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Lot 449: 1979 Suzuki GSX1100 ‘The Deuce’ Pro-Stock Dragster

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

The second Suzuki GSX1100 ever made (frame number ‘500002’, engine number ‘100004’) this was a pre-production bike (originally silver) which Pip Higham turned into one of the best known and most successful Pro-Stock bikes ever campaigned in Europe. Prepared at the Village Bike Shop in Walkden, ‘The Deuce’ built on the success of Pip’s previous Street class bikes. (In Street class Pip had become the first European rider into the 10-second bracket and then the first rider ever into the nines on his Suzuki GS1000-powered machine. The GSX delivered more of the same. Using Pip’s own developed tuning parts it ran in the 9.0-second bracket many times at speeds of up to 154mph in the quarter mile. On the bumpy, and slightly terrifying, half-mile sprint along Madeira Drive at Brighton it topped 160 mph through the beams. It also carried him to victory at Le Mans in 1981 and in the course of its competitive life saw action at Santa Pod, Brighton, Le Mans, Paul Ricard and Monza as well as several regional venues.

‘The Deuce’ was refurbished in 1997 but has been unseen and unused since. It has shortened forks and a raked and stiffened frame, while closer inspection will reveal the four huge carburettors and single cable linkage developed by VBS for Amal. It has an electrically operated air shifter with stainless-steel air reservoir and a Vance & Hines ‘Sidewinder’ Pro Pipe exhaust. The bodywork is all custom-made glassfibre with integral air brushed light lenses, while the tank cover conceals a small aluminium fuel tank. The bike has variable wheelbase and two alternative battery positions, these features helping to tune the start line characteristics to suit the grip available. It has been fitted with a new Piranha ignition system and gel battery.

In Pip’s own words: “The bike is not a museum piece, it lives and breathes. It starts and runs exceptionally well - the rumble from the open megaphone exhaust system is priceless.”

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Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
Lot Number449
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2300
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