1980 Suzuki GS1000S: Then came the fairings.

Note: This auction ended at $6500 before we finished the post. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

For most of the 1970’s most Japanese bikes didn’t have fairings from the factory. That’s why those ugly Windjammer Vetter fairings are attached to so many great super bikes. No offense meant to Craig, he did make some amazing stuff. When I ride my 1977 KZ1000 I feel like a parachute, maybe I should put a Windjammer on it, or not. I’m getting side tracked, the bike we have here today has a very tasteful bikini fairing. The Wes Cooley GS1000S is one of my favorite “race to street” bikes from that era. They came already upgraded with all the stuff you’d do to the plain jane GS of the same year if you wanted more power and better handling.

Here’s a great description for the seller…

This auction is for a 1980 Suzuki GS1000S, Wes Cooley Replica, limited production sport bike / super bike.

This bike was just serviced with:

New NGK spark plugs
New Mobil 1 oil change with Fram oil filter
New rear tire
New battery
New fuel petcock (valve)
Professionally rebuilt carbs (may need minor tuning)
The bike has less than 18,000 miles and shows no signs of ever being down or being damaged.

This bike is not restored. It is a complete, original, low mileage version of a rare and desirable early Superbike. It was be an easy restoration if you really wanted to do so. One guy who bought this bike and backed out thought he was getting a freshly restored bike.

The chrome signals, valve cover caps, grab rail, etc. are all in great condition. The exhaust system is in great shape with no scrapes, rash, dents, etc. There are some very minor scratches that I haven’t had time to polish out.

The GS1000S bikes were produced for only two years – 1979 and 1980. The 1980 version had many updates that include:

Electronic ignition
Slotted brake rotors
CV carbs and larger intake ports on the cylinder head for better breathing and more horsepower
Factory custom step seat with stitching in a criss-cross pattern. This seat was used on no other bikes that Suzuki ever made.
Factory rearset footpegs. This is probably the biggest and most important difference between the two years, as these rearset pegs required changes in the frame. This made the 1980 GS1000S frame different from all of the other GS1000 frames, including the 1979 GS1000S frame. This is important as it means the 1980 GS1000S bikes are GENUINE Wes Cooley Replicas. The 1979 GS1000S could be faked as the frames are identical to all of the other chain drive GS1000 bikes.
The paint and body work are near flawless. There are a couple of small chips on the front fender, but that’s it.

The reserve is $5,000. This is low as I have seen much lesser versions of this bike go for more than that.

A centerstand complete with bushings and spring is included, but not installed. Also included is the correct rear brake rotor, which is slotted to match the front rotors. These will be included with the bike at delivery or can be shipped separately – whichever is most convenient for the buyer.

This bike is located in Southington, CT. If you are in this area and would like to see the bike before the aution ends, you are welcome to. For a northeast sale, I may meet the buyer part way or deliver for a fee.

Full disclosure:

The clock isn’t working. It may be the toggle switch that turns it on, but I don’t know for sure.
I have new fork seals for it, but I have not have had the time to install them. They are included with the bike.
Factory decals on the seat grab rail and chain guard are present and in excellent condition.

I love that the bike has not been restored. I’m pretty sure it would beat my 1977 KZ1000 in every aspect and I wouldn’t feel like a parachute when I reached The Ton. I love bikes this old and this clean. They are as close to a time machine I’ll ever get to. Here’s where I tie my KZ to the Wes Cooley GS, you ready? In 1976, 1977 and 1978 Rig Pridmore won the AMA Superbike Championship on a KZ. In 1979 Wes Cooley stole that spot on the podium with the GS1000 and did it again in 1980. You want some super bike history? I got your Superbike history right here…


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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Buck. I always thought this was just about the perfect fairing size and shape for a sport-oriented street bike.

  2. Bob Zahradnik says:

    Do not do this stuff to me. I was ready to bid when I read that the auction was over. I sold my ’80 GS 1000S in 1983 after the birth of my son. It had 36,000 miles on it and had crossed the continent north to south and east to west. With the 85 mph speedo pegged the whole time.

    I’d have paid $10,000 for this bike.

    You broke my heart.

    Bob Zahradnik

  3. Buck says:

    I’m really sorry to hear you missed this bike. I’ll keep my eye open for another one. This one had a BIN of $6500 and before we could get it posted somebody hit it.

  4. Buck says:

    Here ya go Bob. It just needs to be painted back to stock if you want it to be original looking. Cheap too.