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.

-tad

1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley L Side

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5 Responses

  1. Aaron says:

    Every time I see one of these I am transported back to Washington DC, summer of something like 1987. My ride of the moment was a ’79 Ducati 900SS that was so stiff that it would break itself on city streets, and so loud that “pavement shaking” was not just a throwaway term. I was at the old 9:30 Club on F Street where the cool kids and punk rockers would park their ratty sportbikes in a long row out front. A flat black KZ650 with clubman bars just back from a day of courier work was generally what you would see. A buddy of mine was there with his GS1000 serial #0000003. It wasn’t a real Wes Cooley S, but it had the paint and all the right parts, along with a chrome Kerker exhaust. When you flipped up the seat, there was a Cycle Magazine sticker that had been placed there when that very bike was magazine tested. It was loud, and basically totally badass. One of the benefits of riding a 900SS is that people think you must be responsible and know your stuff, so they are far more likely to let you ride their cool bikes, and thus I set off through the dark, humid, hot summer air of Marion Barry’s DC.

    That was a ride that sticks in my memory like it was yesterday. The bike had massive and direct power. The throttle cable could have been directly connected to the speedo needle. Turn the grip, go faster–No Waiting! That was a first for me, having lived in a world where you had to wait for a big twin to come into it’s own before you saw speed. It was big and a bit heavy–especially compare to the Duck. But it turned in nicely, and that throttle coming out of the corners was amazing. Although I was only out on the GS for about ten minutes, I was hooked.

    A couple of years later, I ran into a guy who had bought that bike from the guy who had it before. The thing had dropped a valve and he was losing his storage. Fifty bucks, he said. FIFTY BUCKS. Done deal. I rolled it into my garage, and tried to figure out what do next. No need, as it turned out. Six days later the phone rings. A local drag racer heard that I had it, and what I had paid. He asked what I wanted for it. $500. Sold. Back then that was way too big a profit for me to turn down.

    The one that got away, then didn’t, then got away again. Rock on, big guy.

  2. tad says:

    Very cool story, thanks for taking the time to share it! Question is: do you still have the SS?

  3. Aaron says:

    The SS was awesome/awful. It was kick only, so you walked around limping all the time. It was so stiff and delicate that it would break fairing mounts all the time, and it was brutal on bulb filaments. It was a great weekend bike, but back in the day I needed to actually get from point A to point B. I ended up trading it for a LeMans Mk I, which is still in the family.

  4. tad says:

    Very nice. I’d honestly rather have the LeMans than the SS myself, and I love Ducatis.