|1988 Suzuki GSX1100FJ comparison test against BMW K100RS
and Yamaha FJ1200 (five pages). Published in Tekniikan Maailma
13/1988, Finland. Click to enlarge.
The mile swallowers. The winner of the test was
the BMW. It had better brakes (ABS), better fuel consumption and
it was more comfortable for a passenger. The Suzuki was slightly
better than both BMW and Yamaha in handling on the road (not on
the streets and on uncoated road) and in acceleration (12,01 seconds/
400 meter/ 192 kph).
For those who wonder about the scenery I can tell that the pictures
were taken under a trip to Soviet Union, there was another article
in the same magazine about it. It was the first time ever they
had allowed Finnish motorcycles to cross the border. Apparently
the pictures were taken in and nearby Leningrad.
|1990 Suzuki GSX1100FL road test (four pages). Published in
MP1 magazine 9/1990, Finland. Click to enlarge.
The road swallower GSX1100F was appreciated by
the MP1 test team. They had some difficulties in placing the bike
into a specific genre. They wrote that the GSX1100F had the engine
and the looks of a super bike but according to the riding experience
the bike felt more of a tourer. The lack of ground clearance and
lowish leaning angle (the center stand touched to the tarmac)
made the bike unsuitable for extreme racing but it was quite comfortable
for sport touring, both with passenger or for the rider alone.
The meters were adequate, although the test rider complained that
the numbers on the speedo were too small and there were no indicator
for the choke. The seat was very comfortable. The 16-inch were
not appreciated, the test rider would have preferred a 17 or even
18-inch rear wheel for better handling in corners. As it was,
the bike was understeered. The brakes were adequate but not great.
The rear suspension was a bit too soft. The power windshield was
comfortable. The fuel economy was good (almost 400 km between
fuel stops) and the engine was wonderful. The design was great.
A great bike, although not quite perfect, was the
opinion of the test rider of the 1990 year's model of the GSX1100F.