suzuki gsx r

The game changed when Suzuki announced the lightweight GSX-R series in 1986. The big-bore 1100 (1052cc) used DOHC, air/oil cooling and 16v to push the sub-500-lb (dry) Suzuki to well over 160-mph. Boxed perimeter frame and quality suspensions drew in buyers, but the Gixxer’s endurance-race vibe sealed the deal. 

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