Your letters and mails to us – thank you!
Over the years several of my motorcycles and letters have been featured in CMM. My 1979 Suzuki GS1000E after my ride to the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, my Kawasaki Z750B in 1994 and a number of letters since. I enjoyed the feature on the Z1300, which brought back memories of test riding one at launch, the dealer I bought my new Z1-R from in 1979 had a demonstrator, I recall being impressed but it was clearly designed for the American market and perhaps only realised its true vocation when Kawasaki launched the full dress (USA only) Voyager version late in the Z1300’s life. My minor criticism, the Z1300 article mentions the HarleyDavison Evo engine. Harley-davidson launched the 1340cc Evolution engine in 1984 (H-D was still using the Shovelhead engine in 1979); therefore it had no influence over Kawasaki’s decision to upsize the six-cylinder Kawasaki. In my opinion, and I am biased as a long-term owner; the Suzuki GS1000E is the ultimate UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle), a term I believe first used by Cook Neilson, a journalist on Cycle magazine to describe a motorcycle with a wide range of abilities and being able to do most of them well: it was the first open-class motorcycle with these attributes. Bertie says: “Thanks for that John. Perhaps it’s time we did back-to-back tests to determine a winner in our road tests?”