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Suzuki July 19, 2015 posted by

Sunday Flashback: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S R Side Front

Today's bike is a bit of a flashback, something a bit older than we'd normally feature here on RSBFS. But this Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica holds a special place as the last, and maybe best of the twin-shock sportbikes.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side Front

Prior to the monoshock, endurance-racing GSX-R that we all know and love, this was Suzuki's big bruiser from an era when Japanese literbikes' chief virtues were power and stability. But while the Suzuki didn't bring anything particularly new to the party in terms of straight-line speed, the ace up its sleeve was handling, and the bike was much nimbler than rivals from Honda or Kawasaki.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Cockpit

It was that complete package, tuned to perfection by "Pops" Yoshimura and raced by Wes Cooley, that led to this bike's fame. The 1000S was really intended for the European market, but Wes rode the bike to victory in AMA Superbike racing and the nickname, while never official, stuck: the blue-and-white GS1000S has been known as the "Wes Cooley Replica" ever since.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Engine

Powered by a dual overhead-cam four that displaced 997cc to meet racing requirements, the GS1000S weighed in at 525lbs wet and made 90 honest horses, enough to propel the bike to a 130mph top speed. Interestingly, that engine was based on the GS750 powerplant, but was actually almost 20lbs lighter, which was a bit of a theme throughout the bike. There was nothing revolutionary here, but the bike went around corners and stopped better than other bikes of the period. And these are definitely rare: just 500 were made in 1979, with 700 the following year.1979 Suzuki GS1000S Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

This 1979 GS1000S, also know as a Wes Cooley Replica has under 2,300 miles.  This bike was owned by a Suzuki dealership owner in PA for most of it's life. Early in it's life, the bike would be used around town by the owner.  

I acquired the bike a couple of years ago after the bike had been sitting in a shed for many years. The bike is in very good, unrestored condition.  I have owned a few of these GS's over the years and this one is a special bike.

The low miles and originality make this a great bike for your collection!

The bike runs and sounds great.

The following maintenance items have been addressed:

New tubes and tires ( the original tires were on the bike)

New Chain

New brake Lines

Rebuilt calipers and Master Cylinder

Carburetors disassembled, cleaned and bench synced and new fuel lines

New OEM Fuel Petcock

Valves clearance checked ( inside looked new) swapped out one shim

Replaced fork oil and fork seals

This bike is remarkably original with the right patina.  It does have some chips, dings, scratches etc., as it is a 36 year old bike.

If you want a low mileage original Cooley..........you will probably wait a while to find another like this.

This is certainly one of the cleanest, lowest-mileage examples I've ever seen. Aside from some damage to the striping on the left side of the fairing, it looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Controls

There are four days left on the auction and bidding is very active although, at $5,300 the reserve has not been met yet. While speculating on motorcycle values is always a gamble, the Wes Cooley Suzukis are very rare and represent an important stage of sportbike development. A bit of a dinosaur, if you will, but Suzuki's modern DNA is still visible in this brute: while the styling is a bit vintage, the bike's combination of power and handling set the stage for the later GSX-R that defined the modern sportbike.

-tad

1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side

Sunday Flashback: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale
Suzuki August 28, 2011 posted by

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley with Extras!

After spending the weekend at Indy and admiring this Wes Cooley that won one of the Cycle World classes, I went looking. Here is the bike that we spotted Peter Egan judging this weekend, and ended up winning it's class.

Wes Cooley at Indy MotoGP 2011

This 1979 model for sale on eBay has covered 20k+ miles but looks great, especially with the period Krauser bags that are color matched.

The seller is clear on the condition and states the reserve is set at only $2000 considering it has some flaws. As of this writing it has surpassed $2700 and has a little under 2 days to go.

quote from the seller:

I am listing my 1978 Suzuki GS1000S for sale with just under 21,000 original miles. This 1000S is cosmetically in very good condition. I have added a 'nose' fairing and vintage Krauser saddlebags. This is my 2nd GS1000S and I have loved them both. This came to me from Washington State 5 years ago. In addition to the items already mentioned also included in the sale is an extra set of factory exhaust pipes, and a spare engine, a cover, a pair of Avon tires bought last fall which have about 200 miles on them, an original factory repair manual with the periodic updates and misc. extra parts.

Originally, it also had an after market seat and a Vance & Hines 4- into 1 exhaust which I didn't like because it was jetted wrong and when you would try to pass someone it would flatten out so badly, it would almost slow down. First, I traded the exhaust for an original set which made a world of difference. Then I kept looking and finally found a '78 GS1000 for sale locally with all original equipment. I sold all of the parts I didn't want on eBay and kept what I wanted. As you can see, I was buying things to keep it for the long haul. The saddle bags are removable, I have a key for the latches which keep the bags closed but not for the bags to the bike locks. Should one not want the bags on the bike they come off and you can remove all of the mounting hardware and move the rear turn signals back to where they started. There are some cracks on the tops of the inside of the shells from no doubt, stress vibrations over the years, but they don't impact the strength of the bags.

