TimHuber

90 months ago

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Bike Spotlight; Mint 1988 GSXR1100

Potwin, Kansas, United States

88' GSXR-1100

88' GSXR-1100

RACE PREP SURPRISE

While I try to do as much of my own work on my bike as possible, I will admit that I bring my GSXR600 to a specialty mechanic for race-prep and tuning. Today I was doing exactly that in Glendale CA - dropping off my bike to have readied for some track abuse - when I noticed a very special something parked outside the garage. Jose my mechanic strolled over, beaming with pride, and began explaining the finer details of his most recent project: a 1988 Suzuki GSXR-1100 that looks like it belongs on a showroom floor.

It's truly perfect. With the exception of newly powder-coated rims, new grips and a slightly modified rear fender, the bike's all original (stock). An aftermarket exhaust has been added, however Jose stressed the importance, to him, of using an "era appropriate" exhaust in an effort to stay true to the original feel and performance of late eightys super bikes.

GSXR1100 Dash (notice the hazardous part of the tank)

GSXR1100 Dash (notice the hazardous part of the tank)

Suzuki's "Sacs" cooling system

Suzuki's "Sacs" cooling system

A UNIQUE BIKE

It's not uncommon to see vintage super bikes being restored, but to see one from this era in such pristine stock condition is truly remarkable, making this 28 year old 1100cc machine particularly noteworthy.

Buying a dream car could cost millions, but buying your dream bike is much more realistically obtainable. (So long as your dream bike isn't a Mike Hailwood replica).

Dual headlights on a flat front fairing, run of the mill for the era

Dual headlights on a flat front fairing, run of the mill for the era

Modified rear fender

Modified rear fender

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Clearly super bikes have come a very long way since the days of Giacomo Agostini. When you compare bikes from the 1960's and bikes from today, it's abundantly clear that the late 80's to early 90's super bikes are the link between the two eras. Some changes were very welcome too - such as not designing tanks with sharp points that sit near the rider's neck (no matter how much it may have improved airflow when refilling).

Even though this bike was in dealerships when I was still in the womb, it's very easy to appreciate this GSXR. While Jose has no plans of racing his 1100, knowing he is working on cool projects like this one makes me feel even better about spending my money here.

aftermarket carbon exhaust (period appropriate!)

aftermarket carbon exhaust (period appropriate!)

GSXR1100 Side/rear

GSXR1100 Side/rear

ABOUT THE SHOP

Jose has over two decades of experience working with motorcycle engines and is based in Glendale, CA, a stones throw from Los Angeles. He has a tow truck, full diagnostic equipment and a very friendly personality. He can be reached at 1-(213)-471-6278. (he does not do full customization, painting or powder coating, body work, etc, but anything that isn't cosmetic Jose can take care of.)

GSXR1100 rear

GSXR1100 rear

Looking good

Looking good

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anovax1

90 months ago

I don't know entry qualifications. It's a AMA sanctioned event, you should contact them.

TimHuber

90 months ago

@anovax1 That sounds really cool. What are th guidelines for what bikes are allowed? I've seen track days that are limited to pre1980 and pre 2000 but never anything that specifically focused on this era. Please take some photos and tell us how it goes. Ride safe!

TimHuber

90 months ago

@SimonHolmes232 well put. Saying they exude cool basically sums up everything I was trying to say. From what I understand th 85 Gsxr was the first real race replica bike (didn't hit the US until 86) so this bike being from 88 says a lot about how race derived the 88gsxr1100 was. Thanks for reading.

anovax1

90 months ago

Great bike. Anyone going to the vintage motorcycle days at mid Ohio sports car track in 2017? There will be a lot of similar bikes.

SimonHolmes232

90 months ago

There's something special about the super bikes from the '80s and early '90s. They just exude cool. Is it nostalgia? Maybe for some. Does the cruiser crowd look upon cruisers from that era with the same fondness? (Think Virago or the like.) Stunning GSXR for sure.

frencholive

90 months ago

@OGSXR600 Great read!  Cool headlights.