1982 Suzuki GS850 from United States of America
If you ever have the chance to buy a Suzuki GS series, do yourself a favor and do it!
Seat cover starting to rip.
Replaced voltage regulator at 35,000.
I bought this bike brand new in 83 (it was a holdover). Best investment I've EVER made.
It's a great bike; handles like a dream, quick enough on take-off, never tested the top speed because this is a cruiser.
This bike really is bullet-proof, engine still purrs like a kitten, it's got the shaft drive, which is still holding up amazing, quiet as hell, no chain "slap". Basically I just change the oil every spring and make sure she's got gas and she never lets me down.
Never had the engine apart, have never had to change a valve or a piston or rings like some of my buddies with Harleys have had to, I just ride her.
This bike has never let me down, starts every time, runs great, is comfortable on long trips, and really is just a joy to ride!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2008
2nd Feb 2011, 21:34
Right on!! I have owned lots of bikes, including a HD Sportster, and I love this bike!! It rides so smooth. Everything works great, and it's 30 years old. Lot's of fun. I've never had it at top speed, wonder what it would do???
25th Aug 2012, 23:46
I liked my first 1982 GS 850. I got a second one, after selling my first one, what a dumb move. I love the bike, it's all good.
19th Jul 2013, 21:32
I had a GS850 when stationed in Colorado Springs in 1986. Hit the throttle on a long straightaway, and at 110 mph and climbing, I got scared and backed out. Loved that bike. Should have never sold it after a small wreck that broke my hand. The new owner fixed the dent in the tank and new forks, and away he went. Good luck with yours.
7th Mar 2016, 21:47
I got my 1982 GSL850 cafe racer up to 150! It was still as smooth as it is at 70.
11th May 2016, 01:17
The GS850 is a great bike. Top speed for a good runner is between 125mph to 130mph... Also quarter mile times around 12.3 @ 108mph. A true classic then and now.
11th Aug 2016, 01:46
I live in the land of OZ. My only problem was when the bolts that go into the cush drive snapped. They do not have a part number, 1979 model. I had to manufacture a new set out of some I got from a Kawasaki shaft drive.
Other than that, bullet proof, handled like a dream. I am looking to buy another. Suzuki told me they don't make spares because they don't break. Even when I showed them the parts, they refused to believe me.
16th Sep 2016, 16:09
Good story, but on my 82 GS850G the speedo topped out at 85 mph. How do you knew you "hit" 100 mph?
28th Oct 2017, 15:47
Look at the speedometer, that's how you tell.