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Old 01-11-2008, 05:43 PM   #16
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I started out on a GS250T. The really funny thing is that I just came across this thread right after spending almost an hour trying to scan a picture of me on it, from back in '85, but the #$%*!! scanner won't work.
Ok, I finally got the scanner to work. Not a great image, but there it is - on my first bike. Photo taken in 1985, the bike's maybe 2 years old at this point?



I bought it for $1100 if I remember correctly, from one of my mom's friends. Rode it all over the place, with my girlfriend (now wife) on the back - we had a blast!
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Old 01-11-2008, 05:46 PM   #17
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I bought 2 '78 wire wheel GS1000's as bank repos in late '79. One had a windjammer and bags, the other had been used as a drag bike. Paid $1500 for the pair.

Sold the tourer for $1K to my then roommate. That worked out well, 'cause he hardly rode it. I borrowed it for a few trips and used it for commuting. I probably put more miles on it than him.

The drag bike had been returned to stock trim before the bank got it back, but I knew the PO. I bought the 29mm smoothbores off him and a few other parts. Bored it to 1150cc, welded the crank, used an exhaust cam from a GS750, and gutted and reworked the stock pipes.
The seat had been cut down, and with low bars and a 1/4 fairing, made for a fast and fun sport bike for riding the roads of SW Va in the early '80s.

Handled better than the Z1R-TC I owned for a short time in the same period.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:49 PM   #18
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Nice project man!!!
Those disc brakes up front, are them new?
keep posting pics please
Had a gs for about 5 months when in Australia...bought it with 100000 km and crossed the country two up.... from east to west
nice memories
Thanks. It's on hold right now until I finish remodeling the bathroom (D'oh). I built that seat pan but I'm really not happy with it. I think I can do better. I have all of the parts to make it stock if I really want to, but I need projects or else I get bored. Life's no fun unless I'm taking something apart. I'll post pics when I get somewhere. By the way, the front brakes are not new, I just cleaned them up a bit.
I suspect that there will be some issues with the bike as far as tuning goes. The clutch springs need to be replaced. they took a set after sitting for so long and the clutch slips a little on acceleration. Also, I rejetted for the pod filters and 4-1, so, I'll have to dial that in. Hopefully I'll get it done this Summer.
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:40 AM   #19
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Bought it for $200. It was shot. It had been leaning against a trailerhouse in Louisiana for quite a while. I love a challenge. I got it runnign and have ridden it but I still have a little work to make it street legal. Namely, ditching the pillow seat and getting the rear tailights sorted out.


Why don't you go with a kawa z 650 or even better a z 900/1000 tail...
the one that looks like a nail ....
that woul be looking right IMHO
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:15 AM   #20
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I wanted a fiberglass project and I also wanted an excuse to put 59 caddy taillights on the bike. If I'm not completely satisfied I'll do something else. Just an excuse to tinker.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:17 PM   #21
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1979 GS-1000s...
mmmm purty...
I want one...

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Old 01-13-2008, 03:29 PM   #22
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I'm somewhat looking for an 82-83 GS1100 Suzuki. I'm thinking of parting with my 92 GSPD, and leaning for some old Jap Iron. I used to have an 80 model 1100, and liked it. So, If anyone knows, or hears of one, please let me know.

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Old 01-13-2008, 03:50 PM   #23
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1981. Me on my GSX250. First of many fairing this bike had. I did close to 80k touring thge eastern side of Australia on this bike in the 80s.

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Old 01-14-2008, 12:21 PM   #24
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I'm somewhat looking for an 82-83 GS1100 Suzuki. I'm thinking of parting with my 92 GSPD, and leaning for some old Jap Iron. I used to have an 80 model 1100, and liked it. So, If anyone knows, or hears of one, please let me know.

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What price range?

here's mine
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:25 PM   #25
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1979 GS-1000s...
mmmm purty...
I want one...
I'd give my left nut for one of those things. Beautiful and fast, they were a wonderful Gentleman's Express.
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:06 PM   #26
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This thread gives me an excuse to bore you with pics of a trip i did round Morooco last year (on and off road) on an '82 gs650.



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Old 01-14-2008, 03:12 PM   #27
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I think the gs500 may well be one of the best starter bikes of all time

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Old 01-14-2008, 05:03 PM   #28
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I think the gs500 may well be one of the best starter bikes of all time



When new riders ask me what to buy, that's what I point them to.

Virtually indestructible and fast enough to get down the highway and not get run over.

I've always had a weak spot for it's grandfather, the GS450S.

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Old 01-14-2008, 05:18 PM   #29
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I have an 82 GS1100 for you. It's not as pretty as Solo's, but it's in a whole different price range too!
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:51 PM   #30
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1979 - 1985 Gs-850...big gas tank,big seat and shaft drive made this bike an excellent touring mount.Also available in 1000 and 1100 sizes but the 850 was the smoothest runner.

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