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Review of the 1978 Suzuki GS 1000:
Solid Pre-Tarrif Classic
Author: Ivan Tuma, 2010-03-11|
The GS 1000 delivers a great riding experience with performance on par with newer, more expensive bikes.
I was fortunate to buy my ´78 GS 1000 from a lawyer who babied it for years. So with only 26K on the clock, it´s still a solid performer. |
Cruising up the canyons outside of Denver is a pleasure and the standard lay-out allows for occasional dirt-road excursions without too much drama.
The bike seats two comfortably along with room for panniers and a rear luggage rack for extended touring.
An old Vetter WindJammer fairing is a great match for this bike. Thanks to the fairing, taking it up on dry winter days makes the cold tolerable.
Three gripes I have with the bike:
1. Small fuel tank combined with fuel economy only in the high 30´s make for lots of fuel stops. Note that at lower altitudes, the GS 850 model performs addequately and can save you money.
2. If you get a GS 1000, get the newer one equiped with the drive shaft - the chain is clunky for a big bike and the DS makes a huge difference in drivability (unless you plan on racing a 30 year old bike - the get the chain).
3. Zero low-end torque combined with a relatively high first gear make the bike unwieldy in slow or stop n go traffic conditions.
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