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1980 Suzuki GS1100E for Sale in Denver

1980 Suzuki GS1100E L Side

Machines like the Suzuki GS1100E have been rare in the US of late, where motorcycles are most often owned and flaunted by weekend warriors: lifestyle accessories don’t need to be rideable for more than a few miles at a time, so you’re free to buy shrieking, peaky race-reps or 900 pound feet-in-the-breeze Barcaloungers, whichever fits your personal taste without regard to practicality.

Suzuki’s GS series bikes were do-it-all machines, the epitome of the UJM or “universal Japanese motorcycle”: four cylinders, twin shocks, no fairing. Bikes that were reliable and frugal enough for daily use, handled well enough for weekend scratching, and comfortable enough for distance work.

The GS-designation described a huge range of motorcycles built over almost forty years and powered by singles, twins, and four-cylinder engines of varied displacements. The GS1100 was powered by Suzuki’s durable air-cooled, 8-valve and later 16-valve, dual overhead-cam engine slung into a stable chassis.

It made for a blank canvas that could be turned into just about anything you wanted: the famous “Pops” Yoshimura turned the earlier 1000 version into a successful racebike that spawned the Wes Cooley race replicas that sometimes show up on this site for sale.

This example is the much more basic “E” model and as such would have been nothing much special at the time. But the curse of the ubiquity and reliability of the UJMs was that they were treated like the appliances they resembled: used and often discarded, left to rust and rot by less than sympathetic owners. You couldn’t own a Triumph or Norton unless you were ready to get your hands and garage floor dirty, unless you were invested. But anyone could [and did] buy bikes like the Zook, and they were often used as intended, so nice examples are getting harder and harder to find.

From the original Craigslist listing: 1980 Suzuki GS1100E – $2995

1980 Suzuki GS1100E in very nice condition. Almost bone stock except for “crash bars” and cruise control, both easily removable. 30K miles. Just completed a full going over by former service manager of large local dealership that specializes in working on 70’s/80’s/90’s vintage bikes. Runs PERFECTLY. Starts, idles and everything works.

1980 Suzuki GS1100E R Side

This one’s in the Denver, Colorado area. Nearly $3k is pretty serious cash for an old GS, but makes more sense when you think instead that that’s pretty small price to pay for reliable, do-anything transportation. Not too many cars or trucks that can give you this much entertainment AND reliability and cost so little to run.

Not a glamorous bike, but perhaps the perfect tool for a trip down memory lane for someone who remembers just how good these really were at being motorcycles. Don’t bother shipping it: just show up with your riding gear, bungee your duffle bag onto the tail, and ride it home.



Cutting Edge Suzuki: 1983 GS1100 Katana

For Sale: 1983 Suzuki GS1100 Katana

When Suzuki first introduced the Katana in the US in 1981, both the press and the public were taken aback by the sheer audacity of the styling. Originally powered by a 1000cc mill, performance was more than enough to quiet the detractors. In following years, Suzuki bumped displacement to a full 1100cc, upgraded running gear, and made only minor changes to the appearance. This is a 1983 model, which offered the 1100cc motor and the silver\blue paint scheme.

That styling of the Katana was originally penned by Hans Muth, fresh from a stint at BMW. That tiny front fairing was tested and modified in the wind tunnel, and offers a surprising amount of protection for its size.

From the seller:
Museum quality example of last year limited production motorcycle. All original, 6700 easy miles. New tires, carbs serviced 8 months ago, stored with ethanol free gasoline and stabil, never laid down, never wrecked.

The going rate for a Katana is on the rise – and clean, original examples like this one are very hard to come by. The opening bid for this bike is $5,500 – and there is a reserve in place. We have seen these Katanas cross the block in tehe $6k range, but many are poor examples of the breed. This one looks to be in fine condition, has only 6,700 miles on it, and will only go up in value. and find out more information. Better yet, fire off a bid on the bike – there are not many like it left!


’82 Katana in Oregon

1982 Suzuki GSX Katana For Sale on eBay

The classic Suzuki Katana 1000, this bike really broke the mold for Japanese bikes!

The bike was basically a GS1100 with funky styling , by a gentleman named Hans Muth, and unveiled at the 1980 Cologne Motor Show.

The U.S got the bike in the 1000cc form (to meet U.S superbike rules) and the rest of the world got the 1100 motor.  At 89″ long and 511lbs (dry) this was a big bike!

Yoshimura raced one in AMA superbike in the States with Wes Cooley and Dave Aldana on board with some podium finishes  but with many mechanical problems.

The model continued until ’83 with limited changes, mostly cosmetic , these things have reached cult status in the U.K and of course Japan.

This bike looks really nice!

Very low miles (7,315 miles!), very clean and pretty much stock except for the nice Vance and Hines pipe.

If I only had the cash I would be all over this bike, but my marriage would also be all over!