To make it easier for you to choose the right manual, we have compiled various information for you below, such as model designations, types, and production years.
This manual applies to the following models: GS 550 / Suzuki Motor Corporation
Suzuki GS550B: Year: 1977
Suzuki GS550C: Year: 1978
Suzuki GS550EC: Year: 1978
Suzuki GS550N: Year: 1979
Suzuki GS550LN: Year: 1979
Suzuki GS550T: Year: 1980
Suzuki GS550LT: Year: 1980 Variant: Limited edition model
Suzuki GS550ET: Year: 1980
Suzuki GS550LX: Year: 1981
Suzuki GS550TX: Year: 1981
Suzuki GS550EZ: Year: 1982
Suzuki GS550LZ: Year: 1982
Suzuki GS550MZ: Year: 1983
Engine: 549 cc, In-line four, four-stroke, air cooled, 49.0 HP (35.8 kW) @ 9000 RPM, 184.0 km/h (114.3 mph), 8.6:1, 56.0 x 55.8 mm (2.2 x 2.2 inches), Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC).
Production/model years: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
Manual Language: English
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"Get the Original Manual: Download Suzuki GS550 Parts List & Technical Data"
Welcome to the ultimate guide for the 1977-1983 Suzuki GS550 motorcycle. In this comprehensive manual, you'll find the complete parts list and detailed technical data for each model year. Whether you're a Suzuki enthusiast, owner, or mechanic, this guide will equip you with essential information to effectively maintain and optimize the performance of these classic bikes.
Engine Specifications / Technical Data:
• Engine Type: Four-stroke, air-cooled, inline-four
• Displacement: 549 cc
• Bore x Stroke: 58.5 mm x 50.6 mm
• Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
• Carburetion: Four Mikuni VM26SS
• Ignition: Electronic (CDI)
• Maximum Power: 49 hp @ 8,500 rpm
• Maximum Torque: 37.5 Nm @ 7,000 rpm
• Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh
• Clutch: Wet, multi-plate type
• Final Drive: Chain
Facts and Details:
- The Suzuki GS550 was introduced in 1977 as a versatile and affordable middleweight motorcycle.
- It quickly gained popularity for its smooth and reliable performance, making it a popular choice for riders of all skill levels.
- The GS550 featured a robust inline-four engine, providing a good balance of power and fuel efficiency.
- The motorcycle's frame and suspension offered a comfortable and stable riding experience on various road conditions.
- With its sporty styling and compact design, the GS550 was well-received by both commuters and sport-touring enthusiasts.
- Over the production years, Suzuki introduced various updates, including changes to the fuel system and exhaust design for improved performance and emissions compliance.
- The GS550 became a popular platform for customization, with many enthusiasts modifying it into café racers and street trackers.
- The motorcycle's braking system was effective and reliable, offering confident stopping power.
- With regular maintenance and care, the Suzuki GS550 has proven to be a durable and long-lasting machine.
► Conduct regular maintenance checks, including fluid levels, brakes, chain tension, and tire condition.
► Change engine oil and filter at the manufacturer-recommended intervals.
► Inspect the spark plugs and replace them if worn or fouled.
► Lubricate the chain regularly to prolong its life and ensure smooth operation.
General Maintenance Tips:
* Follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule and conduct regular inspections to catch potential issues early.
* Keep the motorcycle clean and store it in a dry, covered area to prevent rust and corrosion.
* Check and maintain tire pressure for optimal handling and safety.
* Regularly inspect the brakes and replace worn brake pads for reliable stopping power.
* Lubricate the throttle and clutch cables to ensure smooth operation.
Common Issues and Solutions:
■ Carburetor Problems: Periodically clean and tune the carburetors to prevent clogging and poor performance.
■ Electrical Issues: Check the battery, wiring, and connectors for corrosion or damage, and address any electrical problems promptly.
■ Chain and Sprocket Wear: Regularly inspect the chain and sprockets for wear and replace them as needed to prevent drivetrain issues.
■ Fork Seal Leaks: Check the fork seals for leaks and replace them if necessary to maintain proper suspension performance.
■ Brake Fade: If the brakes feel weak or spongy, bleed the brake system and check for air in the lines.
Popular Tuning Tips or Modifications:
The Suzuki GS550 has a strong aftermarket following, and several popular modifications can enhance its performance and aesthetics:
+ Exhaust Upgrade: Replacing the stock exhaust with a high-performance aftermarket system can improve both power and sound.
+ Suspension Upgrade: Upgrading the suspension components, such as replacing the fork springs and rear shocks, can enhance the bike's handling and ride quality.
+ Café Racer Conversion: Many GS550 owners opt for a café racer-style conversion, which involves modifying the bike's appearance to achieve a classic, custom look.
+ Performance Air Filter: Upgrading to a high-flow air filter can improve air intake and boost engine performance.
+ Handlebar Swap: Changing to lower or clip-on handlebars can transform the bike's ergonomics and style.
Accessories and Attachments:
+ Motorcycle luggage and saddlebags
+ Windshields and fairings
+ LED lighting kits
+ Motorcycle covers
+ Tank protectors and tank bags
+ Rearsets and footpegs
+ Frame sliders and crash protectors
+ Performance brake pads and rotors
+ Handlebar grips and grips heaters
+ LED turn signals and tail lights
+ Performance exhaust systems
+ Café racer-style seat conversions
+ Fender eliminator kits
+ Aftermarket mirrors and bar end mirrors
+ LED headlight conversions
Owner Reviews and Opinions:
☺ The GS550 is praised for its reliable engine performance and smooth power delivery.
☺ The motorcycle's comfortable seating position and well-balanced chassis make it suitable for long-distance rides.
☺ Owners appreciate the GS550's classic styling, which has aged gracefully over the years.
☺ Many riders find the GS550 to be easy to maintain and work on, thanks to its straightforward design.
☺ The GS550 is known for its good fuel efficiency, making it a practical choice for daily commuting.
☻ Some owners mention that the stock suspension can be a bit soft, especially for aggressive riding or heavier riders.
☻ The GS550's stock handlebars might not suit everyone's preferences, with some riders opting for more aggressive or custom handlebars.
The 1977-1983 Suzuki GS550 is a classic motorcycle that has stood the test of time due to its reliable performance and timeless design. With its smooth inline-four engine, comfortable ergonomics, and versatility, the GS550 remains a popular choice for riders seeking a reliable and enjoyable riding experience. Proper maintenance and care are essential to keep this vintage beauty in excellent condition for many more years to come.
Frequent Repairs and Breakable Parts:
→ Carburetor components (jets, diaphragms, and needles)
→ Chain and sprockets
→ Brake pads and discs
→ Fork seals
→ Electrical components (ignition coils, starter solenoid)
→ Clutch cable and lever
→ Air filter
→ Fuel filter
→ Brake hoses and lines
→ Spark plugs
→ Wheel bearings
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