Suzuki GS1000E Wes Cooley Custom 1978
Suzuki GS1000E Wes Cooley Custom 1978
Suzuki, having made an expensive mistake with the rotary-powered RE-5 in 1975, decided to go along with the UJM in-line fours. Suzuki took that to heart with the GS1000, introduced in late 1977 at the company test track in Japan. A UJM on a racetrack? It was an outstanding intro, with engineer Hisashi Morikawa on hand to be applauded for his work.
Suzuki then went on to officially launch their first 1000cc the GS1000, at the Paris motorcycle show, the 64th Salon an der Porte de Versailles, in autumn of 1977.
Back in 1977, the manufacturers competed against each other by making larger and more powerful motorcycle engines and a 1000cc was a very respectable number on the side panel. Kawasaki had already released its KZ1000 and Yamaha the powerful XS11. Honda had its GL1000 Gold Wing. Suzuki was the last one of the Japanese “big four” to join the exclusive”1000 cc club” with the GS1000.The GS1000E was launched in 1978.
The basic GS1000 slipped away after two years, but the engine/frame stayed on through 1982, SEEN IN THE KATANA MODEL.
In 1979 Suzuki gave customers the GS1000S, an upgrade on the GS1000E with a strong hint, in the styling department, of the AMA Championship winning race bike ridden by Wes Cooley. In 1978, Pops Yoshimura, and rider Wes Cooley, ditched Kawasaki and joined Suzuki. The Suzuki motor was very tough and delivered 90bhp from the crate. The superior handling and lighter GS1000 proved highly successful. In 1979 Wes Cooley won the AMA Superbike Championship on the Suzuki. The victory meant Wes Cooley’s name was now inextricably linked with Pops Yoshimura’s Suzukis. Although Suzuki never named the bike after him, the GS1000S was nick named the Wes Cooley Replica by the adoring public. Styling was taken from Cooley’s championship winning machines, with the blue/white paint job and bikini fairing. This was as close as the public were going to get to a race replica from any Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, especially as Honda had permanently sold out of the limited edition, hand built CB750 Phil Read Replica. The fine handling Suzuki became iconic in its day and is now a highly collectible Japanese classic motorcycle.
Not all of us have the time and patience to source, restore, maintain and ride these legendary superbikes. And for many fans they provide massive aesthetic and road-going satisfaction.
The bike has been built by the renowned KCR Motorcycles crew whose builds are legendary in South Africa.
The bike that we have for sale is a GS1000E with a twist of modern and racing history. The history side commemorates a Genuine GS1000S Wes Cooley replica fairings and body panels all painted in the colored coding and definitely looks the part. The motor has retained its standard features and looks even keeping the original air box and carburetors. The exhaust has been replaced with a Yoshimura 4 into 1 system.
The motor has had a new lease on life with a couple of Yoshi cams, pistons ect added to start the modern twist on it. A GSXR Slingshot swing arm and wheels have been fitted to sort out the handling on this old girl. Four piston calipers have add to the stopping of the extra horsepower as well as braided hoses to give that added feel. Hago rear shock add to the comfort not to mention the pristine new seat for comfort.
Stock machines such as this are so hard to find and so very rare not mention expensive. So why not have this baby with the best of both worlds for half the price with all the modern creature habits and safety components thrown in.
Transmission type :5 Speed Chain Drive
Vehicle colour :Blue/White
Air Cooled :Yes
Moto size (CC): :1098cc
Electric Start :Yes
Kick Start :No
Cylinders :4 Cylinder Inline
Owner's Manual :No
Service History :Yes