The best bike I've ever owned and the last one I will ever need.Has plenty of grunt and so easy to mono.Great bike for touring or riding around town.Classic looks ageless.Told my friend to sell his old Zed and never look back buying this Suzuki classic.Smooth power on tap and gets there very quick.
Looks,power,comfort and economy.
Get rid of the standard pipe and add a complete yoshimura system.Get rid of the front springs and replace with progressive springs.This allows me to ride hard and fast and make dirt roads feel safe at 100kph.Needs a bikini screen for those high speed long haul.
Do I need something else?
Bought my black one late 2007 after a good while without a bike (I'm 54 now). Was a bit intimidating at first; last ride was an old 1000 cc V-twin yamaha (VX or XV ?). Soon appreciated the torque and handling and also the versatility. Been riding most of my life but they've always been mainly a form of transport rather than a source of recreation. The last few years, I've taken to touring for a week or so at a time either alone or with some like-minded mates and I've never enjoyed riding so much. I bought the bike with givi panniers and top-box...as part of the deal so am well set up for such pursuits. I've had her fully loaded two-up and barely notice the difference to being unloaded on my own. No problems overtaking anything anywhere with a twist of the throttle in top gear and can keep up with most on the twisty stuff (except for my mate Brad on his ST 2). It's not great on the dirt (but that's not what its for) and occasionally I find myself thinking about an "adventure tourer" - maybe a 1000 V-Strom - but I dunno; there's plenty left in her yet. Only changes are a fly-screen (genuine part) to stop head shake (and the best $60 I ever spent) and a Beowulf oil cooler guard - from Bikebitz in England for half the price of one in Oz. She's heavy on rear tyres; I'm up to number 4 at 25 K but only recently replaced the original front. Am running P 2's front and back and that seems the best yet. Like everyone, I don't like the big muffler and it could certainly make some more noise, though I do like the 4 pot howl when you wind her up. An aftermarket muffler will come when I can justify the outlay. Relatively cheap to buy, low maintenance, good economy for a big motor, bulk grunt, very forgiving to ride, great for touring and also handles the tight stuff, very comfortable Big trumpet out the back, too quiet
Value for money sports tourer.
I'm 58 now & have been riding bikes since I was 17. To date this is the best long distance tourer I've ever owned. To Tassie & back from Brisbane, 5 weeks of riding & NO sore bottom, legs etc. ( 5' 9" ) Carried 50 Kg of gear, didn't notice it was even there. I like the way it's equally at home carving up corners as it is cruising down the highway.
Handles very well for such a big bike. Great under seat storage. Smooth, powerful & a nice wide comfortable seat. Excellent brakes. Center stand. 6 speed box. Decent sized fuel tank.
Wears out front ...
Big, smooth and powerful. I'm 6'5 and enjoy riding such a good sized bike for my frame. It has massive amounts of torque, decent suspension and excellent brakes. I have a 2007 model and have had no issues with her. Some of the strange polish they put on the front forks started to erode but I just polished them off (took a few hours tho). The bike has a good online following and there's lots of bling and other aftermarket features for it. Fuel economy is ok for its size and maintenance costs are low (heavy on tyres tho)
Powerful and comfortable, sharp handling for its size, Good brakes.
Ugly stock pipe, heavy handling at low speeds
Couldn't get a better muscle bike in my opinion, and fundly enough it makes a fine touring bike as well with the addition of a rack and bag system
I have had my Suzuki since January last year and have been impressed from day one. The finish was imacculate when I picked it up. Haven't found one blemish yet. Tons of power and torque enable you to trundle around in fifth around town and give it a twist of the throttle for heaps of go without having to change gears. Instruments are good and clear, but I think the fuel gauge may be a bit pessimistic. I like quiet bikes, and this is good in that respect.
Muffler is a touch too big but easy to replace (if I ever get around to it!)
