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Suzuki GS1000G 1980-1982
Suzuki GS1000GL 1980-1982
Suzuki GS1100G 1982—1984
Suzuki GS1100GL 1982—1984
Suzuki GS1100GK 1982—1984


I have tried to tell the history of the different Suzuki GS 1100 G models on this page the best I know how. I would be grateful of any contributions — sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible. If you send me pictures of your own bike, please follow these instructions.

Suzuki 1980More Suzuki models from 1980
1980 Suzuki year code: T

A shaft-driven heavyweight tourer, GS1000G, fitted with a 22 liter (5.8 US gal) fuel tank was introduced in May 1980 as a 1980 year's model (GS1000GT). Except for cosmetic differencies and the shaft drive, the GS1000G shared the mechanics with the rest of the GS1000 model family. Manufactured between 1980 and 1982.

Available in blue, black or red.
   

'78 GS1000E GS-1000E GS1000 GS-1000GS 1000 G 1980
Overall Length: 2 300 mm (90.6 in)
Overall Width: 905 mm (35.6 in)
Overall Height: 1 260 mm (49.6 in)
Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 525 mm (60.0 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 250 kg (550 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 997 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 90 ps (66 kW)/ 8.500 rpm, 8,0 kg-m/ 7.500 rpm.

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Suzuki introduced another shaftie in 1980 fitting a shaft drive the GS1000L. GS1000GL used the same mechanics as the GS1000G but borrowed the style of the GS1000L with smaller fuel tank, high handlebars and stepped seat.

GS1000GL was manufactured between 1980 and 1982.
 
'78 GS1000E GS-1000E GS1000 GS-1000GS1000GL 1980
Overall Length: 2 275 mm (89.6 in)
Overall Width: 900 mm (35.4 in)
Overall Height: 1 230 mm (48.4 in)
Wheelbase: 1 500 mm (59.1 in)
Ground Clearance: 150 mm (5.9 in)
Dry Weight: 250 kg (551 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 997 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 90 ps (66 kW)/ 8.500 rpm, 8,0 kg-m/ 7.500 rpm.

The picture shows the GS1000L.

Suzuki 1981More Suzuki models from 1981
1981 Suzuki year code: X
The shaft-driven model being the only one liter GS model with an eight-valve engine, the GS1000GX was introduced in January 1981. Some minor modifications: new-designed seat, influenced by the custom model (GS1000L) and especielly the '77 pre-launch GS1000 seats and black rectangular indicator heads instead of chromed ones.

Here's GS1000G magazine ads.
 
'81 GS1000G GS-1000G GS1000 GS-1000GS 1000 G 1981
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
Wheelbase: 1 525 mm (60.0 in)
Dry Weight: 247 kg (543 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 997 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 90 ps (66 kW)/ 8.500 rpm, 8,0 kg-m/ 7.500 rpm.

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'81 GS 1000 G GS-1000G GS1000 GS-1000GS1000G 1981
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
Wheelbase: 1 525 mm (60.0 in)
Dry Weight: 247 kg (543 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 997 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 90 ps (66 kW)/ 8.500 rpm, 8,0 kg-m/ 7.500 rpm.

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'81 GS1000GL GS-1000GL GS 1000 GLGS1000GL 1981
Overall Length: 2 275 mm (89.6 in)
Overall Width: 900 mm (35.4 in)
Overall Height: 1 230 mm (48.4 in)
Wheelbase: 1 500 mm (59.1 in)
Ground Clearance: 150 mm (5.9 in)
Dry Weight: 250 kg (551 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 997 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 90 ps (66 kW)/ 8.500 rpm, 8,0 kg-m/ 7.500 rpm.

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Suzuki GS1000G '81

1981 GS1000G, picture sent by Michael, Michael's GS Classic. Click to enlarge.


Suzuki 1982More Suzuki models from 1982
Suzuki model year code: Z

The manufacturing of the 1981 year's GS1000GX was continued until the model was replaced by the GS1100G in June 1982.
 

'78 GS1000E GS-1000E GS1000 GS-1000GS 1000 G 1982
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
Wheelbase: 1 525 mm (60.0 in)
Dry Weight: 247 kg (543 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 997 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 90 ps (66 kW)/ 8.500 rpm, 8,0 kg-m/ 7.500 rpm.

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Notify that the rear shocks are not original on this bike.

The GS1100G traces its roots to the GS1000G and the first generation of Suzuki four-strokes (except for the '54 Colleda COX four-stroke). Although the more powerful 16-valve engine had already been introduced, there was a demand for a touring model powered with the DOHC eight-valve engine. The shaft drive and the less complex engine stands for high reliability and less maintaineance.

The GS1100G shared the specifications with the GS1000G but was equipped color matched front mudguard (colors available: black and blue). 72 x 66 mm bore x stroke, 98 hp.

At first I thought that the GS1100G was only available at the North American market. That doesn't seem to be true. They were available in the early 80's in the UK as well. This was told by an owner of a '82 GS1100G, identical to the Blue model seen below.

Starting frame number: GU71A-100001.
 

Suzuki GS1100G GS1100GS 1100 G 1982
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 495 mm (58.9 in)
Weight: 247 kg (543 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 074 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 98 hp/ 8.700 rpm, 8,69 kg-m/ 6.500 rpm.

