fairings were color matched with the factory 13L paint. (Note: The fairings were stored off the bike for the last few decades and could stand to be refinished; however, the current paint is in fair condition.) Inside of fuel tank is extremely clean and rust free. Wheels are virtually spotless: no scratches, no pitting, no corrosion, no deeply embedded brake dust/road grime. No oil leaks or seeps, engine is very tight. Bike does not smoke or burn oil. All lights and electronics function properly. This Katana is a true survivor and is in amazing shape at 40-years-old. Aside from the parts and services needed to make it road worthy, this bike has been left as found and was meticulously restored to reflect that.

Original owner’s manual, spare key, steering lock keys, some ephemera (a few sport bike magazines from 1981, a new, sealed in box Testors 1/8 scale model), and some spare parts (original air box, original camshafts, exhaust baffle) are also included with the bike.

While the ask is up there, it’s unclear you could replicate it, when you’d have to start with an undamaged original and source a bunch of goodies that have been out of production for 30 years or more.  The Katana did pretty well with AMA champion Wes Cooley aboard, at least on endurance race track, and was just off the championship podium in 1982.  Somehow the styling made it a reach in the showroom, though it has a loyal following including your truly.  Normally, committing a classic to the carpet doesn’t seem right, but keeping those vintage tires in this case might be a good idea.

-donn

Strange Magic – 1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ with Lockhart lowers !
Suzuki January 25, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Update 3.31.2022: This bike has SOLD and been delivered. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The RSBFS faithful will undoubtedly know Chris Perkins from GSXRonly.com. Chris has listed some amazing builds on this site, complete with the requisite photography and honest descriptions. And today’s bike is no exception, except that instead of a perfect resto or a mod-rod hammer style big bore build up it is more of a very clean survivor / rider example of the classic liter bike monster, the GSX-R 1100 in beautiful blue & white.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 on eBay

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for sale on eBay

The GSX-R line should require no introductions on these pages, as Suzuki’s revolutionary race bike for the street bowed as a 750 in 1985, introducing light weight and race-spec components that redefined performance for the 750cc class. The 1100 model followed the next year, and similarly made existing liter bikes obsolete. But nothing remains static in the competitive arena of competitive motorcycles, and by 1988 the original 750 had already been upgraded in several areas, including a more robust frame. 1989 introduced similar changes to the 1100 (including a bump in displacement), resulting in the best handling and fastest big Suzuki to date. The 1127cc inline four – still cooled via a combination of air and 2 high-flow oil pumps – churned out 143 HP when new, could rip a quarter mile in the very low 10s, and nudged 170 mph flat out on the top end. Heady stuff for the 1980s.

From the seller:
1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100

15,600 miles
New Michelin tires
Yoshimura Duplex Exhaust
Repainted Rear Wheel
Great brakes, clutch and chain/sprocket
Cleaned and rebuilt carbs, new needle valves, ‘O” rings fuel lines and seals for the fuel delivery to the bowls
Lowers have been repainted due to tip over cracks and scuffs. Plastic welded and repainted with PPG products
Rear tail panels have had a few of the mounting nipples repaired.
Small crack left ear near the mirror on the upper fairing
Small crack (repaired from inside to stabilize) on right rear tail,
Small crack on left rear tail
Small crack on front fender
Scratches on the tank
Original white pearl paint is yellowing, as is typical for these bikes.
Metal is very nice, small scratch on right side of swing arm behind pipe
OEM reflectors, rear fender , rear tire hugger
OEM directional’s and mirrors

Running bike, Add fuel. Very fast, somewhat loud, but a lot of fun. If you are looking to have the rest of the bodywork painted, we can make that happen. I have the complete decal kit in hand. Otherwise, ride it as it is.

I try very hard to advise of all known defects so there is no confusion as to the condition, many times I am overly critical, but I have made a trip myself to get bikes, and have been disappointed at the description.

More from the seller:
This 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 is a really nice, mostly original example of a survivor /rider that is in need of a new pilot. Clean Florida title in my name. Ready to assist in shipping, but it is the buyers responsible for making arrangements. Any question or offers, please call.

Asking price: $11,500

Contact information: Chris Perkins 407-492-5854 gsxronly.com

Today we are seeing earlier generation GSX-Rs evolve into true collector bikes. Time has been kind to the style and the legend that is the Gixxer, but so many of these models were not treated kindly in return. Therefore simply finding a serviceable example of one these bikes from the 1980s is a feat unto itself. And when you find one, you have work to do. Potentially a lot of work, depending upon the condition and how recently it was used. Today’s Featured Listing 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 has already had a pretty thorough going over by the sounds of things, and Chris is very open as to the overall mechanical and cosmetic shape of the machine – in both pictures and words. The period correct Yoshimura exhaust and Lockhart tinted screen is just icing on the cake! If you have lusted after a classic GSX-R and are looking for a rider or if you seek a platform to build the bike of your dreams, check out all of the great pictures and then give Chris a shout and strike a deal. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100
Suzuki August 13, 2021 posted by

