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Beautiful MaSheene: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Ex-Barry Sheene Race Bike for Sale

1979 Suzuki GS Barry Sheene R Front

Today’s Suzuki GS1000S was touched by the hand of a master, the late Barry Sheene. In an era of sullen, sanitized superstars, it’s easy to forget that there used to be some really charismatic racers, folks who not only seemed to enjoy racing, but enjoyed life. But you certainly can’t expect guys barely out of their teens to have fully-developed personalities, and “early-to-bed, early-to-rise” is the name of the game so riders can stay in peak physical condition because racing is big business, and these guys are professionals.

1979 Suzuki GS Barry Sheene L Side

With so much money on the line, modern riders are endlessly coached: it’s pretty difficult to remember to name-drop all those sponsors without practice. And it’s especially difficult to remember that long list just thirty seconds after competing in a grueling, dangerous race.

1979 Suzuki GS Barry Sheene Fairing Detail

But back in the 60s and 70s, some of the most high-profile racers on two and four wheels were basically party animals… Chief among them was Barry Sheene. He was a popular character both on and off track and an outspoken champion of rider safety. He partied with notorious driver James Hunt, married a Penthouse Pet, and eventually succumbed to cancer, a likely result of his years of smoking: he once famously had a hole cut in the chinbar of his helmet so he could smoke before a race…

1979 Suzuki GS Barry Sheene Dash

While much of his career was spent on purebred two-stroke racing machinery, today’s bike is a highly modified GS1000S prepped by “Pops” Yoshimura.

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Dunstall Suzuki GS1000S Ex-Barry Sheene Race Bike for Sale

The machine offered here for sale was raced by Barry Sheene at the August bank holiday meeting at Oulton Park 1979. UK importer Heron Suzuki was interested in promoting production-based racing and asked Paul Dunstall to enter a Yoshimura prepared factory GS1000s Suzuki in TT Formula One events in 1979. Barry Sheen was the Texaco-sponsored Heron Suzuki teams number one rider in Grand Prix and his dislike of racing heavyweight four strokes was well known, once referring to them as ‘muck spreaders.’ Nevertheless Barry acquitted himself with distinction in his one off ride at Oulton Park, Finishing a close 2nd to Honda mounted Ron Haslam. Indeed the Suzuki star might have one had he not been balked by a back marker on the final lap For its first foray into Formula 1 racing Suzuki adopted a relatively cautious approach to tuning the GS1000S roadster. 

The machine offered here for sale was raced by Barry Sheene at the August bank holiday meeting at Oulton Park 1979. UK importer heron Suzuki was interested in promoting production-based racing and asked Paul Dunstall to enter a Yoshimura prepared factory GS1000s Suzuki in TT Formula One events in 1979. The machine was sent from Japan to Pops Yoshimura in California where the engine received special cams , larger inlet and exhaust valves , high compression slipper pistons, self generating ignition, close ratio gears and a stronger clutch basket , The crankshaft conrods and bottom end being left in stock . Retaining the standard 28 mm carburettors a Formula One requirement. The 1000cc tuned GS produced around 114 bhp with a wide spread of usable power .

As well as other additions to inside the engine which were a Kawasaki KZ 1000 idler wheel fitted into the cylinder head below the intake cam and an inverted stock GS 750 idler roller was installed into the GS 1000 cylinder head to help keep the cam chain under control when revs were 10,000 RPM plus, reduced valve stems and enlarged valve seats, 10.5 -1 high compression slipper pistons, confirming this is an original Yoshimura race tuned F1 engine (by Pops Yoshimura). Changes to the chassis included a shorter Peckett and mcNabb swinging arm and RG 500 fork yokes. Period photographs of the Sheene Suzuki racing at Oulton Park show it equipped with only a cockpit fairing , whereas photographs taken later in the season show the type of full fairing that it also wore. It can also be seen that this machine was equipped with a right foot gearchange as were many of Barry Sheene’s bikes.

