1984 Suzuki GS1100GKE

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

Before this project I lived in SE Asia, there is a huge following over there for the Japanese inspired “brat style” bikes. I was fascinated by those designs and decided to follow in there footsteps but also but my own personal touch to it. I wanted to create something that inspired the words “clean & mean”. The brat style bikes in Asia were mostly built on 250 platforms, so I wanted to go as big as i could for the platform. The GS1100 motor is a monster on its own, but shed some weight and slam it to the floor and you’ve got something quite unique.

What motivated you to start your project?

Iv’e been riding and working on motorcycles since I was old enough to afford one. Before this build i stuck mostly to slight cosmetic changes and bolt on parts. I decided to do this build when I found an old GS1100 for sale from and old school biker on craigslist, I knew then that I had found a solid platform for a ground up rebuild in my own image.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

A lot of what I did to the bike has been done a million times before. Something i haven’t seen very often though is the center re-located kill-switch and start button. After removing the center mounts for the original handlebars there were 2 holes left in the triple tree. So i made some round metal disks and inserted a new kill switch into the left one, and the start switch and neutral indicator into the right side. I ran the wires out of the bottom and capped them on the back.

What are you most proud of?

I am very proud of the bike as a whole, it definitely transformed through the months I was building it. I am most proud of the engine rebuild and the rear-end. This was my first real top end rebuild, and there were times that i thought I would never finish. Perseverance won the day though, I just kept tackling new problems as they came up and eventually had it put back together. Im really proud of the rear end as well, because i made it from scratch from my own designs. No pre-bought cafe rear loop here.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

I have had the very unique opportunity to use the empty garage space in the basement of my employers building to work on this project. So naturally I have had many people in and out through the build. The remarks have gone from “Oh thats cool” ,at the beginning of the build, to utter astonishment toward the end of the build. My co-workers and passers-by have seen the effort and sheer force-of-will I’ve put into this build. Letting no day go by without accomplishing something on it. I can’t go for a ride without someone pulling up to comment on it.


24 Comments

  • Eddie Hinds says:

    I am impressed with the attention to detail on this build! The uniqueness of style sets this bike apart from the average project. Great work Barry!

     
  • AlanaCiera says:

    Not only is it my favorite color, but this bike is SO FREAKING DOPE!!! I love the low key badass build that makes it look so fast but also super chill at the same time! I’m just saying, I’d love to ride it! 😍 It’s super inspiring to see all these fresh builds!

     
  • Meg K says:

    this bike is so DOPE. knowing the builder & watching him build this bike day in and day out for the last couple months was really cool. B’s put a lot of time and energy into this bike and that shows when you look at it. plus, it’s a really attractive bike!

     
  • Courtney says:

    This looks so good!

     
  • John Wippler says:

    This bike is fantastic!!! The attention to detail is very apparent, and it is obvious that you have a passion for building and creating things with your own hands. This is something you don’t see very often. Most people buy parts and stick them on without any sense of craftsmanship. It’s refreshing to see that people are out there who are willing to put in the time and effort to create something unique and unlike everything else you see on the road. Fantastic work and I wish you the best of luck!!!

     
  • casey m says:

    Barry, I am in love with this build man! you can clearly see the love and passion you have into this bike! I’ve always had a love for fixing things on wheels and making them my own, I have yet to work on a bike project, but you are definitely inspiring me to pick one up. my thought in my projects has continued to be ”if you can make it yourself and put in your own style why overpay for something that is not you and doesn’t set you apart from the rest.” This bike has truly become art thank you for taking the time and sharing your build from start to finish.

     
  • Carly H says:

    This bike is so cool! I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m definitely in love!

     
  • Eli Pruett says:

    FLIPPIN SWEET RIDE

     
  • Blair Cruce says:

    this bike looks amazing!!!!

     
  • Matt W says:

    Sick build Barry! I’m ready for you to build me one. Lovin everything about this bike!

     
  • Jon Cramer says:

    Excellent build with keen attention to detail, man! Very impressed with the style choice and the amount of personal work put in on it! Enjoy it for many rides to come!

     
  • AnnieB says:

    Such a rad bike, Barry. All of your time and effort really shows. So impressive.

     
  • Ariana says:

    I love love love your take on the Japanese style brat bike! You’ve really maintained the vibe yet remain completely unique and fresh which is no easy task. I will not be surprised if your bike inpires many others to explore the style and that’s freaking awesome! Again just awesome and fantastic work!

     
  • Casey says:

    Awesome bike Barry. I know you put your heart and soul into it. It’s a beauty!

     
  • Jason Morgan says:

    Barry’s got something to say artistically. Being able to see the end result of a bike from the beginning is an uncommon ability. Add to that the perseverance, mechanical ability and passion evident in this build and you’ve got the makings of a future legendary bike builder. All he needs now is his next commission. Any takers….?

