Pictures of visitors' Suzuki motorcycles
|On top: Laura's blue GSX750E. She told that it was a 1982-year's model but it's actually a 1981. The 1982 had round headlight and meters so it's easy to spot the difference. Also, it's not 100% original like Laura states. The 4 into 1 exhaust system is certainly not an original item, neither are the rear shock absorbers or the crash bars protecting the engine. Apart from those, and the stickers on the fuel tank and the front forks, it seems to be in original shape.
The red bike in the second picture is Laura's husband's old GSX1100E.
She writes: “I have been riding now for about 2 ½ years and love every minute of it. My husband and I ride for a bike club called Full Circle, and we have a web site: www.fullcircle.bikeclubs.co.za.
To all bikers out there, keep safe, ride safely and lean into the bends. I'll welcome any correspondence from fellow Suzuki lovers. I'd also be interested if there are any other bikes like mine (same colour/condition) and would love to correspond with their riders.”
Here's more Suzuki GSX750E info.
| 1981 Suzuki GSX750E
, 45, Durban, South Africa
Comments: I want to tell you about my GSX750 which I have had many many kms of joy riding. I have been told by many fellow Durban bikers that my bike must be one of the best GSX750's in Durban. Makes me very proud. But her fantastic condition is wholly due to my husband's dedication to keeping both of our bikes in pristine condition. He now rides a Yamaha Thunderace even though I was very upset that he sold the GSX1100. I wanted it at the time, but that was not to be.
My 1982 GSX750 is still 100% original and in pristine condition. My husband had a fantastic GSX1100, but it was giving him a problem with non-charging about three years ago. He wanted to buy another bike just in case his wouldn't start and he needed another bike to get to work. I said, that's fine, but you buy a bike that I can ride. Bravely I said this, having never ridden a bike in my life before.
A few months later we were at a Suzuki dealer here in Durban when I saw this dirty bedraggled GSX750 hidden away in the corner of the showroom. I took one look at it and said we must buy this one. To cut a long story short, hubby tested it, and we bought it.
Amazingly there was only 47,000 km on the clock. The bike had been parked off somewhere in a garage for years, and as a result there was a lot of aluminum corrosion and seat torn to shreds. So the task of getting her up to standard started. We didn't have to do any major work, clean up and respray engine, rims etc. Recover seat (and customize it so my feet could touch the ground) and a lot of elbow grease polishing her up to a shine again.
She runs like a dream, purrs along the highways and has guts. Unfortunately, with her standing for so long, the tank has faded, and we can't get a match on the original colour, so the tank, side covers etc are all different blue.
We have now decided to respray her (keeping to original colours and design) and have found an excellent bike spray painter here in Durban who is busy with the respray now. We are having the stripes and tail piece sticker air brushed on because in the Durban heat, stickers tend to peel.
You will see a horrid gold lion on the side of the tank. That was to cover a deep scratch on the tank, and being in Durban where rust is prevalent, we put the sticker on to prevent rust. That will now (thankfully) be removed once resprayed.
I've attached a picture of her before the make over, and will send a picture of her when she is finished. I will also send a pic of my husband's old GSX1100 which he has unfortunately sold now.
Here's more Suzuki Bandit info.
| 2003 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Owner: David McBain
Bethany, Ontario, Canada
Comments: I bought my Bandit new last year and have ridden over 20,000 km with it. I have been riding for thirty years and I love this bike for many reasons. It is so comfortable yet so capable, fast and stable.
Changed complete front end with Busa parts and tuned the motor a bit. Now it's faster and more stable. I want to fly it to Europe to tour there on it.
I'd like to try a GSX1400 but they are not available in North America. I will have to arrange a test ride while over there. Here at home, I ride with quite a mix of riders, some very new, some very crazy, but all for fun. Cheers.
| 1983 Suzuki GSX750S Katana
Comments: My bike is a GSX750SZ Katana 1983 (I think). I bought it in June 2004 in poor shape. It has 90,000 km on the meter.
It is heavily modded. It's got Suzuki Bandit 1200 rear swing, Honda CBR600F3 front end and wheels, Honda CB900 shocks. I also plan fitting 1135cc EFE lump, GSX-R carbs and K&N clamp-ons on it.
I love this bike. It just screams: 'Please, rebuild me and have fun with me'... And it runs and looks like a dream (in my humble opinion).
Here's more Suzuki Katana info.
| 1981 Suzuki GSX400L
Owner: Stefan Komuzin,
Comments: The Bike is 'downgraded' to a GS400, was formerly a GSX400L.
In 1990 the blackbox smoked away and I could not afford a new one.
So I purchased the ignition-assembly (plate and contacts) from a GS400 and build it into the engine instead of the magnetic ignition.
Works fine until the present day :).
I would call it a GSX400 (with the 'X') in any case. The X in the model name tells that the engine has four valves per cylinder.
Here below is a picture of a standard GSX400L.
Here's more Suzuki GSX400L info.
Updated: July 2, 2006
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