SUZUKI GSX-R400 (1990 - 1996) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 keeps 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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||16v 56x40.4mm, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Twin aluminium rails|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||50 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||61 bhp|
|Max torque||28.3 ft-lb|
|Top speed||127 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||210 miles|
Model history & versions
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
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.
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI GSX-R400 (1990 - 1996)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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.