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Suzuki VX800 brochures

I have put some Suzuki VX 800 brochure 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.

Suzuki 1990More Suzuki models from 1990
1990 Suzuki year code: L
'90 Suzuki VX800 brochure from Great Britain
'90 Suzuki VX800 brochure from Great Britain
1990 Suzuki VX 800 sales brochure from UK (two pages). Click to enlarge. ”A Modern Classic”. I found these brochure scans from Daves Bike Brochures website. No date of preparatio mentioned.

Suzuki VX800 brochure from JapanSuzuki VX800 brochure from Japan

Suzuki VX800 brochure from JapanSuzuki VX800 brochure from Japan

1990 Suzuki VX800 sales brochure from Japan (four pages). Click to enlarge. This brochure scan was kindly sent to me by the webmaster of Fatbros Planning. 1990 was the first model year for the VX800 roadster. The custom styled VX800 had a V-twin, eight-valve, water-cooled engine and a shaft drive. The USA-designed VX800 was the first Suzuki model sold in Japan with a piston displacement larger than 750 cc.

The specs on the brochure vary slightly from the numbers of the VX800's sold in other parts of the world. The Japanese version seem to be made for a bit smaller rider, the handlebar is a bit shorter, the seat height a bit lower and the overall length of the bike a couple of inches shorter than the bikes sold in Europe and USA. At the end of this page I represent the specs for all the versions I know of.

Suzuki celebrated 70 years in business in 1990, although Suzuki came into motorcycles in 1952 and the previous looming company changed its name to Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd as late as 1954. The first cyclemotors were built under the name SJK (Suzuki Jidosha Kogyo).

These specs can be found at the brochure above:

1990 VX800 (VS51A) specifications (Japan)
Engine Type: Water-cooled 45° V-twin SOHC 4-stroke, TSCC
Cylinder Volume: 805 cc (49.12cu. in)
Bore x Stroke: 83,0 x 74,4 mm (3.268 x 2.929 in.)
Compression Ratio: 10,0 :1
Power output: 75 ps/ 6.500 rpm
Torque: 7,0 kg-m/ 4.500 rpm
Engine oil capacity: 800 ml (0.85/0.70 US/Imp qt)
Overall Length: 2 240 mm (88.2 in.)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Overall Height: 1 115 mm (43.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1 565 mm (61.6 in)
Seat Height: 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Ground Clearance: 145 mm (5.7 in.)
Dry Weight: 213 kg (470 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity: 19,0 liter incl. reserve
Reserve: 3,3 liter
Carburetors: Mikuni BDS36 (front), Mikuni BS36 (rear)
Air cleaner: Polyurethane fiber element
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Starting System: Electric starter
Clutch type: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission type: 5-speed constant mesh
Gearshift pattern: 1-down, 4-up
Drive system: Shaft
Secondary reduction ratio: 1.690
Final reduction ratio: 3.390 (0.967x1133x3090)
Gear ratios: 2.285/1.631/1.227/1.000/0.851
Front suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil-damped
Rear suspension: Swingarm, coil spring, oil-damped
Ignition type : Fully transistorized
Caster: 31°
Trail: 128 mm (5.04 in.)
Front tire size: 110/80-18 58H, tubeless
Rear tire size: 150/70-17 69H, tubeless
Front brake: Single disc
Rear brake: Single disc
Fuel consumption: 37,0 km/liter (60 km/h)
Braking distance : 14,0 m (46 ft.) (Initial speed 50 km/h)
Turning radius: 3,0 meter (9.8 ft.)
Steering angle from left to right: 35°
Retail price 1990 in Japan: 679.000 Yen

Suzuki 1991More Suzuki models from 1991
1991 Suzuki year code: M

Suzuki VX800 sales brochure, USASuzuki VX800 sales brochure, '91
Suzuki VX800 sales brochure, USASuzuki VX800 sales brochure, '91
1991 Suzuki VX800 sales brochure from USA (four pages). Click to enlarge. This brochure scan was kindly sent to me by Ron Russell from USA. He has owned and enjoyed his VX since 1992. He writes: “You will note the dealer stamp on the brochure - Vesco's Sports Center. This dealership is owned and operated by the brother of the famous racer and land-speed-record holder Don Vesco.”

Suzuki 1993More Suzuki models from 1993
1993 Suzuki year code: P

Suzuki VX800 sales brochureSuzuki VX800 sales brochure

1993 Suzuki VX800 sales brochure (two pages). Click to enlarge. This brochure scan was kindly sent to me by David Martin from Australia. Here's a link to his VX800 site.