The Dunstall Suzuki teams regular riders were Steve machin and Bob Smith but Sheene’s 2nd place at Oulton park would be its best result in 1979. The Ex-Sheene Suzuki was later sold by Tony Robinson (who was involved in the running of the Suzuki Dunstall team) to Martin Jones of Muswell Hill London then sold it to Mike Ryan of Cheltenham in April 1998 then purchased by Richard Ford in June 1999, since 2002 the Suzuki has been on display in the Lake land motor museum . This Suzuki has not been run since being loaned to the museum but has just recently been recommissioned by Dyna tech and the present owner, only requiring new tyres to be able to race this one off classic machine .

Believed the only Japanese  four -stroke ever raced by the late ex-world champion  (he did race a Seeley Norton in 1970 retiring with gearbox problems). This is very rare ex-factory production racer is now offered with various bills of sale and period press cuttings tracing its history back to  Tony Robinson with a bill of sale and internal engine photo’s previously sold by Bonhams as the original bike raced by Barry Sheene.

1979 Suzuki GS Barry Sheene R Rear

What’s it really worth? Well, this is a one-of-a-kind machine that appears to be in perfectly-preserved condition, and and is ready to race. Just add tires. Sorry: “tyres.” And while it certainly isn’t as desirable as one of Barry’s two-stroke race bikes would be, it was ridden by the man himself in competition, and looks great in Heron Suzuki livery: he rode for Heron Suzuki until after the 1979 season and his famous battle with Kenny Roberts at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone would have been on a bike with these colors.

A beautiful piece of racing history and touched by the man himself.


1979 Suzuki GS R Side

Unrestored Race-Replica: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley R Side Front

Originally designed for the European market, where handling and agility often trumped straight-line speed, the Suzuki GS1000S offered the best of both worlds, although the US received only a handful of these well-balanced machines: just 500 were imported in 1979 and 700 in 1980.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley L Side Engine

A race-replica from the 1970s Superbike era, the GS featured Suzuki’s famously rugged, 997cc air-cooled inline four in a relatively lightweight, very stiff frame. Lighter than the GS750 that spawned it, this engine went on to serve for many years in Suzuki’s line up, and while it wasn’t the most powerful of the Japanese fours, the complete package offered up an impressive balance of handling, braking, and power that allowed bikes ridden by Wes Cooley and tuned by Pops Yoshimura to win the hotly contested AMA Superbike Championship in 1979 and 1980.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Dash

The bike seen here was never officially associated with Wes Cooley, but the link was undeniable and the name “Wes Cooley Replica” stuck.

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for Sale

Up for sale is my Super Rare Unrestored WES COOLEY GS1000S, the bike is unrestored and has 22k original miles but looks almost brand new and runs like brand new and if you didn’t look at the odometer you would think it is a 1000 mile bike, there are no scratches, dents or chips in the paint and the chrome pipes look new. If your looking at this motorcycle you probably know all about it as bikes of this caliber and rarity do not come up often so don’t miss your chance, bike is all original and unrestored. Pictures speak for themselves

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley R Side Engine

Bidding is very active on this bike and is currently north of $7,000 with plenty of time left on the auction. These were pretty rare to begin with, and their practical nature means many have racked up pretty high mileage or been ridden hard and put away wet. This example is about as clean as you’ll ever find, and is claimed to be completely original, striking the perfect balance between a usable machine that’s been ridden and a museum-perfect collectible.


1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley L Side

Blue-and-White Bullet: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

1980 Suzuki GS1000S L Side Front

Suzuki’s blue-and-white bullet, the GS1000S was, in spite of the hulking style, dual shocks, and bulbous fairing, really more of an all-rounder than its looks would suggest. It was originally intended to appeal to European riders but, while road riders here in the USA prize straight-line stability and torque over handling, racers saw the appeal, and the GS1000S became the basis for Suzuki’s AMA Superbike racing machines.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Engine Detail

Compared to the Kawasakis and Hondas of the same era, the Suzuki wasn’t as quick, but it made up for its power deficit by being nimble, with a stiff frame and excellent brakes. None of these bikes were really featherweights, but the difference was noticeable both on and off the track.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S R Front

Race bike building was handled by the iconic “Pops” Yoshimura and ridden to victory by Wes Cooley, both of whom transitioned from Kawaskakis. The relationship was beneficial to everyone involved, and Wes won the AMA Superbike Championship two years running. The GS1000S was never officially associated with Wes Cooley, but riders in the States dubbed them “Wes Cooley Replicas” after the fact and the name stuck.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Dash

Specification-wise, the bike isn’t particularly exciting: a two-valve, 997cc air-cooled four putting 90hp through a five-speed box, 525lbs wet weight, and a 130mph top speed. But it’s really the package that made this work and the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Rear Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

If you had the resources to rebuild a classic, limited production Superbike and fit it with every upgrade available back in the era when this bike ruled the streets, this is what you would have.

