Suzuki GS1000S

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1982 Suzuki GS1000S Katana.jpg
Suzuki GS1000S
Production 79-82
Class Standard
Top Speed 135 mph
Air Filter K&N SU-1250 `78-82[1]
Spark Plug NGK B8ES '79-80
NGK D8EA '82
Battery YUASA YB14L-A2 '79-80 , '82
Final Drive Chain: 630x96
Front Sprocket 15T
Rear Sprocket 42T
Front Tire 3.50-19 '79-80 , '82
Rear Tire 4.50-17 '82
4.00-18 '79-80
Recommended Oil Suzuki ECSTAR 10w40
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Manuals Service Manual

The Suzuki GS1000S was made in 1979-1980. Then in 1981 it wasn't produced, only to come back in 1982 as the Suzuki GS1000S Katana.


The S model was a super sports variation of the standard GS1000, with a distinctive paint scheme and fairing. These Suzuki's were noted for their all round performance, a blend of good chassis and suspension and a powerful yet flexible motor.

History (Katana Version)[edit]

1982 Suzuki GS1000S Katana

Suzuki has always had a reputation of building well-engineered, solid motorcycles, but in the early 1980s, they were a little bland in the styling department. They had a plan to build a motorcycle that stood out and drew attention like no other. The styling was contracted out to German designer Hans Muth, and the result was the Katana, and it created a sensation when it was first displayed. It was radical and attention getting, and set new standards in styling. A Katana is a Japanese Samurai sword.

1979 GS1000SN[edit]

1979 Suzuki GS1000SN
1979 Suzuki GS1000S
1979 GS1000S
  • FRAME #: GS1000-521285
  • ENGINE #: GS1000-121074
  • ENGINE TYPE: 997cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 490
  • COLOR: Blue & White
  • Mag-type wheels
  • Low racer type handlebars
  • Sport fairing

The GS1000S was a replica machine of the Yoshimura-tuned GS1000 ridden by Wes Cooley, which won the 1978 AMA Superbike Championship. Although it shared the basic specifications of the GS1000E, the coloring and bikini cowl were identical to the victorious machine. The GS1000S was applauded for its comfortable riding position, and won popular acclaim as a supersport machine.

1980 GS1000ST[edit]

1980 Suzuki GS1000ST

  • FRAME #: GS1000-528511
  • ENGINE #: GS1000-145969
  • ENGINE TYPE: 997cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 490
  • COLOR: White
  • Sport fairing
  • Quartz clock
  • Oil temperature gauge

1982 GS1000SZ[edit]

  • V.I.N. #: JS1GT72A C 100001
  • ENGINE TYPE: 998cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 493
  • COLOR: Silver
  • Anti-dive
  • Silver frame
  • Clip-on type handlebars
  • Known as the Katana this year.


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