Suzuki VS800 Reviews from United States of America

1997 Suzuki VS800

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 3 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 1200R

Summary:

No major issues, but would pass on the bike if I ran across it again

Faults:

Valve adjustments needed, carb sync, oil changes, tires.

General Comments:

Would become unstable at 100 mph. Acceleration was good. Front tire was a 21 inch laced wheel, was good for looks, bad for handling.

I rode it from NC. to CA, no problems, always fired up and ran, but I didn't care for the bike. It needed the valve adjustment too often, the cost was $300.00 for the adjustment. The carbs needed to be synced, and after the first valve adjust and sync, the bike never ran smoothly. It loped and ran rough. Mechanics would cringe at the thought of working on it for some reason. They hated the cramped engine access they would comment.

I owned a GZ 250 and loved it, but hated this upgrade from the GZ. I was not overall pleased with the bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2011

1994 Suzuki VS800

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZX-9R

Summary:

Relaxed, fun, dependable, and extremely low ownership costs

Faults:

The water pump needed replacement, and I did the thermostat at the same time (3,500 miles).

The stem lock stopped working and required replacement (9,000 miles).

The run/off switch had to be replaced (12,000 miles) because the contacts were corroded.

General Comments:

My VS800GL was incredibly reliable.

The acceleration was quick, and roll-on was good except for a slight delay in response due to the cush in the shaft drive.

Braking performance could be better, but is improved with better pads up front.

This model is not great for highway travel as you are deafened at 65mph by the engine, which is spinning far faster than you'd expect for such a low speed, but the bike still has power to give, all the way to 116mph (off public roads, that is).

Highway wind protection is null, and requires the addition of a windshield (but almost every company makes one which fits this bike).

First gear is extremely short (10mph) so stop and go driving can be a little frustrating, but the bike is water-cooled, so it's less frustrating than having to shut down your engine after moving 5 feed as you would in an air cooled bike.

Tire selection for the bike is limited, but Pirelli makes the 66 Route tire which glues this bike to the road, even in the rain (Pirelli owns Metzler, but the Pirelli 66 Route has better reviews).

The bike is very small, and it can be tough to find a place for your knees (I'm 5'8" with a 27" inseam and it was tough even for me), but ignoring that it is extremely comfortable, even on 300 mile trips.

The suspension is, well, jiggly (think "Volvo 850"), and takes some getting used to, but it does well in the twisties. The bike is certainly not meant for rapid changes in direction though, and while the engine does well in rapid, straight lines it suffers in sharp corners (it is a cruiser, after all).

It is a great starter bike, forgiving, quick, reliable, but after a few years it becomes a bit of a bore (predictability has its downside!). I ride almost every day which likely lead to the boredom with the bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2009

1994 Suzuki VS800

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles

Summary:

Quality bike, minor issues

Faults:

Problems have all been, in my estimation, carburetor (s) related.

The bike is a 1994 VS800, has 2 carbs. Syncro problems always and fuel delivery to the front cylinder have been issues.

Dealers in my area (Phoenix, AZ) won't work on bikes older than 10 years. Had a guy offer to fix, he worked out of the living room of his apartment! Don't think so. Next bike will be fuel injected.

General Comments:

Otherwise a nice looking bike; it seems to be made reasonably well.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th December, 2007

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews