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Old 06-14-2014, 06:39 AM   #1
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Advice please - GS1100G vs GS850G

Hi There, looking for advice from the Olds Cool Experts.

Have an opportunity to get either a 82 GS1100GK or a 80GS850G. Both are same price, both around 20k miles, both have hard touring luggage and a windjammer faring. Both are shaft drive.

Both are in good running order.

Solo riding only, I dont ride 2-up.

Could you tell me which you would choose and why? I know both are very reliable, but is one more so than the other? What about parts availability - which would be better?

Ease of owning/doing work?

Just looking for experienced insight here, since they are pretty much equal on all other fronts I really could go with either one.

Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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Hi There, looking for advice from the Olds Cool Experts.

Have an opportunity to get either a 82 GS1100GK or a 80GS850G. Both are same price, both around 20k miles, both have hard touring luggage and a windjammer faring. Both are shaft drive.

Both are in good running order.

Solo riding only, I dont ride 2-up.

Could you tell me which you would choose and why? I know both are very reliable, but is one more so than the other? What about parts availability - which would be better?

Ease of owning/doing work?

Just looking for experienced insight here, since they are pretty much equal on all other fronts I really could go with either one.

Thanks!
I honestly don't have any experience with either of them but I'd just do some research on the models and see if either are known to have weak spots. I'm also not a big fan of having additional displacement for the sake of displacement...plus with the 850 the insurance would probably be a bit less.

I guess the deciding factor for me would be in the condition of each example...talk to the owners and see which owner gives you the vibe that it was well taken care of.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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with all that luggage and fairing, 1100.
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:39 AM   #4
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Honestly, they are both bullet proof aside from the notorious charging system( which is a problem on all of the old japan bikes). The 850 and 1000-1100 engines are the same block/trans. Totally bullet proof. They weigh the same( 850 weights slightly more Smaller bores= more alu in the engine), are the same physical size.

Pick which one you just like better. The seats on those bikes are wonderful.
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:40 AM   #5
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Check out thegsresources.com for all things gs.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:47 PM   #6
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I would go with the 1100 just for the extra CC's, both bikes are excellent.
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:00 PM   #7
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Toss a coin.

Riding solo, either should have plenty enough grunt to haul you and your stuff around. Both offer the same ergos, fairing and seat. All accessories either additional or replacement should fit just fine. The only real difference you will notice riding them will be the power of the 1100.

Ride 'em both, look 'em over carefully, and follow yer gut.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:38 AM   #8
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I used to have a 1000G. Absolutely bomb proof bike. The only possible niggle which can affect either version is the rectifier/regulator BBQing itself.


Dont make them like they used to.

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Old 06-16-2014, 11:08 AM   #9
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Take the 1100, just for the extra ooomph. You may get a little better mpg than the 850 engine having to push around the wind hitting the fairing.

My GS1000E had 127K on it when I sold it, burnt no oil.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:29 AM   #10
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Additional development - the 1100 has had the engine replaced and the numbers dont match the title - not dealing with the DMV again - been there done that. Thanks for all the advice!
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:01 PM   #11
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Not to be picky, ................ok, to be picky,.......... the 850 was an overbored 750, not a sleeved down 1100, so they actually like to rev a bit to make best power. The 1100 will fit in the bike though.

They have the reputation of being the most durable of all the GS series, which is saying a lot, but I never had much desire for one. They were also in production the longest of any of the classic GS 8/16 valve aircooled bikes.

Slap a Shindengen SH775 series regulator/rectifier on it ASAP, it will help keep that stator alive and kicking.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:17 PM   #12
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The only drawback to the 850 compared to the 1100 besides the obvious HP difference is that the 850 gearing is way too short. At a fast pace on the highway you'll be ringing its neck,say 80 on up. even AT 65 to 70 you'll be lookin for a 6th gear.
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