Suzuki GSX-R1100 Reviews

1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 from United States of America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki RM250 Dual Sport

Summary:

The bike that started it all..

Faults:

Catastrophic transmission failure at 20,000.

Poor repairs/modifications done by previous owners, which needed correction.

General Comments:

I was unfortunate to buy this motorcycle. The bike had obviously been laid down before, and repaired poorly. There were hose clamps where c-clips should have been, loose screws and bolts inside the case, coil packs from a Honda CBR, JB welded covers etc.

Thus far, I have had the gears undercut while also replacing all the bearings and washers for the trans. I also replaced the shift forks, shift shaft, gear selector shaft, heli-coiled multiple threads in the case, replaced 2 coil packs with dyna units.

I also disassembled the carbs for winter cleaning and found the rubber diaphragms had been repaired with rtv sealant. Don't worry, they are still available from Suzuki... Only $115.00 apiece! I opted to upgrade to a set of 36 mm carbs from an 89 1100, but you need to be cautious with these too.

I found that the slide glides had been broken, and these are not available from Suzuki. I fortunately found someone "parting out" a set of carbs. You will also need to replace the petcock with one from a later year or a pingel unit.

Now, I know that almost none of this is the fault of Suzuki, but it should serve as a lesson to anyone considering buying a 20+ year old sportbike. Had I not been a mechanic, The transmission work would have easily cost in excess of $1500. Factor in rebuilding a set of carbs and you would have been looking at close to 2k. Know what you are getting into. Ask for receipts, take it to someone who knows what they are looking at, otherwise it could be very costly.

That being said, I do not regret buying this bike for one second. It's got scary torque that will easily put the front wheel up.

As far as handling, it's probably one of the worst handling replica racers ever built, but that's part of its character. If you can ride one of these oil boilers fast, than you are truly a masterful rider. Personally, it has more power than I'll ever need.

I may update the wheels and front end at some point to improve the handing, but other than that, I couldn't be happier with it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2010

1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 from United Kingdom

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: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews