Suzuki GSX1400

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Suzuki GSX1400
Suzuki GSX1400.jpg
2002 Suzuki GSX1400, first K2 model, Blue & White
Manufacturer Suzuki
Class Standard
Engine Air/oil cooled 1,402 cc (85.6 cu in) DOHC 16 valve inline four
Top speed 150 mph (240 km/h)[1]
Power 106 bhp (79 kW)[1]
Transmission Six speed, chain drive
Frame type Steel tube, double cradle.
Suspension Front: fully adjustable 46 mm fork
Rear: aluminum swingarm.
Brakes Front: 2 X 320 mm (13 in) discs w/6 piston Tokico calipers
Tires Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 190/50-17
Weight 228 kg (503 lb)[1] (dry)

The Suzuki GSX1400 is a muscle bike manufactured between 2001–2008 by Suzuki. Intended to be a faster and more torque-laden version Suzuki's similar Bandit 1200,[1] with more up to date technology,[2] the GSX1400 was still characterized as a "disco-era".[3]

Initially the bike was only produced for Japan and Europe,[4] opening to the Australian market from 2001; although there was a movement to try to make the GSX1400 available in the US and Canada. [3][5]

The GSX1400 is redlined at 9,000 rpm; however in practice there is little point in taking it past 7,000 because the bike has strong low and mid-range performance. The fuel injection throttle bodies are also fairly small bore and ultimately limit the breathing (and therefore power) of the engine at high revs, this does again however enhance low-end torque and response. Conversions including turbocharging and supercharging can be implemented to get around these breathing limitations and deliver significant increases in power and torque.

UK market models changed in detail over the years, on later models including a wheel colour change from white to black, to swap from a 4 into 2 exhaust system to a 4 into 1 system, and Yoshimura branded exhaust silencers - although this was available as a dealer fit option.

The last model, virtually unchanged except for colour schemes, was sold in 2008.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Dowds, Dowds (2002), Superbikes, Tangerine Press, pp. 194–197, ISBN 0-439-42466-6 
  2. ^ "The big easy", Bristol Evening Post (Europe Intelligence Wire), 8 March 2007 
  3. ^ a b "Suzuki's GSX1400 Retro Sport", Motorcyclist, June 2001: 34 
  4. ^ Ebert, Guido (24 April 2006), "What's not for sale in the U.S.", Powersports Business 9 (6): 30 
  5. ^ Richardson, Mark (13 October 2001), "Suzuki's hardest charger, GSX 1400: Will it make dealerships? ; Manufacturer loath to cannibalize its own sales; [Ontario Edition]", Toronto Star (Toronto, Ontario): G.16 
  6. ^ "Suzuki GSX 1400". MCNews. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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