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

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

  1. wfrpalm

    wfrpalm Been here awhile

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    Dang, those are some nice motorcycles.
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  2. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    AP: Thanks for the photo flood!

    I'm working something up on the 1150E/ES, but the '78 GS 'Skunk' is the Suzuki that has my heart. Want one!

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  3. Ichristopher

    Ichristopher n00b

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    Axis, I hate you for all your cool toys here as much as on GSR. I'm kidding. But no I hate you. :D

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  4. bringenufgun

    bringenufgun Been here awhile

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    all three i had were nice, i mean really nice, but that skunk in the picture was the pick of the litter. purchased from the original owner with 3200 miles on it. it was in showroom condition, i mean perfect. the picture does not do that bike justice.all my bud's thought i was nuts to pay $3200.00 for it. the original owner had the dealer add the accel wires/coils, electronic igniton, and the "E" emblem on the side covers a couple of years later.
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    this one was 9/10th of being as nice. just needed a little mechanical servicing from sitting.cosmetically just fucking gorgeous. got it from the original owner too. was on cl in new york and someone posted a link to the listing on gsr. the seller was wanting like $1500.00 for it. he even had a tire kicker come over and pass. i made him a ludicrously low offer of $750.00, and he accepted.he bought the bike new in anchorage, ak. and drug the bike all over the country for the next 33 years only putting 7,000 miles on it.
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    all three ended up in Dubai of all places.
    i bought this one out of a trailer park in east st louis. advertised as a "suzuki gs1000" for $400.00 almost didn't click on the listing. Mitch Boehm, editor/publisher of "moto retro" bought it for a future project.
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    found this in branson mo. listed as a "suzuki gs1100" for $700.00. decent running, riding 1000 katana.
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    here it is with a proper front fender.
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    oh, and a couple of sub $600.00 "c" models. both with under 5,000 miles.
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  5. m249joe

    m249joe n00b

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    My 1983 GS1100E. All orig. Owned it since 1990. I'm the second owner. First rode it in 85.

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  6. MSrider

    MSrider Rebel with a sixfiddy

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    Long live the train light!! I have no pics, but I do enjoy the classics.
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  7. trevorf

    trevorf Banned

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    Here is my big 1150! and a pic of my little 750.:D
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  8. nachtflug

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  9. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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  10. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Now that gorgeous LAWSON rep in the background - sort of shows the poor old GS up a bit :wink:
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  11. Nolan Woodbury

    Nolan Woodbury Been here awhile

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    ...until you're actually on the road. Then, the roles are reversed. The Suzook is a better motorcycle. IMO. And I love Kawasaki.
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  12. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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  13. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    ....true, the GS handles well - Suzook did a good job copying the Kawasaki engine - then made a better job with the handling :eek1
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  14. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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  15. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Two completely different Eras in bikes so not a fair comparison.
    This is what Kawasaki had in 1979 top compete with the GS S....

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    The ELR was out in 1982 and by then Suzuki had the GS1100E which would spank the ELR. Now I must say I am a ELR fan but just wanted to add the info.
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  16. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    Yeah Suzuki pretty much admit to copying the original Kawasaki 4 cyclinder engine. They got caught napping with the 2 strokes while Honda and Kawasaki were well on their way with the CB and Z1. I find it hard to pick between the two manufacturers, the GS1000 and Z1000 are great bikes.
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  17. Skowinski

    Skowinski Bipedal Tetrapod

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    In the garage. Had it since new. Now at about 78,000 miles. I've been through the bottom end once, and the top end twice. GS1100 swingarm, old Yoshimura exhaust, Derale oil cooler, Wiseco 1085 pistons as of about 5,000 miles ago (had a Yoshimura 1100cc kit earlier), Falicon crank, 29mm smoothbore carburetors, old Yoshimura stage 1 cams, ported head, Dyna electronic ignition, braided stainless brake lines, and other stuff I'm not remembering right now. I need to get in there and replace the valve guide seals...

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  18. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    Please drill the rotors ,they look like big fryin pans on an otherwise great lookin machine.
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  19. GaThumper

    GaThumper Road Less Traveled

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    My completely stock '79 GS1000E that I bought new in 1979!

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  20. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Hi guys,
    I'm keeping an eye open for a nice '83 GS1100E like this one. Prefer something I could pick up that's a runner - I'd like to do a "fly & ride" (I'm assuming I'm going to have to travel to find a clean one). I had a beauty back in the day, and a built 1150 ES that I did a rebuild on, V & H clutch basket, falcon crank, wiseco pistons, etc.... It was a beast.

    Now that I'm a bit older, I think I appreciate those bikes more than ever. They are, in my opinion, what's missing from motorcycling today.

    Contact me if you're interested in selling one or know of someone.

    Thanks. :freaky
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