NOTE: This is a 1980 Wes Cooley Replica. It was produced for only the years 1979 and 1980 with production numbers estimated to be in the 750 range for 1980. The factory rear-set foot controls fitted only to the 1980 version makes this a one-of-a-kind frame as all of the other GS1000 standard chain drive bikes had the same frame. The 1980 version cannot be “faked” because of its unique frame, unlike the ’79 version that used an ordinary frame.

This bike was a frame-up rebuild which included the following:


– New Valve Job 

– Freshly honed cylinders with brand new OEM Suzuki rings

– Valves adjusted

– New Mobil One synthetic oil and Fram oil filter

– New NGK spark plugs


– Dyna Tech electronic ignition

– Dyna 3 Ohm (green) coils

Taylor ignition wires (brand new)

– Yoshimura Replica stainless steel exhaust (cost $750 shipped here on eBay)

– Aftermarket wire wheels with stainless spokes – wider than stock

– Aftermarket Rear sets. Especially rare as these only fit this one exact year/model bike

– Braided stainless brake lines with clear covering (that won’t scratch paint)

– Adjustable Clutch Lever and dogleg front brake lever

There’s more information about the build over on eBay, so pop over for a look. The Buy-It-Now price is set at $12,000 which honestly seems like a very nice price for a bike with this much work put into it. Yeah, you can find a decent Wes Cooley for less, but they’re appreciating in value, and this one has been comprehensively restored and tastefully upgraded. These are extremely rugged motorcycles as well, and that makes them especially appealing to collectors who want to actually ride and enjoy, rather than display their pride and joys.


1980 Suzuki GS1000S R Side

The Wes Cooley-ist: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S for Sale

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley R Side

Today’s blue-and-white Suzuki GS1000S “Wes Cooley Replica” is a throwback to another era of racing, an arms-race by Japan’s Big Four as they built bigger, better big fours.

Twins and singles are generally limited in terms of absolute displacement, barring balance shafts and other, more modern trickery: get much bigger than 500cc’s, and a single will likely shake your motorcycle to pieces, and twins often have similar problems. But manufacturers began adding more cylinders, smoothness improved, and displacements soared. For a time, that additional power made attempts at weight savings superfluous, and pounds were added along with the horsepower. That weight helped to increase stability as manufacturers worked out how to make these bellowing behemoths handle.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley L Side2

Watching jockey-sized pilots wrestle with 600lb superbikes in the 1970’s was thrilling, although Suzuki included handling in the mix as well. The 998cc GS1000S may not have had the straight-line speed of other bikes, but it could also go around corners and, with engines developed by “Pops” Yoshimura, it saw significant success in the hands of rider Wes Cooley.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Speedo

Although it was primarily designed for the European market, Wes’ success led to the GS1000S bike being referred to as the “Wes Cooley Replica.” Just about 1200 were made: 500 in 1979 and 700 in 1980. 1980 models like this one originally featured electronic ignition, a stepped seat, slotted brake rotors, and other cosmetic changes.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley R Side Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica for Sale

Nice rare bike less than 1000 sold in the United States from what I can find out. Clear Tennessee title in hand.

Bike has been owned by a good friend of mine for over 20 years, always dry inside storage (until I got it June 6th, it is still on the trailer under a cover, haven’t had time to make a spot in the garage for it). Last was started about 2 years ago, not sure if or how far he may have rode it. I have not tried to start it, petcock is leaking, I am sure the carbs need to be cleaned, front brakes do not work and the battery is dead. The ignition switch is missing the lock cylinder but I do have a key that fits the gas cap and seat lock.

Has escaped the normal Krylon paint job, appears to be all original paint, does have a couple of dings in the tank, the fairing has some road rash on the upper left. The inside of the tank appears to be in good condition from looking in the gas cap area, no tank sealer to clean out. Chain guard is cracked. The instrument cover is damaged as shown in the photo and a gauge cover is cracked. No idea of why the seat and tail section alignment is so bad, I can’t see anything that looks badly bent or broken.

