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.

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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

24 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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.4 out of 5
Equipment 4.0 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best bike I've ever owned.

09 September 2016 by Tony Dimech

Excellent handling for a heavy retro, loads of power and always looks good.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Bought mine privately when it was only 18 months old, tank was dented so I bought a complete K3 blue/white set of paintwork, rear shocks started leaking and were replaced under warranty. I've now had the bike 13 trouble free years and can honestly say that it's the best I've ever owned. I deal in bikes and I've had 33 GSX1400s through my hands over the years, they are an excellent seller and hold their value well.

4 out of 5

GOLD DUST. love it or hate it. GSX1400,

08 August 2016 by john

seat is just not made for my but.at my age.well i have had two in 3 years. what one can say about the GSX1400..it s a bike of its class.it as some power but not as much as a Yamaha xs 1100 it will pull your arms out. i not a power freak... down the motorway it will power on with eases. and can move it about.wear the yam you would need a farm yard .by one and you have lived. 8/82016

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
some lads can sit all day. but the seat is a pain.and the tank. my age as a lot to do with it and my size. if i could buy a sx1100 seat and fit it i would be cloud 9. as the chines say some times you after make pain be for you can be good. elled
Engine
5 out of 5
good just look after it. downt abuses it.some are a bit clunky in first. so i put it in gear be for starting. after its wormed up.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
look after your bike check under the back end for any rust. but part from that keep you bike dry with good cover. but a good one .the cheep just fly.the sun eats them the wind blows them to bits.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
i do my own work.use good oil kN filters.just use stranded plugs. keep all wire ring connectors clean ...look after the battery. renew if cutting out on start up. triumph let you no when the battery is on its way out. it will stat but will not respond to the throttle ,
Equipment
4 out of 5
tyre wear in the mid ell. they go flat.makes the bike wobble.at traffic lights. go around the the roundabout 200 time this will get rid of the flat.. use good tyres if you can afford them .they after work to gather. check the net out.and ask MCN
Buying experience

the value of the bike 2800.but it was insurance lose.so at to sign up to company at a cost and then at to bid. i brought the bike back to life. took me 5 weeks .and the rest. as cost me some money. value now 2350... a shop would offer you 1000. downt get stung ..MCM you no the game. i lost one in 2013.sold for 1350.god i needed my head look at.

1 out of 5

ME AND MY SUZUKI GSX1400

24 May 2016 by john kidd

a good bike.but like all bikes they decay in time if not luck after.some people just ride them and never keep up with the cleaning .if you do buy one never let a small amount of rust bother you.just keep on top of it. brakes are good but you can get judder.lose disc.could be the problem but it as been said calipers 6 pistons just doesn't contact in full if you can put up with that and just keep it in your head.you whont go wrong. fit kaw exhaust to it if you want a quiet bike will save your mined.from thumpin .and fuel.but if you like noues fit after markets. fit a good set of handlebars to your liking ..when you have had a GSX1400.its hard to for get. but as we all no untill you have one you will never be able to comment.om any bike.a bike is a bike to me A C50 was brill.scipping a long at 32miles a hour.now its ?.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
your man hud can get some greef. if your sitting on the tank. depends what seat is fitted. 1.1/2 hours best to have a rest. i have my bars to forwould. will correct .but if your a big guy i would think 200 miles in all.be for the tank runs out..
Engine
5 out of 5
power if needed.or cruises can be a delight.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
some bikes are well looked after. but never used.. 5 out 5. for paint. electrics not much goes wrong. ECM.clutch wira .blocks connection can get water in.check pins.for green cristell .clean gently. rust back end on most bikes.as water gets on to under side freame . front down chubs loose paint fast brake dust bunnies in to the paint.
Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
chiang oil filters .plugs.this will keep the engine sweet.chain sprockets pads tyres. check ..do a point check. do it your self 100.or less.depends what is needed.
Equipment
4 out of 5
can not say. most tyres are pretty good. i would say in all tyres you put on will wear in any case.bridgestone are very good. keep your bike standard it will all ways sell.but thats up to you..spending lots of money for your liking is not for me. some nice looking bikes built in to custom or street bikes .so i leave that to you..
Buying experience

1475, insurance lose. .but cost me for parts.value was given 2800 .at to bid on it. and pay 50.be for hand. DVLA do not right motorbikes of..all bikers chud get a value on their bikes before they go on the road..talk to your insurance send them photos. if you don't you will get the market value.think about it.

2 out of 5

08 September 2015 by bangban

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Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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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!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 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 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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5 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 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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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 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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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 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
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5 out of 5
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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 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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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.

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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4 out of 5

yo yo yo

02 March 2007 by iainmilne

test now

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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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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1 out of 5

blah blah boom

15 February 2007 by Testaccount4

blah blah boom

Ride Quality & Brakes
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 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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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

One fantastic motorcycle.

16 October 2006 by 10Penpethy

This is not a plastic fantastic, and it does not look like something that has dropped off the space shuttle. It looks like a motorcycle should look. Get one soon before they disappear at the end of the year. This machine is magical. Strengths: Torque, Looks, Grin Factor, in fact everything! Weaknesses: Nothing.

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

Its just about all you could ever want in a bike...

18 September 2006 by busydave

Had the bike since May complete with free Yoshi which makes a world of difference. Use it to commute, scratching on the weekends and touring two-up it just does it with no fuss although the greatest fun comes when you keep the revs up. Rode it to Assen this year in complete comfort, it didn't miss a beat and it just looks great. As for muscle bikes this is the only one to consider, its the better all round package, pity its being axed! Strengths: Torque, comfort, looks, easy too ride slow and fast.... Weaknesses: Needed the Yoshi...

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

GSX 1400 Stay in front of the crowd.

