The power/weight ratio was a bit better in 1986 0,39 hp/kg (0,18 hp/lbs). The upgraded Suzuki GSX-R400 new chassis, shorter wheelbase and was totally redesigned.
I fact, you could say it was a totally new bike. It even got a new internal model code: GK71F (presented in March 1986).
The 1986 and 1987 year’s engines differ from the other models, they do not have the normal type of liquid-cooled engines. Instead they the use the SATCS (Suzuki Advanced Three-way Cooling System) that used water, oil and air to keep the engine from overheating.
The 1986 year’s GSX-R400 (Type 3) had a single square headlight instead of two round headlights. The new front design didn’t gain popularity and the twin headlight were reintroduced the following year.
Suzuki GSX-R400 1986 Specifications
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Dimensions and dry mass
Type (frame code): GK71B
Overall length: 2,055 mm (80.9 in.)
Overall width: 680 mm (26.8 in.)
Overall height: 1,155 mm (45.5 in.)
Wheelbase: 1,400 mm (55.1 in.)
Ground Clearance: 135mm (5.3 in.)
Dry mass (weight): 153 kg (337 lbs)
Engine type: Water/air/oil-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 hp/ 12,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 3,8 kg-m/ 10,500 rpm
Maximum speed: 175 kph
Starting system: Electric starter
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Carburetor: AISAN AS27VW x 2