Has 2 seats, one with the optional Elvis velour insert and it has a very small surface rust area on the base. Have another seat not on the bike and that seat base has rust issues and the seat cover is torn.

Pipes are from a 1000L model and have rust on the head pipes.

I have tried to show all of the damage I can in the photos. if you have a specific area you have more questions about or need more photos just ask.

I do have a new NOS windshield, NOS upper fairing mounts and a pair of NOS mirrors.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Fairing

There are just a few hours left on this auction, with bidding up to just north of $1,600 and the reserve unsurprisingly not met. Obviously, this one needs a bit of work before you head off to relive superbike fantasies, but it looks like most of the work is cosmetic or well within a competent garage mechanic’s abilities.


1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley R Side Panel

Brawn and Brains: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S “Wes Cooley Replica”

1980 Suzuki GS1000S L Side

Back when fast motorcycles were defined by two chief virtues: speed and stability, the Suzuki GS1000S was one of the speediest and stable-est of them all. A hulking motorcycle with four air-cooled cylinders, it formed the basis for Suzuki’s AMA Superbike racing efforts, and riders hustled the big brute around with surprising skill.

Until this point, Japanese big bikes had largely been freight-train like straight-line monsters, but the Zook brought a new trick to the party: handling. The GS1000 wasn’t the fastest of the Japanese liter bikes, but it was a real jack-of-all-trades, with a stiff frame, and solid brakes. It wasn’t particularly light, but then neither were its rivals.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S R Front

Race bikes were developed by the famous “Pops” Yoshimura and ridden by Wes Cooley who’d previously been using Kawasakis in their racing efforts, to middling results. But the new GS1000S put them on the podium and the won the AMA Superbike Championship in both 1979 and 1980. The S was originally intended for the European market, but was available in limited quantities in the US, with just 500 imported in ’79 and 700 in ’80.

Although never officially named as such, the S model became known informally as the “Wes Cooley Replica.”

1980 Suzuki GS1000S L Front

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S for sale

This Suzuki GS1000S is my baby, bought new in Reno, Nevada in 1979. I rode this great bike often during good weather for about 10 years, putting weekend fast road miles on it throughout the Sierras and into Washington, Oregon and Idaho, without any issues, malfunctions or failures of any kind. During the past 20 years or so she has been my second bike, most often superior in most ways to the newer bikes I bought, and sold, always less impressed with them than with the all-around qualities of this Ballerina Queen of the road. Among the bikes which have come and gone from my garage, a wonderful 2005 red Suzuki Hayabusa and an equally stellar lime green 2005 Kawasaki ZRX1200R which were great, but never instilled the passion in me this old Suzuki has. Still immensely capable canyon carver and sports-touring ride but my garage is full and she needs a new home. I am not interested in selling this bike to anyone not intending to keep it…. I love this old bike and hope to find a good home for her.

He also lists updates and maintenance that’s been done and is obviously a sympathetic owner. With 35,000 miles on the clock, this is clearly no garage-queen, but these are built like tanks and it should have plenty of life left in it: Suzuki’s big four cylinder was a mainstay of drag racing for years and could handle all sorts of boost and spray without exploding. Interestingly, the 997cc motor was a development of the GS750 engine, but was actually lighter than its smaller sibling.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S L Rear

The four-into-one exhaust is not original, but I think it looks great and definitely makes the bike look a bit lighter and more modern. Interestingly, the list price for the S was $3,679 when it was new, just $20 less than the Buy-It-Now price… This is a very fair price for a very handsome, practical machine.


1980 Suzuki GS1000S R Side

1979 Suzuki GS1000S “Wes Cooley” for Sale

1979 Suzuki GS1000S R Side

Suzuki’s GS1000S Wes Cooley replica was a sportier version of their big-bore standard, created to evoke the race-winning bikes developed by “Pops” Yoshimura and ridden by Wes to success in AMA Superbike Championships for the 1979 and 1980 seasons. The GS-designation actually describes a diverse range of motorcycles built over almost forty years and powered by a wide variety of engines with different displacements. The GS1000 was powered by Suzuki’s durable air-cooled, 8-valve, dual overhead-cam engine making about 90hp and suspended in a durable, stable, twin-shock frame.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Engine

If you’re at a point in life where you recognize that you really don’t need the capabilities of any modern sportbike on the road, even to strafe canyons, unless you want to risk life and license beyond what we all accept as motorcyclists on a daily basis, this kind of motorcycle makes plenty of sense.