     
  • Acala says:

    I know you got started with this bike stuff a long time ago, but you really stuck with it and it has clearly paid off. Beautiful bike, Barry!

     
  • Allie says:

    Great attention to detail!!! Amazing job!

     
  • David says:

    I want one. amazing.

     
  • Kelly says:

    This looks amazing! Love the choice of color and the passion behind this project.

     
  • Pezza says:

    Whoah there, nice work!!

     
  • Emmanuel Ulloa says:

    What a great job!! So proud of you and that motorcycle is on point. 👌🏻

     
  • Madison Spurling says:

    This is incredible! You can tell a lot of hard work went into this and it has definitely paid off!

     
  • Jacobo H says:

    Such an amazing bike! Great job, Barry!

     
  • Jake Mitchell says:

    What an incredible bike. Absolutely breath taking. Such a well thought out design. Very very aesthetically pleaseing. Being a GS1100 you know it’s not just a work of art, but also a monester. Perfect.

     

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24 Comments

  • Eddie Hinds says:

    I am impressed with the attention to detail on this build! The uniqueness of style sets this bike apart from the average project. Great work Barry!

     
  • AlanaCiera says:

    Not only is it my favorite color, but this bike is SO FREAKING DOPE!!! I love the low key badass build that makes it look so fast but also super chill at the same time! I’m just saying, I’d love to ride it! 😍 It’s super inspiring to see all these fresh builds!

     
  • Meg K says:

    this bike is so DOPE. knowing the builder & watching him build this bike day in and day out for the last couple months was really cool. B’s put a lot of time and energy into this bike and that shows when you look at it. plus, it’s a really attractive bike!

     
  • Courtney says:

    This looks so good!

     
  • John Wippler says:

    This bike is fantastic!!! The attention to detail is very apparent, and it is obvious that you have a passion for building and creating things with your own hands. This is something you don’t see very often. Most people buy parts and stick them on without any sense of craftsmanship. It’s refreshing to see that people are out there who are willing to put in the time and effort to create something unique and unlike everything else you see on the road. Fantastic work and I wish you the best of luck!!!

     
  • casey m says:

    Barry, I am in love with this build man! you can clearly see the love and passion you have into this bike! I’ve always had a love for fixing things on wheels and making them my own, I have yet to work on a bike project, but you are definitely inspiring me to pick one up. my thought in my projects has continued to be ”if you can make it yourself and put in your own style why overpay for something that is not you and doesn’t set you apart from the rest.” This bike has truly become art thank you for taking the time and sharing your build from start to finish.

     
  • Carly H says:

    This bike is so cool! I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m definitely in love!

     
  • Eli Pruett says:

    FLIPPIN SWEET RIDE

     
  • Blair Cruce says:

    this bike looks amazing!!!!

     
  • Matt W says:

    Sick build Barry! I’m ready for you to build me one. Lovin everything about this bike!

     
  • Jon Cramer says:

    Excellent build with keen attention to detail, man! Very impressed with the style choice and the amount of personal work put in on it! Enjoy it for many rides to come!

     
  • AnnieB says:

    Such a rad bike, Barry. All of your time and effort really shows. So impressive.

     
  • Ariana says:

    I love love love your take on the Japanese style brat bike! You’ve really maintained the vibe yet remain completely unique and fresh which is no easy task. I will not be surprised if your bike inpires many others to explore the style and that’s freaking awesome! Again just awesome and fantastic work!

     
  • Casey says:

    Awesome bike Barry. I know you put your heart and soul into it. It’s a beauty!

     
  • Jason Morgan says:

    Barry’s got something to say artistically. Being able to see the end result of a bike from the beginning is an uncommon ability. Add to that the perseverance, mechanical ability and passion evident in this build and you’ve got the makings of a future legendary bike builder. All he needs now is his next commission. Any takers….?

     
  • Acala says:

    I know you got started with this bike stuff a long time ago, but you really stuck with it and it has clearly paid off. Beautiful bike, Barry!

     
  • Allie says:

    Great attention to detail!!! Amazing job!

     
  • David says:

    I want one. amazing.

     
  • Kelly says:

    This looks amazing! Love the choice of color and the passion behind this project.

     
  • Pezza says:

    Whoah there, nice work!!

     
  • Emmanuel Ulloa says:

    What a great job!! So proud of you and that motorcycle is on point. 👌🏻

     
  • Madison Spurling says:

    This is incredible! You can tell a lot of hard work went into this and it has definitely paid off!

     
  • Jacobo H says:

    Such an amazing bike! Great job, Barry!

     
  • Jake Mitchell says:

    What an incredible bike. Absolutely breath taking. Such a well thought out design. Very very aesthetically pleaseing. Being a GS1100 you know it’s not just a work of art, but also a monester. Perfect.

     

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