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Suzuki GSX-R400 magazine articles

I have put some Suzuki GSX-R 400 article scans on this page. 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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1987 Suzuki year code: H

'87 GSX-R400 article'87 GSX-R400 article

'87 GSX-R400 article'87 GSX-R400 article

1987 GSX-R400 track test from Sweden (the cover and three pages). Click to enlarge. ”The next generation” Published in in Bike magazine, March 1987. Scanned and sent to me by Emma Löfstedt, Sweden.

It's an interesting and well-written article that not just tells how the new GSX-R400H is to play with on a racing track and on the streets, but also about the Japanese manufacturers agreement of limiting the power output for bikes sold on the Japanese home market. A 250cc bike has maximum of 45 bhp, a 400 maximum 59 bhp and a 750 may only have 77 horsies. Larger bikes were not sold in Japan in 1987. Nevertheless, it was fully legal to import a 130 bhp GSX-R1100 from Hong Kong if you wanted to.

To article reveals also that the 250 and 400cc bikes are the most popular bikes in Japan and are developed first. The GSX400FWS with a water-cooled four with steel profile frame and Full Floater swing came in 1982, the GSX550 and GSX750 were built that way the year later. The sensational GSX-R400 came in 1984, the GSX-R750 in 1985 and a year later came the GSX-R1100. The 1987 GSX-R400 had a delta-box frame; the 750 and the 1100 versions were still to follow.

What did they say about the new version of the GSX-R400?The power/weight ratio was sensationally low and the bike very quick, and although the engine needed very high revs there were no vibrations what so ever. The handling was considered excellent. The frame was solid, the 17-inch wheels a welcomed compromise between 16 and 18 inches that were used in the mid-eighties in the most sports bikes. The brakes were more than adequate for the road and good enough for racing track. ”Enormously fun bike!”




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