Suzuki GS1100 Customized Roadster – BikeBound


Suzuki GS1100 Custom

WKND Customs builds a shaft-drive sled for the Parisian streets… 

Within the Nineteen Eighties, the Suzuki GS1100G was the corporate’s largest shaft-drive motorbike, that includes an 8-valve DOHC inline 4 that produced 92 bhp and 62 lb-ft of torque. Whereas it didn’t have the height horsepower of the mighty 16-valve GSX1100, the large shaft-drive GS1100 supplied extra torque and loads of sensible operate:

“With 92 horses and dynamo-smooth torque on faucet, the Suzuki makes straightforward work not solely of pulling its personal 550lb and 5 gallons of gas, however carrying folks and baggage as properly.” -MCN, 1982

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

Through the years, we’ve featured a few builds from Sérgio Almeida of Porto, Portugal’s WKND Customs. Because the identify suggests, the store began as solely a weekend enterprise whereas Sérgio labored as a full-time designer. Nonetheless, it quickly started to realize momentum:

“After a while I began to obtain a good quantity of orders for bikes and {custom} components — it was clear that I wanted and wished to dedicate extra time to this, so I stop my job and accepted a part-time gig as an artwork director. I don’t need to make this a full time factor, a minimum of for now, to keep away from taking the main focus from the inventive and enjoyable aspect of issues…”

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

This 1984 GS1100G truly got here to him in containers from a French consumer, who wished a substitute for his huge BMW GS for driving round Paris:

“The concept was to maintain this a low funds and a fast venture…. In fact issues escalated a bit, and took manner longer than anticipated.”

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

Don’t they all the time! Sérgio de-tabbed the body, reduce and shortened the tail with a rear loop, and reworked the rear part of the tank to raised align with the body — detailed work that pays huge dividends ultimately:

“Issues that I imagine make the distinction ultimately, to make all the things simply look proper.”

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

He made new smaller, easier aspect covers, re-positioned the ignition, simplified the wiring, rebuilt and lowered the forks, added YSS rear shocks constructed to spec, reduce and rewelded the prevailing 4:1 exhaust for higher fitment, and after months of assembling the fitting components from throughout Europe, he had a trusted mechanic rebuild the engine.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

Sérgio’s consideration to design and element shine via on this construct, and there are small, sensible parts all over the place you look, from the freshly zinc-plated {hardware} to the gentle items:

“The seat is roofed in oxblood real leather-based, and to match these accent colors, I used some Biltwell recoil grips and NGK spark plug caps in related colors. It additionally has a purple begin button and a {custom} key chain made with the identical leather-based from the seat.”

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

 

Ultimately, that is one beefy, eye-catching roadster that’s positive to show heads throughout Paris and past. Beneath, Sérgio goes into full element on varied parts of the construct, and we share extra photographs from photographer Joel Araújo (@joel_picsel).

About WKND Customs

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

This can be a small venture / enterprise that goals to hitch the worlds of design and motorbike fabrication, from concepts to actuality, from the digital render to the ultimate construct. This began solely on weekends and spare time, because the identify suggests, whereas working as a designer full time. After a while I began to obtain a good quantity of orders for bikes and {custom} components — it was clear that I wanted and wished to dedicate extra time to this, so I stop my job and accepted an element time gig as an artwork director. I don’t need to make this a full time factor, a minimum of for now, to keep away from taking the main focus from the inventive and enjoyable aspect for issues like earnings or time monitoring.

Concerning the Construct: 1984 Suzuki GS1100G

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

It began when the consumer occurred to be in Portugal once I was exhibiting a Kawasaki KZ400 that I’d simply constructed for another person. Very quickly he was sitting on the bike, taking pictures, and advised me he wished to fee a motorcycle.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

A few days later he dropped off a Yamaha XT600 on the workshop. I despatched him a render with the idea for the Yamaha, and his response was so good,that he referred to as me straight away asking if I wished to construct one other bike, a 1984 Suzuki GS1100G.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

He despatched me some pictures, and after one other render with an idea, he ended up loading the bike in a van and driving all the best way from Paris to ship it to me. It was in that second that I spotted the great assembled bike that he confirmed me in a few pictures was now simply components (and never all of them) in containers with a few labels in French. He’d supposed to construct the bike himself however quickly understood that was no straightforward activity.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

He has a BMW GS for lengthy rides, so this one was supposed for use to trip round Paris metropolis middle, the place the BMW was too tall and heavy to handle within the visitors. The concept was to maintain this a low funds and a fast venture. Because the XT600 shall be a extra bold venture, we simply began with this one. In fact issues escalated a bit, and took manner longer than anticipated.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

