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Old 11-18-2012, 07:23 AM   #31
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I sold it to some people who came down from the hills who wanted to use the engine for a log splitter contraption. I have no idea how that worked out.
LOL I bet it's still sitting in their front yard.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #32
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Wink Gotta be more inline's with at least 100k!?

We need more guys!
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:05 PM   #33
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Not the highest mileage but quite a reliable old workhorse. '78 yamaha xs11. 92,000. 80,000 of that after the sidecar attached. Never been apart, regular oil changes & tune ups and it just keeps going.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:57 AM   #34
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The Z-1 on the left currently has 108,000 miles on the original engine and the bike has never been restored. Not my bike BTW. The owner is a participant in a local vintage group.


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Old 12-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #35
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The Z-1 on the left currently has 108,000 miles on the original engine and the bike has never been restored. Not my bike BTW. The owner is a participant in a local vintage group.


Z1's by AZjohnny, on Flickr








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Old 12-27-2012, 05:25 PM   #36
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GS suspension and charging are no problemo with a few well-chosen upgrades -- Sonic springs up front, perhaps a Tarozzi fork brace, and new shocks out back. Suzuki got the geometry right, but installed crappy suspension bits that wouldn't even hold the bike up, never mind a rider over 90 pounds. Same thing Suzuki and every Japanese manufacturer is still doing to this very day, in fact.

Likewise, GS charging is also no problem if you catch the core problem (crappy undersized, unsealed connectors) before things go south. My original stator went 102,000 miles.

And again, 30-40 years down the line, Suzuki is still building their bikes with undersized electrical connectors open to the weather -- every V-Strom rider eventually wonders why their headlights suddenly stopped working... The answer, of course, is that some things never change. Suzuki builds fantastic bikes at the core, but there are peripheral issues one must address.



good call. 102k on original stator, NTS.....(not too shabby)
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:26 PM   #37
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My much beloved Ole Girl (82 GS1100EZ) has just over 80K miles on the clocks. Original stator & R/R...I have been doing some suspension mods, which turned into quite a long running project b/c of needing money for other things. But here she is:





I'll be swapping out the oil cooler line fittings, and converting fasteners to SS gradually. That's a 2001 Bandit 1200 front end with 89 GSXR750 triples (top clamp is Speigler adapter), and rear rim/brake in the stock swing arm. Shorai LiFe battery, V&H street megaphone & old school Mikuni VM33s for good measure. Still need a chain, turn signals and some minor wiring to sort thru, but the Ole Girl sounds FANTASTIC.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:40 AM   #38
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VM33s on the street hey?
I bet your right forearm looks like Popeye!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:45 AM   #39
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They are jetted quite mildly. Good manners so far, but holy crap what a difference in power. I'm actually running the vacuum port on the carbs and using 'run' position' on petcock, instead of plugging things off and running on prime. Still very glad for push/pull throttle cables, though
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:06 AM   #40
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has got around 70k on the clock but has been crashed at least twice and judging by what I saw when I took the engine apart I would say, somewhere around 150000km is what it must have done, before I took the engine apart last Autumn.
With 9 or 10 pre-owners I wouldn't exactly expect, that it was always treated gently.

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:01 PM   #41
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My much beloved Ole Girl (82 GS1100EZ) has just over 80K miles on the clocks. Original stator & R/R...I have been doing some suspension mods, which turned into quite a long running project b/c of needing money for other things. But here she is:





I'll be swapping out the oil cooler line fittings, and converting fasteners to SS gradually. That's a 2001 Bandit 1200 front end with 89 GSXR750 triples (top clamp is Speigler adapter), and rear rim/brake in the stock swing arm. Shorai LiFe battery, V&H street megaphone & old school Mikuni VM33s for good measure. Still need a chain, turn signals and some minor wiring to sort thru, but the Ole Girl sounds FANTASTIC.


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Old 01-04-2013, 07:22 PM   #42
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Well I have some high milers myself...
!st is my 1980 GS750e I'm the 2nd owner and it has 49000k


next is my 1984 GS1150ef with 47000k. found this bike on a farm rotting away outside for some years. Bought it for $600 and fixed it up.

Last is my 1988 gsxr with 78000k on it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:45 PM   #43
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I'm not sure if it counts since it is a fairly modern engine with hydraulic valves, but my CB750 has about 136,000 miles so far. Still going strong with only routine maintenance. Somewhere I read a story in a bike mag about a guy with over 300,000 miles on an old CB750 SOHC. It was titled the weary warrior and the guys name was Ken Frick?
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #44
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A GS1150es is on my bike bucketlist.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:29 PM   #45
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Not mine but there were a group of guys I used to meet every year at Mid Ohio that rode 650 and 900 Yamaha Secas. The low mileage bike was 80,000 and the rest where over 100K.
My personal Seca only has 40,000 on it but I haven't ridden it in a few years.
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