SUZUKI GSX-R400 (1990-1996) Review

Published: 12 January 2010

"Not as sought after as the other Japanese 400cc imports, but that keep prices low"

Suzuki GSX-R400

"Not as sought after as the other Japanese 400cc imports, but that keep prices low"

  • At a glance
  • 400cc  -  60.6 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  210 miles range
  • Low seat height (710mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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

Engine 4 out of 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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R400 (1990-1996) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

gixxer 400.

13 January 2010 by motoxmad80

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1990
Year discontinued 1996
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) One year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 60.6 bhp
Max torque 28.3 ft-lb
Top speed 127 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 210 miles
Specification
Engine size 400cc
Engine type 16v 56x40.4mm, 6 gears
Frame type Twin aluminium rails
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 710mm
Bike weight 167kg
Front suspension 41mm USD
Rear suspension Single shock fully adj
Front brake 2 x 300mm 4 pot cal
Rear brake 210mm disc 2 pot
Front tyre size 120/60x17
Rear tyre size 150//60x17

History & Versions

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.

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