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Old 04-01-2014, 12:55 PM   #46
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Add 1 to the CB column. I would recommend the 900F also.
My GS850 was so boring I was questioning why I liked motorcycle riding.
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:30 PM   #47
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Just realized that the GS850 is the GL model,

Case closed, the Honda is an awesome machine, enjoy!
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:15 PM   #48
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I just bought this in October.

The prices on the Hondas and Kawasakis have skyrocketed. I think the Suzukis might be next.

www.gsresources Might be the best model specific website out there...amazing amount of help if you own a GS.

The red GS above was traded in by its original owner, an ex-Suzuki employee.

It is the 69th 4 stroke motorcycle Suzuki brought into the states.

All original, (except bars & grips) with about 25K on the clock, runs great.

Is that a '75?

The tiny little town I used to live in back then had a Suzuki dealer for a little while. I was a Sophomore in high school. He had a GS750 just like that. Told me to take it for a ride. That was the first time I ever broke the ton. Awesome bike! Congrats on your purchase!
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:44 PM   #49
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No a 77. Some other countries got them in 76, but we got them in 77.
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:00 PM   #50
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Just realized that the GS850 is the GL model )
Bummer! The standard G is awesome, the stupid styling of the L is stupid... BUT you can cut them up and put on a new tank and cafe seat (or whatever you wanna call it) and no one will shed a tear. Try an modify a 750F and the whole internet will hate you .


However since people posted up their bikes, I will play along too.


MY 850G in front of the PACIFIC ocean (I live in NJ)....




And the same bike in sans traveling gear set up for bombing back roads and carving canyons.



With suspension and brake upgrades, along with a good sticky tire it was a blast to hustle on... Someday I'll get another one.

Either way you go, good luck with the new bike!
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:53 PM   #51
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That luggage setup is pretty tight, man.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:31 PM   #52
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That luggage setup is pretty tight, man.
Thanks! That is loaded up for a three week camping trip, complete with cook gear, tools and spare parts. Ohh yeah I also had an electric guitar and battery powered amp in there! (The tube in the back)
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:46 PM   #53
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It's pretty much a dead heat - clearly one bike or the other will speak to the OP
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:55 PM   #54
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. Try an modify a 750F and the whole internet will hate you .
thats not necessarily true about CB's..... a buddy of mine's CB1123's are pretty well received

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Old 04-01-2014, 05:27 PM   #55
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Nice CB. If only all the custom jobs could end up like that... But my point was the L model GS is valued as much less than the standard G or CB, and they like sawzalls more! Plus you can only improve on the L styling...
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:44 PM   #56
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I'm partial to the GS, although I'd prefer the G to the GL model.

I had a 77? GS750 for a summer back in the 90's, bought it for $200 with tweaked forks and stuck brake, fixed it for almost no money, treated it like a rented mule for a summer, and sold it for $500. It was a great cheap bike, and fun to ride.

Also consider this, though, when it comes to bikes this old it's more about how the bike was treated than anything else.
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:52 PM   #57
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All this has reminded me how much I liked the GS1000E that I had. It was a real state of the art bike at the time. Great engine, powerful and flexible with great torque. And a chassis that really delivered in the twisties. the only problem with it was that when I traded it in on a BMW K100 the clutch tuned out to be making noise. Frankly, I think that the guy who bought it that did the clutch in. The dealer, Portland Motorcycle (rip) blamed me for trading in a broken bike. I never liked him after that...............
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:05 PM   #58
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I have fond memories of my '77 GS1000 - spokes, two discs and my '78 Gs1000E - mags and triple discs. they had some of the larger diameter forks for the time.........had a '79 750F too. get that one.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:13 PM   #59
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I owned 2 dohc Honda 750's ,a 79 and an 81 k with an extra 82 engine stainless supertrapp 4 into 1, konis, lockhart, hd clutch springs, black comp star wheels, dual disk cb650c front end with 2 piston calipers and new clutch basket and metzlers and mucho mas. I loved my Hondas, i wouldn't look at another bike but that said it wasn't a great design. it had yards of noisy cam chains. even with 20 or so disks on the end of the supertrapp you could hear the engine rattle over the open header at a light. and I was never happy with the cv carbs, and I tried every possible jet set up. I went everywhere on that bike .in heavy rain the tank used to direct water towards the coils and first it ran shitty then it wouldn't idle then it would stall. I'd carry a small can of wd40 to spray the coils and wires. now the sohc 8 valve 4 cyl 750,650 550 400 350 were good bikes worth holding onto.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:26 PM   #60
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I do like Suzuki motorcycles. I've owned 4-5 and will probably buy another one. But, I have to say, that their L models look terrible. When they first came out, they actually called them "Low Slingers". Their newer cruisers, like the S40, and the older 800 Marauder I used to ride look pretty decent. The Volusia/C50 also. but the early L models were nasty looking. The S50 and S80 were all right.
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