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MCN overall verdict rating is 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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Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Suzuki GSX1400 (2001-2006)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£3,250 (2002) - £4,650 (2005)
Private used prices
£2,930 (2002) - £4,180 (2005)
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Engine size 1402 cc
Power 105 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 93 ft-lb
Weight 229 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1402 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 260mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(21 reviews)

  • The B&W's are fastest!

    BongyGSX1400

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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

    30 July 2009

  • Gixer1400

    Keith Phillips

    Wanganui New Zealand ,

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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.

    28 March 2008

  • What a beauty

    Nappy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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!

    11 September 2007

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    lamentalist

    Bristol

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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)

    22 August 2007

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    lamentalist

    Bristol

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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)

    22 August 2007

  • versatile silver fox

    john wells

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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.

    11 May 2007

  • Holds its own on real twisty bits

    SteveBluewhite

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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.

    08 May 2007

  • yo yo yo

    Iain Milne

    BROMLEY , UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    test now

    02 March 2007

  • blah blah boom

    Testaccount4

    Average rating rating is 1

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    blah blah boom

    15 February 2007

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

    Jimboyd1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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.

    28 October 2006

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i've had lots of bikes through the years, the gsx1400 is'nt the best handling, it ain't the fastest, and it is'nt the best put together, but i must say none of my other bikes have made me smile in anywhere near the same way! get maxton to sort out the badly damped and sprung front end, and tweek the power just a bit so you don't loose that beautifull torque, but u got a bit more zing, and it'll keep up with most things in the twisties(and you'll feel a proper man for getting the beast round em) and blow most things away off the mark.i think i have truly found my bike for life! i love the attitude looks, and actually being able to use the power in the real world,and the sound with a set of scorpians on sounds like a spitfire merlin engine. character is definately the name of the game with this bike.

07 December 2009 12:59

BongyGSX1400

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look at my Torque!

Bl**dy excellent machine - power, looks and awesome speed (for those off road ocasions!) Got a B&W and love it.

It has got to be one of the easiest bikes to personalise and a great bunch of owners on www.GSX1400.org who are really chilled, knowledgeable and have regular meets.

25 of these power house bike turned up at the Ace Cafe Suzuki Sunday last weeks - just awesome!

If you've never ridden one you don't know what your missing

 

 

 

30 July 2009 13:34

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