1982 Suzuki GS1100E Cafe Racer


And now for something completely different. With its first appearance now occurring on the “I Love Cafe Racers!!!” blog, let me introduce the somewhat funky GS1100E cafe racer. This is a really neat bike that takes a more modern big-bore zook and inserts a couple of cafe-type styling cues with very interesting results.

First up, the spoked wheels. I think they look very cool and unique. There are no sizes listed in the seller’s description, but from the fourth photo down, it looks like a 3″ x 18″ rim. I’m going to hazard a guess that the front is probably a 2.15″ rim in either a 19″ or 18″ diameter. Check out the photos to make your own guess.

While it doesn’t have clip-ons or clubman bars, it does have drag bars which get this bike most of the way there in terms of looks (and I would guess handling/bike-feel). Performance wise, there have been a few things done to this bike that should make it scream (listed below). Currently there are zero bidders and the starting price is shown as $2,650. If no one bids soon (there are 3 days left in the auction), I suspect the seller will lower the starting price to generate interest.

    Vance & Hines welded/trued crank
    Mikuni 33mm smoothbore carbs
    V&H high flow oil pump
    Kerker FULL exhaust
    APE clutch basket
    V&H timing chain
    K&N filter pods
    Lockhart oil cooler with braided SS lines and Russell fittings
    Fork Brace
    low miles on Pirelli Sport Demon tires & o-ring chain
    recent fork seals


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suzuki gs1100 1982 cafe racer 05

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4 comments so far

  1. Paul on

    Ok, this one works…simple classic 80’s styling, King Kong motor, put a small bikini fairing or a ‘fly’ screen, clubmans…that big 8″ headlamp..BIG fun. Well, maybe a seat style change would help the look

  2. caferacers on

    I think the spoked wheels transcend “eighties styling”. Plus, I gotta have a place to crash over Labor day weekend. Yes?

  3. tyre changers on

    Yeah,it reminds me of the 80’s design.I think i see the same motorbike and i simply like the wheels.

  4. dean on

    meh the spoke wheels gotta go


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