1999 Suzuki GSX-R1100W
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.