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Sonic 90: A Suzuki GSX-R1100 restomod from Spain

Retro sportbikes have large attraction. Regardless of the acres of plastic, some fashions have aged surprisingly effectively—such because the mighty Suzuki GSX-R1100.

Up to date dyno assessments confirmed round 110 hp on the again wheel. However there was additionally tons of usable torque from the 1,127 cc inline-four, and the large Suzy weighed a surprisingly cheap 222 kg (489 lb.) dry. In its day, that was sufficient to comb apart most different bikes on the highway, with a 0-100 km/h time of three seconds flat.

Early Gixxers have a powerful fan base, and the founders of the Spanish storage TooHard are totally paid up members.

This good 1990 GSX-R restomod is the most recent work from Jose and Bea, and displays their deal with restoring and customizing older equipment.

If there’s a draw back to retro sportbikes, is that they’re now not aggressive on the highway—however you’re nonetheless caught with the inevitable ergonomic compromises. And a 30-year-old bike goes to wish fairly main remedial work to get it again to manufacturing facility ranges of efficiency, not to mention make it aggressive with a contemporary bare.

The answer is to take the restomod strategy, assuming you aren’t too involved with originality. And that’s what Jose and Bea have achieved right here. They’ve taken a barely ratty GSX-R1100 and readied it for twenty first century roads.

“The idea was to create a bike with the suspension and brakes of a contemporary bike, however protecting the Suzuki traces and the 90s essence.”

TooHard have listed two primary inspirations for this construct: Kevin Schwantz’s battles on his Suzuki in the course of the 1990 race season, and the blue online game character Sonic The Hedgehog, who made his first look a 12 months later. So that they’ve referred to as this Gixxer ‘Sõnic 90.’

On a extra critical observe, there’s an enormous quantity of mechanical work on this Suzuki, but it surely’s not instantly apparent until you’re effectively versed in 90s motorcycling lore.

The largest visible change is to the rear bodywork: the L-spec double seat has gone. With the assistance of some hidden subframe tweaks, TooHard have put in a brand new tail unit, primarily based on the GSX-R750 RK race reproduction, and with a form extra akin to the mid 80s single-seat 1100s. A discreet Rizoma gentle is hidden above the license plate.

On the mechanical aspect, TooHard have pillaged a K9-spec GSX-R1000—bought from 2009 to 2011—and retrofitted a lot of the entrance finish—together with the large piston Showa forks, brake system and fender.

The wheels are K9 GSX-R1000 objects too, plus the rear brake setup, rear fender and even the swingarm and shock linkage—which was the toughest a part of this construct. It’s now attached with a high-spec Öhlins shock. Spooning on new Michelin Pilot 3 sport touring rubber was the simple half.

Thirty-year-old wiring looms are usually not good for peace of thoughts, so Jose and Bea have modernized and simplified the electrics. On the coronary heart is a Motogadget mo.unit management field with Bluetooth connectivity, plus an identical keyless ignition system and indicators.

The TRW clip-on bars, set at a comparatively relaxed angle, are furnished with Motogadget grips and switchgear, plus a TRW throttle. The brake grasp is Brembo, the clutch grasp is Accossato, and the hoses are braided metallic for optimum really feel and management. Entrance and middle is a straightforward however efficient Motoscope Basic speedo.

The chassis and engine covers have been refinished, and a pair of latest exhaust mufflers plumbed in. The crisp paint seems like a manufacturing facility job, but it surely’s new—a intelligent mixture of white, black and two shades of blue that manages to look each fashionable and basic on the identical time.

Builds like this remind us that there’s room for multiple kind of ‘Trendy basic’ within the moto world, and it doesn’t should be a 70s throwback. High marks to TooHard for making this restomod look really easy on the attention.

TooHard Motor Co. | Fb | Instagram | Photos by Rafa Dieguez Fotografía

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