1983 Suzuki GS1100ES
The multi-cylinder super-bike revolution began back in 1969 with Honda’s CB750, quickly followed by Kawasaki, upping the game to 900cc with the Z1. Suzuki stayed on the sidelines of the battle, developing large capacity 2-strokes and rotary powered machines until 1977, when the GS750 and GS1000 were introduced. Widely regarded as the best handling of the bunch, the firm added a 16-valve head for 1980, and a bump to 1100cc. The bulletproof engine became the darling of the drag racer and Special builder, with 1260cc overboring, frame kits from the likes of Spondon and Harris and the occasional turbo.
As Cycle World said it: “The engine and frame and suspension are right. The motor is brilliant, making tons of power at every engine speed without ever seeming to work at it. The GS … doesn’t overpower its chassis … the suspension is excellent under most conditions. Taken as a whole, as a complete motorcycle, the GS works, and works well.”
The motorbike offered
The 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES offered here, comes to us from a California enthusiast, who, now in his more senior years, has decided to part with the bike. Showing 36,000 miles on the odometer, the bike is offered in exceptional condition, considering its age and originality. The blue and white livery remains in excellent condition with minimal wear. The plastics have no cracks. Engine finish shows a little wear and the rest of the bike has a nice patina.
Mechanically, the bike is in excellent condition. Fresh from a carb clean and adjustment, the bike starts easily and runs well. It is fast more than quick in that big engine capacity way and the noise will take you back to the burgeoning superbike era.
Sold on a clean, clear California title.