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Suzuki GS300L model history
1982—1984


I have tried to tell the Suzuki GS 300 L model history on this page as I know it. The page is still under contruction. 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.

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Suzuki presented its lightweight cruiser GS300L in 1982. It looked like its larger sisters and had everything that appeared necessary for a genuine chopper: high bars, a broad step-seat, sissy bar, 16-inch rear wheel and lots of chrome.

The small two-cylinder engine had an ultramodern TSSC cylinder head (twin Squirl Combustion Chamber) with 4 valves per cylinders, a balance shaft to reduce vibrations, a pointless ignition and naturally an electric starter.

If the model had ever been available for the European market, the model would have been sold as GSX300L. It would have probably received a disc brake for the front wheel. The U.S. biker had to get along with drum brakes, which in view of the maximum power of approximately 30 bhp today appears a bit adventurous.

The GS300L was not made for serious touring but for cruising and having fun with and for that it was quite good a bike. And it looked good. It came in two colors, black and red metallic.

The model was initially equipped with Suzuki five-star light alloy wheels but apparently was later available with spoked (wire) wheels. Unfortunately I haven't got any official pictures of the later model years.

The small cruiser was somewhat a success in USA. The model was built with only smaller changes until 1984.



Suzuki 1982More Suzuki models from 1982
1981 Suzuki year code: Z
Suzuki '82 GS-450 LGS 300 L 1982
Overall length: 2,020 mm (79.5 in)
Overall width: 840 mm (33.1 in)
Overall height: 1,100 mm (43.3 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Engine type: Air-cooled 299 cc parallel twin, DOHC, 8 valves.

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Suzuki '82 GS-450 LGS 300 L 1982
Overall length: 2,020 mm (79.5 in)
Overall width: 840 mm (33.1 in)
Overall height: 1,100 mm (43.3 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Engine type: Air-cooled 299 cc parallel twin, DOHC, 8 valves.

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1982 Suzuki GS300LZ specifications
Source: Suzuki Service Manual

DIMENSIONS AND DRY MASS
Overall length: 2,020 mm (79.5 in)
Overall width: 840 mm (33.1 in)
Overall height: 1,100 mm (43.3 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Dry mass: 159 kg (351 lbs)

ENGINE
Type: Four-stroke, air-cooled, DOHC
Number of cylinders: 2
Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 49.6 mm
Piston displacement: 299 cc
Compression ratio: 8.9 : 1
Carburetor: Mikuni BS30SS, twin
Air cleaner: Polyurethane foam element
Starter system: Electric
Lubrication system: Wet sump

TRANSMISSION
Clutch: Wet multi-plate type
Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh
Gearshjift pattern: 1-down, 4-up
Primary reduction: 3.125 (75/24)
Final reduction: 2.800 (42/15)
Gear ratios
.Low 2.500 (30/12)
.2nd 1.625 (26/16)
.3rd 1.210 (23/19)
.4th 1.000 (21/21
.Top 0.863 (19/22)
Crive Chain: Daido DID520UB or Takasago RK520SU, 108 links

CHASSIS
Front suspension: Telescopic, coil spring oil dampened
Rear suspension: Swinging arm, oil dampened, spring 5-way adjustable
Sttering angle: 42° (right & left)
Caster: 62° 00'
Trail: 104 mm
Turning radius: 2.3 m
Front brake: Internal expanding
Rear brake: Internal expanding
Front tire size: 3.60S18 4PR
Rear tire size: 4.60S16 4PR
Front tire pressure: 1.75 kg/cm2 (normal solo riding)
Rear tire pressure: 2.00 kg/cm2 (normal solo riding)

ELECTRICAL
Ignition type: Transistorized
Ignition timing: 15° B.T.D.C below at 1,650 r/min and 40° B.T.D.C above at 4,500 r/min
Spark plug: NGK DR8ES or Nippon Denso X27ESR-U
Battery: 12V 43.2 kC (12 Ah)/10 HR
Generator: Three-phase A.C. generator
Fuse: 15A

CAPACITIES
Fuel tank
.including reserve: 13.0 liter
.reserve: 2.0 liter
Engine oil: 2,000 ml
Front fork oil (each leg): 153 ml


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