07 October 2007

KingCast whip of the day: 1986 Suzuki 550ES -- Something I wish I had kept along the way :)

Brett Griffin recently posted these brochures online. Cool. Bought my ES with 1,000 miles on it in 1986 for $1,000; the proverbial little-old lady had it in her barn story. Look how clean its lines still are, and dig the shorty exhaust -- waaaaay before the current shorty-side exhaust on the GSXr. Silly-slim rear tyre and a paltry 67HP If I recall correctly but it still managed at 12:37 quarter. A new 600 makes nearly twice that and runs a second faster, but it doesn't really matter at the end of the day.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

lines? that is an ugly bike and most bikes built in the 80's did not have any graceful lines. I owned a 1981 Suzuki 550 GS, ugly bike. You want style, grace and beautiful lines buy a Harley, it is not about how fast you go but how good you look getting there.

Christopher King said...

You are free to disagree. I never said the 1981 550 GS was good looking but I did say the 1986 bike was good looking.

I like Harley's too, but beauty being in the eye of the beholder I like trellis-framed Ducatis more.

For cruisers, the Victory is pretty cool as well.

As to your comment:

"it is not about how fast you go"

....that's my entire point about the new crop of 600s that run faster.

Christopher King said...

You want a pretty bike?

I got to ride one of these that my roomie owned, after he was one of Dave Sadowski's mechanics the year he won Daytona.

I trust we've clarified things :)