1998 saw the last Suzuki GSX-R 1000 roll off the assembly line and, despite how popular the bike had been in its heyday, there was no hue and cry as production quietly stopped. Suzuki would be without a big bore sportbike for three years before the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was released.
Despite the fact that over its production run tens of thousands of Suzuki GSX-R 1000’s were produced and sold all over the world, original examples in good condition have become something of a rarity. Many bikes were ridden hard and they were often crashed. As a result, they became and remain a popular starting point for street fighters and customs.
The bike is a tuner’s favorite – all versions respond well to tuning and even early models can make 140 hp (104 kW) at the wheel with relative ease. Simple intake modifications and a good exhaust will yield upwards of 10 hp (7 kW) increase. More enthusiastic tuning will see 160 hp (119 kW) or more, and many drag racers use superchargers or turbochargers with this engine to break the 500 hp (370 kW) mark.
A modified version of the original oil/air-cooled 1100 engine was used in the original 1157 cc model of the Bandit 1200 motorcycle and taken to the biggest factory big-bore job in the hugely torque-laden GSX1400 up until 2008.
Suzuki GSX-R1100 1998 Specifications
Colors Candy Dusk Blue / Pearl Still White (K1V) Pearl Novelty Black / Metallic Charcoal Gray N0.2 (G2E)
Dimensions and curb weight Overall length: 2.130mm (83.9in) Overall width: 755 mm (29.7 in) Overall height: 1,190 mm (46.9 in) Battle: 1.485mm (58.5in) Ground clearance: 130 mm (5.1 in) Seat height: 815 mm (32.1 in) Empty weight: 231kg (509lbs)
Engine Engine Type: 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, water cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, TSCC Bore: 75.5 mm (2.97 in) Stroke: 60 mm (2.36 in) Displacement: 1,074 cc (65.5 cu.in) Compression ratio: 11.2: 1 Maximum power: 155ps/10.000rpm Carburetor: 4 x MIKUNI BST40 Air filter: polyester fiber element Starter system: Electric starter Lubrication system: Wet sump