1982 Suzuki GS850G


Best machine on the road


Joining gear on rear drive, teeth worn down, had to replace gear for $92.00.

General Comments:

This is by far the most comfortable bike I ever owned, not to mention its reliability. I owned a 1982 GS850G and lost it in a fire. I bought the above Kawi and had it for a year.

I was unhappy with its physical size and found the 82 Suzi online. I traded the Kawi (a 95) for the 82 and have been riding it for over 7 years.

The 5.8 gallon tank is a great asset. I get 45-49 MPG. The biggest thing to do is change the oil and adjust the valves every 4K. Do this and you will ride forever.

I doubt I will ever sell this bike. Why would I, it's been trouble free since I've owned it. Best machine on the road. It will always get you home...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2016

13th Nov 2016, 22:43

Totally agree, best machine to be harnessed by man... I had a clean 79 one that I eventually turned into a café racer... twas my best friend until she was stolen from outside my apartment... but please don't fret, I'm actually back in the market for another... maybe keep it original or maybe a bobber conversion.

Anyway, safe riding to you and you friends... greetings from Ireland.

1980 Suzuki GS850G


One of the best all-around street motorcycles ever made. Should never have sold my first one


Small tear in seat when I bought it (will re-cover the seat).

Slow leak on left fork seal since 32,100, have parts, but not urgent.

General Comments:

This is my second GS850, and first G model. The seat height is a bit high for my 31 inch inseam, but I plan to rectify that when I have the seat rebuilt (I'm looking at a Bill Mayer custom build).

This bike has by far the best seating position of any motorcycle I've ever ridden.

Absolutely reliable even at 30-years-old.

Handles very well for a late 1970s design, though not up to 2010 standards.

Brakes are a bit weak by modern standards, though adequate giving the handling limits of the late 1970s suspension and skinny tires.

This is one luxurious ride. An accurate fuel gauge, self-cancelling turn signals, gear position indicator, huge 5.8 gallon tank and the above-mention comfortable ergos make this one of the best touring bikes of any size.

No real plastic to speak of, this is an honest, real-steel motorcycle that tends to draw admiring glances everywhere it goes, even though it was the most generic of the generic in 1980.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2010