This is one of those classic Suzuki streetfighter motorcycles. With the perfect jacked-up back end! Check out the "engine case". It's really an Apache helicopter turbine fire-breathing intake that will spit glowing plasma right out of the big mouth Vance and Hines pipes! Or is it?
UPDATE! See the latest and greatest of this ferocious Suzuki Streetfighter!
These words from Dave at CC Performance Engineering Ltd:
"The bike was originally built by Dave "dodge" Rogers for wheelie competitions, hence the kicked up rear end which is better for sitting on when the front wheel is above your head.
We do quite a bit of work on oil cooled suzuki's including turbo and nitrous systems, the Barry Sheene replica in our gallery has a turbo'd by us 1100 engine and produces 210 rwbhp on almost stock components.
The casing is extended to house a lock-up clutch to handle the power from the 1340 big bore engine."
Well "dodge" has certainely been a busy boy on this unit. Check out that outrageous pipe-work! And the sweet proprietary engine cover. Can you say "CNC machine"?. I can only dream! sometimes I wish I was a born engineer/machinist.
If you're into the streetfighter game you should check out the CC Performance Engineering Ltd site. And if you know of an "old school" Japanese streetfighter please send a link or whatever.
Or better still, send a bunch!
This neat little Suzuki streetfighter is a clever minimalist conversion that features a stubby seat-tailpiece swap that fits the bike beautifully and looks great. A well thought-out mod that's hard not to stare at and opens your eyes to endless possibilities.
It's not apparent there's much more to this streetfighter project than the tough-looking black paint scheme, maybe new tubular bars and a tail-piece but it's enough. A wonderful concept that makes you want to get on it and GO! I'd love to know who built this so I can give well-deserved credit here.
...shows us what a retro-Katana streetfighter could look like. Don't know about the new style of exhaust pipe but I do know there are a lot of old Suzuki Katana fans out there that would love this to become a production model.
After its starting appearance at all the international motorcycle shows in 1979, the target DESIGNed GSX1100S Katana was officially launched in early 1980. It is impossible to over-estimate the impact of the Katana on the motorcycling world - it may as well have been from another planet...
No-one had used a design house to style a motorcycle before, and if the original Katana had never happened, a bike released this year utilising the flowing lines of the prototype would still look pretty impressive, 17 years on.
It really was a case of love it or hate it, and although I thought it looked mega, in general the conservative motorcycle buying public found it a bit avant-garde for their tastes. It wasn't a massive seller initially, but as punters became more used to its in-yer-face styling, more and more found their way out onto the roads.
Suzuki buggered it after the first months or so, because the inevitable smaller versions in the Suzuki range utilised the Katana styling in a much diluted form. Although the original Kat died out in Europe in late 1983, it had mage a big impact on the global market as a whole, and Suzuki road motorcycles continued to be derivative of the original design for some years to come.
The original target designed pre-production prototype, at first glance very similar to the subsequent production machine, on closer inspection reveals how the purity of the design was compromised when Suzuki got around to actually manufacturing the bike for the real world.
The way the prototypes' fairing curve blends into the top of the very shallow wedge-shaped tank, the way the riders' portion of the seat is raised above the pillion, the rear seat unit itself being almost custom-bike short. the prototype also lacks anti-dive forks, and a flyscreen (the fairing simply curving neatly over the headlight), and the works' style stubby four-into-one never actually appeared on a production Katana. Well okay, it did, but not until the release of the homage models in the early Nineties.
Late 1980 saw the official production release of the GSX1100S Katana. Although closely resembling the prototype which had done the rounds on the show circuit, production realities had taken their toll on the original concept design. Even so, it was still a stunning motorcycle, its space-age styling being literally years ahead of its time.