Suzuki GV1400 Cavalcade model history

15 Jun 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Suzuki GV1400 Cavalcade model history

I have put some Suzuki Cavalcade info on this page. I would be grateful of any contributions – sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible.

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Honda wasn’t without competition with their GoldWing bikes. Yamaha had its Venture, Kawasaki the Voyager, Suzuki had the Cavalcade. It was the most powerful option of the big touring cycles in the late 80’s.

The LXE version weighed 395 kg with a full tank and perhaps needed all the 112 hp the 1400cc V-4 engine could deliver.

There were only about 9,000 bikes made (some say 8,500) between 1985 and 1990 and only 67 of them found their way to Sweden (Norway 77, Canada 700, Belgium 120, Finland 10, Holland 10, USA about 7,500). The model was never sold in it’s home country, due regulations that prohibited selling bikes over 750cc in Japan.

In other words, Suzuki Cavalcade is a rare bike compared to Honda GoldWing, making it hard to find some spare parts. A good thing is that it’s a tough bike and like the GoldWing it’s made to last forever. The engine is very well built and I’ve been told that it should hold for at least 200,000 km /125,000 miles, twice as long if you treat it right.

When you do need parts, you may find help from the Cavalcade Clubs in your country.

1985 Suzuki year code: F

The picture below is taken from the Canadian ’85 Suzuki full-line catalogue. I wouldn’t believe all the numbers on its specifications page, though. The numbers don’t match with the specifications found on other, later publications.

It’s quite usual that the measurements (weight, width and such) differ between different countries but even such figures as the fuel tank capacity are different from any other numbers I’ve seen.

I don’t say if the numbers given in the ’85 Canadian brochure are correct or not – for Canada. But even Suzuki’s own (International) Service manual says different numbers, I have given those numbers on this page. The model was brand new when the catalogue was printed and the specifications may have been taken from a pre-production model. Even the photos looks a bit air-brushed for me.

Suzuki GV 1400

Some decals are missing anyway.

I haven’t got it confirmed yet what countries actually sold the 1985 Cavalcade – as a 1985-year’s model. Canada may have done that. But in the USA the model was launched as a 1986-year’s model, although it was introduced in the summer of 1985.

Two model versions were launched, the GT (standard model) and the more luxurious GD, even called LX.

GV 1400 GD / GT Cavalcade 1985

Overall Length: 2,530 mm (99.6 in)

Overall Width: 935 mm (36.8 in)

Suzuki GV 1400
Suzuki GV 1400
Suzuki GV 1400
Suzuki GV 1400

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