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Old 10-28-2011, 10:53 PM   #136
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I really like the Freewind. It looks like a bike a Granny Gone Wild (like myself) would enjoy riding!

Happy trails! Keep the Suzuki love going!
And here I was thinking that I needed to send you a link to that photo. The perfect bike for a Wild Granny.

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This was only my second Suzuki, but it will never be forgotten.


An '82 GS1100G, in terrible shape when I purchased it for $800 in 1998. Upgraded the suspension with Progressive fork springs and shocks, changed the oil, and started riding it. Bought a replacement seat cover and put that on. Found out bias ply tires wore out too quickly, but Metzeler Tourances turned it into a canyon carver and lasted more than twice as long. Added Givi bag mounts, heated grips, and some driving lights to turn it into a decent sport-tourer. Rode it around Alaska for a few years, then took it on a trip to the South 48.






When it came time to ride it back home, a quick side trip to Key West...


...then up to Prudhoe Bay...





...proved its versatility. Three more trips up and back on the Haul Road - the last one being a round trip of over 1000 miles from North Pole to Deadhorse and back to North Pole in less than 24 hours - before a KLR replaced it for that duty. Two years ago, realizing that it wasn't being ridden as much as it should have been, I sold it - for the original purchase price of $800.

It never left me on the side of the road, and managed to show some much newer sport touring and adventure bikes how it's done on winding roads and gravel.

Even after I sold it to a friend, it still shows up in some of my photos -


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Old 10-30-2011, 01:01 PM   #137
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my Zookie

My 1st zookie since 1965! I actually prefer Honda, That's what I've ridden mostly since that old Suzuki 80, but Honda haven't built anything that really calls to me in the last 10 years (at least that they sell in the states) This Zook 650 F seems to do it all, almost tour-like comfort on the slabslog to get there & still fun once the luggage comes off. Price helps a lot as well. Once again, they've stopped selling them in the states. How come our Euro brethren get all the goodies? Don't they love us anymore?
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:07 PM   #138
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she starts any day and every day and gets the job done.
she the reliable girl next door, not a finicky euro chick.

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Old 10-30-2011, 01:09 PM   #139
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i usually add a dry bag on top of the rear top case.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:53 PM   #140
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Have kept this longer than any other bike. I have made many comfort/utility mods. I bought the '08 GSXR600 because I couldn't find another small bike that I liked. Didn't want a landwhale or barcolounger...just something light with a bit of spirit to it. I have changed the brake/clutch levers, painted the windscreen, moved the mirrors out a bit, added heavier bar ends, helibars, painted the silencer flat black, painted the catalytic converter flat black, have since covered the seats with a soft white material (cool in summer, warm in winter), frame sliders, swing-arm spools, ventura rack, the ugly yellow side cases (everyone tells me how ugly they are....that means I was noticed ), nice soft foam grips, throttle rocker, and am probably going to go to the LSL handle bar kit to get more upright. I just replaced the front tire at 11K and we are going strong. She is my main source of transport. I keep looking at other bikes, but can't seem to "pull the trigger" especially if it means losing her....which it would.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:08 PM   #141
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Gone but not forgotten.











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Old 10-30-2011, 04:11 PM   #142
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:12 PM   #143
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:14 PM   #144
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:16 PM   #145
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:17 PM   #146
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:34 PM   #147
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:36 PM   #148
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:30 PM   #149
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Hook up that gas tank and that will be one cheap bike to run. :
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