Suzuki GSX 1400 - One Bike to Rule Them All
It was around 1998 and I was dreaming about a muscle bike, but one with good brakes none of your sliding caliper rubbish. It had to be twin shock or a 1200 Bandit may well have fit the bill. I read in Bike magazine about a Japan only Suzuki that looked perfect but I didn’t want a grey import. I have never had much luck with Kawasaki’s so the ZRX was out. I focused on the Yamaha XJR and started saving my pennies.
A couple of years or so later I walked into David Jones in Newtown and there sat a Suzuki GSX 1400 the bike that was supposed to be Japan only. It was very impressive the tank was huge, having front forks the size of bridge supports. It had six pot Tokiko callipers on the front, remote reservoir twin shocks, traditional looking clocks, a six speed box and a 190 section rear tyre (a big tyre back then). So that’s all the boxes ticked. Just like that my XJR fund had a new destination.