By 1983 I felt that the GT500 was a bit crude and lacking power for the European tours I was doing. The GSX was my first big four and I really liked it. The bike was cheap and made a good tourer. It was smooth, reasonably fast, surprisingly economical, and roomy enough for two people and their luggage. The bad bit was the handling. I fitted a fork brace and a pair of Marzocchi shocks which improved things a bit. I also fitted a handlebar fairing for wind protection.