These specs were found on the Brittish www.vx800.org.uk website:

International VX800 specifications
See the export country codes at the end of this page
Overall Length: 2 280 mm (89.8 in.)
E-15, E16, E17, E22, E25, E39: 2355 mm (92.7 in.)
E-18: 2255 mm (88.8 in.)
Overall Width: 805 mm (31.7 in.)
Overall Height: 1115 mm (43.9 in.)
E-03, E-28, E-33: 1085 mm (42.7 in.)
Wheelbase: 1 565 mm (61.6 in.)
E-03, E-33: 1555 mm (61.2 in.)
Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in.)
E-01, E-03, E-28, E-33: 795 mm (31.3 in.)
Ground Clearance: 145 mm ( 5.7 in.)
Dry Weight: 214 kg (472 lbs)
E-33: 213 kg (470 lbs)
Fuel tank capacity: 18,0 liter (4.8/4.0 US/Imp. gal)
E-33: 19,0 liter (5.0/4.2 US/Imp. gal)
Reserve: Reserve 4,0 liter (1.1/0.9 US/Imp. gal)
Carburetor, front: MIKUNI 80S36SS, single
Carburetor, rear: MIKUNI BSS6SS, single
Secondary reduction ratio: 0.851 (23/27) - 1.133 (17/15x30/30)...
Final reduction ratio: 3.090 (34/11)
E-03, E-33: 1.096 (17/15 x 30/31)
Gear ratios:

Low 1.690 (71/42)
2nd 2.285 (32/14)
3rd 1.631 (31/19)
4th 1.227 (27/22)
Top 1.000 (25/25)
Rear suspension: Rear suspension Swingarm, coil spring, gas/oil damped, spring preload 5-way adjustable; rebound damping force 4-way adjustable
E-O1, E-03, E-28, E-33: Compression damping force 4-way adjustable and rebound damping force 4-way adjustable
Front suspension stroke: 150 mm (5.9 in.)
Rear wheel travel: 118 mm (4.6 in.)
E-O1, E-03, E-28, E-33: 119 mm (4.7 in.)
Turning radius: 3,2 meter (10.5 ft.)
Caster: 59°
Trail: 143 mm (5.63 in)
E01, E-03, E-28, E-33: 142 mm (5.59 in)

Suzuki VX800 service info
See the export country codes at the end of this page
Valve clearance: 0,08—0,13 mm (0.003—0.005 in.)
Ignition timing: 5° BTDC <1650 rpm and 30° BT.C >3500 rpm
E-03, E-33: TDC <1625 rpm and 30° BTDC >3500 rpm
E-18: 5° BTDC <1625 rpm and 32° BTDC >3750 rpm
Headlight: 12V 60/55W
Position light: 12V 4W except E-03, E-28, E-33
Turn signal light: 12V 21W
Tail/Brake light: 12V 5/21W
License plate light: 12V 5W
Speedometer light: 12V 3,4W
Tachometer light: 12V 1,7W
Neutral indicator light: 12V 3,4W
High beam indicator light: 12V 1,7W
Turn signal light indicator light: 12V 3,4W
Oil pressure indicator light: 12V 3,4W
Coolant temperature check light: 12V 3W
Spark plug: NGK DPR8EA-9 or Nippon Denso X24EPR-U9
Fuses: 25/10/10/10A
Battery: 12V (16 Ah)/10HR
Engine oil change: 2 400 ml (2.5/2.1 US/Imp. qt)
Engine oil change with filter: 2 800 ml (3.0/2.5 US/Imp. qt)
Engine oil overhaul: 3 300 ml (3.5/2.9 US/Imp. qt)
Final gear oil capacity: 200—220 ml (6.8/7.0—7.4/7.7 US/Imp. oz)
Front fork oil capacity (each): 388 ml (13.1/13.7 US/Imp. oz)
E-01, E-03, E-28, E-33: 392 ml (13.2/13.8 US/Imp. oz)
  Progressive springs: approx. 290 ml
Coolant capacity: 1 700 ml (1.8/1.5 US/Imp. qt)

Suzuki export country codes (marked with red on the specs lists above)
E-01 General (general export)
E-02 England (UK)
E-03 USA (America) except California
E-04 France
E-06 South Africa
E-15 Finland
E-16 Norway
E-17 Sweden
E-18 Switzerland
E-19 EU (European Union)
E-21 Belgium
E-22 Germany (former West-Germany)
E-24 Australia
E-25 Netherlands (Holland)
E-28 Canada
E-33 California
E-34 Italy
E-39 Austria
E-53 Spain
P-37 Brazil

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Sources: Fatbros Planning, www.vx800.org.uk, Daves Bike Brochures etc.

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