Originally Posted by Tim_Tom
One of the plusses that the '79 GS has over the later models is it's the only year 850 to have a kickstarter. That is more useful than you can imagine. And sure to stop any ball breaking on base, being a 'real' man to kickstart his bike. Really it's like kick starting a sewing machine if it's all running right
I agree on the kickstarter. It's easier to kick over a warm GS850 than many dirt bikes. It adds to the cool factor a lot. It's a big plus when your battery is low out in the boonies, too.