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

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

  1. rrowdies

    rrowdies n00b

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    Hey everyone, I'm brand new here.
    I've owned a 1983 GS1100ESD and a 1984 GS1150ES. Both were stolen believe it not.
    Last fall after 13 bikeless years I found a 1983 GS750ES for sale just around the corner from my house. I bought it and promptly locked the steering column. Unfortunately, it won't unlock. It seems that the key the guy gave me was for a Yamaha and although it locks the steering, it won't unlock it. Any advice? I've ordered a manual and I've also stared at diagrams but I'm still not sure what to do.

    Thanks,
    Rob in Ontario Canada

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  2. DWalt

    DWalt **** The Beans....

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    Break the lock with a BFH!:baldy
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  3. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    Maybe a silly question. If you locked it, shouldn't the key that you used also unlock it? My 78' key switch was really notchy and eventually it got to the point where I could not unlock it. I removed the entire assembly and tried to fix it. Needless to say it is made of pretty cheaply cast pot metal. I applied too much force trying to get a drift pin out and the housing broke.
    You should be able to remove the lock from the bike though. After that, you could either take the lock to a locksmith or buy a new one. When you remove the lock, the pin that locks the steering stem comes with it and your steering stem will be freed up again.
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  4. Doofmops67

    Doofmops67 n00b

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    Dudes,

    I need a starter clutch assembly for my bike. Does anyone know where I can find one? (short of buying a parts bike! lol)
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  5. ADK

    ADK ____

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  6. Doofmops67

    Doofmops67 n00b

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    This is getting crazy...

    can I use anyother model starte clutch on my 1982 GS1100??

    Thanks.

    Ernie
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  7. rrowdies

    rrowdies n00b

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    Man, that is one beautiful bike. I had one just like it but it was stolen and chopped. If you ever want to sell it, contact me!

    Rob R in Ontario Canada
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  8. rrowdies

    rrowdies n00b

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    You're right, it should, but it doesn't. The key the guy gave me was a Yamaha key. Unfortunately I had already given him the money for the bike so I was stuck. The key worked when it came to starting but when I locked it (old habits die hard) it wouldn't unlock. I'm just not sure about how I take it apart. A buddy of mine said I should just drill it but I'm not ready for that just yet.
    Any suggestions would be welcome.
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  9. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    Get a manual. That will be the easiest way. These bikes aren't that big of a deal to disassemble. Of course, reassembly is usually a little harder:D. If you're nervous though, get a manual and it will walk you through it. Once you get to the actual lock, there should only be a couple of allen bolts holding the assembly in place. Just be careful that you don't strip the heads. Check out bikebandit or someone like that. They have online parts images that will give you a pretty good idea of the whole assembly as well.
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  10. Zegameister

    Zegameister Hi 'O Silver

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    Here's some pix of my GS1100ES that I purchased yesterday morning....
    It is in near showroom condition with 5200 original miles....:wings

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  11. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Saweet! Where do you live? Can I hang out in your garage?

    I'm afraid to find out how little you may have paid for it.
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  12. Zegameister

    Zegameister Hi 'O Silver

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    This is the shop garage with a portion of the combined fleet....

    I paid $3500.00 for the bike.... The previous owner has had it since he purchased it new it '83 and took miticulous care of it. He turned down an offer for $3200.00 so I didn't bother to try & haggle.

    About the only major flaw is the rubber on the front rt turn signal appears to have sat in the sun too long & is cracked... The windscreen has de-laminated just a touch... Not bad for a 25 yo bike.... Runs beutifully and is so clean you could eat off it... Nary a scratch on it.

    It came with all its records and a few "Cycle" magazines covering the bike... My favorite is the issue with shoot out between the CB1100, KPZ1100, & my GS... The GS was the winner in that article.

    I just couldn't pass on this bike.....:ricky
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  13. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Looks like it was worth every penny.
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  14. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    My first bike was a 1978 GS550 that I bought used. In 1983 I rode it from Minnesota to Laguna Niguel in California to visit my uncle. Then I rode all the way up the coast to British Columbia. Then back to Minnesota. I was hooked for life on motorcycles after that.

    I wanted a GS1100G after that, but for whatever reason, ended up with an R100 that I rode for years. I still want that 1100G. Maybe someday.

    I liked the old GS bikes so much that I picked up a pristine GS450E on e-bay a few years back and I spent some time making it perfect. After playing with it for a while, I gave it to Charlie my stepson, who lost his GS450L in an accident. After recovering, he rode the 450 to Alaska. Then rode the hell out of it last summer, too.

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=293142


    I love those old GS's.


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  15. rrowdies

    rrowdies n00b

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    I am totally green (or blue & white) with envy. You are a lucky guy. I'm assuming $3500 U.S. Not that it makes much difference these days :thumb:thumb
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  16. solo suzuki

    solo suzuki oldskool fool

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    very very nice sir! :thumb
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  17. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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  18. CARRERASBAJA

    CARRERASBAJA Adventurer

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    Got me a 1983 GS450GAD Suzukimatic for 350 . From the looks of the engine and chain. Looks like similar condition. Bike does run but rust has gotten to the exhaust , spokes, parts of body and gas tank. i would like to know how you got that Engine so clean. Would I have to sandblast it or is there another way. I like the exhaust wrap.
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  19. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    Well, the most truthful answer about getting the engine clean is that I worked very hard. I had the head rebuilt and the machine shop sandblasted it. I had access to a sandblaster as well, so, I taped up the cylinders and did them as well as the other black parts on the engine. I then painted them with a wrinkle coat engine paint. As far as the cases are concerned, I used up a lot of abrasive buffing wheels and tediously removed all of the caked on dirt and grime. After that, I got a can of VHT engine paint called "Nu Kast Aluminum". I think that's what it was called, if I remember correctly. I taped everything off that I didn't want to paint and I sprayed the hell out of it. Since I couldn't get the engine in the oven (my wife was home), I hit it with a heat gun in order to bake the finish as best as I could. None of it is terribly hard or complicated. It's just really boring, dirty and tedious. If you really want to do it, take the engine out. It'll save you a lot of headaches in the end.
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  20. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    My three GS's.
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