Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing

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

Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GS 1000 1980 635x424

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:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GS 1000 1982 635x424

1983 Suzuki GS 1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GS 1000 1983 635x424

1984 Suzuki GS 1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSX 750 1984 635x424

1985 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1985 635x424

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1986 635x424

1987 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1987 635x424

1987 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 19871 635x424

1988 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1988 635x424

1989 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1989 635x424

1990 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1990 635x424

1991 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1991 635x424

1992 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1992 635x424

1993 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1993 635x424

1994 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1994 635x424

1995 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1995 635x424

1996 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1996 635x424

1997 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1997 635x424

1998 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1998 635x424

1999 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 1999 635x424

2000 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 2000 635x424

2001 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 2001 635x424

2002 Suzuki GSX-R750:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 750 2002 635x424

2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2003 635x398

2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2004 635x398

2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2005 635x398

2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2006 635x482

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2007 635x425

2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2008 635x476

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2009 635x423

2010 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2010 635x409

2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2011 635x423

2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000:
Photos: 33 Years of Suzuki Endurance Road Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 2012 SERT Suzuki Endurance Racing Team 635x484

Source: Suzuki Racing

Comment:

  1. irksome says:

    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.

  2. Rob says:

    id say 2007 was their peak for aesthetics

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  4. Skeptical says:

    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.

  5. FeelgoodInc says:

    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!

  6. patron says:

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

  7. Mike says:

    +1 @Irksome

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

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

  9. MikeD says:

    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.

  10. FLABueller says:

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