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Suzuki GS 450 E

1984 GS450E review

1984 GS450E

SPECIFICATIONS: 180 parallel twin. DOHC valve shims in buckets the tappets. 2 valves per cylinder. 6 speed gearbox.


The GS450E is another variant of the of 400+cc GS twins which Suzuki’s second foray the world of 4-… motorcycling first 4-… was the GS750, and a good job they made of However, unlike the earlier GS twins, which were bored and stroked GS400s, the E has more in common with the GSX400T, sharing the bottom-end this motorcycle.

Suzuki this model onto the market in 1984, putting the into the same basic that was already used for the Typically the machine was finished in with two-tone blue striping on the tank and sides. It is that Suzuki were to revive the popularity their twins once enjoyed British dispatch riders, who thousands of GS twins to destruction in the 80’s.

However, the model never caught on in this role, to a much wider supply of four-cylinder fours such as the GT550, GT750 and Suzi’s own by that time.

As it turned the 450E served Suzuki during it’s 3-year spell, acting as a useful for the engine, which was re-used in the with few more cubes and the whole lot placed into a frame (and in this the little engine has taken-off in a way as an ideal first bike for who can’t afford the GPz500 ).


I was looking for a light-weight bike to fit onto a since I needed a vehicle for large quantities of stuff in. The obvious answer — get a — didn’t appeal at the since I was low on funds. Initially, I a torquey, long stroked like an Enfield 500 Bullet, but were none to be had.

I saw an ad for the 450 for sale in Luton, 80 miles and hopped on the Commando to take a

I haggled a bit and then settled on 700 ($1100), not bad for a bike with 16k miles on the clock, and regular MOT of Transport) test certificates back to when it was new, the mileage.

I ran the bike as a solo for some time and found it to be a unremarkable machine which was fitted with the 6-speed box for the GSX400T. This was a little low for the 450 and in ways accounted for the bikes unnecessary thirst for fuel. If had been aiming to keep machine as a mainstay of their range I feel certain would have decreased the by a tooth or two to increase the gearing.

Suzuki GS 450 E

As it was the bike returned about and as a solo, this would been its main drawback. since I was aiming to stick an wheel on it anyway, the low gearing was an from my point of view. The could be kept track of by the light in the control panel, and provided useful flexibility for acceleration after the sidecar was

The standard Japanese tyres Shin, anybody — no I heard of them either) abysmal, but they did last a of a long time (but I any tyre made of a material resembling wood might quite durable). The anti-dive brake assembly stopped the going forwards, even if it stop it diving, and the rear was as competent and dull as the rest of the


My main fear had the frame, since I wasn’t how it would cope with the of towing the drifter, but since I was fitting a little Velorex of the type normally (?) fitted to CZ I thought I wouldn’t have too to worry about. In fact was the case, and the little bike well worthy of it’s GS providing completely style-free throughout two British winters the worst winters in the world, but the dreariest).

The electrics on GS Suzi’s tend to be a suspect, and this often people, since a Japanese who can’t get their electronics out is a bit like a Scotsman who can’t his whiskey! Main areas for are the alternator stator coils and the The alternator on all GS Suzi’s runs in and this oil plays an important in cooling those expensive bits.

I believe that the reliability of the GS bikes tends to them to owner abuse. to observe you oil level and that competent motor will carry on running, but the alternator DIE.

As for the reg-rec, this is shoddy design, and owes a lot to the big Jap tendency to farm-out the unimportant of bike manufacture to sweat in Thailand and Bangladesh — all, if the reg-rec breaks in the hands of the bike’s fourth they won’t have to it under warranty! The reg-rec a Honda CX fits nicely place as a replacement for the original.

Suzuki GS 450 E
Suzuki GS 450 E
Suzuki GS 450 E
Suzuki GS 450 E
Suzuki GS 450 E

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