Compared to my earlier GSX 1100's from the 70's and 80's this bike is light years ahead in terms of quality, smoothness, engine tourque and brake effectiveness (non-existent on early muscle bikes). Interestingly, the power figures are only slightly higher than my old 1100's, and the engine feel on the road is almost identical (albeit a lot smoother and more relentless in it's delivery).
If the gearbox was slightly smoother it'd be perfect. As it is, it's still a great bike and one I relish the chance of riding at every opportunity.
The perfect all rounder
The best of the best. I bought my 2004 GSX1400K4 second hand in 2010. I am only 82kg and 5 feet 8 inches tall and I find it very easy to ride on the open road and in the city. Everyone comments on how good it looks for it's age, as it is still in brand new condition, Since I bought it I have changed the handlebars to lower ones, delkevic twin silp on exhaust, fork brace and steering damper, because of the not so good roads in country Queensland.
All except handlebars
Handlebars too high, I changed them to lower bars 27mm high
I love this bike. Lots of grunt. You can push it a bit but it's no sports bike but then again it doesn't pretend to be. You get what you ask for. Retro styling in a big boofy naked bike kind of way. Fuel injected 1400cc grunt with plenty more there if you choose to go looking and are prepared to pay. A couple of easy things are a 4 degree ignition advancer, a replacement muffler and a Power Commander PC3. I have a small Puig screen on mine to assist with touring duties. Leg room is a little short for my legs. I'm 6'1". Overall this one is a kee...per. Beautiful big naked bike. Great power delivery. Heaps of grunt. Turbine smooth. Upright seating position. Comfortable enough. Economical for 1400cc. Great value. Seat could be improved. Cramped leg room for my height. Duck bill rear fender (cut mine off looks the goods). Not being made any more. So if you want a new one check with dealers you may get the last one.
Have to give the GSX1400 99.9 out of 100. I get compliments everywhere I go (I have the black model) and the mix of black and chrome looks great. Rides like a dream, handles well and like the add says, heaps of grunt. Took the new B-King for a ride, and sorry Mr Suzuki, I will not part with my GSX1400.
Bought my K7 GSX1400 after going through a few smaller bikes. It is everything I hoped for and I love riding it. The only thing I have added was a screen to keep the wind resistance down and some bugs out of my face. Traded in a 650 V-Strom to bu...
Overall to anyone whos into the naked bike looks and is interested to buy the GSX1400 K7 you won't be disapointed,I have the black model.10/10 for me.
Ever since being a kid always been a big fan of naked bike so atfer test riding a few bikes I bought the GSX 1400 and has never look back plenty of power,excellant braking,good handlind especially around bends sits well on the road.
Wasn't to impress with the trumpy exhaust so I replaced it with a Yoshimura exhaust what a big difference it has made nicer engine tone more power.
After owning 21 bikes, this is the best yet. Perfect for short squirts and long trips. Always puts a smile on your dial, never having to worry about overtaking, with that power available, and awesome brakes and handling. Smooth and comfortable, for both my wife and I, and have achieved 19k/l touring. Good finish and proven long term motor and mechanical reliability make this a serious long term, pleasing bike to own. Having lots of mods and bits available can make this uniquely yours.
Superb handling big bike, great brakes, smooth continuous power/torque. Comfortable in city and great mile eater/tourer.Well set out instruments and everything fully adjustable for your individual riding requirements!
Pity they don't make a top faired model.
Questions & Answers
My Name is Mr James Botingnu from Papua New Guinea and I got a Suzuki GSX1400 2004 year make and to get service parts and accessories who are the dealers currently I can be in contact to supply me parts? You can email me contacts of the current Supply on my email No.[name removed] Thanks
Dear sir, I have the suzuki gsx 1400 2008 special edition, but I want to chand the new exhaust and headers to duble like 2004, if you have the exhaust please email to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you able to adjust the length of the rear shocks off a gsx1400 k7?
what are you trying to do. more load ? adjust your spring .lifting blocks will give you more ground clearance and make the bike turn in to corners better .apparently. they bolt under your shocks to swing arm lifting the bike up. cheers
|Category||Sport Touring Bikes|
|Release date||Nov 2006|
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