Suzuki GS1100GK Reviews from Canada

1982 Suzuki GS1100GK

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 kilometres
Most recent distance33000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha Maxim 650

Summary:

It looks different and has lots of guts

Faults:

Needed new tires and windshield, oil change and plugs to certify.

Starter motor and voltage regulator, then speedometer cable all went in my first summer.

Replaced valve cover gasket, and forks leak air slowly.

I am constantly charging my battery, but it's a cheap one.

General Comments:

All in all it's a great ride so far. Nothing too hard to fix for being a 1982.

Can get parts from a local dealer, but costly.

Very fast on highways and handles smoothly.

Highway pegs are a must for long rides.

The motor is strong and can take a beating.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2009

20th Nov 2011, 08:31

Hi, can you tell me where I can find a wire harness for my GS1100GK 1982?

1982 Suzuki GS1100GK

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership2006
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance29500 kilometres

Summary:

Great bike

Faults:

Windshield is now a bit cloudy from 25 years of bending stresses.

General Comments:

In '86 it was winterized properly (for 20 years), and now with a new battery it starts and runs just fine. Next year it's a classic!

I will consider selling it only because my wife is more comfortable in her Mazda Miata.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2006

1982 Suzuki GS1100GK

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS850

Summary:

Outstanding and reliable unit

Faults:

Fork seal, usual maintenance.

General Comments:

This is the most bullet-proof engine you can get. I love it. Just love it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2006

1984 Suzuki GS1100GK

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS850

Summary:

A tough reliable bike with lots of go

Faults:

The only thing that went "wrong" was the voltage regulator which burned out. I replaced it with a used one I got for $50 at a junkyard.

And the valve cover gasket leaked a couple of times.

It seemed to go through a battery every couple of years.

Plus wear items like disk brake pads, tires, fork seals.

But that's pretty good considering it was a ten year old bike which I bought on my credit card and drove all year round for ten more years. Never adjusted the valves or the carburetors.

It still had the original clutch, although it was starting to slip. I never had to replace the clutch cable or brake lines. I only changed the spark plugs once.

General Comments:

This was a tough reliable bike with lots of go and great brakes.

Not great on gas. It got about the same gas mileage as our car, a 1986 Chevy Nova.

It was a performance bike masquerading as a touring bike. It was not comfortable for the driver at all, but strangely, passengers found it comfortable.

The stepped saddle and high foot pegs made for an uncomfortable seating position. I replaced the saddle with a flat seat.

I hated the fairing. It rattled and you couldn't get at the motor. I replaced it with a small windscreen.

But the panniers and top box were excellent.

It was not good for touring. It was under geared and revved really high on the freeway, but you couldn't change the gearing because it had a shaft drive. The handlebars buzzed and after a couple of hours your hands and forearms got sore.

I gave it to a friend because I was leaving Canada. I didn't get a single ticket on it in ten years.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2004

28th Jan 2005, 10:16

I read the review for the GS1100GK, and found it somewhat accurate. I bought mine used in the summer of 87, have put over 40k on it, wearing out the tires is the only drawback.

I don't understand the comment of "uncomfortable" for the rider. After 3300 miles in 10 days, I wish I had more time and money to go to the other side of the country.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews