1990 Suzuki GS450E from South Africa
I like this bike, and look forward to the day I am able to undertake an extended journey with it
The fuel tank float ceased to indicate the fuel level. The dealer attempted to repair it, but unfortunately was not able to. This occurred at approximately 82 000km.
I find this to be an extremely comfortable bike to ride.
The braking leaves much to be desired.
The engine sounds smooth and the sound from the exhausts is a healthy roar.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th October, 2006
20th Feb 2007, 16:08
I had the cafe racer version called the Suzuki 450S. At the time it was the fastest 450 around. But I loved to sight-see with mine.
Changed the sprockets to gear down the engine 15% & the mileage went up 10% to a high of 75MPG. The range for a tank of gas also went up 10%. It was sweet not to have to look for a gas station for 250 miles with just a 3.7gallon tank. Vibrations went down & long distance travel was super.
Went on an autumn 8000 mile ride east to the Great Lakes, south to Texas, New Mexico, & Arizona, north thru the Rocky Mountains (a trace of snow!), & back home to Washington State. When I first left Washington State, I started 3 days behind an east moving rainstorm. Followed the storm across the country to Nebraska where it rained itself out. Went thru three different presentations of fall colors in various parts of the trip (absolutely spectacular). Used only 120 gallons of gas. Had the best time of my life.
Once had the 450 up to 110MPH & accelerating. Think gearing up the bike gave the bike a faster top speed, but I had to decelerate because of the turn ahead of me. What scared me the most was that I wasn't scared. I knew I was in trouble then. But I never ventured up to the triple digits ever again. Probably my best decision ever.