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1980 Suzuki GS850 from Canada

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 kilometres
Most recent distance54000 kilometres

Summary:

Best Bike EVER. But you wouldn't want one, leave them for me to buy

Faults:

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.

Speedometer.

General Comments:

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

1980 Suzuki GS850 from United Kingdom

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CBR600FY

Summary:

A solid workhorse with bags of character

Faults:

Head gasket replaced at 20000 miles.

Electronic ignition replaced with a Dyna unit at 22000 miles.

Front and rear springs replaced at 25000 miles.

Seat cover replaced at 25000 miles.

Tank re-painted at 29000 miles.

General Comments:

I have loved every minute of owning this bike (GS850GT).

A great machine for touring or long journeys (takes a few miles to warm up).

Heavy, well-built and solid feel - should last forever if looked after. Bulletproof motor, which gives good torque at low revs and ample power at higher speeds. Sounds good as well!

Handles well with a passenger or heavy load.

A bit of a handful on twisty roads, but at ease on the highway.

Shaft drive is well-designed - no problems as long as you grease the splines every time the tyre is changed.

Gearbox is smooth - don't even need to use the clutch when running up the gears.

Cheap to run - 55 to 60 mpg.

Who could ask for more?

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2007

1980 Suzuki GS850 from United States of America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha R5C

Summary:

This should be one word; perfect!

Faults:

At about 3000 miles in 1980 the stator went out. That is all that has broken in 27 years.

General Comments:

This is the best motorcycle I have owned to date, and I have had plenty. If it were to be reproduced tomorrow, I would be the first in line to get a new one.

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

Review Date: 7th February, 2007

27th Feb 2012, 02:08

I envy you guys. I would love to have a Suzy GS850. Here, it's extinct. And due to government protocol, we cannot import in old, old bikes.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 6 reviews