Less likely to attract the wrong kind of attention from The Man, impossible to mistake for just another “crotch rocket”, fast enough to be fun and see off buzzy little modern 600’s, with enough handling to reward a bit of enthusiastic riding, and comfortable enough to do light touring, it is a do-it-all machine with modern[ish] performance and a retro style.

Unfortunately, this kind of practicality isn’t actually very popular here in America, where motorcycles are more accessories and less about the ride, but that just makes bikes like the GS1000S more affordable for those in the know, and makes owners smile smugly as they wheel their bikes out of the garage.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Dash

This one is no trailer-queen, but the original listing contains a ton of photos, so you will know pretty much exactly what you’ll be getting into.

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Suzuki GS1000S for Sale

I am very careful about my descriptions having gone on many wild goose chases to see bikes and cars that turned out to be in far less condition than advertised. I am sure many of you have been in the same boat so I will do my utmost to describe this so that there are NO disappointments or surprises.

Fresh from long dry storage since last registered in 1994, 1979 Suzuki Wes Cooley model 1000cc. It has 38680 miles but the engine was completely rebuilt in 1994 by a certified Suzuki tech at about 37500 miles and before the then owner could put many miles on it, he bought an old Harley he had been chasing for years so this was stored until I purchased it. While it appears mostly stock and has the original paint, it has been totally worked over.

Now more good and fun stuff. This bike is a brute and pulls strongly right off the bat. No smoke on startup or after being warmed up. Shifts crisply thru all the gears and handles surprising well. Extra parts included in the sale include the stock exhaust with an extra pipe. One photo shows black goo but that was just baked on road grime and chips off and I have no doubt that it is fine under the goo. An original factory plastic Wes Cooley fairing that has no flaws except someone bought it originally and put it on their GS and painted it to match their bike (I have heard of very high prices being paid for originals so this is a big bonus), original Wes Cooley tail piece and front fender and one extra tail piece off a stock GS. All pieces shown.

He then goes on to provide an extensive accounting of modifications, upgrades, and maintenance that have been done to the bike.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Fork Brace

It’s not a concourse-ready and has been clearly well-used, but it looks like everything is there to make it perfect. In the mean time, it’s one you can ride the wheels off of until you decide it’s time to restore. At least you can hope following cars won’t miss that huge rear light, and that enormous seat should hold any pillion, regardless of how generously-hindquartered…

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Rear Wheel

In the US, many of these big Zooks have been converted from roadracers and optimized more for straight-line speed. The Vance & Hines four-into-one exhaust is obviously a drag-strip style modification and not factory-correct, but looks pretty cool. Unless you’re into the whole originality-thing, and then it’s an abomination.

The price is currently at $5,500 with four days left. That seems a bit on the high side for a Wes Cooley replica, but is still small potatoes for what amounts to a rolling restoration of a collectable, practical Japanese machine, a bike you can enjoy while you make it perfect. Or don’t: just ride it for now and save all those parts for the next guy to do a full restoration!


1979 Suzuki GS1000S L Side


1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale in New England

Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley For Sale

One of the most stunning bikes of it’s era in my opinion, today we have this beautiful Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley. This one has fresh paint and recent service.

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley for sale on eBay


from the seller:

This is a beautiful example of a 1980 GS 1000 ST, well known as a Wes Cooley Replica.

I purchased this bike from the second owner a couple of years ago and have completed the following over the past couple of years:

– Bike was painted by Larry Pearson of Larry has painted many period bikes and his work is second to none. The lines and colors where done to original specification, with a show quality finish…..absolutely stunning.

– Brakes and calipers have all been rebuilt including brake lines.

– Handlebar controls replaced with NOS controls, as well as OEM grips.

– Seat replaced with replica cover.

– New tires.

-All new OEM cables.

– All new OEM electronics including: battery, stator, r&r and solenoid.

