Posts by tag: GS1000S

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 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.


1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side

Sunday Flashback: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale
Bimota April 11, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: March 2013, 27 Bikes in Total

Here is the latest round up of bike sales or bikes that saw high bid activity. We're starting with Feb 25th and moving forward as they hadn't been reported on in the last Month in Review as they were still open at the time of publishing. Each picture is linked to eBay as they haven't been archived yet.

We blogged over 60 bikes in March and these are the ones we have sale values on. A great read for savvy buyers and sellers alike!


Katana 1000 for sale

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000 Sold for $7000

Suzuki TL1000R For Sale

2002 Suzuki TL1000R Sold for just $4100

1987 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Sold to one of our readers!

2008 Bimota DB5R For Sale

2008 Bimota DB5R Sold for $21500

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Bike For Sale

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 Scott Russel Race Sold for $8215

1996 Honda VFR750 For Sale

1996 Honda VFR750 Sold for just $3223

1985 Honda VF1000R For Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R Sold for just $4500

1974 Yamaha TZ750 For Sale

1974 Yamaha TZ750 Factory Racer Sold for $42500

Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

1993 Honda CBR600 F2 Sold for just $2750

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America For Sale

1978 Laverda 1200 Jota America sold for $10401

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for $4800

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale

1990 FZR750R OW01 sold via Craigslist, owner reported bike as sold.

1988 Yamaha FZR750R For Sale

1988 Yamaha FZR750R sold for $5200

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage For Sale

1981 Laverda 1200 Mirage sold for $10300

2001 Honda NSR150 SP For Sale

2001 Honda NSR150SP sold for $3550

1986 Honda RS250 For Sale

1986 Honda RS250 sold for $3750

1988 Ducati F1 750 For Sale

1988 Ducati F1 750 sold for $13700 to one of our readers

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 For Sale

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 sold for $5500 to one of our readers

1993 Honda CBR900RR For Sale

1993 Honda CBR900RR sold for $5000

1991 Ducati 851 For Sale

1991 Ducati 851 sold for $8700 to one of our readers!

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield For Sale

1995 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield had met reserve at $8500 but was pulled from eBay. The seller's website indicates it as available for $8950.

Ducati 999R For Sale

2006 Ducati 999R with 6 miles sold for $23000!

Honda NS400R For Sale

1986 Honda NS400R sold to one of our readers for $7500!

2000 Aprilia RS250 For Sale

2000 Aprilia RS250 sold for $7200

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S sold for just $5000

1983 Laverda RGS1000 For Sale

1983 Laverda RGS1000 sold for $8250

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.


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