The Suzuki GSX-R1100 1995 WS and onward models also featured a race-style braced swing-arm (in place of the asymmetrical ‘banana’ swing-arm found on the WP and WR models). Overall peak power (approx a measured 133 bhp at the rear wheel – which made the then enormous factory claims of 155 bhp, which many were sceptical of, at the crank perfectly credible) was unchanged but the torque curve on the bike was much improved. From the 1995 models weight fell back 221 kg (487 lbs) in the UK market. Some aerodynamic modifications were also introduced (most obviously narrowing the frontal area and reducing the size of the front fairing, the separate day time driving lamp disappeared and was incorporated into a new narrower twin headlamp cluster).
Many owners say these bikes are the easiest to live with and the most well rounded. Good fuel economy is even possible (over 45 mpg on a long cruising run imp gallon)15,9 km/l and the slight changes made to the foot-peg position on the WS-on models even made distances a much less daunting prospect. In reality the bike had become a highly competent and monstrously fast (177 mph was measured as the max speed of the standard WS bike by one UK bike magazine, Superbike in 1995) sports-touring machine, a far cry from its race-born origins.
It is clear the design had reached its fullest form in the mid 1990s but that in terms of the leading edge of sports bike design it was already outdated and left behind as competition spurred the development of ever more powerful, ever lighter sport bikes.
Suzuki GSX-R1100 1995 Specifications
Colors Pearl Medium Blue / Pearl Still White (M18) Pearl Novelty Black / Rouge Red No.2 (A6G) Light Purple Metallic / Pearl Novelty Black (C3R)
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