– NOS windscreen and trim.

-NOS stator cover w/emblem.

-NOS ingnition cover.

-NOS fuel tank cover.

– New chain and sprockets.

– New progressive springs and fork seals.

– New steering head bearings.

– NOS Yoshimura exhaust, ( I found this pipe in CA, a previous bike shop owner had tucked a few away when his shop closed in the late 80″s) I do not have the original exhaust.

I am sure I am forgetting many parts I have added, it became a hobby to seek out those hard to find parts!

Overall, this bike is in very nice condition. It is a joy to ride and I think it feels as good as it did when it was new. However, with that said, this is a 33 year old bike. Not perfect.

I had a lot of help from the guys and girls of the GSR http://www.thegsresources.com A great group of Suzuki enthusiasts willing to lend a helping hand on these aging bikes. Give them a visit!!

The bike is sold as is, where is. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. PayPal may be used for the $500 deposit which is due immediately following the auction. The balance is to be paid either in cash or bank check.

Please ask your questions before bidding.

I reserve the right to end this auction at any time.

Good Luck!!




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…


1980 Wes Cooley GS1000S

During the late 60’s and early 70’s Suzuki’s stables were full of 2-stoke smokers. The competition had started coming out with big 4-stokes and Suzuki may have seen the winds of changes blowing the smokers out of popularity. To combat both, Suzuki developed a 750cc  engine in 1976 and by 1979 increased it to 1000cc. With the help of a Californian, this new bike wasn’t doing to shabby on the track as well.

Japanese born California tuner and performance parts provider, Hideo “Pops” Yoshimura was the “factory” race team for Suzuki, and in 1979 he was able to provide Wes Cooley with a bike that would take him to Japan and a win at the 8 hrs of Suzuka. This combination of tuner and rider would take the bike to the top step in Daytona Florida as well as overall win in the AMA Superbike Championship. To celebrate this, Suzuki started to offer the GS1000S  with a unique paint job, and a bikini fairing and called it the Wes Cooley Replica.

From the seller

            Up for auction is my 1980 Suzuki GS1000S, Referred to by many as the Wes Cooley replica bike.This bike has had a lot of work done and many new parts added over the last two years. I will list as many as I can. The bike has new tires, new coils, new stator, new rec/reg, N.O.S. fuel tank and Petcock, N.O.S. Choke Cable, N.O.S. brake lines, New Brake Pads. Rebuilt Calibers and Master Cylinder, New Windshield, Paint Job, New Seat Pan, Reupholstered Seat. New Gel Cell battery, New chain, New Rear Wheel Adjusters, New Pod Air Filters, New Head Light Bucket, New Fork Seals, The engine has been rebuilt to include: New Pistons, Pins and Clips, Rings, Crank Bearings, Crank Seals, Cam Chain, Valves Ground and reseated. New tappets, New OEM Oil Temp. Sending Unit, New Oil Switch, New Macuni Flat Slide Carbs, New Clutch for the Starter, New OEM Flywheel, Clutch basket has had A.P.E. Gorilla Kit installed including New Heavy Duty Springs, Rivets and Backing Plate by www.GSzone.com. New Spark Plugs, Oil and Oil filter. There has also been many nuts, bolts, and gaskets replaced. I have cleaned and reworked the various grounds on the bike. I have the receipts to prove everything listed.


The numbers available to the rider of the Wes Cooley Replica were substantial for the day. Four cylinders fed by 28mm Mikuni’s gave the 987cc 90hp at 8200rpm and a top speed of 138mph. What set the Wes Cooley apart from the other liter bikes of the time is the handling. Long for the time 60 inch wheel base, air assist front suspension and a stiff frame all gave the GS100S and advantage in the twisties. Other changes from the standard Suzuki was and 18inch rear wheel and bikini fairing. Though the bike was 16lbs heavier, the sexy bikini and race record made for a popular combination.

I wounder why the Replica name was only used for a short period? Wes Cooleys riding career was slowed down by a terrific crash in 1985. Yoshimura continued to provide Suzuki with power at the track and to production bikes. But the fact that there were so few factory Replica’s gives the bike a collectable status, and as always replicas of the Replica. Head on over to the auction here, and if you are in the market give it your best bid.