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Suzuki GS1000 Gallery

The Suzuki GS 1000 was arguably the best of the Japanese litre class motorcycles of the late seventies combining a bomb proof engine with a chassis that handled with a degree of finesse not matched by its rivals.

Launched at the Paris show in 1977, the GS1000 was Suzuki's first stab at the big-bore musclebike market. In 1979 the company released a sporting version called the GS1000S, complete with a bikini fairing and two-tone red/white paint job (also available in blue/white).

At the heart of the 238kg beast is an air-cooled, 16-valve inline four, producing around 85bhp and 58ftlb of torque. The engine, which is a stroked version of the GS750, sits in a tubular steel cradle frame.

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Suzuki GS1000 Suzuki GS1000
  • Engine - 997cc, air-cooled, 8-valve DOHC, transverse four
  • Top Speed - 135mph (216kph)
  • Power - 87bhp @ 8000rpm
  • Bore x Stroke - 70 x 64.8mm
  • Dry Weight - 242kg (532lb)
  • Launched - 1978-1982
1978 Suzuki GS1000 E 1978 Suzuki GS1000 E Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
1978 Suzuki GS1000 Suzuki GS 1000  
1978 Suzuki GS 1000ec
Suzuki GS 1000ec

This example is thought to have been found by Don Leeson still in its original shipping crate and was subsequently assembled and registered by him. It is finished in red with white tank striping and trim, black side panels, alloy wheels and a twin disc front end.

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1979 Suzuki GS1000 GT 1979 Suzuki GS1000 GT To create the GS1000GT, Suzuki engineers cross-bred out of two distinct, if not separate, engineering bloodlines, the GS1000 and the GS850. Categorical Thinkers who believe that a successful motorcycle must be shaped from the ground up according to a singular idea scorn the notion that an artful rearrangement of parts can function effectively. For Suzuki engineers, less concerned with grandiose theory than functional results, the problem and solution must have seemed simple enough. Problem: Buyers liked the traditional-pattern big-bore Japanese motorcycle but with shaft drive. Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha all had something to suit. Solution: Suzuki had the wherewithal for a one-liter creation.
1979 Suzuki GS1000 L 1979 Suzuki GS1000 L Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
1979 Suzuki GS1000S 1979 Suzuki GS1000 S  
1979 Suzuki GS1000 S 1979 Suzuki GS1000 S GS1000S was based on the GS1000E but didn't have its pneumatic rear suspension. The fairing gained the bike's weight with 5 kg (11 lbs) and included a clock and oil temperature gauge on the instrument panel. The rear wheel diameter was increased from 17 to 18 inches on the S model.
1979 Suzuki GS1000 GS1000  
1979 Suzuki GS1000 S 1979 Suzuki GS1000 S  
1980 Suzuki GS1000S Suzuki GS1000S European import.
1980 Suzuki GS1000 E 1980 Suzuki GS1000 E  
1981 Suzuki GS1000E 1981 Suzuki GS1000E  
1982 Suzuki GS1000SZ Suzuki GS1000SZ 110bhp.
1982 Suzuki GS1000sz Suzuki GS1000sz  

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