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R

Even in the midst of a riding rejuvenation, plans and priorities can change.  Here’s a 1986 GSX-R that’s getting quite close to bike night, just needing a new owner’s shove over the goal line.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R for sale on eBay

For its U.S. debut, the GSX-R got a 25mm longer swingarm, calming the handling from 1985.  Around the bike, lightness was a focus, and performance guided designers.  The oil-cooled engine saved the weight of a water system, and got larger valves in part by using smaller spark plugs.  Wheelies caused by the 100 hp launch could be reversed by a stoppie using the four-piston front brakes.   The flat-sided fairing had an endurance racer’s simplicity, but it was the last hurrah for the track-oriented 18-inch wheels.

This owner has been slowly returning his 750R to a more stock condition, but left a few things for the next custodian to weigh in on.  It looks very presentable, even at the office, and could have some incremental re-finishing without tearing it down.  Comments from the eBay auction: 

Bike runs, shifts and idles as it should.
All lights, signals and horn work as they should. Left signal dash light bulb is out.

These bikes are getting harder and harder to find. Hasn’t been cut up or crazy modifications. Some body panels have been repaired and repainted. Tank is in very good condition other then a few scratches on right side of tank (See in picture posted). Tank looks to be all original paint. Plastic body panels do have some imperfections here and there.

Wheels have been repainted white by previous owner. Not a very good a paint job on wheels. Wheels were and should be black to be correct.
I believe I have a left and right new oem G graphics decal that goes on lower part of cowl in black area. Just haven’t put them on yet. As long as I can find them. They will go with the bike as well.

No rust in tank ever. Very clean.
Bike would need a restoration to be perfect .
This is in excellent running, driving and or take to local bike shows.

Tires that are currently on the bike are out of date. Would need to be replaced to be safe. I bought a set of brand new tires for it that will go with the bike.
Brand new oem tool kit included.
New battery last summer. Always left on tender.
After market Yoshimura slip on. Sounds great. I don’t have the oem exhaust.
Front fork seals will need to be replaced .
Body work is oem but some panels have been repaired.
Oem air box goes with the bike. These are getting hard to find with all the brackets and hoses.
This bike has a bunch of new oem parts through out the bike.

I had the valves and carbs adjusted last summer. Bike runs great. Front calipers were also rebuilt and new pads installed last year. Brand new oem Suzuki main wiring harness installed last year. New Oem head light housing, adjustment springs and hardware. New head light Oem wiring harness. Brand new oem foam gauge pad installed last year.

First year icons will either be hardly or heavily used, and this one has some miles but looks to have spent the last several seasons with more tinkering than riding.  Without being a Special Edition or RR, this could still be a great example.  Hopefully the reserve doesn’t put it too far out of the almost-there-project department.

-donn

Long Way Home – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750R
Suzuki June 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750

Update 6.27.2021: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Already the stuff of legend, the GSX-R750 got a substantial revision in 1988, with a higher revving engine, “slingshot” carburetors, and 17-inch wheels.  RSBFS reader Jim’s GSX-R has a professional re-paint and several neat updates.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale asking $6,900

Beside the semi-flatside carburetors, the new 748cc engine had larger valves than it predecessor, and hotter cams to operate them.  112 hp at 11,000 rpm was the final result, with max torque of 55 ft.-lbs. of torque measured at a lofty 10,000 rpm.  The enhanced air-oil cooling system on the engine took an extra quart and ran it through a two-stage oil pump and oversize oil cooler.  The revised alloy chassis was substantially more rigid, and added some 15 lbs.  43mm cartridge forks replaced the air-adjustable models but lost their anti-dive circuit.  Brakes remained excellent with a 60-to-zero distance of 122 feet, and the full fairing had the dual headlight looks of an endurance racer.

Jim’s K-model has relatively low miles and looks to have been garaged consistently.  The full Yoshimura exhaust is complemented by a jet kit, and the wider rear wheel makes for a bigger contact patch.  Jim’s comments about his bike:

This is a very clean and unmolested 1989 GSX-R 750. I believe I am the 5th adult owner, previous owner was an engineer in Southern California, and by the previous owner the bike has always been garaged and well cared for. It survived the last 30 years without having its frame polished, being raced or otherwise abused. Low original miles (22,537) and in very nice shape. Few left like this anywhere, truly a classic. It pains me to sell this bike, but it’s time to thin the herd.

