Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Suzuki GS1000 S

Suzuki GS1000 S
It would be fair to say that the Suzuki GS1000 S is not the most exotic machine ever to flow from a stylist's pen.  Its looks are straight out of the 'old skool' studio.  But appearances can be deceptive.  For what the GS lacked visually, it more than made up for technically.

At the heart of the bike's performance was the classic Japanese in-line four-cylinder engine.  The GS soared to a top speed of 135mph.  Cornering was solid and stable.  Its frame was robust, its suspension adjustable, and its tyres wider than average.  Its dual front disc brakes were more than capable.

And anyway, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  For many, the GS 1000 is beautiful because it is big and basic, not despite the fact.  The way a motorbike ought to look, they might say!  Something of a wolf in sheep's clothing, then, the Suzuki GS 1000 S was a meek and placid beast ... until you twisted its throttle!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Benelli Sei 750

Benelli SEI 750
It is a given that the Italians are design masters. In engineering terms, too, they have often been ahead of the game. Whether that held true for the Benelli Sei, though, is a moot point.  The Sei was visually impressive, without a doubt.  But the jury was out, when it came to performance-related matters.

The Sei's six-cylinder engine - sei is Italian for six - looks superb.  As do its twin sets of stacked pipes.  Horsepower, however, is another story.  Even by 1975 standards, the Sei's top speed of 118mph was hardly earth-shattering!  In the '70s superbike surge, Benelli's rivals - Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Laverda - all supplied quicker machines.

It was not as if Benelli did not know a thing or two about fast bikes.  They were GP 250cc world champions in 1950 - and again in 1969.  In the case of the Sei, though, such race success simply did not trickle down to a roadster.  Saying that, the sleek contours of its sturdy 'six-pack' went a long way towards mitigating any deficiencies the Benelli Sei 750 had in the 'go' department.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Kawasaki Z 1300

Kawasaki Z 1300
The Kawasaki Z 1300 is one of a rare breed of motorcycle to sport six cylinders.  By definition, such an engine packs impact.  In the case of the Z 1300, though, not quite so much as you would think.  The culprit?  The radiator grille plastered across the front of it!  Sideways on, it is an impressive piece of kit.  But, visually, the Z 1300 did pay a price for water-cooling.

Top speed for the big Z was 135mph - which it reached with effortless ease.  That, from a capacity of 1286cc, and an output of 120bhp.  A bike with a wet weight of 670lb was never going to be exactly agile!  Though, saying that, the handling was adequate, at least.

Though there have been other '6-pots' since, the Z 1300 will always be bracketed alongside Honda's CBX1000Z.  That was another Seventies siren - radiating 'six appeal', as it did!  The CBX, though, was a brash brute of a bike - more muscular than the Z.  The Kawasaki Z 1300 blended power with refinement.  In many ways, the perfect motorcycle ... apart from that pesky grille!

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Suzuki GS1000 S

It would be fair to say that the Suzuki GS1000 S is not the most exotic machine ever to flow from a stylist 's pen.  Its looks are s...