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Old 08-26-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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1982 Suzuki GS650G

I had one of these back in the day

Mine was an '82. It was dark red. Someone has painted this one two tone blue. Also the front fender is not correct. He says the front rim is bent but that he will fix it for $100. He also said it has not carb boots and the carbs were cleaned recently, but it still needs some carb work. He said it idles rough. He says he has a clean Indian title.

I am thinking of going to look at it tomorrow evening.

Any advice would be appreciated. What should I be looking out for?

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Old 08-26-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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Hard to tell from the CrackList PotatoCam™ photos, but it looks like it's been down hard enough to damage the bars, pegs, instruments, etc. so check for twisted forks, etc.

And what the heck is wrong with the front wheel, exactly? These things have incredibly strong wheels, so if it's bent it hit something pretty damn hard. What else might be bent?

Tires are ancient, but that's pretty obvious. You should be able to scare up a wheel or even a set of forks pretty easily if you need one -- lots of us over on have wheels hanging around we'll never need.

It's definitely not worth anywhere near $1000 in that condition, but if it's not too twisted up could be a fun project if you can grab it for $500 or less.

The usual wisdom is that you'll need to drop another $600 to $800 into a rough-ish bike before you can ride it, and this one may need some other parts in addition to "the usual" brake rebuild, tires, suspension.

These are great bikes -- plenty of power and far less bulk than the 850 larger shafties. And there aren't too many of the G models around -- they're more sought-after now, but the GL models sold better in the '80s.

Check the title very closely, especially since it's an Indiana title. You do NOT need paperwork troubles, and it's nearly impossible to sort this stuff out in Indiana. The BMV here offers ZERO slack -- any stray flyspeck on the title and you'll have a massive pain in the ass on your hands.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:32 PM   #3
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Considerably less then 500.00. They arent collector items and money adds up fixing things. If it doesnt run then it has to be assumed could have other problems,there could be any number of things wrong,or maybe not. But who knows?

Stories from sellers are just that,stories as he may remember things.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:48 PM   #4
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I'd listen to Mr Bwringer on this one. If you can't talk him down on the price, it's really not worth it.

That being said......there are plenty of people that have old GS parts laying around that they would give away for the cost of shipping. Shoot, I have a set of forks and a couple front wheels collecting dust in my garage.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:04 PM   #5
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Great reliable bike.

But not this one. I would pass. It's an $800 beater running well without the wobble.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:28 PM   #6
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Pass. You can buy a daily-rider example for under $1000.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:44 AM   #7
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ok - thanks for the advice. I called him and left him a voice mail that I was going to pass on it.

I really don't have room in the garage or time on my hands, anyway.

thanks again
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