Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing

03/15/2012 @ 7:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

Starting 33 years ago with the 1980 Suzuki GS 1000 (above), the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) has been one of the winningest teams in the FIM World Endurance Championship. Racking up 11 wins over three decades, SERT owes its victories to three bikes: the GS 1000, GSX-R750, & GSX-R1000.

Getting ready to defend the team’s 2011 Championship victory, SERT is heading to Magny-Cours, France on April 14th for the Bol d’Or 24-Hours and opening round of the endurance road-racing season. To help cheer the team on, Suzuki has released these photographs of all the SERT race Suzukis of the past 33 years. Enjoy those photos after the jump, just don’t ask us where the 1981 Suzuki GS 1000 is.

1982 Suzuki GS 1000:

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1984 Suzuki GS 1000:

1985 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1987 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1987 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1990 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1991 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1992 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1993 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1994 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1995 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1996 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1997 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750:

1999 Suzuki GSX-R750:

2000 Suzuki GSX-R750:

2001 Suzuki GSX-R750:

2002 Suzuki GSX-R750:

2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2010 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000:

Source: Suzuki Racing

  • irksome

    As a certified Old Guy, I gotta say those bikes just got uglier and uglier as the years progressed.

    Sometimes I miss my ’80 GS 1000. That thing went like stink.

  • Rob

    id say 2007 was their peak for aesthetics

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  • Skeptical

    Awesome collection! Great to see the evaluation. How to get the best coverage for the endurance races? I’ve always wanted to follow them, but am unable to find a decent source for it.

  • FeelgoodInc

    A purely biased opinion I admit but after a number of catastrophic mechanical and electrical failures with Suzukis I have owned I find the term “Suzuki Endurance” to be somewhat oxymoronic. And. As mentioned above, ugly as a war-crime!

  • patron

    That was cool. I’ll have the 93. Always liked that look

  • Mike

    +1 @Irksome

  • http://www.living-intentionally.com/ Trane Francks

    Hey, Jensen, where’s the 1981 Suzuki GS 1000? ;-P

    Another COG (Certified Old Guy) here. I think the ’86 750 looks the best.

  • MikeD

    As a certified “still young” guy… I gotta say:

    It was a miracle this things up to 1996 when the twin spar frame came out won the way it did, handled the way it did and stayed welded/bolted togheter thru the whole thing.
    The term spagetti thick and wet noodle strong frame and suspenders never had so much meaning as on those years.

    HATING aside, i truly apreciate old the hard work and labor that took them to get to the current machine’s status and state of tune and all the hardships that where dealt with to be able to stand where they are at now.

    Love the cronologic picture record…always nice to remenber things(bikes) were not as nice and easy as they are now.

    Personally, i like it from 07 and up.

  • FLABueller

    Another COG here. I was always partial to the 88 1/2 Sling Shot model myself.