A PROPER BAR­GAIN

Classic Bike (UK) - - XS1100 ROAD TEST -

This XS1100 is part of owner Paul Brace’s ‘Proper Bikes’ col­lec­tion. A pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer who is a di­rec­tor of Ea­gle Cars, the highly re­garded Jaguar E-type spe­cial­ists, Paul is also an ac­com­plished rally driver and has been around bikes since his youth. Proper Bikes is his per­sonal se­lec­tion of bikes that in­spire, im­press and move him, but oc­ca­sion­ally he’ll sell a bike to make way for the next ad­di­tion to the col­lec­tion.

The XS1100 is one of the ma­chines he would be pre­pared to part with. “I’ve owned it for about four years,” he ex­plains. “I can’t re­mem­ber who I bought it from and I can’t re­ally re­call be­ing that aware of XS1100S back in the day. But I was in­trigued to find out what they were like once I started grow­ing my col­lec­tion of ’70s bikes. Now I think it’s def­i­nitely one of the iconic bikes of its era.

“The engine is storm­ing – there’s so much torque. I’ve rid­den it to work a few times, but you could ride it any­where. It’s still a very prac­ti­cal ma­chine, though it does feel like a big lump.”

If it’s your sort of big lump, Paul could be tempted to move it on for £6950.

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