Suzuki GS850: history, specs, pictures

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Suzuki GS850
Manufacturer
Also called GS850L, GS 850 L, GS850G, GS 850, GS 850 G
Production 1979 - 1988
Class Sport Touring
Engine
in-line four, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 69.0mm x 56.4mm
Compression ratio 8.8:1
Top Speed 126 mph (203 km/h)
Horsepower 78.32 HP (58.4 KW) @ 8500RPM
Torque 47.94 ft/lbs (65.0 Nm) @ 7500RPM
Fuel System carburetor
Battery 8.8:1
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed
Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)
Suspension Front: Telescopic Forks With 3-way Spring Preload
Rear: Dual Shocks With 2-way Preload And 4-way Damping
Brakes Front: dual disc
Rear: single disc
Front Tire 3.50-19
Rear Tire 4.50-11
Wheelbase 58.7 inches (1491 mm)
Length 87.99 inches (2235 mm)
Width 28.9 inches (734 mm)
Weight 273.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-133
Fuel Capacity 6.08 Gallon (23.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual


The Suzuki GS850G was a in-line four, four-stroke Naked motorcycle produced by Suzuki between 1979 and 1988. It could reach a top speed of 126 mph (203 km/h). Max torque was 47.94 ft/lbs (65.0 Nm) @ 7500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 78.32 HP (58.4 KW) @ 8500 RPM.

Overview[edit]

The bike was designed to be a bullet proofed "sports tourer" - in the thinking of the last 1970s - and Suzuki pooled the best of all the features, taking the engine from the Suzuki GS750, boring it to 850 providing more torque, the shaft drive from the 1100 and various other workings. The result was a solid, smooth and effortless tourer. It could run to 60mph in 4.2 seconds, but most riders snick it into high gear and let the torque cruise you up the speedo.

High bars limit the usable top speed, creating an upright "king of the road" feel. It is just fine in the mid 80s, but excursions to three figures are of short duration due to the upright position. The 5 speed box, together with digital read out is one of the best Japanese gearboxes of the era. It still feels good even by modern standards and is the smoothest of all the bikes I have ridden for many years.

It is quite heavy, as tourers with shaft drives are, but it feels deceptively light owing to relatively low center of gravity and steering geometry which makes it a pleasure to move in and out of traffic and obstacles. Economical, this example returns around 48 overall.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a air cooled in-line four, four-stroke. A 69.0mm bore x 56.4mm stroke result in a displacement of just 843.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 5-speed transmission.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 3.50-19 front tire and a 4.50-11 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via dual disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic Forks With 3-way Spring Preload while the rear was equipped with a Dual Shocks With 2-way Preload And 4-way Damping. The GS850G was fitted with a 6.08 Gallon (23.00 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 58.7 inches (1491 mm) long.


1979 GS850GN[edit]

  • FRAME #: GS850-100370
  • ENGINE #: ..... GS850-100393
  • ENGINE TYPE: . . . 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: . . . 451
  • COLOR: Black, Blue, Maroon
  • Shaft drive
  • Mag-type wheels
  • Locking gas cap
  • Rear disc brake
  • Dual, front disc brakes

1980 GS850GT[edit]

1980 Suzuki GS850GT


  • FRAME #: GS850-116457
  • ENGINE #: GS850-116520
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 451
  • COLOR: Black, Maroon
  • Slotted discs
  • Shaft drive

1981 GS850GX[edit]

1981 Suzuki GS850GX


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GS71G B 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: GS850-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 451
  • COLOR: Blue, Brown
  • Rectangular turn signals
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1982 GS850GZ[edit]

1982 Suzuki GS850GZ


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GS72G C 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: GS850-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 451
  • COLOR: Black, Blue
  • Chrome turn signals
  • Choke lever mounted under left hand switch assembly


1983 GS850GD[edit]

1983 Suzuki GS850GD


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GS72G D 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: GS850-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 451
  • COLOR: Black & Maroon, Two Tone Blue
  • Polished aluminum grab rail
  • Black engine with polished right and left engine covers



1980 GS850GLT[edit]

1980 Suzuki GS850GLT


  • FRAME #: GS850- 700025
  • ENGINE #: GS850- 116520
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 453
  • COLOR: Black, Blue
  • Chrome fenders
  • Pullback handlebars
  • Leading axle forks

1981 GS850GLX[edit]

1981 Suzuki GS850GLX


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GS71L B 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: GS850-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 453
  • COLOR: Blue, Pearl Black
  • Chrome air box covers with black at bottom

1982 GS850GLZ[edit]

1982 Suzuki GS850GLZ
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850-GL in Maroon


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GS71L C 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: GS850-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 453
  • COLOR: Black & Silver, Two Tone Maroon
  • Polished aluminum grab rail
  • Choke lever mounted under left hand switch assembly

1983 GS850GLD[edit]

1983 Suzuki GS850GLD
1983 Suzuki GS850GLD in Black
1983 Suzuki GS850GLD in Black
1983 Suzuki GS850GLD in Black


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GS71L D 100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: GS850-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 843cc Four-stroke Inline-four
  • MODEL CODE: 453
  • COLOR: Black & Maroon, Two Tone Blue
  • Black engine with polished right and left engine covers

1982[edit]

1982 Suzuki GS850L in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850L in Maroon
1982 Suzuki GS850L in Maroon



1979 - 1988 Suzuki GS 850 G[edit]

1979 - 1988 Suzuki GS 850 G

The GS850 G was introduced on February, 1979. From the very beginning, the machine had a 5 speed gearbox, both electric and kick start and a shaft drive.



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