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Old 03-31-2014, 05:21 PM   #16
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I had a Zook GS1000e and it was a good bike, although the clutch was toast around 30k, butt I would go for the Honda in a heart beat!
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:35 PM   #17
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Did I just walk into a "crips" vs "bloods" thing?
For sure.

By the 80's the only competition the Japanese bikes had in the US market for quality were each other.

The GS and the DOHC 750 are both legendary platforms. I give the edge to Honda because I'm a brand whore.

If you can buy a 750f around the corner for less than a grand, and it runs/rides, you should.
Either way: Be prepared to put some decent shocks and fork springs on it, flush the tank, clean the carbs, and swap the fuel lines and petcock gaskets.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:51 PM   #18
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having just sold my 78 kz1000 I would say dont do it.IMO these older bikes are fine for collecting but as a daily driver i dont think so .. just a lil more $ and you can do so much better. Im currently looking for a used street bike or DS too and I have only 3K to spend .I see older hondas and suzukis and im tempted because I grew up with these bikes and am familiar with their pluses and quirks.. I just sold my 98 gixxer as well- this kind of bike is way better than a 70s or 80s bike in all respects and I would easily go for another [still want a ZX7] ..anyways, good luck....

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Old 03-31-2014, 05:52 PM   #19
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Ive had a few 750's and one 1100F that were my sole means of transportation for many years of my life and they have never let me down.....

I miss the 1100 a bit
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:13 PM   #20
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Way back when I rode a GS750 for a while. It was my brothers, but he lived a long way away…so it became mine

Not my favorite bike. So-so handling, engine was kind of blah.

Few years later I owned a CB750F. Waaaaaay better bike.

The 850 if I recall was a 750 bored out and given a shaft drive.

Hands down: Honda.

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Old 03-31-2014, 06:40 PM   #21
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Put 25000kms (15,000 miles) on this "old" Suzuki last year. Look after your bikes and you won't get stranded.

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Old 03-31-2014, 06:58 PM   #22
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I'd get the GS850 on the grounds of reliability.

Those older CB750s do the cam chains and primary drive chains with monotonous regularity.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:00 PM   #23
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:12 PM   #24
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Put 25000kms (15,000 miles) on this "old" Suzuki last year. Look after your bikes and you won't get stranded.

The 16 valve GS's were fast for their time and faster than the CB. The 850s were 8 valve. The DOHC CB's were 16 valve also.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:47 PM   #25
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GS850G or CB750

I've had both bikes back in the eighties. My preference would be the GS850G because of the shaft drive and because the engine had much more torque with plenty of low end grunt. It was my understanding that the GS850 had the same engine as the GS1000 (except for smaller bore and/or stroke). The manual for the Suzi's was for both the GS850 and the GS1000. This was in Europe, not sure if the US was the same.

The GS850 was much more reliable for me. My CB750's had problems with the timing chain and tensioning system.

I still have the repair manuals for both bikes.

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Old 03-31-2014, 07:57 PM   #26
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I've had both bikes back in the eighties. My preference would be the GS850G because of the shaft drive and because the engine had much more torque with plenty of low end grunt. It was my understanding that the GS850 had the same engine as the GS1000 (except for smaller bore and/or stroke). The manual for the Suzi's was for both the GS850 and the GS1000. This was in Europe, not sure if the US was the same.

The GS850 was much more reliable for me. My CB750's had problems with the timing chain and tensioning system.

I still have the repair manuals for both bikes.

Your CB manual is for SOHC , 8 valve models , totally different animal. The CB750F was about the same torque as the GS850 and about 5HP less , while being lighter and unencumbered by shaft drive.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:11 PM   #27
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Your CB manual is for SOHC , 8 valve models , totally different animal. The CB750F was about the same torque as the GS850 and about 5HP less , while being lighter and unencumbered by shaft drive.
Oops, I missed the F part somehow. Thanks for the correction.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:16 PM   #28
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If it was me it would be a CB750 SOHC but I'm biased, had this one for twenty years. A nice running SOHC makes a really nice sound even at idle.

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Old 03-31-2014, 08:26 PM   #29
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Your CB manual is for SOHC , 8 valve models , totally different animal. The CB750F was about the same torque as the GS850 and about 5HP less , while being lighter and unencumbered by shaft drive.
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Suzuki 850 Honda 750

0-60 4.4 seconds 4.9 seconds

top speed 121mph 126mph

Weight 603lbs 558lbs

77.6 hp 78hp

1/4 mile 12.36 @ 107.1 12.59 @ 106.13

The Honda just looked faster.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:36 PM   #30
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I'd go for the Honda but then I am partial since I have one.
And I enjoy the heck out of it. But it's still an old bike and they have their issues.
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