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Suzuki GS1200SS model history
2002—

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Suzuki GS1200SS, Japanese model

Suzuki 2001More Suzuki models from 2001
Suzuki model year code: Y

By the time when Suzuki for the first time presented its over 1000cc machines, back in the early eighties, the Japanese customers couldn't buy them. The regulations prohibited selling motorcycles with larger than 750cc engines on the domestic market in Japan. No wonder the 1100cc Katanas and other sports muscle bikes of the eighties were selling well over the decade after the model were discontinued in Europe and USA, when the regulations finally were dropped.

Nostalgic design sell quite well in Japan. The new GS1200SS was simply a modern version of the GSX-R1100 from the eighties. A sports-bike for those who dreamed about it when they couldn't get it. It was presented for the domestic market in 2001, available in black or red/black.

The GS12000SS is a full modern bike, although in some details the GS1200SS is still old-fashioned. For example, the speedo and the rev counter were wire-connected instead of electric, like in many other modern bikes. Still, the dry mass of the bike was only 210 kg (462 lbs), making the bike go really fast with its 100 hp engine.

Suzuki GS1200SS GS1200 GS 1200 SS 2001
Overall Length: 2 115 mm (83.3 in)
Overall Width: 765 mm (30.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 220 mm (48.0 in)
Wheelbase: 1 460 mm (57.5 in)
Seat Height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Dry weight: 210 kg (462 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1.156 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 100 hp (74 kW)/ 8.000 rpm, 94 Nm (9,6 kg-m)/ 6.500 rpm.

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Suzuki GS1200SS GS1200 GS 1200 SS 2001
Overall Length: 2 115 mm (83.3 in)
Overall Width: 765 mm (30.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 220 mm (48.0 in)
Wheelbase: 1 460 mm (57.5 in)
Seat Height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Dry weight: 210 kg (462 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1.156 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 100 hp (74 kW)/ 8.000 rpm, 94 Nm (9,6 kg-m)/ 6.500 rpm.

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Suzuki GS1200SS GS1200 GS 1200 SS 2001
Overall Length: 2 115 mm (83.3 in)
Overall Width: 765 mm (30.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 220 mm (48.0 in)
Wheelbase: 1 460 mm (57.5 in)
Seat Height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Dry weight: 210 kg (462 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1.156 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 100 hp (74 kW)/ 8.000 rpm, 94 Nm (9,6 kg-m)/ 6.500 rpm.

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Suzuki 2002More Suzuki models from 2002
Suzuki model year code: K2
Some minor modifications were made in March 2002 for the second model year. The fuel tank was redesigned and a new cap was mounted. The redisgn of the fuel tank made its capacity to decrease from 20 to 18 liter, and the dry weight decreased from 210 to 209 kg. The new available colors were blue/white and red/black. The price went up with 2,000 Yen.

Suzuki GS1200SS GS1200 GS 1200 SS 2002
Overall Length: 2 115 mm (83.3 in)
Overall Width: 765 mm (30.1 in)
Overall Height: 1 220 mm (48.0 in)
Wheelbase: 1 460 mm (57.5 in)
Seat Height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Dry weight: 209 kg (460 lbs)
Engine type: Air and oil-cooled 1.156 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 100 hp (74 kW)/ 8.000 rpm, 94 Nm (9,6 kg-m)/ 6.500 rpm.

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2001-2002 GS1200SS (BC-GV78A) specifications (Japan)
Engine type (V719): Air/oil-cooled inline-4 4-stroke
Cylinder volume: 1156 cc
Valve system: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, chain driven
Compression ratio: 9,5 :1
Bore x stroke: 79,0 x 59,0 mm (3.11 x 2.32 in.)
Power output: 100 hp (75 kW)/ 8.000 rpm
Torque: 95 Nm (9,6 kg-m)/ 6.500 rpm
Fuel economy: 28 km/liter (60 km/h)
Fuel tank capacity: 18-20 liter*
Ignition: Full transistor
Carburetor: CVR32
Starting system: Electric start
Lubrication: Wet sump
Engine oil capacity: 4,6 liter
Clutch: Wet multiple type coil spring
Transmission type: 5-speed constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio: 1.565
Secondary reduction ratio: 3.000
Gear ratios: 2.384/1.631/1.200/1.956/0.833
Secondary drive type: Chain
Overall length: 2 115 mm (83.3 in)
Overall width: 765 mm (30.1 in)
Overall height: 1 220 mm (48.0 in)
Wheelbase: 1 460 mm (57.5 in)
Seat height: 770 mm (30.3 in)
Ground clearance: 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Dry weight: 183 kg (403 lbs)
Front axle load: 76 kg (167 lbs)
Rear axle load: 107 kg (235 lbs)
Dry weight: 209-210 kg (460-462 lbs)*
Front suspension: Telescopic (43 mm)
Rear suspension: Swing arm
Caster: 25°
Trail: 99 mm (3.90 in)
Front tyre: 120/70-ZR17 (58W)
Rear tyre: 170/60-ZR17 (72W)
Front brake: 310 mm Dual disc, hydraulic
Rear brake: Single disc, hydraulic
Seating capacity: 2 persons
Retail price in Japan 2002: 920,000 Yen
* The smaller numbers (fuel tank, dry mass) are for the 2002 year's model.





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