1979 Suzuki GS850


Great fun... good for getting back into motorcycling!


Slight crack in the gauge assembly. It leaked some fuel at first, but this was fixed with an adjustment of the petcock.

General Comments:

I'm just getting back into motorcycling after being away from it for MANY years.

This bike came my way quite unexpectedly, and though I had my doubts about purchasing such a dated machine, it is GREAT so far. Good acceleration when needed. Great on the highway and the back road. It has been powerful enough to get my old skills awakened, but gentle enough for rides with my young daughters.

Fun bike, and easily serviceable (so far).

If you have a chance at one... go for it!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2008

1982 Suzuki GS850


If you ever have the chance to buy a Suzuki GS series, do yourself a favor and do it!


Seat cover starting to rip.

Replaced voltage regulator at 35,000.

General Comments:

I bought this bike brand new in 83 (it was a holdover). Best investment I've EVER made.

It's a great bike; handles like a dream, quick enough on take-off, never tested the top speed because this is a cruiser.

This bike really is bullet-proof, engine still purrs like a kitten, it's got the shaft drive, which is still holding up amazing, quiet as hell, no chain "slap". Basically I just change the oil every spring and make sure she's got gas and she never lets me down.

Never had the engine apart, have never had to change a valve or a piston or rings like some of my buddies with Harleys have had to, I just ride her.

This bike has never let me down, starts every time, runs great, is comfortable on long trips, and really is just a joy to ride!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2008

2nd Feb 2011, 21:34

Right on!! I have owned lots of bikes, including a HD Sportster, and I love this bike!! It rides so smooth. Everything works great, and it's 30 years old. Lot's of fun. I've never had it at top speed, wonder what it would do???

25th Aug 2012, 23:46

I liked my first 1982 GS 850. I got a second one, after selling my first one, what a dumb move. I love the bike, it's all good.

19th Jul 2013, 21:32

I had a GS850 when stationed in Colorado Springs in 1986. Hit the throttle on a long straightaway, and at 110 mph and climbing, I got scared and backed out. Loved that bike. Should have never sold it after a small wreck that broke my hand. The new owner fixed the dent in the tank and new forks, and away he went. Good luck with yours.

7th Mar 2016, 21:47

I got my 1982 GSL850 cafe racer up to 150! It was still as smooth as it is at 70.

11th May 2016, 01:17

The GS850 is a great bike. Top speed for a good runner is between 125mph to 130mph... Also quarter mile times around 12.3 @ 108mph. A true classic then and now.

11th Aug 2016, 01:46

I live in the land of OZ. My only problem was when the bolts that go into the cush drive snapped. They do not have a part number, 1979 model. I had to manufacture a new set out of some I got from a Kawasaki shaft drive.

Other than that, bullet proof, handled like a dream. I am looking to buy another. Suzuki told me they don't make spares because they don't break. Even when I showed them the parts, they refused to believe me.

16th Sep 2016, 16:09

Good story, but on my 82 GS850G the speedo topped out at 85 mph. How do you knew you "hit" 100 mph?

28th Oct 2017, 15:47

Look at the speedometer, that's how you tell.

1981 Suzuki GS850


Right handlebar switch panel replaced.

Spark plugs replaced.

Tires replaced.

Battery replaced.

Starter replaced.

Intake boots (set of 4) replaced.

Carbs cleaned and synched at intake boot replacement service.

Bike came with a set of highway bars with fixed rubber pegs - I chose to replace the fixed rubber pegs with newer style metal folding pegs.

I chose to replace "Buckhorn"-style handlebar for one with a shorter bend, which relieves wind blast on torso, as well as more comfortable wrist angle for twisting throttle

I chose to upgrade the headlight bulb to a newer bulb, giving a whiter light and higher wattage (60/55W= 110/100W).

I chose to install a "Back-Off" module to make taillight flash in a 5-flash pattern when the rear brake is applied, making the bike more visible to other drivers.

I chose to add rubber sleeves over the clutch, and brake levers for improved grip

I chose to replace the factory round mirrors with an updated set of chrome teardrop-shaped mirrors.

General Comments:

My GS850GL has air assisted forks, which have held up great and ride well.

Overall bike suspension is excellent - the bike is very comfortable for long rides.

Bike handles and accelerates well for a bike of its size and weight.

Paint, seat and chrome on my bike have held up extremely well.

Highway bars and pegs give you a place to stretch out during rides.

Shaft drive has needed no maintenance at all, other than periodic gear oil changes as recommended.

Factory exhaust still working well and looking great.

Everywhere, I go the bike gets looks and favorable comments from other riders, as well as non-riders.

Factory optional backrest with the Suzuki "S" in chrome on the back side, and the "L" embossed in the pad, really adds to the look of the bike.

Check out photos at http://community.webshots.com/user/kmfarrell

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2007