Suzuki GS1000E: history, specs, pictures

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Suzuki GS 1000E
Production 1978
Class Standard
Air Cooled, Four Stroke, Transverse Four Cylinder, DOHC
Bore / Stroke 69.9mm x 69.9mm
Compression ratio 9.2:1
Horsepower 89.98 HP (67.1 KW) @ 8200RPM
Torque 61.22 ft/lbs (83.0 Nm) @ 6500RPM
Fuel System 4 x Mikuni VM 28 SS Carburetors
Air Filter K&N SU-1250 `78-82[1]
Spark Plug NGK B8ES '78-80
Battery YUASA YB14L-A2 '78-80
Transmission Gear box: 5-Speed
Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Final Drive Chain: 630x96
Front Sprocket 15T
Rear Sprocket 42T
Suspension Front: Telehydraulic Foks
Rear: Swinging Arm Forks With Adjustable Shock Absorbers
Brakes Front: double discs 295 mm
Rear: Single disc 295 mm
Front Tire 3.50-19 '78-80
Rear Tire 4.50-17 '78-80
Wheelbase 59.29 inches (1506 mm)
Length 92.09 inches (2339 mm)
Width 29.69 inches (754 mm)
Weight 255.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-133
Recommended Oil Suzuki ECSTAR 10w40
Manuals Service Manual

The Suzuki GS 1000E was a Air Cooled, Four Stroke, Transverse Four Cylinder, DOHC Naked motorcycle produced by Suzuki in 1978. Max torque was 61.22 ft/lbs (83.0 Nm) @ 6500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 89.98 HP (67.1 KW) @ 8200 RPM.


A 69.9mm bore x 69.9mm stroke result in a displacement of just 997.0 cubic centimeters.


The bike has a 5-Speed transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi-plate.


It came with a 3.50 V19 front tire and a 4.50 V17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via double discs 295 mm in the front and a Single disc 295 mm in the rear. The front suspension was a Telehydraulic Foks while the rear was equipped with a Swinging Arm Forks With Adjustable Shock Absorbers. The wheelbase was 59.29 inches (1506 mm) long.

1978 - 1980 Suzuki GS 1000E[edit]

The Suzuki GS 1000E was based around the successful GS 750, which was the lightest of the 750's available at the time. What Suzuki wanted was a simple design, that benefited from solid engineering and light weight. And they succeeded. The GS 1000E was only slightly heavier than its smaller brother, which was quite an achievement. By lengthening the stroke of the (relatively short stroke) GS 750 engine from 56,4 to 70 mm the cylinder displacement was enlarged from 748 to 997 cc.

  1. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.