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Old 06-24-2014, 03:18 PM   #1
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1991 Suzuki VX800

Well, I don't know much about them, except that they seem very reliable...but a pain to work on.

Guy in my area has one for sale, and I will going to look at it on Saturday. Anything I should look out for?

I am 6'3" and 300 lbs....is upgraded suspension in my future if I purchase this bike? How easy is it to find tail bags/panniers for these?

Also, I can't seem to find a payload limit for this bike...anyone got an idea?
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:33 PM   #2
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Too small

It will look like your riding a mini bike.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:04 PM   #3
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Well, I've never really cared about how me and the bike look...as long as it is fun.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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vx800 is a great bike. You will need to upgrade the suspension. Progressive shocks and spring make a huge improvement. Suzuki offered luggage. I think it was made by Krauser. You should be able to find it on ebay. I bought mine from a dealer, I am pretty sure he got it from somewhere in Germany.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #5
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Well, I've never really cared about how me and the bike look...as long as it is fun.
It'll be fun, just not comfortable. Pretty rare bike so finding after market stuff will be nigh on impossible. Soft bags would work fine though if you want to do some touring. Engines are bullet proof like all Suzuki's.

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Old 06-24-2014, 06:39 PM   #6
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This will be a commuter (approximately 4 miles round trip) and a bike to take short highways rides (maybe a few hours total). Also a BIT of gravel to visit the parents once in a while.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:45 PM   #7
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This will be a commuter (approximately 4 miles round trip) and a bike to take short highways rides (maybe a few hours total). Also a BIT of gravel to visit the parents once in a while.
http://vx800forum.com/forum

I put 100,000 miles on my VX before I sold it in late 2012.
Carb sync is clutsy but only usual maint items apply.

The above linky is very good for any questions for the VX.If any one item needs to be checked, it would be to feel the vibration of a transmission bearing for the drive shaft going bad. The rear wheel drive splines need to be checked (remove the rear wheel) as only some VXs have had a problem. I had it but was solved for $65.00. The torque works well for commuting but as others have stated, the stock springs MUST be upgraded and Progressive make a good value HD replacement for the stockers.

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Old 06-26-2014, 06:31 PM   #8
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I always tend to like a lot of orphan or short run production bikes, just like the VX800. Then I got to ride a friends a fair amount. Eh....OK. Nice engine and decent torque. As others said, suspension is lacking. One thing is the curious fork rake and longish wheel base. It is really rather cruiser like. It wasn't not too cruiser, but not standard like either. Weird. Good commuter, and I've seen one done up with hard bags and a decent windshield and the guy did serious miles on it touring.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:40 AM   #9
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My son had one for a few years. It sat in my garage. I don't think we ever got it running quite right. The carbs are a royal pain. If the one you are considering starts up and runs good, then consider it. If it does not start or run good, run away!!!
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here's one with luggage, same as the bike I had (and often wish I still had)

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