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Old 17-10-2011, 02:51 PM
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Default just how stong are the suzuki GS motors??

I just spoke with a guy thats got a GS850, wants next to not a lot for it, had lots of money spent on it over the years, he had it since early 90's.

its parked up and not running now after a year of being in his mums garage

thing is that the speedo died and fell apart just after 100k miles, its now well in excess of that

is there much chance of the motor still being any good, he said it always been looked after, mainly long runs, his daily commuter for many years

old guy that wouldnt have been thrashing it
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Old 17-10-2011, 03:44 PM
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I just spoke with a guy thats got a GS850, wants next to not a lot for it, had lots of money spent on it over the years, he had it since early 90's.

its parked up and not running now after a year of being in his mums garage

thing is that the speedo died and fell apart just after 100k miles, its now well in excess of that

is there much chance of the motor still being any good, he said it always been looked after, mainly long runs, his daily commuter for many years

old guy that wouldnt have been thrashing it
mate had one of them. in the chopper club . put serious miles on it no bother.
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Old 17-10-2011, 04:24 PM
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as they say, bullet proof engines, but as with anything it all depends what ya gonna do with it,if ya gonna simply stick it in a frame and ride,then a decent overhaul before hand wont go amiss, but I wouldn't be going down a dragstrip on it anytime soon,lol.
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Old 17-10-2011, 04:28 PM
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biggest problems with the gs motors was the charging systems
the regulators where chocolate fireguards a good superdream reg always works well
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Old 17-10-2011, 04:46 PM
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Funnily enough that's what I have on me G.S.1000 ' fighter,lol.
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Great motors - charging system can play up, but very strong.

Carb diaphragms can be replaced with ones from NRP Carbs for lots less than stock 'uns.

Drop the oil, do the valve clearances and it'll be right as.
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Old 17-10-2011, 05:03 PM
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I'm an old guy and I thrash every bike I own..I reckon 60,000 miles is about the useful average life of any bike.

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Old 17-10-2011, 05:07 PM
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I'm an old guy and I thrash every bike I own..I reckon 60,000 miles is about the useful average live of any bike.

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Shows how wrong you are then, doesn't it? Had plenty of bikes with well over that - XJ650 with over 250,000; EXUP1000 with over 150,000, Future Bike had done more than 120,000 on the SOHC 750 motor before it finally popped,; Changeling engine over 100,000.

I also know of an XJ750 that, last time I saw it a few years ago, that was at 875,0000 and the owner was aiming for a million.

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Old 17-10-2011, 05:36 PM
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roller crank gs motors are monumentally well built. to a standard that has just never been bettered since. these bikes were built to last forever. the roller bearing cranks are well nigh unburstable, and as has been said, their only weakness is the charging system, but most will have been sorted by now anyhow. they can sometimes get rattly top ends due to camshaft endfloat, but this isnt more than an inconvenience, they start rattling from the cam endfloat, and 50 thousand miles later theyre still rattling. if the price is right, buy it, change the oil every 1500 miles using a cheap mineral oil and it will see you to the end of your days!!
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Old 17-10-2011, 06:13 PM
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The things are fucking solid. Although I have a spare 1979 850 lump going spare if needed...
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hmm just got to work out how to move a non running bike

think you lot have persuaded me to take a chance on it, if I can get it running, then its ideal cheap quick hardtail trike build, then knock it out on ebay, make myself some money
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Old 17-10-2011, 08:36 PM
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I reckon 60,000 miles is about the useful average life of any bike.
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And people ask why we pay so much for Harleys when jap bikes are so superior...
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Old 17-10-2011, 08:51 PM
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Default Dont no where you got 60,000

Dont no where you got 60,000 miles from john my old maggot is 147,000 still on original engine
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my mate dispatches on gs650 kats and runs them up to 250 thousand miles ish before changing them for another!
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Old 18-10-2011, 08:15 AM
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Default Clutch baskets can start rattling....

...but it's a simple fix to get them re rivited!

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hello, have and love my 3 gs 850's.. one a prize winner,one for sale whence finished and one that needs a back end badly,wheel,swinging arm etc. in devon uk. Adam
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so, back end req, anyone got????
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Adam, you're posting in a 5 year old thread. Probably better if you start a fresh one.
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so, back end req, anyone got????
Hi Adam, welcome to the forum, matey.

It would help if you filled out the user CP up on the left hand side and tell us a bit about yourself, then we can all take the rip out of you, cos we like doing things like that! then you can do the same to us, everyone else does.

And as Beer Monster says, the thread's so old it's beard is longer than his, so it's best to start a new one.
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