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Old 01-20-2008, 12:07 AM   #31
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This could well be considered provocative, but this is my GS story.

Before I started, I got the bike cheap as it had been traded at the local bike shop in Mt Isa, and some "wonderfull" person took it for a test ride and broke the cush drive in the gearbox.
This was '83, the bike is an '81 model GS1000G

Everybody say big $$$$$$$ involved, but a little research showed that the cush drive ran in the gear oil of the bevel gears, not in the general engine oil.
With the GS's you could flip the motor over and just take off the bottom of the cases, no need to disturb the top end at all.
Ended up fixing it for less than $50, much to the discust of the bike shop I bought it from

Now for the dangerous part, I did the following to it




It ended up like this

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Old 01-20-2008, 02:12 AM   #32
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I had one like this (picture borrowed from the internet)...1977 GS-750
I owned a red or orange (whatever it was) '77 GS750 back in '78 or '79 for a while. It was my first big bike and I loved it. The only problem I had with it was the head gasket liked to leak on the left-hand side.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:48 AM   #33
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Howdy. New to the board.

Hi to my GSR brethren, Hach, Claude!

Edit: Sorry. 78 GS1000

http://www.thegsresources.com/hallof...o_jul_2007.htm







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Old 01-24-2008, 01:08 PM   #34
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Sweet ride Claude! I have an 85 GS550E that I still own and love. As for you posting in the Antique thread...no big deal, lots of bikes in it later than you skunk! Loved seeing it!

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Old 01-24-2008, 01:35 PM   #35
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Sweet ride Claude! I have an 85 GS550E that I still own and love. As for you posting in the Antique thread...no big deal, lots of bikes in it later than you skunk! Loved seeing it!

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Thanks Bro!

Claude is Solo Suzuki. He's go the black GS1100. I'm Billy.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:45 PM   #36
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Well anywho...I think the best GS's are made by Suzuki!!!!

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Old 01-24-2008, 05:46 PM   #37
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Well anywho...I think the best GS's are made by Suzuki!!!!

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Old 01-27-2008, 10:55 PM   #38
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Here's mine, a 1980 GS450L, I got it for $450 a few days ago, it will start right up first try and idle forever in below freezing weather, the carbs need a bit of adjustment though, it likes to bog down and run a bit funny when it's actually being ridden, but it's not half bad considering the price. The plan is the go the cafe racer route, which is going to be a bit of a challenge considering it's an "L", but I figure if I get some clip ons and lower the front forks and clip them on top it should level out quite nicely, we'll see how this turns out I suppose.

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Old 01-28-2008, 01:18 AM   #39
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Run some Seafoam through it.Otherwise you might have to clean the carbs.(at least there's only 2 of them.)
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:18 AM   #40
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I love my GS! And these are some great pics. Lookin' nice, Claude!


My next bike will be a GS liter bike.

I'm in the middle of restoring mine (although that didn't stop me from taking it to canada and back last year )

Took mine from Durham, NC to PIttsburgh, PA too!

MAN but is my poor bike ugly. Can't wait to start the cosmetic work.
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:58 AM   #41
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all righty then, here's my other GS, 1982 GS1100SZ
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:18 PM   #42
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My GS was like this one,1983 GS750es,bought new in 83,sold 10 years later to get a more comfortable bike.It seemed bullet proof.

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Old 01-28-2008, 03:43 PM   #43
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My first REAL street bike was a '81 GS750L. Sissy bar and bigass chrome rack for the beer. 1982 and riding to points all over the TN and N.Ga. mtns. Cutoff T-shirt, shorts, and tenny shoes. Rain gear...Hah! That was just an excuse to pull off and drink and and wait for it to pass. Cops watched Harley riders back then and didn't even know we were alive. That bike was FAST for the day and rock solid. I would adjust the chain when I'd get a new set of white letter Dunlop Qualifiers. I'll see if I can scan a pic with my NOVA self closing helmet. I paid about $800.00 for it with 1,000 miles after someone dropped it and bent the bars. I had to almost give it away for $600.00 in the mid '80's and it was still mint. You couldn't sell a bike back then.

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Old 01-29-2008, 12:46 AM   #44
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Thumb ... and mine!

Since there are already a few GSX in this thread, here's mine ... GSX400E, bought in April 1986 and sold 4 years and 103000 km later. Very reliable bike. By the way, the picture shows the bike just a few km before I actually sold it. Still in excellent shape!



... and this is my first 4-stroke bike. GSX250E, 1983 to 1986, acquired new, sold with 57000 km. Look at those extremely strong front fork tubes :-)

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:50 AM   #45
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Absolutely nothing scary about 82 Katana 550, sheep in wolfs clothing stock. Had 83 650G perfect (except vibes).
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