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Old 05-24-2008, 02:26 PM   #91
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Saweet! Where do you live? Can I hang out in your garage?

I'm afraid to find out how little you may have paid for it.
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:55 PM   #92
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This is the shop garage with a portion of the combined fleet....

I paid $3500.00 for the bike.... The previous owner has had it since he purchased it new it '83 and took miticulous care of it. He turned down an offer for $3200.00 so I didn't bother to try & haggle.

About the only major flaw is the rubber on the front rt turn signal appears to have sat in the sun too long & is cracked... The windscreen has de-laminated just a touch... Not bad for a 25 yo bike.... Runs beutifully and is so clean you could eat off it... Nary a scratch on it.

It came with all its records and a few "Cycle" magazines covering the bike... My favorite is the issue with shoot out between the CB1100, KPZ1100, & my GS... The GS was the winner in that article.

I just couldn't pass on this bike.....
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:07 PM   #93
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Looks like it was worth every penny.
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:13 PM   #94
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My first bike was a 1978 GS550 that I bought used. In 1983 I rode it from Minnesota to Laguna Niguel in California to visit my uncle. Then I rode all the way up the coast to British Columbia. Then back to Minnesota. I was hooked for life on motorcycles after that.

I wanted a GS1100G after that, but for whatever reason, ended up with an R100 that I rode for years. I still want that 1100G. Maybe someday.

I liked the old GS bikes so much that I picked up a pristine GS450E on e-bay a few years back and I spent some time making it perfect. After playing with it for a while, I gave it to Charlie my stepson, who lost his GS450L in an accident. After recovering, he rode the 450 to Alaska. Then rode the hell out of it last summer, too.




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Old 05-25-2008, 07:52 PM   #95
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This is the shop garage with a portion of the combined fleet....

I paid $3500.00 for the bike.... The previous owner has had it since he purchased it new it '83 and took miticulous care of it. He turned down an offer for $3200.00 so I didn't bother to try & haggle.

About the only major flaw is the rubber on the front rt turn signal appears to have sat in the sun too long & is cracked... The windscreen has de-laminated just a touch... Not bad for a 25 yo bike.... Runs beutifully and is so clean you could eat off it... Nary a scratch on it.

It came with all its records and a few "Cycle" magazines covering the bike... My favorite is the issue with shoot out between the CB1100, KPZ1100, & my GS... The GS was the winner in that article.

I just couldn't pass on this bike.....
I am totally green (or blue & white) with envy. You are a lucky guy. I'm assuming $3500 U.S. Not that it makes much difference these days
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:59 PM   #96
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Here's some pix of my GS1100ES that I purchased yesterday morning....
It is in near showroom condition with 5200 original miles....
very very nice sir!
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Old 05-26-2008, 06:07 AM   #97
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Here's some pix of my GS1100ES that I purchased yesterday morning....
It is in near showroom condition with 5200 original miles....
i hate you!!!!
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:57 PM   #98
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Just got a similar bike that was left abandoned for some years.

Got me a 1983 GS450GAD Suzukimatic for 350 . From the looks of the engine and chain. Looks like similar condition. Bike does run but rust has gotten to the exhaust , spokes, parts of body and gas tank. i would like to know how you got that Engine so clean. Would I have to sandblast it or is there another way. I like the exhaust wrap.







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Bought it for $200. It was shot. It had been leaning against a trailerhouse in Louisiana for quite a while. I love a challenge. I got it runnign and have ridden it but I still have a little work to make it street legal. Namely, ditching the pillow seat and getting the rear tailights sorted out.











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Old 06-10-2008, 05:19 PM   #99
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Well, the most truthful answer about getting the engine clean is that I worked very hard. I had the head rebuilt and the machine shop sandblasted it. I had access to a sandblaster as well, so, I taped up the cylinders and did them as well as the other black parts on the engine. I then painted them with a wrinkle coat engine paint. As far as the cases are concerned, I used up a lot of abrasive buffing wheels and tediously removed all of the caked on dirt and grime. After that, I got a can of VHT engine paint called "Nu Kast Aluminum". I think that's what it was called, if I remember correctly. I taped everything off that I didn't want to paint and I sprayed the hell out of it. Since I couldn't get the engine in the oven (my wife was home), I hit it with a heat gun in order to bake the finish as best as I could. None of it is terribly hard or complicated. It's just really boring, dirty and tedious. If you really want to do it, take the engine out. It'll save you a lot of headaches in the end.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:21 PM   #100
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My three GS's.
78 GS1000


80 GS850G


80 GS550E
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Old 08-03-2008, 05:37 AM   #101
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My three GS's.
78 GS1000


80 GS850G


80 GS550E
Superb bikes! Really like the 550 done up Wes Cooley style. Very nice. The 850G reportedly had the most comfortable seat ever made on a GS. I've never had the pleasure of riding one, just 750's and 550's.
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Old 08-03-2008, 04:47 PM   #102
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78 GS1000
that 1000 is lookin' better everytime i see it,
everyone's either black, white or red...
love the inverted paint combo and the silver engine/chrome pipe sitting in the black frame/black wheels
good work sir!
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:19 PM   #103
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Get a manual. That will be the easiest way. These bikes aren't that big of a deal to disassemble. Of course, reassembly is usually a little harder. If you're nervous though, get a manual and it will walk you through it. Once you get to the actual lock, there should only be a couple of allen bolts holding the assembly in place. Just be careful that you don't strip the heads. Check out bikebandit or someone like that. They have online parts images that will give you a pretty good idea of the whole assembly as well.
Got the manual (thanks for the advice) took it all apart. Found out that the ignition was not an original and had one wire spliced directly bypassing the connector. Long story short: a buddy knew a locksmith who took the ignition apart and made me two new keys. Put it all together and it started on the third try after sitting since last September in my backyard through the snowiest winter of my life. Hoping to get it safetied and on the road in the next two weeks.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:21 PM   #104
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Wicked my "new" baby

1983 GS750T



Just got it last week. Starts, runs, and rides like a dream. All I've done is cleaned/lubed the chain and sprockets, change the oil/filter, air filter, and plugs. Keeping things in the family, my buddy rides her twin sister:



We're trying to get a weekend ride together but his bike is having intermittent starter woes.

I'm still trying to work out a good (and cheap) way to add some secure luggage for a longer trip coming up.
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:29 PM   #105
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Back in the early 80's I had a GS450E - drove that thing all over the place, including a three day trip from Miami to Atlanta (for a 24-hour layover with, ummm.....her name was.....uh.....Tracy maybe?) and then on to Washington, DC.

1,500 miles in 72 hours, including the layover (pun intended).

Just last week, I snagged an immaculate '79 GS850G with 13,800 miles. Bone stock, garage kept, never been down, etc etc. I'll post pics in a few weeks after I run down to South Florida of all places and bring her home to Charlotte.
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