In 1978 Suzuki introduced their large capacity 1000cc sports bike, with the GS1000E, to match their rivals in the one litre class stakes. This was the year that Honda had the GL1000 (and later in ’78 the six cylinder CBX1000) and Kawasaki had their Z1000, so Suzuki were left wanting prior to the introduction of the GS1000E. Big capacity motorcycles were all the rage.
In 1979 Suzuki gave customers the GS1000S, an upgrade on the GS1000E with a strong hint, in the styling department, at 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.
This particular example has a fine set of, impossible to find, standard exhausts. It is showing 63,000 kms and has been with the current owner collector for nearly two years. Last year the owner rode this fine machine on holiday in the South of France. It is clear that this fine example has been cherished through out its thirty-five year life. It is almost impossible to find such original examples of this fine machine, as the fashion in the 1970s and 80s was to ditch standard exhausts, airboxes and shock absorbers, and replace them with after market go-faster items. Stock machines such as this are so hard to find and so very rare. This example is a 1979 model first registered in 1980.