Cosmetically, the bike is quite good, a few chips here and there, probably the worst from where the guy I bought it from failed to tighten the bars down when shipped to me and they put several chips on the top of the tank see photo. I found that the mirrors were too close to the sides of the fairing to see around my shoulders so I made 2 blocks to extend them out far enough to be able to see clearly. The bike has fallen over twice when standing still on grass and the only damage from those are that my mirror extensions put the mirrors out far enough that they hit the grass before the bar ends and the fairing was tweaked. No damage but the paint popped off and I've hand painted it in. To my knowledge, it has never been 'down', never been in an accident. The left side of the tank has a small indent about where one's knee would rest. Don't know where it came from but it is barely visible.

Known mechanical issues- there is a crack in the glass on the instrument cluster between the clock and the oil temp gauge. All the gauges work fine. The auto- canceling turn signal has a problem- works perfectly when activated to go left but not to the right. If I move the switch momentarily to the left and then go to the right turn position it works fine. Go figure. With the engine, after it has been ridden and gotten hot- on restart, there is a tapping sound. No one has any idea where it originates. It does keep pace with the rpm's but not at a pace that would indicate it was coming from a piston or tappets etc. It is slower than the rpm turns. At 1000 idle speed the sound is about every second or second and a half. Hasn't gotten any worse in the five years I've owned it and sometimes it is not evident at all. I'd planned on keeping this for a long time but now find that as I'm 63 my reflexes aren't keeping pace with the speeds I want to ride it. So I'm letting it go. Because of all the money and time I've invested in this bike, I'm putting a modest reserve of $2000 on it. This is really a lovely bike great handling, lots of power and people always admire it when it's out in public.

This really should be posted on Classic Sport Bikes For Sale but after seeing a similar example at Indy I'm inclined to post here for anyone else who might have been smitten with seeing a nice one.

dc

Sport Bikes For Sale June 29, 2010 posted by

1979 SUZUKI GS1000S WES COOLEY REPLICA !!

Okay these bikes are pretty rare, I believe only 535 made in '79 but we seem to have listed quite a few of these in the past several months which is really, well...weird!  Anyway 1979 (Van Halen rocks!), I was working at a Honda/Suzuki dealer and we just got in two of these gems. Both were already pre-sold, one to our lead service tech and one to our Suzuki sales guys (who just happens to be the GM of Yamaha for the US today, wazz-up Bob?). I remember uncrating them and we were blown away by the small cafe fairing because at the time it just meant, "total race bike" and no other Japanese bike had it.

This ones a bit  "cosmetically" challenged but it looks to be all there which is a huge plus. I just love these bikes and really believe they will be an even greater collector's item given a bit more time. Cooley won the AMA Superbike Class on the Yoshimira Suzuki GS1000 and this bike is the "replica" version. Located in Columbus Ohio on EBay with 3 days left and a starting bid of $2500. Click "" to jump back into 1979 folks.

The ad reads:

1979 "Wes Cooley Replica", Restorable Condition,  Made only in 1979 and 1980,  1979 cam with the 140 MPH Speedo

Bike is Very Complete !,  This is a very simple restoration,   and the following are the thing that need replaced or Attention:

Front brake lever is bent,  and needs Replaced,  Knob missing from Clock Set Screw and head light "ON" switch.

Missing Underneath Seat Pan Trim  (plastic White Painted Trim,  shown in pics,  but was off of the 1980 GS1000ST).

The bike also needs the air box Cover and mounting screw,  Several of the Screws,  Bolts, Washers and Fasteners

Need to be replaced with OEM original or aftermarket,  and there are a few of the above that are missing !

Fairing is in need of Minor Repair an has a Real bad Paint Job.

Right Rear Exhaust Pipe has a few scratches, And a small dent at the end.

Gas Tank Has Been Dented on both Sides,  Left Side Worst than the Right Side.

Carb's Need Sinked, And  the bike needs Detailed. I Have a grab rail for the seat, but it is just not installed.

(Tank, Tail, Fairing and front fender Need Re-painted to bring this limited Edition back to it's original glory) .

The paint and stripe work will cost about 600.00,  I spent over 500.00 in parts and 600.00 in labor,  New parts are:

New Keys, Battery, Turn Signals, NOS Seat Cover, Starter Clutch, Front brake Switch, New Oil and Filter,  Brakes have been Bled,

Had the Carb's Rebuilt,  Bike Starts Up Very easy,  No Smoke,   Ran it around the Block a few times,   Runs Good !

Tires are in Very good shape,  Not bad for a bike that has not been Ridden or started for over 10 Years. 

At a $2500 starting bid that seems real reasonable, the bike is definitely a great candidate for having a perfectly restored Wes "I'm so cool" Cooley Replica, bid it up and be the first on your block, you won't be sorry!

Ciao for now...Jay

Suzuki June 18, 2009 posted by

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica For Sale in Washington

I think these Wes Cooley replica's are cool and I'm posting this one even though it looks a little rough around the edges and has some running issues. But for $3k, it could be an interesting project to restore or mod.

