After the "power is everything" attitude of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers in the late 60s and 1970s, the 1980s saw potential legislation and handling concerns as issues that needed to be addressed. As far as legislation was concerned, manufacturers were beginning to realise that some bikes could be legislated off the roads, particularly when you consider the previously unheard of power-to-weight ratios available to people of just 17 years of age with little road experience.
This had already prompted Germany to introduce a 100bhp limit on bikes imported into the country which had already had Honda decreasing the bhp of its CBX1000 to 95 from 105bhp. As far as handling was concerned, the big new Suzuki was a step up from the plethora of 1000cc machines. Despite the fact that the frame of the GSX1100E was pretty conventional, with a tubular steel duplex frame and twin rear shock absorbers, it was the engine that gave it its edge.