‘It’s bulletproof… but people do like to customise them’
“They’re quite a big, heavy bike. Obviously they’ve got a 1400 lump in them so they’re not just a heavy bike, they’re quite tall and the seat’s fairly wide so you’ve got to be quite a large person to get on with them.
“Mechanically, though, the engine’s typical Suzuki muscle bike – absolutely bulletproof. The only work we ever used to do on them was lower fork legs under warranty. The lacquer, when it has a few stone chips, gets that white spidery effect underneath. Rocker covers used to go the same way. So it was mainly corrosion issues we used to have rather than anything mechanical.
“There was one issue with leaking shocks on early bikes but that’s been rectified. It should have been fixed under warranty so shouldn’t be an issue with a secondhand one.
“The engine’s detuned so is running well within itself, plus being the style of bike it is – it’s not really a wheelie machine and most owners hardly ever rev the engine – they don’t get a hard life at all.
“The chassis is very robust. Like I say it’s a very sturdy bike. People don’t tend to ride them fast so there’s not even an issue with the brakes. They’re not the best handling muscle bike out there, but people don’t ride them that fast.
“As long as the fork legs, rocker covers and the engine itself aren’t suffering cosmetically there’s not much to worry about. “It has standard Suzuki service intervals of full services every 15,000 miles. I haven’t seen any with a high mileage. They’re an occasional fun bike rather than a year-round commuter.
“People do like to customise them. So unless something really appeals, my advice is try to stick to standard and then change that to whatever you like. With a lot of accessories, especially electrical ones, if they’ve not been wired in properly you could be opening yourself up to problems. That can apply to heated grips, mini indicators, different headlights even. If the wiring isn’t right you can have problems. Sometimes you can lift the seat and get a general idea of how the fitment’s been done. Another thing with accessories is that if they’ve had to cut the bike about and you want to put it back to standard you can be looking at a costly fix.”
‘If extras aren’t wired in properly you could have problems’
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