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

25 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
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.6 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
4 out of 5

Still a very real option

10 April 2018 by Chas

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... Read more 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
Build Quality & Reliability
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 & Running Costs
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

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

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
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... Read more 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... Read more 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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Engine
2 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
4 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!!! 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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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2006
Original price -
Used price £3,200 to £7,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £1,170
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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