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‘GS-XX’ Suzuki GSX400 – Ed Turner Motorcycles

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 19 comments

Written by Marlon Slack.

Today we’ve got the second half of a matched pair of air-cooled Suzuki’s by French workshop Ed Turner. While the previous custom was a bare knuckled, stripped back brute of a GSX1100 for a gentleman client, this is the more feminine half the duo destined for his partner. It’s a little 80’s Suzuki GSX400 dubbed the ‘GS-XX’. Dressed in faux-alligator leather and upholstered to resemble a high-class evening shoe, this highly polished tribute to rolling Eurotrash sensibilities is guaranteed to start some conversations.

Snakeskin and red velvet. Just like a porno from 1984

Like it’s bigger ‘GS-XY’ half, the smaller 400 draws upon the owner’s personal tastes in all manner of areas to create one of the more distinctive customs I’ve seen this year. If you missed it last time, those interests are high-fashion, clubbing and BDSM. There’s hints of each throughout the bike, but the most striking (pun intended) element on this madame’s new ride is the zipped-back tank and seat cover.

“Karl states that the red velvet opening for a seat is reminiscent of a shoe. Sure. A SHOE.”

It was also trickiest part of the build to get right, with Ed Turner’s owner Karl Renoult having to draw several patterns to get it mounted just right. But he relished the chance to mix things up. “I was happy to work for a woman for once,” Karl says. “For once it allowed me to try a new design.” Karl states that the red velvet opening for a seat is reminiscent of a shoe. Sure. A ‘shoe’.

I can’t be the only one seeing something else in that seat design, can I?

The ‘hers’ part of the ‘his and hers’ collection is not just aesthetics either. The Suzuki GS-XX runs Buell front rims on both ends of the motorcycle. Modifying the rear to take a sprocket required a lot of time and machining to get working properly it’s one of the little things that make this bike so amazing. The engine itself was overhauled and refinished to match the rest of the bike, with badges, patches and stitching on the side of the engine cover.

Other details scattered throughout the bike include a zip-up headlight cover, a top triple clamp machined with the customer’s name, subtle leather stitchings and miles and miles of polished metal, all pressed and bent and beaten to perfection.

My mother warned me about girls like you…

Who wouldn’t want to sit on that?

Karl has managed to knock the second part of this twin Suzuki build right out of the park. The concept and execution are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and I’m equal parts scared and impressed by a client base that has let him put their personal taste on show. Thankfully, it’s not the last bike of it’s type we’ll see from Karl – the customers are so happy with their rides they’re discussing getting a third bike made.

I’ll be curious to see what Ed Turner whips up for them next.

The bikes got it on immediately after this photo was taken

[Ed Turner Motorcycles: Web – Facebook – Instagram | Photos by Francois Richer]

  • Screw it. i ❤️this thing.

  • Brett Wilderman

    I’m not sure the zero torsional load front wheel will take to a sprocket driving the bike through those spokes

    • Probably be OK. Yamaha XS650 street tracker folks use front cast wheels on the back to get the 19″ front 19″ back tire thing going as do H-D Sportster people. Check out Phil Little Racing and Omar’s fiberglass for conversion kits. Is there any rotational torque on a front wheel when you brake?

      • Brett Wilderman

        Conventional set ups have traction at the contact patch driving the rim and braking force through the hub opposing each other through the spokes. The Buell wheel put the braking force into the rim where it met the driving force. The spokes are lighter as they don’t relay the opposing forces. So, not meant to transfer driving force of sprocket through spokes to rim and contact patch.
        I love the look and would jump at the chance to ride it. Probably will work out fine.

    • Although this is a very nonconventional setup with the drive sprocket and brake disc on the same side. Interesting…

    • AB

      It has lawnmower type hp – reckon it will be fine.

      • Brett Wilderman

        Good point.

  • Fantome_NR

    LOVE this, it’s even better than the big-boy version. Bravo. Would look rad with a supermoto style fender up front 😉

  • the watcher

    Damn! I’ll take the 11 and the misses can take this (not being sexist, I just like big, air-cooled Suzi’s). Mind, if I had to take the littl’un home I wouldn’t be too disappointed.

  • Amazingly Turner! Ed does year another head Turner. And the hits just keep on coming.

  • What’s better than sitting atop a beast of a motorcycle? Sitting a stop a beast of a motorcycle that reminds of you of sweet lady-bits.

  • guvnor67

    Crazy kool, and almost silly, but wonderfully mad and I want to have a go on it!

    • The perfect review. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • OK. You’ve seen both bikes. Setting aside the different displacements (i.e. imagine they are both 1100cc), which one do you like the most?

    • guvnor67

      The dark soul for me, but only just. Ed Turner’s bikes always make me grin like a clown on crack, they’re well out of the box, always a touch quirky, but never fail to impress with quality of build and finish. And for me, they scream “Thrash me, abuse me” but clean me up and stare a while when you’re done!”. Oh stuff it, I’ll take both!

    • the watcher

      I think E.T. has thought of that; hence drops on the 11 (braking hard and late, tipping it in, stand her up and nail the throttle), and sit-up-and-begs on the 4 (stoppies, wheelies, big arcing skids). Both guaranteed to lose you your license in no time but wtf, they got to catch you first!

  • Andy Rappold

    Wicked…I love that thing…so wild!