1980 Suzuki GS850 from Canada
Best Bike EVER. But you wouldn't want one, leave them for me to buy
Stator & regulator broke the year I bought it.
Brake pads replaced a few times.
Rear tire difficult to replace due to rusted exhaust mounting bolts.
Battery a few times due to broken stator.
Aside from the charging system this bike is pretty solid, no major repairs needed.
Excellent touring bike. It's been Coast (NW) to Coast (NE) to Coast (SW) of North America, and my commuter bike for work for 7 years.
Please bug Suzuki to reissue this bike, I would buy it without hesitation (note speedometer cable broke at 54000 km and has not been fixed properly, this bike has been well over 100,000 kilometers with NO MAJOR WORK NEEDED!!!)
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2008
9th Nov 2014, 00:26
I have two of these bikes, a '79 and an '82. The '79 blew a head gasket at 70 thousand miles and I parked it and bought the '82, which I ride every day. I've seen no mention in the various comments regarding valve adjustment. I've gone 15 thousand on the '82 without tending to this, and it's still running as smooth as ever, but I'm thinking I ought to do it soon.
I disagree with the comment that these bikes get "50 or 60 MPG". I normally get 38, day in and day out, mix of freeway and surface street driving. I could believe someone's getting low to mid 40's with a perfectly tuned bike and not a lot of stop and go.
These are really great bullet-proof motorcycles.