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Suzuki D2-492-09-10
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Capacity : 1100
Model : GSX E
Production : 1982 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


GSX 1100 E -1982

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In recent years Suzuki has shown itself the absolute leader in terms of top-of-the-range sports machines with its GSX-R 750 and 1100. In 1991 it launched the GSX 1100 G, a more mature version without a fairing. With this "basic" version, Suzuki was merely following the trend towards simpler, more usable bikes which were more easily affordable.

The Same Starting Point

Though they didn't have a single component in common, it was difficult at first glance to tell the 1991 GSX-G and the 1982 GSX-E apart, for they had the same starting point and followed the same general style. The 1100 E of 1982 was derived from the most futuristic super sport of its day, the 1100 Katana, though with less aggressive styling. It also used the Katana's 111hp engine, which gave the GSX-G Grand Tourer a top speed of over 140 mph, which was scarcely practical without a fairing. ·

Progress Makes the Difference

If they were visually similar, the G and the E were differentiated by technical progress: the all-new 1992 motor, with its delicate cooling fins, employed both air- and oil-cooling and, while its power output has been limited to 100 hp, its torque is greater. The weight has gone up from 522 lb in 1981 to 575 lb now, but the biggest change is the adoption of a single shock absorber rear suspension.


Engine: Air-cooled 107 cc (72x66mm) fourcylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 111 hp @ 8500 rpm

Valves: twin overhead camshafts

Fuel System: four 34mm carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed; chain final drive

Suspension: anti-dive telescopic fork (front); swinging fork (rear)

Brakes: twin disk (front); disk (rear)

Wheels: alloy; 3.50x19in (front); 4.50x17in (rear)

Maximum Speed: 144 mph


It was a sign of the time that the superb GSX E of 1982 was only on the market a short time and was replaced by more sporty derivatives, like the popular GSX G launched in 1991.

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