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Thread: 15 years of owning my GS

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    Gnarly! Looks like stuff from the Titanic!
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    1984 1150ES

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    I've been slowly pecking away the Monstrosity all week.
    Fairing brackets are in the win column. They look good, shiny even. The fairing, despite being ugly looks to be in real good condition with no cracks or visible repairs. It's probably unofficially for sale.
    Taillight / grab handle will clean up. The light has some fine scratching on it, likely from a tarp rubing on it. Plastic polish should do fine on it. The gauge cluster will not be used. The plastic window looks good when viewed from straight on, but from an angle the plastic is crazed. It shows 6 something thousand miles. The wiring harness may not be garbage as I originally thought. The handlebar controls wiring surely is, with cut up repurposed wiring, plus the right control is a non Suzuki push / pull throttle. The main harness may be ok. Still need to confirm. The seat is interesting. It looks to have been possibly opened then re stapled. I popped it on my bike and took a ride tonight. The rear part is much cushier then mine, the front feels narrower. I think the front sides were trimmed a bit for short person or drag race use. I can flat foot it with that seat. I may continue to use it. I'm leaving the Monstrosity as a roller for now for ease of movement, plus I want to do some side by side comparisons of the frames.


    Speaking of that....

    I got a glimmer of hope, albeit small, that my good bike's frame may not be finished yet. I was looking at the engine mounts on both bikes, and noticed the upper rear one on mine looks bent compared to the parts bike's. Also, the welded on frame mounts on the opposite side are different as well. One is straight, while the parts bike's has a subtle curve to it. My engine may be pushed to the right at the mounts. This may answer another riddle of mine. While checking and spinning the wheel a million times watching the chain, I noticed that the it hits the top of the front sprocket on the inside rubbing the sideplates, but leaves the bottom fairly centered. I'm wondering if the engine is tilted a bit. Likely grasping at straws, but I'll hold on to hope.
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    -Rusty old scooter.

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    2 bikes a month apart in age with different seat pans. Subtle changes like these within a model run are interesting to me.


    Hmmmm. Good bike / parts bike motor mounts side by side.....

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    The wiring harness is off, and was in good shape. All plugs, etc intact, and the wiring appears to be good. I don't need one currently, but......GS. it looks to have a Ricks R/R. No gold nugget, but I guess the good is that the wiring didn't melt when the original failed. Everything is tucked away in the garage attic. The front fender was removed to prevent storage damage. Like the fairing, it's good, but has ugly paint with a big run in it. At some point I want to pull the rear wheel to check the cush drive. Mine aren't great. Also, I finally have a properly mounted gas tank, as the parts bike donated it's frame pad and mounting hardware. I'm sure it will give up other bits and pieces.

    Things are about to get quite busy at home for a while so this will be back burnered for a while.

    With all visual heft removed and just a tank and seat on it, the big GS looks surprisingly small.... and kind of cool.


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    -Rusty old scooter.

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    That's why I loved getting the fairings and giant blob of a speedo cluster off of mine!
    Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition." ~Daniel Dennett

    1984 1150ES

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    For sure. I dig your bike. I don't forsee stripping mine down, as I love it fully dressed, but I'd be lying if I said I haven't looked at that stripped down hulk and envisioned a more elemental ride. The fact that my cousins have a cache of old GS parts doesn't help.

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    -85 1150 es - Plus size supermodel.
    -Rusty old scooter.

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    I do understand. The first 1150 I saw in real life was a blue and white ES like yours. There were two of them, actually. They went around a corner near my house in spectacular fashion (so far over it was eye-opening), and then got on it hard and disappeared. I wanted one ever after.
    Darwin's idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition." ~Daniel Dennett

    1984 1150ES

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    I finally got a pipe to replace the Yosh I stole off the 1150, for the Kat, my Kerker is done, at least the header part (crack in 4 places).
    Got a replacement Yosh from a member here for a more than reasonable price, that actually was designed for the 1150.
    The bracket fits perfectly on the passenger peg mount, however someone shortened the can and has a large diameter baffle.
    I like some sound, but this thing is beyond a growler.
    It might be missing the front portion of baffle, not sure, but for sure, it's too loud.
    It almost feels like it's breathing better than before, but it's a stock engine with only pods and a pipe, so the sound might be tricking me into thinking it's happier then it actually is. It definetely stumbles more below 3K rpm, which could be due to some large dents in the header near the collector, but I'm thinking it's the large diameter outlet. Just a thought, not sure what's going on.
    GS\'s since 1982: 55OMZ, 550ES, 750ET, (2) 1100ET\'s, 1100S, 1150ES. Current ride is an 83 Katana. Wifes bike is an 84 GS 1150ES

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    Well, for a possible point of reference, here are a couple of pics of mine when it was apart to get painted if it helps.




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    Glen
    -85 1150 es - Plus size supermodel.
    -Rusty old scooter.

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    The front portion of the baffle is missing based on the first picture.
    I think it's a Pro Series I and the can is only 10 inches long with a 1 5/8 inch outlet.
    GS\'s since 1982: 55OMZ, 550ES, 750ET, (2) 1100ET\'s, 1100S, 1150ES. Current ride is an 83 Katana. Wifes bike is an 84 GS 1150ES

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