1999 Suzuki GSX-R1100W

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Special Brew -

This mighty Suzuki was a min­ter be­fore it flipped and crashed its way into a sal­vage yard. A heav­ily dented tank, scratched pipes and badly scuffed plas­tics have ren­dered this once-pris­tine GSX-R a CAT C write-off. That in it­self isn’t a prob­lem – it’s fix­able and a new V5 can be ob­tained – but the bike’s value will be for­ever low­ered given its write-off sta­tus. Who­ever owned it clearly loved it, though – it even re­tains its rear mud­guard ex­ten­sion. A new left­hand can will be a pricey pur­chase, as will a fresh tank and plas­tics. We’d buy it as a rider, not an in­vest­ment.

Gary says: I’m in two minds about this. It was in such good nick pre-ac­ci­dent that it’d be a shame not to put it back to stan­dard, but if I did I’d re­frame it to re­move the CAT C tag. If that doesn’t bother you it’d make a good bike, but that dam­age isn’t a cheap fix if it’s to match the rest of the bike.

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