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Suzuki GSX1100E model history
1980—1988


I have tried to tell the Suzuki GSX 1100 E (GS1100E/GS1150E in the US) model history on this page as I know it. I would be grateful of any contributions — sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible. If you send me pictures of your own bike, please follow these instructions.

Suzuki GSX1100E

Suzuki 1980More Suzuki models from 1980
1980 Suzuki year code: T

GSX1100E was introduced in August 1979 as a naked heavyweight muscle tourer with leading axle front forks and a new 16-valve engine. GSX1100ET had 19-inch front and 17- inch rear alloy wheels with twin front and single rear disc brakes. The fastest standard bike in the world at the time.

As always, the model had a different name for the US market. Although the GSX model meant a 16-valve engine in the rest of the world, it was still called GS1100E in the Northern America.
Suzuki GSX1100EGSX 1100 E 1980
Overall Length: 2 255 mm (88.8 in)
Overall Width: 760 mm (30.0 in)
Overall Height: 1 190 mm (46.9 in)
Wheelbase:
Weight: 243 kg (535 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 074 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 100 hp (105 ps)/ 8.700 rpm, 8,7 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki 1981More Suzuki models from 1981
1981 Suzuki year code: X

GSX1100EX replaces the GSX1100ET in October 1980 with minor detail changes and Black finished engine. Four colors: red, blue, black, silver.
 
Suzuki GSX1100EGSX 1100 E 1981
Overall Length: 2 255 mm (88.8 in)
Overall Width: 760 mm (30.0 in)
Overall Height: 1 190 mm (46.9 in)
Wheelbase:
Weight: 243 kg (535 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 075 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 100 hp (105 ps)/ 8.700 rpm, 8,7 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki 1982More Suzuki models from 1982
1982 Suzuki year code: Z

Katana styled GSX1100EZ replaces the GSX1100EX in July 1982 with the anti-dive front forks. No longer the leading axle type, grabrail no longer fitted. Colors: silver.
Suzuki GSX1100EGSX 1100 E 1982
Overall Length: 2 255 mm (88.8 in)
Overall Width: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Overall Height: 1 165 mm (45.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1 510 mm (59.4 in)
Dry Weight: 237 kg (521 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 074 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 111 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 9,8 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki GSX1100EGSX 1100 E 1982
Overall Length: 2 255 mm (88.8 in)
Overall Width: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Overall Height: 1 165 mm (45.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1 510 mm (59.4 in)
Dry Weight: 237 kg (521 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 074 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 111 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 9,8 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki 1983More Suzuki models from 1983
1983 Suzuki year code: D

The new Black finished air/oil-cooled engine was introduced in 1983. New wheels. New graphics. Here's some pictures of the US model, GS1100ED.
Suzuki GSX1100EDGSX 1100 E 1983
Overall Length: 2 255 mm (88.8 in)
Overall Width: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Overall Height: 1 165 mm (45.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1 510 mm (59.4 in)
Dry Weight: 237 kg (521 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 074 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 111 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 96 Nm (9,8 kg-m)/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki 1984More Suzuki models from 1984
1984 Suzuki year code: E

GSX1100ED model was discontinued in March 1984 and a new, revisited GSX1100EE (GS1150EE in the US) was introduced by the Suzuki. The cylinder volyme was increaced to 1135 cc and the engine deliver now 124 hp at 8,500 rpm. The model was now called GS1150E at the US market. New wheel dimensions: 16-inch (120 tyre) in front and 17-inch(140 tyre) rear wheel. By that time, GSX1100E with it's sister models (ES with bikini farining, EF with full fairing) were the fastest standard bikes to buy. Again.
GSX1100EGSX 1100 E 1984
Overall Length: 2 240 mm (88.2 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height:
Wheelbase: 1 550 mm (61.0 in)
Dry Weight: 238 kg (524 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1135 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 124 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 10,7 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki 1983
More Suzuki models from 1983
1985 Suzuki year code: F

GSX1100EF was introduced in July 1985 with the same specifications as the sister models GSX1100ESF and GSX1100EFF but without the fairing.
GSX1100EGSX 1100 E 1985
Overall Length: 2 240 mm (88.2 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height:
Wheelbase: 1 550 mm (61.0 in)
Dry Weight: 238 kg (524 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1135 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 124 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 10,7 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki GS1150EGSX 1100 E 1985
Overall Length: 2 240 mm (88.2 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height:
Wheelbase: 1 550 mm (61.0 in)
Dry Weight: 238 kg (524 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1135 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 124 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 10,7 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Suzuki 1986More Suzuki models from 1986
1986 Suzuki year code: G

GSX1100EG replaces the GSX1100EF in March 1986, still unfaired. Colors: red/white. GSX1100E/GS1150E was discontinued in October 1988.
GSX1100EGSX 1100 E 1986
Overall Length: 2 240 mm (88.2 in)
Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
Overall Height:
Wheelbase: 1 550 mm (61.0 in)
Dry Weight: 238 kg (524 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1135 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 124 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 10,7 kg-m/ 6,500 rpm.

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Here's a scanned copy of the GSX1100E Owner's Manual in pdf format:
Download manual (4.10 Mb)


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