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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Suzuki’s GSX-R400 is easily mistakable for its larger brother the 750 with its distinctive slingshot looks and aluminum frame. Not as sought after as the other Japanese 400cc imports, but that keep prices low and means you can grab a bargain. Handling is excellent handling, but the engine requires a thrashing as its all revs, but it’s still rewarding to ride fast.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Some versions of the Suzuki GSX-R400 were speed restricted to just over 110mph, however, once de-restricted, the engine loves to rev all the way to an 15,000 rpm redline. Real back wheel figures can be as much as 60bhp which makes the GSX-R no slouch but don’t expect anything below 6,000rpm. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Suzuki GSX-R400 feels very similar to its larger brother – but shrunk down. Its tiny pegs are high and are a nightmare on the road but they make sense on the track. However, you need to play around with the suspension. On most models the rear is too soft and causes under steer. But once set-up, despite its old-fashioned-looking frame, it’s a little track weapon


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX-R400’s upside-down 41mm front forks are adjustable for pre-load only but the rear is fully adjustable. Nissin front brake calipers and that distinctive looking aluminium frame give it the appearance of its bigger brother. Overall, it’s comparable to the other Japanese four-cylinder 400s. Compare and buy parts for the GSX-R400 in the MCN Shop.

Suzuki GSX-R400R (1990-1996)

Detail Value
Engine size 400 cc
Power 60.6 bhp
Top speed 127 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Suzuki GSX-R400’s bodywork can soon appear shabby, especially if it’s seen a few British winters and been trashed by excitable youngsters. Clutches can take a real hammering, also, but the engine seems reliable, just like every GSX-R.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

You need to shop really wisely, as there are many different models and early bikes will be feeling and showing there age by now, don’t be tempted with cheaper early models, opt for a later GSX-R with upside down forks onwards. Usually they are considerably cheaper than the competition which makes them a bargain buy. Find a Suzuki GSX-R400 for sale.


Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

1990: Model introduced with inverted forks and twin loop frame.
1991: As 1990 but with new graphics
1992: As 1990 but with new graphics
1993: As 1990 but now just 53bhp and new graphics
1994: As above.
1995: As above.
1996: Model discontinued

Other Versions

1984: First GSX-R400. Japan only with early-GSX-R box-section ally twin loop frame and 59bhp. V. rare
1985: As 1984
1986: Revised with twin spar frame and more subtle styling. Again, Japan only.
1987: As 1986
1988: New model: Slingshot styling but still twin beam frame. SP version available for first time.
1989: Revised graphics. SP now with single seat.


Top speed 127 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 60.6 bhp
Max torque 28.3 ft-lb
Weight 167 kg
Seat height 710 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 210 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 400 cc
Engine specification 16v 56x40.4mm, 6 gears
Frame Twin aluminium rails
Front suspension adjustment 41mm USD
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock fully adj
Front brakes 2 x 300mm 4 pot cal
Rear brake 210mm disc 2 pot
Front tyre size 120/60x17
Rear tyre size 150//60x17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • gixxer 400.

    brett russell

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    I had a 1993 plate gixxer 4. It was and still is the best handling bike Ive ever ridden. I currently own a zx636 A1P. I would p/x with sum pennys in an instant!! Ive had R6's,cbr 600, and nothing meets it for me personally. Obviously its a little 400 so the need to keep up the revs is a must if you wanna get anywhere, but I would sacrifice that for the ride and confidence it gives you which is fantastic.

    13 January 2010


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