Suzuki GS550E Review from Malaysia

1978 Suzuki GS550E

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance76000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki AN110


Simply, one of the best Japanese Classics ever!


The rectifier unit failed.

The swing arm bushes were worn out.

The carburettors started to leak.

One of the rubberized intake manifold cracked.

General Comments:

The handling is excellent (unbelievable at first).

The bike is very reliable.

Somehow, parts are still available!

Will keep going as long as you want it to.

Never never ignore maintenance.

Ex-owners have regretted selling it.

Of course, the GS550 cannot be compared unfavorably with the latest bikes.

It is almost human.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2005

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 1 review