Check it out here on Craigslist:

quote from Craigslist post:

79 Suzuki GS 1000 S, "Wes Cooley Replica" only 535 made, very rare, 12,500 original miles, friend of mine is original owner and I know the history, hand polished and painted wheels, lots spent on restoration but I have given up, to many projects, my loss is your gain. Have many reciepts worth $$$. Runs great except runability issue where the idle climbs when it gets warm and I cant figure out what the problem is. I have not spent a great deal of time trying to fix it. Motor is very solid and well taken care of. 30 year Suzuki mechanic says to try valve adjustment, vacuum leak. Should be easy fix, but I have no time!

NEW:
Metzler tires
smoke windshield
ebc brakes
carb rebuild with genuine suzuki parts, float needles, pilot, and main
tail light
throttle cables
gas tank coating
vance and hines exhast, 4 into 1
oil and filter
air filter
plugs and NGK plug wires

dc

Update: This listing is quite old, but these bikes are available for sale right now:

[AffomaticEbay]Suzuki GS1000[/AffomaticEbay]

Suzuki April 23, 2009 posted by

Not 1, Not 2, But 3 Wes Cooley Replica GS1000S Suzuki’s For Sale!

Here's your chance to get a really rare early sportbike for you, and two for your best friends when they visit! This Craigslist ad has three Suzuki GS1000S bikes for sale at $4900 each, or $13900 as a package:

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quote from seller's Tampa Bay Craigslist ad:

1979 SUZUKI GS1000S, Wes Cooley Replicas, Beautiful collection of 3 motorcycles, Very rare, Only 535 produced, Only manufactured 2 years, Many spare parts, $4900 for one or 13,900 package deal for all 3 bikes

$4900 doesn't really seem that bad for such a cool and historic bike. I got up close and personal with a GS1000S at the Barber Motorsports Park Museum earlier this year, and it was a standout for sure!

Read all about the GS1000 at SuzukiCycle.org

dc

Suzuki March 20, 2015 posted by

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side

The GS1100ES was the last-hurrah for Suzuki's twin-shock sportbikes, a forgotten middle child sandwiched between the classic, Wes Cooley era GS1000S and the modern icon GSX-R. But for a few years, this was as good as it got.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Rear Suspension

And it established the template for the later GSX-R: it wasn't the most powerful bike, but it was light, stiff, and powerful enough, and provided a complete performance package. That complete package impressed the motoring press at the time, and it fared well in period tests, even against its more striking stablemate, the Katana.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES R Side Front

This was the first Zook with 16-valve cylinder head, although it featured "shared cam lobes" that used forks to actuate a pair of valves each. A narrow included valve angle and specially-shaped combustion chambers led to a more efficient burn of the fuel-air mixture. Although the technology was not unique to Suzuki, they of course had to come up with a cool acronym for it, and dubbed it "TSCC" for "twin swirl combustion chamber."

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Engine Detail

The 1074cc engine put 108hp through a five-speed gearbox. Interestingly, the dash includes a gear position indicator, although I don't think you're too likely to find yourself selecting the wrong cog, considering the flexible power on tap.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Dash

The frame was conventional, but very stiff, allowing the suspension to provide the rider with good feedback and control. More a marketing gimmick than real performance items, anti-dive forks were added in 1982 and are clearly visible in the photos, but the bike handled well enough without them.

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES Front Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

Up for auction is my well-preserved 1983 GS1100ES Superbike.  This was the machine to beat in 1983 with the final version of the bulletproof 1100 16 valve motor.  These motors are still used extensively in drag racing.  The GS1100ES helped start the true sportbike era with a small frame mounted sport fairing, lower than standard bars, and slightly rearset pegs. It was serious machinery in 1983 (having owned one back then I agree!).  This one runs and drives very well and has clearly been well cared for over the years.  It’s hard to find one that hasn't been piped and jetted and beat to a pulp.  

Paintwork is original, except for side covers, knee fairings, and seat cowling which were professionally repainted.  All paint is in  very nice condition with very few minor chips and no fading.  Seat is original.  Frame and motor paint is very nice, wheels are clean, and pipes are in good, but not excellent, shape.  Recently serviced with oil change, air filter, plugs, valve clearance adjustment, carb cleaning and brake fluid flush.  No oil or gas leaks, tank is clean inside.  Rear tire is new, front is several years old but has good tread.   Several NOS detail pieces like new mirrors and grips.  Comes with original owners manual and toolkit. I removed the Lockhart lowers after purchase and stored them.

The listing also includes an extensive list of upgrades and maintenance performed, so pop on over to take a look.

Those fairing lowers, as the seller mentions, were not found on all bikes, but really complete the look and give the bike a clear place in the progression from GS1000S to GSX-R and beyond. I've never actually seen one with these fitted, and I think they make the bike.

The bid price is still below $3,000 but the reserve has not been met. There's been plenty of interest so far, but there's still time left on the auction if you want to scoop up this somewhat forgotten bit of superbike history.

-tad

1983 Suzuki GS1100ES L Side No Fairing

Middle Child Blues: 1983 Suzuki GS1100ES for Sale

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