16 August 2006 by morandave

What an awesome bike. Twist the throttle and you launch, rocket style, from almost any revs. Big but beautiful. Has an almost cult following by enthusiastic owners. Try www.gsx1400.org and find out. Strengths: Looks, Grunt, poise, a real mans bike. Excellent after sales service by Suzuki UK. Weaknesses: Some niggles on finish, however Suzuki always happy to put things right.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
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5 out of 5

Blue and white

29 July 2006 by largeportion

Absolutely awesome bike cant stop looking at it thanks goes to the missus for letting me buy it. Strengths:  Low down torque comfortable on long journey looks great feels great. Weaknesses: Finish you have got to keep on top of it at all times typical Suzuki.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Easier to handle than you might think

22 May 2006 by garykinch

I was a bit apprehensive going fom a sv650 to the 1400 however after 5 mins found the bike easy to ride the weight is not a problem (well apart from pushing it up the slope into garage) as it is carried nice and low. The wife loves going on the back and just as easy 2 up. Overtaking made easy. Strengths: Loads of low down torque Great view and comfortable You always want to look at it as you walk away.  Weaknesses: Only had it for 6 weeks so nothing as yet although I can already feel the neck muscles getting stronger needs small screen if your a wuss or want to go touring.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

A very capable and versatile bike to suit a reasonable budget and to produce a huge grin on the ride

19 April 2006 by manomega007

Having considered a number of possible new and used bikes from full on tourers to naked retros I opted for what I thought would be a compromise. Yes its a naked retro but there are so many bits to add to turn it into what you want that I quickly was able to decide on a bikini fairing and a rack and large box - detachable of course. Handling - on factory settings it was awful. Probably due to it being set up by a smaller framed possibly Japanese development rider. Having now hardened everything up somewhat and with factory tyre pressures it is neutral and as flickable as a bike of its weight can be. Brakes - fine solo but need a good squeeze when two up. My pillion rider reports no comfort problems from the massive seat and the bike still handles well. It's not perfect though - but what is? Strengths: Massive torque giving flexibility Stability at all speeds Availability of add-ons Looks like a real bike instead of a pretend race machine. Size - if you are a taller person. Weaknesses:
Finish marred easily by corrosion. some electrics a bit too exposed to the elements. Underseat storage lets in water.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Awesome machine, looks and goes great.

09 January 2006 by GeoffGSX

I've had the bike since April 2005, got it of ebay - 1 pevious owner - a Scottish traffic cop! Bike was immaculate with 3300 miles on it. Since then I've used it daily, took a trip around Europe (3000 miles in 2 weeks) and now commute 110 miles per day. So racking up the miles has been real easy. If you like the look of the 1400, just buy it...NOW. Strengths: Comfortable ride, great view of the road from the saddle, looks awesome. Weaknesses: Poor finish where boots rub against the frame and heel guards. Requires frequent cleaning in winter or oxidisation sets in quickly.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Living with the Big Suzoook

10 February 2005 by tbo906s

She is 150+ (indicated fast). 42 mpg. 190 miles to tankfull. Rear tyres last 3k only. Front tyres 4.5 k. Best run at 36 psi F and 42 psi R. Chain never needs adjusting(Bless the Scottoiler). Has oil and filter change every 1500 miles. Had the rear shocks changed under warranty, ditto a rear passenger foot peg and the rh polished engine casing (both for corrosion under the lacquer). The bike has not missed a beat in 6k miles. You have to clean and polish regularly to keep em pristine as Suzuki finish is not the best. This IS the best of the Naked crowd, forget the CB1300 I tested one and it just doesnt cut the mustard and I cannot understand the rave reviews it gets (are the journos biased). No GET A GSX 1400 AND IT WILL MAKE YOU A MAN MY SON!! Strengths: GRUNT, COMFORT, FUEL RANGE, IMAGE. Weaknesses: BUILD QUALITY, TYRE WEAR, FRONT END VAGUE AND NEEDS 120 BHP TO DO IT JUSTICE.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Suzuki GSX 1400 2003, akrapovic, rear undertail

28 January 2005 by papadakisn

Had it from oct.2003, about 8500km now. Super torque, although now I'm wanting some more top end power sometimes. Big, heavy, but easy to ride. Have installed Akrapovic system. In the immediate future BMC filter and dyno tuning (no power commander yet though, later on with Yoshimura cams). Only "problem" is wierd handling. Might fix with different tires or yoke drop though. Hey, it's not a GSX-R though, right? It's the kind of bike you buy for a long, long time... Strengths: Tunability! It can only get better Torque Driveability. Weaknesses: Top-end power Wierd handling.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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Suzuki GSX 1400 (K3) SilverPurchased Dec 2003 from Rob Willsher

11 November 2004 by Bob Fisher

I was a little apprehensive taking on this bike after 14 year's absence from owning a bike, but only for the first half mile. After that I think there was an ear to ear grin on my face. It is the sort of bike we could only dream of back in the 60s and 70s It is a beautiful machine to look at and a real pleasure to ride. Strengths: Looks good, Bombproof engine gives loads of torque. You dont have to change down for a quick overtake, It is by far the most comfortable bike to ride ever, (no more sports bikes for me) handles well for a rather heavy lump, all that weight seem not to impede the acceleration. Weaknesses: I have fitted a Suzuki fly screen, this is essential if you want to be able to hang on over 80mph, (may be worth considering a larger screen as it still rattles the head a bit at speed) Engaging first gear is noisy though seems normal on all Suzukis, With regard to the quiet exhaust, (it may be my age) but I like quiet, just a buzz under me even at speed is good, I dont want to have too much noise all the time, (am I the only one? Maybe!)

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2006
Original price -
Used price £4,000 to £7,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £1,530
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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