Suzuki GSX1400 Review (2001)
What Is It?
The Suzuki GSX1400 is a popular naked bike and is powered by an air / oil cooled 1,402 cc inline four cylinder engine, producing 106 bhp at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque at 5,000 rpm.
- Seat Height: Low (790 mm / 31.1 inches)
- Dry Weight: Heavy (226 kg / 498 lbs)
- Economy: Average (40 mpg / 7.1 l/100km / 14.2 km/l)
- Range: High (190 miles / 306 km)
- Top Speed: Very high (155 mph / 249 km/h)
What Is It Like?
Choosing The GSX1400
It was January 2016 when I had a WhatsApp message from a friend that I hadn’t seen for a good five years. It was a picture of a black Suzuki GSX1400 that he was selling.
He asked if I knew of anyone that was interested in the bike, which was a K2 model with 11,000 miles on it with three previous owners.
It turned out that he had bought the bike from someone who travelled around Europe on it, then sold it to an older gent, then bought it back a few years later because the older gent hung his leathers up due to old age.
I said I would ask about to see if anyone was interested then the next day I happened to open the WhatsApp picture up on my PC, which was in greater detail and I thought my god that’s in good nick so I got back in touch and went to see the bike. I bought it there and then.
I wasn’t expecting too much because I already owned a Suzuki B-King but boy I was wrong. This bike is a dream.
It has so much grunt on tap and with its 6 speed gearbox (all the other big retro’s have a 5 speed) it’s a fabulous mile muncher and comfy with it.
Handling is sure-footed and can get a bit loose when really pushing on but hey it’s not a race rep and the brakes are good but need maintaining being Tokico 6 pots.
It’s the best bike I’ve had for carrying a pillion by a country mile due to the upright riding position, the big seat and it’s fair to say it’s the bike I’ve used the most since I have bought it.
To Sum Up
My ZRX 1100 and Zephyr 1100 don’t get used as much as they used to and I would recommend one to anyone. If you are looking for a retro bike just go and have a test ride on one. Mine is a keeper for sure!
- farmersti, 2017
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