Motorcycle Poll: Which 1983 Superbike Would You Buy?


| 6/22/2011 11:10:39 AM


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Which 1983 Superbike Would You Buy?

They may seem tame today, but when they were introduced, yesterday’s air-cooled DOHC inline fours were fearsome machines. In 1983, if you wanted a really big, really fast four, three machines that really stuck out were the Honda CB1100F, Kawasaki GPz1100 and Suzuki GS1100SD Katana. Compared to earlier fours from Japan, these were strikingly styled motorcycles with prodigious levels of horsepower and technological wizardry. Ignored for years, they’re increasingly coming back on the radar, and good ones are hard to find. So the question is, if you could buy just one, which would it be?

 

Namikuz
11/18/2018 8:23:09 AM

I've owned all 3 at some point and I have an '83 1100ES Suzuki in my garage currently, along side of 3 others, An '07 Suzuki SV1000, an '95 Triumph Rocket3 and an '03 MuZ Skorpipn Traveller, The '83 1100rd Suzuki is still an amazing bike, with the Super Trapp and carb kit, it runs with all but the liter plus hyper bikes. Compared to the other bikes from '83, the Honda continually ate electronics and was harsh to ride, tall and seemed short in wheel base, the Kawasaki ate tires and brakes. The tire wear substantially affected turn in and after only a few thousand miles felt like riding off the edge of a board. The trans on all my Suzukis have been the best in the business.......though lately I REALLY enjoy the enormous torque of the Triumph and comfort with my wife on board.


Namikuz
11/18/2018 8:23:08 AM

I've owned all 3 at some point and I have an '83 1100ES Suzuki in my garage currently, along side of 3 others, An '07 Suzuki SV1000, an '95 Triumph Rocket3 and an '03 MuZ Skorpipn Traveller, The '83 1100rd Suzuki is still an amazing bike, with the Super Trapp and carb kit, it runs with all but the liter plus hyper bikes. Compared to the other bikes from '83, the Honda continually ate electronics and was harsh to ride, tall and seemed short in wheel base, the Kawasaki ate tires and brakes. The tire wear substantially affected turn in and after only a few thousand miles felt like riding off the edge of a board. The trans on all my Suzukis have been the best in the business.......though lately I REALLY enjoy the enormous torque of the Triumph and comfort with my wife on board.


TimKern
4/30/2015 2:41:50 PM

Well, I now own an XS-11 and KZ-1100 Spectre, but for pure performance, I'd prefer the '83 VF750F that I had ten years ago.




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