1992 Suzuki GSX1100G from United States of America
Wish Suzuki still made UJM styled shaft drive bikes; not everyone wants a Harley
Oil jet plugged (top end overhaul).
Clutch disks and slave cylinder.
Both gauge needles snapped off (replaced with China gauge set).
Oil leak from custom valve cover oil feed (silver soldered it).
Original tank rusted through; bought a used one and epoxy sealed it.
This bike was a project bike that had sat out for a long time up north. I bought it since it had the rare factory fairing, although it needed a windshield and pocket covers (made some from PVC). Surprisingly a lot of parts are still available for it. I rebuilt the forks, replaced all wheel and later head bearings, new brakes & tires, replaced the 1" bars with a higher rise 7/8" bar with Hayabusa controls, added a China gauge panel, adapted a gear position indicator from an older Suzuki GS, modded the oil feed for the cooler and valve cover to use AN fittings, added a homemade Y-fitting for valve cover feed, added a tail trunk with additional LED rear lights and added rectangular LED turn signals and electronic flasher. Replaced the OEM headlight with a Hella E-code and a Nineo LED H4 bulb, which makes night riding far better. The most bothersome thing about it (like most older bikes) is having to mess with the carbs. If a modern fuel injected bike like this one was sold, I'd buy it. Oh, and the airbox is the dumbest design I've ever seen on a bike - it is non-removable until you pull the engine. I run a K&N air filter.
I use it to ride to and from work on dry days, about 300 miles per week. It is not as comfortable as my older GS1000G with a Vetter Windjammer, but it is more powerful and once I sorted the carbs it is a very reliable bike that gets decent gas mileage, although ethanol-free gas is a lot more per gallon than government-subsidized crap gas. It's not bad to work on, I have done a lot to it these past 7 years. The tire sizes are somewhat hard to find in an affordable tire. I'm currently running Metzelers front (Z6) and rear (Z8) with Dyna beads for balance.
I added an oil temperature gauge with the sender in an oil filter adapter, and an oil pressure gauge. The cooler really works, since in 50 degree weather I never see temps over 120. So far this year, I have seen temps of around 150 degrees in 80 degree ambient. It heats up quickly when idle. If there was room, I'd add an oil thermostat.
I love UJM style bikes with shaft drives and wish Suzuki would have sold the GSX1400 here with a shaft drive. Someday I may convert it to fuel injection.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2019