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Old 06-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Pigford View Post
Now that gorgeous LAWSON rep in the background - sort of shows the poor old GS up a bit
...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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Old 07-27-2012, 04:30 PM   #32
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:25 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Nolan Woodbury View Post
...until you're actually on the road. Then, the roles are reversed. The Suzook is a better motorcycle. IMO. And I love Kawasaki.
....true, the GS handles well - Suzook did a good job copying the Kawasaki engine - then made a better job with the handling
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:26 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by nachtflug View Post
Rode by a small independent shop on Friday and they had 3 of these. Not sure why but veeery weird.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:35 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by Pigford View Post
Now that gorgeous LAWSON rep in the background - sort of shows the poor old GS up a bit
Two completely different Eras in bikes so not a fair comparison.
This is what Kawasaki had in 1979 top compete with the GS S....

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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Old 07-30-2012, 02:31 PM   #36
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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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Old 07-30-2012, 05:19 PM   #37
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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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Old 07-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #38
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Please drill the rotors ,they look like big fryin pans on an otherwise great lookin machine.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:38 PM   #39
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My completely stock '79 GS1000E that I bought new in 1979!

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:28 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by m249joe View Post
My 1983 GS1100E. All orig. Owned it since 1990. I'm the second owner. First rode it in 85.

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.

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Old 04-10-2013, 08:52 AM   #41
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I have been looking everywhere for a gs1100e to add to the garage and found this beauty last week. Unmolested, 29000kms. Nice!

It now has some good company...
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:04 PM   #42
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1981 katana 1100

They were 1100cc in Canada. Toured through the Black Hills of South Dakota on this one.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:28 PM   #43
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Oh man, all these great looking GS classics makes me want to dig my 78 GS1000C out of storage and get it back on the road. Mine has less tha 10k on it. I got it back in 84 as a salvage bike for $700. Had to tear the engine down to the crank because the starter ring gear was shattered and it chewed up the bearing on the crankshaft.

First engine I ever took apart and got back together and running. I slotted the camshaft sprocket holes so I could dial in the cams. Opened the airbox, tweaked the exhaust, aluminum swingarm from a GS750, twin discs in the front with S/S braided lines, even modified a Hannigan fariing to fit it. Need a set of 1st over rings for it though.

Still is, always will be a Japanese "big-bore" classic!
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Old 10-25-2014, 09:07 AM   #44
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:00 AM   #45
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Here is my GS1100E (GSX1100 as it is called in Europe) I bought it in parts for very little and created something of a streetfighter out of it.
I've got it for 15 years now and it's still impressive in power and torque.
I've done many alterations to it, not only in looks but also technical.

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