SUZUKI GSX1400 (2001 - 2006) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £930
Power: 105 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.1 in / 790 mm)
Weight: Medium (505 lbs / 229 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £4,000 - £7,800

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

At the business end of the bike are a pair of 46mm fully-adjustable forks keeping the front firmly on the Tarmac. It has 320mm discs. Suzuki says the Tokico set-up up front is the same as that used on the GSX-R1000.

Rear suspension is a pair of piggy-back, fully-adjustable shocks that are no more, or less, than you’d expect for a motorcycle of this stature. There’s also a 190-section rear tyre, and while that may not suit the retro theme, it provides ample grip and a more menacing rear view. The wheel is held in place by a cast alloy swingarm, rather than the tubular steel design you might expect to find on this type of bike.

The riding position when compared to, say, a Bandit 1200, is squarely upright. The saddle is comfortable and all the switchgear and control levers are within easy reach. Holding it stationary, it certainly feels a little heavier than anything else in its class. But once you’re on the move, you’re too busy hanging on to the bars to worry about the physical dimensions.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 years and the GSX1400 is a peach.

If I have to find fault with the GSX1400, I’d point to the mechanical noise of the oil-cooled engine. That’s not likely to bother most hard-core musclebike fans who like to hear the sound of the beast coming at them from all quarters. But I’d expect a little more aural refinement.

Reader question: Why are my Suzuki GSX1400 downpipes glowing? 

Q: I have a Suzuki GSX1400 and I have just fitted a four-into-one Akrapovic exhaust system. When I start it up and it’s ticking over, my exhaust headers glow bright red. Could you tell me why this is happening as I didn’t have this problem with the original exhaust?
Gsxken, MCN forums

A: Aftermarket exhausts are often single-skinned, while standard pipes have a double skin, which slows down heat conduction. But if the pipes are glowing red hot in daylight without the engine being worked hard (ticking over) then that would indicate that the mixture is very lean and you could do some damage to the motor if you ride it in that condition. The bike needs setting up on a dyno to adjust the mixture correctly.


Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (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. 

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 GSX1400s are available, as is a fly screen.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £930
New price -
Used price £4,000 - £7,800
Insurance group 14 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 93 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Tank range 200 miles

Model 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.

Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI GSX1400 (2001 - 2006)

27 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: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Engine: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Annual servicing cost: £930
4 out of 5 A BLITZES EYEBALL DARNER
19 June 2020 by john kidd

Version: K2

Year: 2002

Annual servicing cost: £200

ITS NO GOOD FLOGGING YOUR BUT AND TRYING TO KEEP YOUR PARTS ON THE SEAT. THE GSX 1400 IS A BULL IF YOU WANT IT TO BE OR A LAM. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIEND .S ALL DAY LONG.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

IT DEPENDS OW YOUNG YOUR ARE. ,IN MY WAY AT LOOKING AT THE US OF THE BIKE ITS BLOODY BALL SACKING ,THE SEAT WAS NOT MADE FOR ME. REMOVE THE SEAT AND SITE ON A PLANK OF WOOD. I LOVE THE BIKE .NO MATER OW MUCH I COMPLAIN .TOW UP NO PROBLEM .AFTER MARKET SHOCK U MUST AD JUST. BEFOR HAND. FOR A BRAKE IT DEEPENS OW YOUR MADE..

Engine 5 out of 5

IT PULLS WELL .IT DOSE NOT HALE YOU LIKE A XS1100. THE ENGINE IS WELL MADE. AS FOR THE POWER AS A ROAD BIKE YOU LOOK AT THE CLOCKS , SLOW DOWN, YOU SAY,

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

IT AS TO BE LOOK AFTER. I HAVE SEEN ONE WITH OVER 106000 ON THE CLOCK S .THE MAN SOLD IT AS HE COULD NOT RIDE ANY MORE.IT WAS WELL USED. I HAVE HAD SOME PROBLEMS . BELTING IT DOWN THE MOTORWAY. .TRYING TO KEEP WITH SOME ONE. I LEFT THE MOTORWAY .F1 CAME ON. NO CODES ON THE CLOCK ? HARD JOB GETTING IT HOME. CHECKING THE PLUGS ALL BLACK. NEW ONES FITTED .NO JOY. ? NO SPARK. ? I HAD SEEN WEEK SPARKS .SOME MONTHS AGO. WHEN THE STATER PACK UP . USED SNOW CAT STARTER KIT. ...I HAD BOUGHT SOME COILS OF E BAY, WEEKS BE FOR. SO WHAT BLUE THE COILS AGE BEEN ON THE BIKE FROM DAY ONE. 34.000MILES ,YOU SOON GET TO NO THE BIKE BUT ITS WHEN IT STARTS TO PLAY UP. FINDING THE FLUTE CAN BE A CHALLENGE. BACK FR AIM NEEDS KEPT IN TRIM. USE GOOD RUST PRIMER. THEN ARCHING PRIMER AND GLOSS BLACK . THE FRAME IS STRONG WELDS NEVER BRAKE.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

ONLY IF YOU USE THE BIKE ALL YEAR. I DO MY OWEN.

