Suzuki GSX-R1100 Review from United Kingdom

1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z 1000 A2

Summary:

Awesome machine with well deserved reputation

Faults:

Second gear went, kept jumping out after a series of naff wheelies... more practise needed.

General Comments:

GSX-R1100 K.

Great bike, cheap insurance as now over 15 years old (me and bike!).

Plenty of power and tons of part available, spares & performance.

Turned mine into a Streetfighter with the help of 'eBay'.

Not for the faint hearted, but a superb bit of kit.

Cult following for this mean machine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th December, 2005

14th Oct 2007, 08:57

Own a 1992 GSX-R 1100N and a 1991 GSX-R 750N.

BOTH AWESOME! These bikes are now in the great grandfather stage of the motorcycle industry, and while riding them I may not be able to kick ass on the stunters around my local area, that all seems to disappear when we go into the twisties and I never see them again because they can't handle the power of their newer bikes.

The 750 and 1100, in their time, were the best most touted bikes. I sold my 91 in 92 and was able to purchase, not only the '92 1100, 6 years ago, but most recently my O.G. '91 I sold years ago. Still great bikes, and easily maintained... (if you know what you're doing).

Personal opinion... I think it is cheaper to work on the older versions (unless you run into N/A for parts to rebuild) fuel injection is nice, and having the power of the newer bikes is great, but the pre- water cooled gixxers are so much more rider friendly, I just don't see getting rid of them just yet...

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review