A Journey Through Time: Suzuki GS-1000s, An Iconic Legacy

Posted On 27 Sep 2023
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This entry is part 39 of 44 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#1

First Encounters and Lasting Memories

“When you think of classics, what comes to your mind?” asks Ross, a passionate biker from the Biker Talk team. For Iggy, it was the Suzuki GS-1000s. The very first time he laid eyes on this beauty, Iggy recalls being completely taken aback. The stories of West Cooley and Pops Yoshimura only added to the allure, painting a vivid picture of racing glory and unmatched craftsmanship.

Now, Iggy proudly houses two of these iconic Suzuki models in his garage. But, he’s quick to point out a belief that resonates with many: “You don’t necessarily need the biggest or fastest motorcycle to embark on an adventure.”

Bikes, A Family Affair

Iggy’s love for bikes isn’t a recent infatuation. With 40 years of riding under his belt, he credits his father for instilling this passion in him. Growing up, their home echoed with the purrs and roars of various bikes, thanks to his dad’s mechanical prowess. “It’s more than just machines; it’s memories, connections, and emotions,” Iggy shares with a nostalgic twinkle in his eye.

More than Just Machines

For Iggy, every bike has a story, a history. While he currently owns several, including a nostalgic Honda and a 2007 Triumph Scrambler, it’s the Suzuki GS-1000s models that stand out. With distinct features like the factory rear sets and the larger cams, these bikes are genuine classics. “It’s not just about how they look, but also the rich racing history they carry,” Iggy reflects. He even recalls an encounter with a fellow enthusiast, where they delved deep into the stories of West Cooley and the early Superbike series days.

Restoration, A Labor of Love

Many of Iggy’s bikes have undergone restoration, with him doing most of the work himself. “There’s something immensely satisfying about taking a derelict pile of junk and seeing its potential,” he shares. From electroplating to spray painting, he’s done it all, learning and evolving with each project. His meticulous work also stems from a childhood spent tinkering on motors alongside his father. It’s not just a hobby; it’s a passion.

Riding Through Time

What truly stands out about these older bikes, especially the Suzuki GS-1000s, is the raw, mechanical feeling they offer, a stark contrast to the digital sophistication of modern machines. “I relish that direct connection with the road, the unfiltered feedback,” Iggy shares, adding that it brings a smile to his face every single time.

The Open Road Beckons

For Iggy, the true joy of riding comes from leaving the city behind and exploring the less-traveled roads, where nature’s wonders await. He reminisces about a recent trip through the Kapiti Valley, where the serene surroundings, combined with the rhythmic purring of his bike, made for a perfect escape.

A Timeless Bond and Adventures Anew

The beauty of motorcycling isn’t just about the machines but the memories and bonds formed. Iggy fondly remembers a trip to Phillip Island with his best mate from New Zealand. Despite riding an older Yamaha XV 1000, the joy of the journey overshadowed the choice of bike. It’s a testament to the timeless allure of two wheels and the open road.

In conclusion, the Suzuki GS-1000s stands as a testament to the golden era of motorcycling, reminding us of the pure, unadulterated joy of riding. Through Iggy’s tales, we’re reminded that sometimes, it’s not just about the destination but the journey and the stories created along the way.

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