|10-28-2011, 10:53 PM||#11|
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Just over the rear wheel
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This was only my second Suzuki, but it will never be forgotten.
An '82 GS1100G, in terrible shape when I purchased it for $800 in 1998. Upgraded the suspension with Progressive fork springs and shocks, changed the oil, and started riding it. Bought a replacement seat cover and put that on. Found out bias ply tires wore out too quickly, but Metzeler Tourances turned it into a canyon carver and lasted more than twice as long. Added Givi bag mounts, heated grips, and some driving lights to turn it into a decent sport-tourer. Rode it around Alaska for a few years, then took it on a trip to the South 48.
When it came time to ride it back home, a quick side trip to Key West...
...then up to Prudhoe Bay...
...proved its versatility. Three more trips up and back on the Haul Road - the last one being a round trip of over 1000 miles from North Pole to Deadhorse and back to North Pole in less than 24 hours - before a KLR replaced it for that duty. Two years ago, realizing that it wasn't being ridden as much as it should have been, I sold it - for the original purchase price of $800.
It never left me on the side of the road, and managed to show some much newer sport touring and adventure bikes how it's done on winding roads and gravel.
Even after I sold it to a friend, it still shows up in some of my photos -
"I am in the prime of senility." Ben Franklin
Haul Road Chronicles
The Lure of the Dalton
My Evening Rides
'03 GL1800 Dualsport
'02 KLR685 - Stealth Black - 4x Prudhoe Bay Veteran + Coldfoot Lunch Run
'94 Concours "Alcan Annie" - the Heroine of the Five Corners Ride
'82 Suzuki GS1100G - 4x Prudhoe Bay Veteran Including Haul Road 1000 (Sold)
'82 KZ1300 - Future Mule
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