My previous bike, for those who asked, was a 1993 Suzuki GSX1100G.
It was a one of a kind in that you didn't see many, (hardly any) with the factory fairing (older vetter style look), or the other accessories, and no other which had a really kick-a$$ stereo with XM, 10-disc CD and a better sound than most home stereos (200 watt peak/25x4 rms with excellent bass). I took a hole saw to the front fairing pockets and interior GIVI side luggage and put Kickers in each, along with making the antenna discrete. Pair that with the luggage that you could carry into your hotel like suitcases and which each holding 2 full helmets with ease, and you were riding forever. And as for the windshield, it probably had the drag coefficienct of using a piece of plywood as fairing, but man if you couldn't smoke a cigar while doing 90 and you could (and everyone else) could hear that stereo loud and clear for several blocks coming.
I advanced the ignition 3 degrees and turned out the fuel mixture screws 3/4 turn and eliminated a flat spot that was known on this bike at around 4,200 rpms. Progressive springs up front also made it for quite the bike to drive through the twisties. We use to fly through the Dragon and the back roads of Vermont and Route 100 like it was a highway.
This bike was the best bike every produced by Suzuki, which then turned into the Bandit. The problem is, they eliminated the shaft drive which made this bike so superior. The engine itself was a detuned Katana with lowered cams, but you should have seen the faces of so many kids who thought they were going to take me off the line. The acceleration on this thing was amazing, hitting 130 in no time and without any lag as found on fuel injected bikes. I even had several guys who owned Goldwings and other rides try it and they could not believe how the bike was so balanced and easier to take off like a rocket as soon as you hit the throttle.
So why did I get rid of it? It was my first bike and I was really itching to get something bigger, like a Goldwing. The BMW was really just something that came up on the internet and in sitting on it, it had the same seating position and center of gravity that felt like this previous bike. Mind you, I owned this thing for almost 13 years, so it was time for a change.
In fact, the Barber Museum had wanted the bike but I had a change of heart and wound up giving it to a guy who was truly deserving of it from the club we had for this particular bike. He is an excellent rider and mechanic and unfortunately was taken out by a woman who didn't signal left and made a last minute decision to turn in front of him while he was on the way home from a rally 2 years back. You should have heard his voice when I had to tell him several times that all he had to do was come and get it. I simply couldn't bear the thought of actually selling her.
So there is my honest answer as to why and to any smart ass replies, Suzuki dropped the ball and hasn't made another since then. The engine was bullet proof and only needed to have the oil changed, shaft too. The oil cooled radiator worked great and it never had excessive heat pouring off of it, nor the need for a fan to cool it. Outside of pulling the choke on cold days, the bike always started right up and was ready to go within a half a minute or so. Oh, and the seat? The cushioning was good, but the design, bland and impractical. I had it redone by Sargeant seats when they first came on the scene and had it redone for a mere $95!
I even wound up using the lower engine guard holes and putting front folding floorboards which the other guys in the group wound up copying... nice ones too from J.C. Whitney for a mere $35!
The best part, and the pics don't do it justice, was that I got stopped more and commented on by people at red lights, men, women and kids alike. They would always ask two questions, "Wow, what is that?" and "What year is it?" never believing it was a 93.
I hope this answers some questions?