September 2003
Bike Of The Month


1983 Suzuki GS1100E

Owner: Joe Nardy
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ID #141

A Note From The Owner...

History of the bike:

This is a 1983 GS1100ED that I bought new in fall of '83. My first street bike was a 1980 Honda CB750F. The first time I saw the blue GS1100E I just had to have it! I bought the GS and sold the 750F. It has been mildly modified.

Modifications include:

Supertrapp Stainless 4 into 1 exhaust system
K&N POD filters
K&N (Dynojet) jet kit
Accel Super Coils and wires
Dyna ignition
Slotted cam gears
Lockhart oil cooler
Barnett extra plate clutch and springs
Paragon Performance stainless brake lines, anti-dive disabled
Progressive Suspension fork springs
K&N Superbike bars
Sargent seat cover over original seat foam
Nikko dual tone horns with relay
Napoleon bar-end mirrors
Sylvania Silverstar halogen headlight bulb
Pirelli Sport Demon tires (Picture shows previous Metzelers)
Relays for ignition bypass and headlight cutout
Paint is Dupont Imron Enamel in a color very close to stock. All decals are Suzuki original

About me: I started riding dirt bikes (Suzukis) at age 13. I bought my first street bike, a Silver 1980 Honda CB750F about six months after getting out of college and getting a real job. The 1983 GS1100ED was my second street bike. I have also owned a 1985 Yamaha RZ350, a 1988 Honda CBR1000F (Hurricane), a 1999 Kawasaki ZRX1100, and currently own a 2004 Yamaha FJR1300. I have been street riding for 25 years.

My style has gone from pretty hard core sport riding to spirited sport-touring as I've gotten older. I have taken the California Superbike School twice, 1985 at Loudon, NH and 1987 at Mid-Ohio Raceway. I took the MSF Experienced Rider course in 1991 and plan on taking it again, hopefully this year. I've ridden about 80,000 street miles and have ridden in 35 States and 6 Canadien Provinces. Most of my riding has been solo but since 2000 most of it has been two-up.

I met my wife Cathy late in 1999. She lived near San Francisco and I lived near Chicago. I talked her into joining me on the AMA Conquer the Canyons tour in 2000. This was an 11 day tour of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California. We rode more than 2,200 miles. Since then she has joined me whenever she can. We got married on September 22, 2001. We also try to attend several motorcycle races a year.

This year we attended the Peoria TT and Springfield Mile AMA races. We hope to see some AMA roadracing this year, probably at Road America in Wisconsin. My other hobbies and interests include ice hockey (both playing and watching), working out, bicycling, downhill skiing, drinking beer, smoking cigars, NASCAR racing, being a wise-ass, and trying to laugh as much as possible. Cathy shares my interest in hockey and fitness and is also a serious SCUBA diver. We spent a week in Belize in December so she could do some excellent diving.


Joe Nardy