Suzuki GS 850 L

Suzuki GS 850 L

In mechanical operation the GS is about as fault-free as anything we've tested. It is fast, slick, electrically smooth and almost casually competent.

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Model year
1981
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Make
Suzuki
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Engine Power
78.45 HP (57.7 kW) @ 8500 rpm
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Top Speed
122.41 mph

Technical Specifications

Engine and transmission

  • Engine type:
    4 cylinders, 4-stroke, Inline
  • Displacement:
    843 cc (51.51 cubic inches)
  • Bore × stroke:
    2.72 inch × 2.22 inch (oversquare - shortstroke)
  • Cooling system:
    Air cooled
  • Power:
    78.45 HP (57.7 kW) @ 8500 rpm
  • Throttle:
    Cable operated
  • Valves
    Valve train:
    DOHC, variable
    Valves per cylinder:
    2
  • Fuel and ignition
    Sparks per cylinder:
    1
    Fuel supply system:
    Carburetor
  • Compression:
    8.8:1
  • Engine mounting:
    Transverse
  • Lubrication system:
    Wet sump
  • Gear box:
    Manual 5-speed
  • Clutch:
    Wet, multiple discs, cable operated
  • Final drive:
    Shaft
  • Starter:
    Electric

Dimensions

  • Weight
    Curb weight:
    575.4 lbs

Chassis and suspension

  • Front
    Suspension:
    Cartridge
    Brake:
    Twin Disk
  • Rear
    Suspension:
    twin shock, Swingarm
    Brake:
    Disk
  • Frame type:
    steel, Double cradle frame

Other

  • ABS available:
    No
  • Power-to-weight ratio:
    0.22 KW/lbs (4.52 lbs/HP)
  • Top speed:
    122.41 mph
  • Fuel capacity:
    3.43 gals
  • Number of riders:
    2 persons

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