Prior to me purchasing it, the previous owner had the bike professionally painted and re-decaled. He said the original bodywork was un-crashed and in good shape physically but suffered from fading and the yellowing you will often seen on the decals. He left the tank and front fender original as they were nice – likewise the solo cowl is original Suzuki paint. They are in excellent shape. Mechanically solid with the carbs just cleaned a month ago, Pirelli Diablo’s are in great shape, almost new RK chain, fresh brake fluid flush and bleed front and rear and also has had a recent oil change. Bike is turn key and ready to ride. Everything works!

It’s very original with a few mods. Period correct Yoshimura Duplex header, a newer Yosh slip on exhaust, Factory Pro Jet Kit, has an 1100 rear shock as well as 1100 gauge surround. Rear wheel is from a 1990 to run a 180 rear tire.

Very hard to find unmolested GSX-R’s of this vintage anymore and prices are going up every year – and I do not think you will find one this nice cosmetically. The bike is located in Maryland near Washington DC and you are welcome to come inspect in person. Bike has a CLEAN and CLEAR Maryland title.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

The 2nd generation GSX-R750 weighed a bit more, but with the additional power, the pound/horsepower ratio improved a hair.  Though the model was well on its way to becoming a classic, the J and K years had a lot of nice improvements, and took the AMA SuperBike crown with Jamie James in ’89.  Jim and his previous owners have taken nice care of this GSX-R, and avoided the personalization pitfalls.

Jim is asking $6,900 for his GSX-R750.

Featured Listing – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki May 14, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100

Found in New Jersey, today’s awesome 1983 Suzuki Katana is a throwback to what was the state of the art. Looking like a space ship – but rolling on caveman technology – the Katana made a serious statement to the world. This was a major score for Suzuki, and the entire world watched as the Hamamatsu manufacturer leapt to the front of the line with a string of successful models, including the forthcoming (and game changing) GSX-R. But in the first half of the 1980s it was the Katana making news and stealing the show.

Featured Listing: 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100 for sale on eBay

The radical lines of the Katana were penned by designer Hans Muth. They evoked a sense of motion with angular lines and a short, stubby windscreen. By all accounts the new Katana was not Gold Wing comfortable, but was no worse than the hyper sports bikes to come in the next decade (here’s looking at you, Ducati). Power came from an evolution of the big GS mill, with DOHC and four valve heads, but that is where brute force took over from technology. The big 72mm slugs displaced 1074cc, and slide in air cooled bores. These were fed by a brace of four Mikuni carbs, with the mixture squished to a compression ration of 9.5:1. All told, expect 110-ish HP from a stock unit (when new). The rest of the bike consisted of a steel double loop frame, and a twin shock swing arm arrangement. Brakes were big for the day, with 275mm disks up front and double piston calipers. When introduced ahead of the 1981 model year, Suzuki claimed the Katana was the fastest production motorcycle in the world.

From the seller:
1983 Suzuki GSX / Katana 1100. Listing for my father who has owned it since 1987. The engine was taken out and rebuilt in the 1990’s. It has a 1166cc big bore kit, Stage 2 port and polished head, megacycle cams, springs, and retainers, super hub clutch basket, 36mm mikuni RS carbs. Ohlins shocks, braced swing arm, powder coated wheels, large aftermarket performance machine front brakes, brand new Michelin tires, yoshimura header, dyna coils and MSD ignition box. We have most of the original parts for it including the original carburetors, shocks, seat, center stand, air box, swing arm, and a spare gas tank that is dented. Everything operates on the motorcycle except for the tachometer because of the MSD spark box. The box has an adjustable rev limiter. The motorcycle only has about 3000 miles on the rebuilt engine and has never been raced. Runs and stops great.

This particular Katana has benefitted from some very period-correct mods as well as newer technology. Read carefully through the seller’s description to find the deeper details, but essentially the GS motor responds well to a big-bore kit. This comes straight out of the dragstrip mentality of “bigger is better,” and by all counts the 1166cc upgrade is relatively conservative. The Yoshimura headers, the Kerker can, the braced swing arm, the upgraded carbs and the new cams are all old school trickery to make the Katana even faster (and thanks to upgraded brakes, it stops better too!); it all looks the part today. Even the MSD ignition seems to fit, itself a far better solution than the early-style, weak transistorized unit of the stocker. Sadly, said upgrade fails to communicate with the analog rev counter, making the tach inop. Many of the original parts are included in the sale, which is a plus for the collector.

The seller notes that this bike has been in the family for a long time – since 1987. That is great loyalty and longevity for what was initially thought of as a motorcycle oddity. Thankfully Suzuki experienced great success with the model, which spawned many variants including smaller capacities, different bodywork, and of course models crafted using similar design language (GS550 and XN85 Turbo, to name two). The Katana name was reused many times over the years as well, although never with such the impact as the original. This fantastic looking beast is prowling for a new garage or man cave to call home. And who wouldn’t want this sitting somewhere where it could be seen? Anthony can be reached by email here and is asking $15,000.

MI

Featured Listing – 1983 Suzuki Katana 1100