First bike was small but lovely

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This smaller, cheaper, more af­ford­able mid­dleweight was ac­tu­ally Tar­get’s first de­sign af­ter be­ing com­mis­sioned by Suzuki. It was cre­ated af­ter be­ing tasked to come up with a sportier ver­sion of its GS650 shaftie. Suzuki liked the re­sult, the ED-1 so much it then com­mis­sioned Tar­get to come up with the 1100. A vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal 550 ver­sion was also built for the Euro­pean market and was (and re­mains) the most af­ford­able orig­i­nal Katana of all. The later XN85 Turbo was also based on the 650 and fea­tured Katana-in­flu­enced styling.

1981 SUZUKI GS650G En­gine Air-cooled 673cc 8v trans­verse four Frame Tubu­lar steel dou­ble cra­dle Power 73bhp @ 9400rpm Torque 42ftlb@ 8000rpm Weight 218kg

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