GS Appreciation thread...SUZUKI that is...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by ADK, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Not mine but a pic from last weekend.

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  2. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    got the turbo bike yesterday, happy with it.
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    the tracy body needs a little love on the molded in gas tank, so i removed the body work and put the stock tank on, i gotta see how it runs.
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    got up this morning, aired up the tires,threw in a fresh battery and some gas decided i have to ride it. screw the root beer colored brake fluid and tires hard as a wedding night dick.
    started up easy, no funny noises. headlight, tail light, brake light, gauges all worked. has a baffle in place so not to loud. good thing since my jack off neighbor was outside and he's quick to call the heat on any of my bikes that he thinks exceed the acceptable decibel rating.
    put on my helmet and gloves to add an air of legitimacy and took of down the street. gee, those bare subframe rails are a bit chilly on my arse.
    couldn't of picked a worse time for the maiden voyage. yellow buses swarming the neighborhood picking up the grade schoolers. so i just chilled, made sure it stopped, shifted and didn't die until the little ones were clear.well it barked, spit, backfired and finally started settling down a bit (me thinks this bike has sat for a long time). no shakes or shimmys, shifted well (clutch must of been beefed up, the springs sure feel like it) gave it the gas for a few short bursts and its definitely a turbo bike with a functioning turbo. needs a little tuning, servicing, carb adjusting and an air filter but it sure is cool.[​IMG]
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  3. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    So, I've had a GS850G, 1980, sitting in various garages for the past few years.

    Started working on this past weekend, and I cleaned out the carbs.

    I used a method from another part of this forum, and just dumped the carbs whole into a bucket of Pine-Sol and water, at about a 25% solution.

    God-damn they came out clean! I even took two of them apart, and checked all the jets and needles, and even the tiny holes are all clear.

    The outside portion of the carb facing the road is in rough shape, as is the rest of the bike. I'll be working on it this weekend again, and I'll get some pictures up.

    This is what she looked like when I bought it:

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  4. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Damn Right! :D

    Make sure to let us know when it's Road Ready. I'll have the 1100 fixed & legal pretty soon.
    Would be taken care of by now but I'm working too much (a GOOD thing:clap).


    Otis
  5. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Been here awhile

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    Just brought home a real barn find! Including cobwebs and dust. Has not seen the light of day for 7 or 8 years. The owner said it was running bad and started to leak gas out of the carbs. Looks like carb's are tops on the list after I get it apart - calipers are frozen too.

    Anybody know of a site or forum that has good info on these bikes? I think I have my winter project for the cost of the trailer so far.

    Looks to be completely stock except aftermarket horns - The PO said he never used them because the circuit breaker would trip when he did! Guess there is some electrical work to be done too!

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  6. ScottS

    ScottS Adventurer

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  7. Bluebone

    Bluebone straight to hell

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    my 1st bike ever was new off the showroom floor GS550L around '84 or '85 model. this is a factory photo of it:

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    it was a pretty small frame but that thing was fast. i loved that bike and still miss it.
  8. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Picked this 1979 GS850G cheap the other day. The bike sat for a while. The seller had it running earlier this year but one carb was leaking gas through the overflow so I imagine the needle(s?) is hanging up.
    Odometer says 17k miles and the seller claims that's correct. You find quite a few low mile bikes in MT. since the riding season is short for some folks.
    The bike looks pretty original. I found that the muffler hangers have been "home built" as is the rear tank mount under the seat. Other than that, all appears unmolested. Electrical all in one piece, all lights work, seat in good shape, tank interior clean, nothing missing that I can see. The tires appear fairly new. (Dunlops) One side cover is cracked / has the mounting "knob" broke off but I have the knob....should be able to repair.
    I have it sitting under a cover for the time being. I'll be putting it in line with my other projects for when I get to to AZ. in the next few weeks.


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    I had a GS850L years back. Can't remember what year it was ( maybe a 1980?). It was a great bike and was heavy but very good on the road.
    I see some GS850's have spoked wheels, some have painted fenders, some have different body work. They seem to have had a lot of changes, some within the same model year..... but maybe they were different model designations?

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    I'll post a few more photos after I get it cleaned up and in running order. I bought it to repair and "flip" but I have a tendancy to "fall in like" with some of my old projects. I'm looking forward to riding it.
  9. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    "Fall in like":rofl I can relate.I should sell every thing I have moto related and buy one quality read to go bike.Instead,I spend more time wrenching than riding.:cry
  10. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I feel your pain...:cry...I'm in the same boat.....my BMW sidehack needs final drive / wheel splines.....My naked GL Goldwing needs a valve adjustment/ carb work ...I take on a derelict GS......and now I'm looking at a 1956 BMW junker......

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  11. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    That 56 Beemer should bring some dough.If you can let her go.:lol3
  12. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Now that we're in AZ. I took a little time today and tore into this thing. Found that a fuse was corroded and caused electric starter / ignition not to work. Changed the fuse / cleaned connections. I gave it a tiny shot of either and she fired right up but didn't want to keep running. Pulled the carbs off and pulling each float bowl, found everything nice and clean. Finally figured out that one vacuum line was open, so therefore the vacuum operated petcock wasn't getting enough suction to allow fuel to pass.

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    Found a few jury rigged items during my inspection, some miss-matched fasteners, choke cable mount missing at carbs, the "pull" throttle cable in place but the "push" cable missing its' braided cable guts. Throttle still works though due to the large return spring.
    Fired her up and ran it down the street. Damned thing is fast...and quiet. Still has some vacuuum leak issues going on at the intake boots where the carbs attach. I'll have her purring in the next few days if all goes right. :clap
  13. thumpism

    thumpism Been here awhile

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    Looks like someone did a pretty nice job on it.

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    1980 Suzuki GS8506 Custom Cafe - $2500 (Prince George, VA)


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  14. trevorf

    trevorf Banned

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  15. solo suzuki

    solo suzuki oldskool fool

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    very nice trevorf !
  16. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I don't see many in that color.

    I had this one, but it's actually an 1100 with 750 bodywork.
    You'd be amazed at how many little ways they are different.

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    I just barely missed out on an ES like yours, but ended up with an E

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  17. thumpism

    thumpism Been here awhile

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    There's an E for sale now on our local CL for $2500.
  18. trevorf

    trevorf Banned

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    Wow that's funny that we would have such similar bikes!! You don't happen to have a 88 gsxr slingshot too do ya?? lol..
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  19. seviston

    seviston Adventurer

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    Thread revival:

    Here are a couple of my GS's all still very much in service. Just did a big trip on the Katana through the southern U.S. in 2013.

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  20. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    I just picked up a mint 79 GS 1000 (spoked rims)last weekend... currently it has a Hannigan fairing on it, which has to go, but all the stock stuff came with it.

    I'll post some pics this weekend when I start putting it back to stock for the time being.

    Hopefully gonna cafe it, but that is down the road a bit.