Additional photos of this Suzuki GS550 are available here for your perusal.
Introduced in 1977, Suzuki’s GS550 was one of their earliest 4-stroke bikes. It was quickly joined by the GS550E in August of 1978, a model which gained a stepped seat, disc brakes front and rear, and alloy wheels which were lighter than the predecessor’s spoked units.
The 550 (549cc) put out 49 horsepower and weighed 431 pounds wet, good for a top speed of 111 miles per hour and a quarter-mile time under 14 seconds. It was smooth, fast, and a great all-around machine. Cycle World called it “a machine with any number of solid virtues, but they’re subtle virtues, the kind that take some familiarity to appreciate.”
The original owner flushed the fluids and drained the fuel before storing it, then sold it in a charity auction where the current owner acquired it in impressive cosmetic shape. We gave it a light cleaning before these photos but with a full detail it would show incredibly well.
It has been stored dry without a battery, so if you’d like to ride you should expect to buy a battery, new tires, and perform some light carb work – our White Glove service can help you with that if needed.