Equipment 5 out of 5

I GAVE IT 5 OUT OF 5. I FITTED A WIND GAMER .1980 FAIRING, VALUE NEW THEN £650. ..IT WAS GIVEN TO ME IN THE 1990. I BOUGHT ONE FOR A GS 850. .IT CAN BE MADE TO FIT THE GSX1400. NOT KIDDING YOU ALL THE FASTER YOU GO YOU GET PULLED IN TO THE FARING. THE THROTTLE IS JUST ABOUT CLOSED. THE ONLY THING YOU WILL AFTER DO IS HALTER THE FRAME. ANY ONE WISHING TO THIS . SEND ME A EMAIL TO RACING.1020@HOTMAIL.CO.UK. CAN SEND YOU SOME PHOTOS. THEIRS ONLY 3 GSX1400 THAT I HAVE SEEN WITH FAIRINGS ON THEM IN THE WORLD ? I AFTER SAY THE GSX1400 ITS A BIKE YOU LOVE OR YOU HATE. JUST TO HAVE ONE LOTS WILL STOP AND LOOK .IF I SEE ONE ON THE ROAD I JUST NO ITS A SUZUKI GSX1400. I KEEP MINE TILL I GO TO SLEEP.

Buying experience: I BOUGHT THE GSX1400 FROM CO PART. NOT A LOT WRONG WITH IT,THE BIKE HAD BEEN KNOCK OVER . BY A FORD PICK UP. I PAID 1450 I AT TO BID ON IT. AND PICK IT UP. MY VALUE YOU TO THIS BIKE 2650. IT AS COST ME SOME MONEY TO FIX IT. I COULD HAVE PAID 3450 FOR A LOW MILES ONE. AT THE TIME . BUT I FIX BIKES FOR 49 YEARS,

5 out of 5 Gsx1400, a bike for real bikers
23 October 2019 by West Coaster

Year: 2001

Great all around bike. Fun to ride and love the arm stretching torque. Mine had a Givi screen when I bought it, but I took it off. Ruins the look of the bike. Just lay on the tank when you open her up.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Nice rideable bike. Front brakes only need 2 fingers. Back brake a bit limp but ok.

Engine 5 out of 5

Love the engine. Will pull a tree stump out with all that torque. Smooth and tractable. Lopes along so easily in top gear. Only problem is trying to ride at legal speeds.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Had the GSX1400 for 2 years. Love the torque and ease of maintenance. Only issue I've had has been higher than normal fuel consumption after a cold start. Then once stopped and restarted after a fuel stop, it returns to normal. Sensor issue I suspect

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Pretty cheap bike to run and easy to maintain

Equipment 5 out of 5

Not many bells and whistles, but do you need or want all the rider aids on a bike of this type? Not me. Back to basics and use your skills to enjoy a genuine retro experience

Buying experience: Bought privately. $4500 NZD. Worth every cent

4 out of 5 Still a very real option
10 April 2018 by Chas

Year: 2006

Annual servicing cost: £450

The best features of this bike are the engine which focuses its power low down in the rev range. It produces huge grunt low down and will pull strongly in any gear as long as there is about 1500 revs on the tachometer. It is a big bike and as such is comfortable for long distance and the 22litre fuel tank means you can easily go 200miles between fill ups. The GSX 1400 handles well (but obviously it is not a sports bike) it will do 145mph and will cruise effortlessly at 100mph if you are game but being a naked bike this is probably not the idea. This is a good all round bike, fast and comfortable and a buzz to ride with its huge amount of low down grunt. The engine should last for decades as it's got so much power that you don't need to rev it to go fast unless you are in a very big hurry. Mine has 28000 miles, the engine is as quiet as it was when new and nothing has ever gone wrong with it.This bike is good to ride fast and at the speed limit and this has not been the case with previous sports bikes I've owned which were fine when going VERY fast but a pain when you were not. Against? well it would not suit the dedicated sports bike enthusiast as it is a naked twin shock and weighs in at 228 dry. Track racers will want a higher revving engine and a suspension set up more suited to track conditions but in the real world its a hard bike to fault.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Front brakes are good, back brake is a bit less so although this doesn't bother me as it doesn't lock up. Handles well for a big street bike and comfortable for all day rides.

Engine 5 out of 5

Brilliant

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Nothing has ever gone wrong with this bike. I have had it serviced each year since 2007, have fitted a new chain and sprockets and tyres at around each 5000 miles and I do about 5000 miles a year. It is very well built and has many good features such as a huge under seat storage area, double helmet lock, many dedicated points to attach luggage straps. In a perfect world it would be a bit lighter as I am not a big bloke but overall I really like the bike and I've had twenty three bikes before this one.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

I have added some features to the bike such as Hell brake lines, heated grips, a carrier and crash bars and a small Givi screen but it has been completely reliable. Servicing cost includes tyres but not insurance and road tax

Equipment 4 out of 5

Everything works every time, easy to put on main stand but this is a naked bike so no fairing etc. No electronic ride control or ABS but its a 2007 bike. Fuel injection is about the sum of electronic trickery.

Buying experience: These go for anything from £3000 for a rough one to about £7000 for a mint one.

5 out of 5 Best bike I've ever owned.
09 September 2016 by Tony Dimech

Version: K2

Year: 2002

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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

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

Version: bull

Year: 2002

Annual servicing cost: £55

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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Version: k2

Year: 2002

Annual servicing cost: £3,000

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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Year: 2006

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Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 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!!!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 yo yo yo
02 March 2007 by iainmilne

test now

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
1 out of 5 blah blah boom
15 February 2007 by Testaccount4

blah blah boom

Ride quality & brakes 1 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 1 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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&nbsp;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: <br>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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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