Very first thing to do was to assemble the bike once more, examine the situation, and start all of the fabrication work.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

The body was de-tabbed, the rear shortened with a loop, and the gasoline tank acquired some work on the rear part, with some delicate cuts and small changes on the place to be extra aligned with the rear body — issues that I imagine make the distinction ultimately, to make all the things simply look proper.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

I saved all of the electronics beneath the seat because it initially was, however all the things was re-arranged to remain “inside” of the body width. For the aspect covers, I used the unique objects as a foundation to make new, smaller and easier ones. New mounts have been made and so they have been repositioned to go away the body tubes uncovered.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

The ignition change is now positioned on the aspect, and an in-house constructed management unit helps to maintain the wiring easier and management the lights by way of push buttons. For the suspension, the rear acquired longer YSS shocks constructed to the bike’s specs and the entrance was rebuilt, lowered, and a pair of fork boots put in.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

The bike got here with a couple of non-stock however fascinating objects, like an angular entrance fender that was used to make two new brief ones for the back and front and a 4-1 exhaust system. That was poorly tailored to the bike and it was sitting too far-off from the engine and body. So I reduce the header tubes, re-positioned and welded all the things in place to correctly match the bike. Some dents have been repaired and it was painted in black. Ending it’s a stainless brief muffler.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

One other re-purposed merchandise was the headlight brackets, which have been used the wrong way up, shortened and restyled, so the brand new LED headlight might sit decrease and nearer to bike. For the rear mild I used an LED mild with a custom-made aluminium physique and metal bracket.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

The wheels have been rebuilt, powder-coated black, and a pair of Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres have been mounted for an aggressive look whereas conserving respectable street efficiency.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

For stopping these, the Tokico brakes have been utterly cleaned, rebuilt, and powder coated. New stainless traces put in together with new brake pads and a pair of latest levers with a tiny reservoir and shaved on the ends for a cleaner look.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

The engine acquired some much-needed consideration. Because the bike was already in containers, I didn’t have the prospect to see it operating, however the engine was leaking oil from a number of locations with silicon all around the gaskets in a failed try to cease the leaks. So a rebuild was began, and this was when the construct simply hit an enormous delay. I wished to make use of OEM components, and after an preliminary order with all the things wanted, the emails with components not out there or out of inventory began to reach.

I didn’t need to quit, and after a number of hours of looking, orders canceled, and months of ready, I had all the things I wanted to start out, coming from all around the Europe — the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Sweden… The engine was lastly rebuilt by a mechanic of belief with outsized pistons, new starter clutch, and all the things wanted to run nearly as good as new.  It was painted black, the aspect covers powder-coated, and I made some {custom} aspect brand badges.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

 

The carburetors have been additionally rebuilt with new jetting because of the air pods and opened exhaust. To maintain all the things on model, WKND could be now learn on the air pods with some {custom} aluminium letters. Some {custom} badges have been additionally made to exchange the unique objects on the tank.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

That was one other half that delayed the venture. As I’m attempting to focus extra on the design and fabrication of the builds, the place I believe I could make the distinction, and to hurry up the method I depend on skilled professionals to assist with some components of the method, just like the engine rebuild. I normally maintain cleansing and sealing the tanks, however I simply began working with this painter that would paint and seal the tank for me. The paint went properly, however the sealing half was a multitude, the job was not properly carried out, and the merchandise used weren’t the most effective. So all the things simply began to peal off after placing in gasoline for the primary time. He even tried to repair it, two occasions, but it surely was solely getting worse. So I ended doing it myself.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

As all the things was powder coated or painted in satin black, leaving just a few aluminium components and the freshly zinc plated or chromed {hardware} for distinction. The tank, aspect covers, and fenders have been the one objects painted in excessive gloss black to face out. And to make the bike look quick, even when stopped, some silver stripes have been added on the perimeters.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

The seat is roofed in oxblood real leather-based, and to match these accent colors, I used some Biltwell recoil grips and NGK spark plug caps in related colors. It additionally has a purple begin button and a {custom} key chain made with the identical leather-based from the seat.

To complete the bike there’s another particulars like aluminium footpegs, a Daytona speedo, Tomaselli handlebars, a {custom} aspect license plate mount, and LED bar finish flip alerts used back and front (behind the higher shock mounts).

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

 

The bike was then lastly shipped to Paris the place the proprietor promptly despatched me a smiley image with it as quickly because it arrived. I’m presently constructing the XT600 to accompany the Suzuki in his storage.

Suzuki GS1100 Custom

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Photographs: Joel Araújo (@joel_picsel)