Suzuki GN400XT Review from Canada

1981 Suzuki GN400XT

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha Virago 500


I wish I still had it


Really nothing. The swing arm bearing was loose, the 6 volt lights were pitifully awful, the muffler had a hole in it, but the bike started every time.

General Comments:

The GN400 was a light, simple machine (a thumper) that had nothing on it, so it had nothing that could go wrong. It had a kick-start with a compression release system that was easy to use, so battery failure never left me stranded. The gas tank was large, and it used so little fuel that the result was 400 km between fill-ups.

Parts are rare, as the bike was not common, so you need to be able to jury-rig a lot of things to keep it running.

I wish I still had it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2007

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 1 review