Suzuki GS 1000/1100/1150 photos-n-feedback

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Nolan Woodbury, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    ...for an upcoming article series on the big-bore GS fours.

    Looking for;

    -Black w/white stripe 1978 GS1000E (spoke or cast)
    -All versions of the GS 1150 (E, ESE, Euro-spec GSX, etc.

    If you have, or have had a GS Suzuki feel free to post, send PM or email.

    nolan.woodbury@vintagemotorcyclesonline.com

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    Thanks in advance guys-

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  2. Growl

    Growl Adventurer

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    I loved it
    often got over 50 mpg.
    was scary fast
    felt heavy in the twisties
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  3. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    My 1983 GS1100ES I restored. Great bike from an era i loved.

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  4. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Here's my GS1000E - 1978

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    Sold it couple months back :eek1 for this beauty......

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  5. Ichristopher

    Ichristopher n00b

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    My 78 GS1000EC.
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    And with my dads GS1000S.
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  6. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    Awesome pigfoot! Both are stunning. The GSX used the body-style and chassis we saw here first on the GS1150. Interesting. Thanks for the email too. I'll put them to good use-
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  7. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    What an incredible shot. Thanks man!

    Tbone and Growl, thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

    What a great forum-

    ~N
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  8. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    You should go right to the source... post over on The GS Resources forum.

    You'll get buried in great photos in about half an hour...

    Sorry, mine's a shaftie. :cry
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  9. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    That link is much appreciated. I knew about that forum and it looks incredible, but I'm on a focused search and (once again) the folks here have come through nicely. I joined for that reason, but promise to give back some too. =)

    There's a nice balance of interest, knowledge and opinion here. Quality posts-

    ~Nolan
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  10. zoo mob

    zoo mob Been here awhile

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    My 1980 GS1100E. 22K miles, probably an 8.5 out of ten. Might be for sale soon for something more modern.

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  11. bobobob

    bobobob badbadbad

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    Oh man, you're killing me.
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  12. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    Mercy, that's stunning.
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  13. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    That's Bad Ass Troy!!! :clap I had an 80 1100GS back in the day.............Electrical Issues kept me from Reeeeeally loving that bike.


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  14. Swillmongrel

    Swillmongrel Been here awhile

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    I had a 1983 GS1100E for awhile. Great as a comfortable two-up sport touring bike and I'd flog it occasionally at the old Carlsbad Raceway dragstrip. The motor had buckets of torque. Not so much fun on the tight twisty roads in San Diego County though...

    You can still pick up '82 and '83 GS1100Es for a reasonable price, there seem to be lots of nice ones still for less than $2000. I like the looks of the earlier GS1000s, especially with the spoke wheels a lot better and they seem harder to find.

    The 1100 and 1150 motors are still coveted and used by drag racers.
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  15. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    True story.

    I purchased a CB1100F Honda new in June of 1983. Late one afternoon a year or so later, entering the I-10 from Warner in Tempe, I spied a silver GS 1000S Katana in the middle lane. I looked at him, he looked at me, then we both twisted to the stop. Traffic was light (good thing!) and I swelled as my mighty red and white Honda pulled away.

    ...but I didn't see his riding buddy trailing on a new GS 1150 ES.

    Exiting at Carefree Highway west towards Prescott, I noticed a big, round headlight shimmering in my mirror. Hearing it throttle up, I shifted the F back into second and pinned it. I was in the middle of a pretty serious wheelie when the 1150 sailed by. Knowing that wasn't a fair test, he allowed me to catch back up and side-by-side at 65-moh we tried again. Saying I took an ass-kicking is an understatement. I tried again and again...just hoping just to pull even somewhere, but couldn't. That's when I learned what the big Suzook was all about.

    Oh yeah, when we got to the twisties I never saw him (or the Katana) again. And even though the GS is a better handling bike, that part was more about rider skill than anything else. Humble pie...available through your local grocer!

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  16. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    I worked in a multi-bike dealership in 83 and was just about to pull the trigger on buying a new red 1100f when we got a new 1100 Katana in . One ride on that beast and I was sold. Still have it too. Still works fairly well but after riding modern stuff its strange to hop on it occasionally and think that at one time it was badass.
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  17. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Not mine but I likem.

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  18. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all who contributed photos and information about the big Suzuki. Surf over to VMOL for my feature on the GS1000 (it's our Bike of the Month for May) but the piece actually begins on the home page. The 1150 will be included in an article I'm writing about vintage, big-inch haulers, also featuring the Triumph Daytona 1200 and Munch Mammut.

    Thanks again guys!

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  19. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    I've got this tucked away waiting for a bit of TLC.

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    One day it will look like this I hope.

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    Oh and me back in the early 80's. :lol3

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  20. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    i've owned a few over the years:
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    didn't include the "c" models of katana's
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