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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S

1979 Suzuki GS1000S

1979 Suzuki GS1000S

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled 4-cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 83bhp @ 8,000rpm
Displacement: 997cc
Valves: Double overhead cam
Fuel System: Four Mikuni 34mm carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shocks
Brakes: Front and rear disc
Weight: 554lb.
Top Speed: 136mph

Suzuki GS1000S 2

Suzuki GS1000S

The Suzuki GS1000S model was a supersports variation of the standard GS1000, with a distinctive paint scheme and fairing (often referred to as the Wes Cooley replica). The Suzukis were noted for their all-around performance — a blend of a good chassis and suspension and a powerful engine.

GS1000S 4

Read more about this classic motorcycle in The Super Suzuki GS1000S from the March/April 2012 issue of Motorcycle Classics.

1/19/2015 8:13:39 PM

Looking for aka wes cooley bike

1/19/2015 7:35:30 PM

Hello , Im looking for a nice 1979 or 1980 !! Let me know if you have one for sale . Send a pic and let me know what you want . thanks chuck

bill smith
1/17/2013 10:20:19 PM

I had a '79. Got rid of it for when kids came along. Have an '80 in the garage that I need to get going. Love the look of this way better then the current angular sport bike look. Spoken like a true old codger.

joel smith
12/28/2012 7:35:16 AM

This is a '79 model - it has 26mm Mikuni carbs, and a points ignition. The '80 model had 34mm Mikuni CV carbs and electronic ignition. Install a Kerker pipe and 29mm Mikuni smoothbores and this thing would scream!