Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Fj1100 V Gsx1100ef -

EN­GINE Type air-cooled, dohc, 16v, in­line-four Ca­pac­ity 1097cc Com­pres­sion ra­tio 9.5:1 Car­bu­ra­tion 4 x 36mm Mikuni TRANS­MIS­SION Clutch/gear­box wet, mul­ti­plate/5-speed CHAS­SIS Frame steel box tube perime­ter Front sus­pen­sion 41mm teles, ad­justable preload, rebound and an­tidive Rear sus­pen­sion monoshock, ad­justable preload and rebound Front brake 2 x 280mm discs, 2-pis­ton calipers Rear brake 1 x 180mm disc, 2-pis­ton caliper Wheels cast alu­minium Tyres 120/80 16, 150/80 16 DI­MEN­SIONS Dry weight 245kg Wheel­base 1490mm Fuel ca­pac­ity 24.5 litres PER­FOR­MANCE Top speed 150mph Power 123bhp@9300rpm (claimed) Torque 75lb.ft@ 8000rpm (claimed) with two-pot calipers, and the whole plot was wrapped in a slip­pery, frame-mounted half-fair­ing and bel­ly­pan. It looked rad­i­cally sporty back then – slim pro­file, en­gine set low in the frame for a low cen­tre of grav­ity, al­loy clip-ons and a semi-rac­ing crouch.

And it still looks stun­ning to­day. Jimmy, on the GSX, and I stop for fuel on the M6 and, while he wres­tles with the Suzuki’s re­cal­ci­trant filler cap (it takes a good tug to get it off, said the ac­tress), a bloke saun­ters across from fill­ing his Beemer: “What year is it, mate?” he asks, point­ing at theyamaha. “Eighty-four,” I re­ply. “Thought so,” he says. “Still looks just as good now.” He’s right.the FJ11 be­longs to Prac­ti­cal

Sportsbikes readerandyames, and is very much a work­horse. It has over 41,500 miles

Stop­pers show their age a lit­tle

When clocks were clocks

Good, but not as punchy as the GSX

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