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Suzuki GS1100G GS1100GS 1100 G 1982
Overall Length:
Overall Width:
Overall Height:
Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 495 mm (58.9 in)
Dry Weight: 290 kg (639 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 074 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 98 hp/ 8.700 rpm, 8,69 kg-m/ 6.500 rpm. Shaft drive.

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GS1100GK, a heavy weight tourer, based on the GS1100GL, was released in 1982, aimed mainly at the American market. The model was built to offer a touring bike for people who concidered buing a Honda Gold Wing but couldn't afford it. Suzuki had started developing its own king-of-the-road tourer, the GV1400 Cavalcade but the V-4 engined super heavy weight tourer was not yet ready for the market. Instead of introducing a whole new model, Suzuki put out the GS1100GK to fill in the gap in the touring market.

The low budget tourer was a basic GS1100GL outfitted with fairing, bags, rack and trunk and crash bars. It was a capable and reliable tourer but its design wasn't that appealing to the masses. I agree. You can hardly call the GS1100GK the world's most beautiful motorcycle. Most of all, the fairing doesn't seem to match with the rest of the bike but was found from the local dealer's junkyard. But that's only my opinion...

The manufactoring of the GS100GK continued to March 1984 and was replaced with the GV1400 Cavalcade that in many aspects was superior to Yamaha Venture or Honda's Gold Wing, the latter being the most popular of the Japanese heavy weight touring machines.
 
Suzuki GS1100G GS1100GK '82GS 1100 GK 1982
Overall Length: 2 490 mm (98.0 in)
Overall Width: 930 mm (36.6 in)
Overall Height: 1 545 mm (60.8 in)
Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 495 mm (58.9 in)
Dry Weight: 290 kg (639 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 1 074 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 98 hp/ 8.700 rpm, 8,69 kg-m/ 6.500 rpm. Shaft drive.

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1982—1984 Suzuki GS1100GK Specifications (USA)

Overall length:

2 490 mm (98.0 in)

Overall width:

930 mm (36.6 in)

Overall height:

1 545 mm (60.8 in)

Wheelbase:

1 495 mm (58.9 in)

Ground clearance:

145 mm ( 5.7 in)

Dry mass (weight):

290 kg (639 lbs)

Engine type:

Air-cooled inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves

Bore:

72.0 mm (2.835 in)

Stroke:

66.0 mm (2.598 in)

Piston displacement:

1074 cm3 (65.5 cu. in)

Compression ratio:

8,8 :1

Carburetor:

MIKUNI BS34SS x 4

Air cleaner type:

Polyurethane foam element

Starter system:

Electric

Lubrication system:

Wet sump

Clutch type:

Wet multi-plate

Transmission type:

5-speed constant mesh

Gearshift pattern:

1-down, 4-up

Primary reduction:

1.775 (87/49)

Final reduction:

3.090 (34/11)

Gear ratios:

  Low

2.500 (35/14)

  2nd

1.722 (31/18)

  3rd

1.380 (29/21 )

  4th

1.125 (27/24)

  5th

0.961 (25/26)

Final drive:

Shaft drive

Front suspension:

Telescopic, gas/coil spring, oil damped

Rear suspension:

Swinging arm, gas/coil spring, oil damper 4-way adjustable

Steering angle (left to right):

40 degrees

Caster:

61° 95'

Trail:

118 mm (4.65 in)

Turning radius:

2,6 m (8.5 ft)

Front brake:

Twin disc

Rear brake:

Single disc

Front tire size:

110/90-19 62H, tubeless

Rear tire size:

130/90-16 67H, tubeless

Ignition type:

Transistorized

Generator type:

Three-phase A.C. generator

Fuel tank capacity:

22 l (5.8 US gal) incl. reserve

Reserve:

4,2 l (4.4 US qt.)

Engine oil capacity:

3,0 l (3.2 US qt.)

Front fork oil capacity:

363 ml (12.0 US oz)

Secondary bevel gear oil capacity:

340—400 ml (11.5-13.5 US oz)

Final bevel gear oil capacity:

280—330 ml (9.5-11.2 US oz)


1982—1984 Suzuki GS1100GK service info:

Cylinder head valve lash:

0,03—0,08 mm (0.0012—0.0031in)

Ignition timing: 17° B.T.D.C. below 1 500 r/min and 37° B.T.D.C. above 2 350 r/min

Spark plug type:

NGK B8ES or Nippon Denso W24ES-U

Battery:

YB14L-A2 12V 14 Ah (50.4 kCI/ 10 hours)

Fuses:

10/10/10/10/15 A

Headlight:

12V 60/55W

Tail/Brakelight:

12V B/23W (3132 cp)

Turn signal light:

12V 23W (32 cp)

License plate light:

12V 8W (3 cp)

Speedometer light:

12V 3,4W

Tachometer/Fuel meter light:

12V 3,4W

Neutral indicator light:

12V 3,4W

High beam indicator light:

12V 3,4W

Turn signal indicator light:

12V 3,4W

Oil pressure indicator light:

12V 3,4W

Side stand check light:

12V 3,4W

Gear position indicator light:

12V 1,2W






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