SUZUKI GSX1400 (2001-2006) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Biggest and blingiest of the retros is well worth a look"

Suzuki GSX1400 motorcycle review - Riding

"Biggest and blingiest of the retros is well worth a look"

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Biggest and blingiest of the retros. Plus the Suzuki GSX1400's engine’s got the most low down torque by a decent margin. If you want a 70s style motorbike that’ll do everything except cruise at illegal speeds or lap race tracks at a searing pace the GSX1400 is well worth a look.

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Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Twin rear shocks look great but there’s a lot of bulk and weight to control with the Suzuki GSX1400. The big GSX1400's comfy to ride but try to take on sports bikes and everything gets a bit bouncy and out of shape – footpegs decking out call time before things get nasty. Other retros corner better. Brakes work well.

Engine 5 out of 5

Low down urge separates the Suzuki GSX1400 from its competitors. 93ftlb at 5000rpm is more than impressive – it gives the bike a real rhino feel. Tiny throttle movements equal serious acceleration. Suzuki’s got a long history of brawny big-bore air cooled in-line fours developed over the last 30 yeas and the GSX1400 is a peach.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Well bolted together but can suffer from corrosion if ridden through winter and not cosetted. A few bikes suffered leaking shocks but replacements aren’t expensive. Most Suzuki GSX1400's tend to be well cared for sunny Sunday toys.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

If you like the looks there’s little to touch the Suzuki GSX1400. Yamaha’s XJR1300 is similar but smaller and lacks the presence. Suzuki’s own Bandit GSF1200 is cheaper and more practical but arriving on one just isn’t the occasion it is on the GSX1400. Add a modest fairing and you’ve got a capable all round bike. Find a Suzuki GSX1400 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX1400 has huge underseat storage – one of the best on any bike with 11 litres of secure space. Fuel gauge and twin trips are welcome in a class that often sees two traditional clocks as all that’s required. Official engine bars for the K2, K3 and K4 Suzuki GSX1400's are available as is a fly screen.

Owners' Reviews

20 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX1400 (2001-2006) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUZUKI GSX1400 (2001-2006)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

The B&W's are fastest!

30 July 2009 by BongyGSX1400

definatley get a B&W as the ohers are just dull and slow! See you on the forum boys!!! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Gixer1400

28 March 2008 by kiwikeith

If you want an all round machine. The Gixer14 is the bike for you. It's reliable, comfortable, pillion friendly, and Tours wonderfully. Has a decent size tank, 360 ks out of a tankful at cruise mode. Docile, yet ballistic, given a handful. Motor is... Read more absolutely bullet proof. Handles like a dream. Set the suspension up and you have an excellent track day machine. Will go past anything in a straight line. from 0 to 160 it's faster than the Hyabusa. You can pick a good second hand bike up at a reasonable price nowadays. As they are a discontinued model. Do not worry about motor or drive chain parts in the future because you won't need any. Engine bars are a must. Summing up The 1400 is great value for money. and your sure to be impressed with the agility from such a heavy bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

What a beauty

11 September 2007 by Nappy

Only passed my test in 2006 and first bike in March 07 was SV650s. I loved it but wanted to try something that wasn't fussed by a pillion. Bought GSX14 on site at end of Aug from a dealer. Brand new last of the 14's not yet registered, 1 mile on... Read more clock. Rode 700 miles in first week to break in and just had first service. Wow. I was concerned that it would intimidate me as so new to biking and different to Sv by a mile. Not so. This bike is awesome. Easy to ride, loads of power, comfort and handles - well within my capabilities and expectations even though I was told I could ride the SV surprisingly well for a 'newbie' by my biker friends - I ride it on my favourite well known roads as well if not better than SV even if it does corner/handle differently (NOT worse however - smoother and more 'secure' feel due to weight I'm guessing). I can't keep off of it. If you're in market for a bike that does all the things I needed and also likes pillions this should be on your shortlist. Oh, and in a car park full of Porsches and Ferraris at a posh 'do' my wife and I went to on it the bike was the one that got all the attention!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Maria's back seat (re)view

22 August 2007 by lamentalist

speaking as the one on the back, its like riding on a cushion. its high up enough, but i dont like the cissy bar behind, I almost came off twice so would prefer the bars to be on the side. Riders point of view- Cruise at 80, pull back the throttle... Read more and its like doing 0-60 all over again. I got a blue one and havent seen any others like it. I love it and everything about it :-D)

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Maria's back seat (re)view

22 August 2007 by lamentalist

speaking as the one on the back, its like riding on a cushion. its high up enough, but i dont like the cissy bar behind, I almost came off twice so would prefer the bars to be on the side. Riders point of view- Cruise at 80, pull back the throttle... Read more and its like doing 0-60 all over again. I got a blue one and havent seen any others like it. I love it and everything about it :-D)

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

versatile silver fox

11 May 2007 by john welly

Owned all types of bikes over the years from diversions to busa's but the only one i have ever got attached to is my silver 2003 gsx 1400. Owned from new this machine has never let me down,Reliabilty is top notch, Easy to ride great engine never... Read more feels stressed and the best two up bike around.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Holds its own on real twisty bits

08 May 2007 by SteveBluewhite

Had the bike since July 2003 and cannot think of bike I would replace it with.If you are really aggresive with it and dont mind the back end sliding a bit does it ever handle. BlueFlame Exhaust and K&N transform the motor. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

yo yo yo

02 March 2007 by iainmilne

test now Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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1 out of 5

blah blah boom

15 February 2007 by Testaccount4

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Ride Quality & Brakes
1 out of 5
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Engine
1 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
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Equipment
1 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Big, strong, mean, and mile munching comfort with loads of low down Grrrrrunt

28 October 2006 by Jimboyd1

In the Suzuki blue/white livery and big beefy saddle the big lady shows both comfortable and beautiful lines. She realy enjoys posing round town, commuting and being at the front of the pack on the Sunday run up the coast. Any speed over 50 MPH... Read more requires a small screen to deflect wind blast over the lid. Strengths: Plenty of torque, Loads of comfort, Flickable on the twisties and no complaints from the back seat. Weaknesses: Standard without the screen (a must) Typical Suzuki build quality.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 20 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2006
Original price -
Used price £3,300 to £5,600
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 93 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 1402cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 229kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 260mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2001: Suzuki GSX1400 released.
2005: Twin can exhaust system changed to single can.
2006: Suzuki GSX1400FE (final edition) launched with Yoshimura exhaust and different graphics.

Other versions

2006: Final Edition Suzuki GSX1400FE released to help shift remaining bikes as the model won’t meet Euro III emission regs. Yoshimura exhaust and different graphics.

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