Suzuki GSX400X Impulse Review from South Africa

1988 Suzuki GSX400X Impulse

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres

Summary:

A true pocket rocket

Faults:

My brake pads had to be replaced at 43000km, and my carburetors had to be serviced at 44000km.

General Comments:

I have nicknamed this little bike "the pocket rocket".

It goes like a bat out of hell. The other day I ran it off the clock with a BMW behind me, showing 215km/h.

That's seriously quick for a 400. The only problem is it's a thirsty little bugger that drinks petrol like an alcoholic drinks vodka.

Just above 5000rpm at 90km/h, the petrol consumption increases drastically. Yet that's a small sacrifice for the acceleration and speed.

The other day I smoked the very well known Honda VFR 400NC35.

It comes as no surprise, that as I am running on cut cams and a full performance system, she kicks out 55kw and 42nm of torques.

Not the most comfortble bike around, but for short distances, it's peachy.

Handling and braking is spot on, and the bike only weighs 159kg, so agility comes easy.

Overall, I would recommend this bike to all those who seek fun and performance at a decent price.

It's reliable, and will leave most cars for dead on a 1/4 mile sprint.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2006

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 1 review