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Old 03-31-2014, 02:17 PM   #1
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Honda CB750F vs Suzuki GS850

Hi, so I have a line on two bikes that seem to fall into the same category- late '70 UJM. Just need a bike to knock around on, my street bike is laid up for a while. Which way should I go? Both bike in decent but not perfect shape.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:43 PM   #2
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The Honda is slightly collectible, but I would go for the Suzuki if it is a GS850G model because you hardly ever see one.

If it is that cruiser looking GS850L, run to the Honda. The GS850L is not a bad bike, but has questionable styling.

For a quick return on investment the more standard, less cruiser looking bike is going to be easier for you to sell to the café boys once you are finished with it.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:07 PM   #3
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I had an 82 GS850G for three years. Great bike with a willing motor, stable and nuetral handling, a very good shaft drive with no quirky habits, easy as pie to maintain, all day comfortable, and classic good looks. I rode mine cross country and back in 2010 and has the time of my life.

I'm biased but go for the Suzuki.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:35 PM   #4
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Hi, so I have a line on two bikes that seem to fall into the same category- late '70 UJM. Just need a bike to knock around on, my street bike is laid up for a while. Which way should I go? Both bike in decent but not perfect shape.
no brainer - the CB if for anything else, Freddy Spencer!!! The CB is sooooo much cooler than the Zook

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:48 PM   #5
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If the question is ever "should I get the Honda or the...." you get the Honda.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:51 PM   #6
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Haha, awesome replies. Complicating factor is that the CB is in a shop around the corner from me, while the GS is in New York, but referred to me by a guy I trust. Both for about $1k, both in riding shape. Decisions, decisions...
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:52 PM   #7
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Yeah I would do the GS for sure. The Honda was not near as realiable as the Suzuki. Bullit proof motors. While not a sporty as the CB it is a better bike in all areas by a mile! And the best mtorcycle forum out there for older bikes gsrsources. Good luck
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:01 PM   #8
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Did I just walk into a "crips" vs "bloods" thing?
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Did I just walk into a "crips" vs "bloods" thing?

yes


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Old 03-31-2014, 04:11 PM   #10
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oh and....

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Old 03-31-2014, 04:15 PM   #11
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Did I just walk into a "crips" vs "bloods" thing?
The GS guys are the Crips.PS , notice the avatar?
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:37 PM   #12
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MAYBE , if the GS wasn't shaft drive.
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MAYBE , if the GS wasn't shaft drive.
I don't know...I like my shaft drive.

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I don't know...I like my shaft drive.

Well , at least the BMW's not going to pogo rolling on and of the throttle , but shafts lose more power than chains , are heavier and gearing changes aren't readily available. Then again , I've never heard of a Suzuki shaftie going up in flames.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:20 PM   #15
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