The Suzuki GSX-R400 has been developed as a new generation motorcycle to the GSX models. The Suzuki GSX-R400 was released in 1984, being based on Yoshimura’s TT-F3 racer GS1000R. The GSX-R400 was the first mass produced light weight racer with a liquid cooled four cylinder engine.
The Suzuki GSX-R400 (initially called GSX-R in Japan, internal model code GK71B) was released in March 1984. It was the first mass-produced light-weight racer replica with an aluminum cradle frame and a liquid-cooled inline-four DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder.
The, in those days, amazing machine was based on Yoshimura’s TT-F3 racer GS1000R. The competitors, Yamaha FZ400R and Honda CBR400R were 13—31 kg (29—68 lbs) heavier than the new and quick GSX-R.
Compared to other bikes of the time, the Suzuki GSX-R 400 1984 was very light and the 4-piston brakes at the front and the 2-piston rear brake was more than adequate for the 152 kg (334 lbs) light street racer. The bike was quick to handle, the engine with 4-1 exhaust system was powerful for its size and made the GSX-R the fastest bike in its class. With the maximum power output 59 hp and 152 kg (334 lbs( dry mass, the power/weight ratio (2,57 kg/hp) was even better than Suzuki’s incredible 2-stroke racer, RG250 Gamma. The GSX-R400 started a new era, it was the fastest and best-handling 400cc bike ever made.
The water-cooled inline-four four-stroke had double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The GSX400FW (presented the previous year) had the same principal engine specs but lower power output and the GSX-R400’s new engine with its 66 kg (145 lbs) was 10 kg (22 lbs) lighter. 12,000 maximum revs.
Suzuki GSX-R400 1984 Specifications
Colors White / Blue Black / Red Yellow / Black
Dimensions and dry mass Type (frame code): GK71B Overall length:2,090 mm (82.3 in.) Overall width:710 mm (28.0 in.) Overall height:1,185 mm (46.7 in.) Wheelbase: 1,425 mm (56.1 in.) Ground Clearance: 135mm (5.3 in.) Dry mass (weight): 157 kg (334 lbs)
Engine Engine type: Liquid-cooled DOHC inline-4, 16 valves, TSCC Bore x stroke: 53,0 mm x 45,2 mm (2.087 x 1.780 in.) Piston displacement: 398 cc Compression ratio: 11,3 :1 Maximum power: 59 ps/ 11,000 rpm Maximum torque: 4,0 kg-m/ 9,000 rpm Maximum speed: 175 kph Starting system: Electric starter Lubrication system: Wet sump Carburetor: AISAN AS27VW x 2