Manufacturer: Suzuki………..TOP Model: GS650, GS650GLD, GS650G, GS650MD Katana Years Made: 1981 – 1983 Style: Standard Sport / Sport Engine Type:
Seat Height: 780mm Weight: 481lb HP: 68 Torque: Top Speed: 125mph MPG: 45 New Cost: $2,749 (1981) – $3,349 (1983)
Average Used Costs: Low $858 Medium $962 High $1,089
UMG Says: SUZUKI GS650M: Tuned up GT with Katana styling. Occasional cam, clutch, valve and gearbox problems up to 35k which become much more common thereafter until crank or pistons start to break up after 50k. Good on motorways and usable down country lanes if a touch heavy going. The excellent styling means that quite a few ended up cherished and remain in remarkably good nick, despite the way the exhaust, calipers and alloy rots in a winter.
UMG Says: SUZUKI GS650GT: Fat, shaft drive slob but engine tough for first 30k then camshaft, valve and tensioner hassles; crankshafts can go after 60k. Particularly susceptible to alternator and rectifier demise, rotting wiring can cause days of amusing hassle. Look for quiet top end, shaft drive that doesn’t ruin the gearchange and smooth power delivery. Crank on the way out causes harsh vibes from 5000rpm up.
UBG Says: Old air-cooled UJMs, some still chugging on. G was Katana-styled but unfaired road bike. Occasional cam, clutch, valve and gearbox problems. Good on motorways and usable down country lanes if a touch heavy going and ponderous. Wide seat gives short riders a tough time. The excellent Kat styling means that some are cherished and in remarkably good nick. GT was a shaft drive shunter but engine tough. Both susceptible to alternator and rectifier demise. E was rare chain drive variant. Look for quiet top end, shaft drive that doesn’t ruin the gear change and smooth power delivery. Dying cranks cause harsh vibes from 5000rpm up.
GT: C1 £1100, C2 £550, C3 £250
Kat: C1 £1500, C2 £750, C3 £300
IGM Says (GSX600F, GSX750F Katanas): These are high-performance sportbikes that require a rider with self control, but they are such good all-around motorcycles that if you think you can trust yourself, you might want to consider buying one.