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    #16
    Well, OK, I'll admit no doubt it's better than letting the whole thing completely rot away in a fence row. Still hard to say "another GS saved", "another GS eng., trans., & wheels saved" would seem a little more accurate. Looks like really good work whether I'm impressed with the final results or not. Also understand not invest more than will return, could go broke doing that. Congrats again & my opinion, color fits bike perfectly.
    1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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      #17
      Originally posted by rphillips View Post
      Well, OK, I'll admit no doubt it's better than letting the whole thing completely rot away in a fence row. Still hard to say "another GS saved", "another GS eng., trans., & wheels saved" would seem a little more accurate. Looks like really good work whether I'm impressed with the final results or not. Also understand not invest more than will return, could go broke doing that. Congrats again & my opinion, color fits bike perfectly.
      100% agree with you.
      Front forks and rim, swing arm, motor are all that's left. The rear rim is 16", not sure what it was off of, but when I got the bike it had a dunlop tire on it that was stamped 99. So I'm assuming the last time the bike had ran was probably 20yrs ago. When I contacted MTC about piston rings, they said that style hadn't been produced since the 90's.
      Last edited by winmag4582001; 10-29-2021, 11:35 AM.
      2016 Ducati 1299s
      1989 BMW K100RS
      1982 GS1100E-current build
      1980 GS1000E-sold
      1982 GS1100L-sold
      1982 CX500-sold

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        #18
        Rear wheel 16", Most "L" model GS's had 16" wheels with that same design.
        1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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          #19
          Originally posted by winmag4582001 View Post
          A while back I bought a rotting 82 GS from a kid for a couple hundred bucks. He said the motor was locked up, but it wasn't. Just one of the stand offs for the coil pack had fallen into the motor and wedged at the cam chain.
          Ended up that at some point in the bikes life it had been bored +2mm and had 36mm carbs put on it. I spent a few months and about a grand getting it thrown back together. Rebuilt the motor, did a simple wire job on it, tuned it and the thing is stupid fast for its age! Overall I got less than $1,500 in it and since august, about 5,000 miles. During nice weather I daily it to work, 50 miles round trip.
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          You did a great job upgrading it. By the way, what type of motorcycle exhaust do you run on this ride?
          Last edited by chrisbnvds4; 11-03-2021, 11:22 PM.

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            #20
            Originally posted by winmag4582001 View Post
            ^^^^THIS right here is the exact reason I didn't waste time or money putting the bike back to original.
            As I said in a previous response, there's a guy here in CO that has a cherry 82 that he's been trying to get $3500 out of for over a year. If he can't get $3k out of a mint one, I'm not going to put in the time or $ to bring one back to mint.

            Lets be honest. There's only a few of us on this forum that could take a pile of junk that was leaning against a fence for years, with no gas cap, fried electrical system, possibly locked up motor, and get it back on the road in any form.
            My bike isn't for everyone, but at least it didn't end up in the land fill.
            Don't be too impressed by my $500 special. I only bought it to have a spare motor for my drag bike.
            It had been leaning against the wall of a shed for years, with the starter clutch assembly laying on the ground, side cover off.
            It was a mix o '82 and '83 parts, with a cut frame, and shortened front springs, (I figured illegal street racing), it really was a mess.

            I wasn't planning on getting it running, just take out the motor.
            But with this forum, some parts scrounging, another frame, and a lot of work, it turned into a great riding, OK looking bike.
            But not worth anything close to $3K. LOL...

            Anyway, 15 years later, it still looks OK...Just don't get too close.
            Bob T. ~~ Play the GSR weekly photo game: Pic of Week Game
            '83 GS1100E ~ '01 TRIUMPH TT600 ~ '67 HONDA CUB

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              #21
              Looks like a hoot !!
              82 1100 EZ (red)

              "You co-opting words of KV only thickens the scent of your BS. A thief and a putter-on of airs most foul. " JEEPRUSTY

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                #22
                Originally posted by rphillips View Post
                Rear wheel 16", Most "L" model GS's had 16" wheels with that same design.
                And a shaft. That would have to be a '79 1000L, 750L, or a tiddler.

                I agree with the owner. The bike was not a bike now it is. A running bike has a lot more possibilities than one with a stuck motor. I might fix up a running bike, but not to tear the engine down.

                I had an '83 1100E a while back. It was peppy.
                sigpic Too old, too many bikes, too many cars, too many things

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                  #23
                  Why not see how she looks with side covers? The rear of the '82-'83 tank has an odd look naked.
                  1982 GS1100E V&H "SS" exhaust, APE pods, 1150 oil cooler, 140 speedo, 99.3 rear wheel HP, black engine, '83 red

                  2016 XL883L sigpic Two-tone blue and white. Almost 42 hp! Status: destroyed, now owned by the insurance company. The hole in my memory starts an hour before the accident and ends 24 hours after.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Rob S. View Post
                    Why not see how she looks with side covers? The rear of the '82-'83 tank has an odd look naked.
                    I was gonna say the same thing. Maybe cut them down about half the stock height.
                    82 1100 EZ (red)

                    "You co-opting words of KV only thickens the scent of your BS. A thief and a putter-on of airs most foul. " JEEPRUSTY

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by chrisbnvds4 View Post
                      You did a great job upgrading it. By the way, what type of motorcycle exhaust do you run on this ride?
                      Had a V&H 4 to 1 on it that I reduced down to 1 3/4". Give it a little back pressure. It's loud without any muffler, but sounds fantastic at full throttle.
                      2016 Ducati 1299s
                      1989 BMW K100RS
                      1982 GS1100E-current build
                      1980 GS1000E-sold
                      1982 GS1100L-sold
                      1982 CX500-sold

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                        #26
                        That’s awesome!

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                          #27
                          Old memories...Back in "81" I bought a new V&H for my GS1100E. It came from factory with reducers, I don't remember, either 2 or 3, that slid right into the collector. The smaller the restrictor, the more torque & little less top end HP. No restrictor more high rpm HP, but a little less torque, enough you could easily feel the difference.
                          1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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                            #28
                            I'm back! lol
                            So, I finished this bike over a year ago, got it all tuned/dialed in and it did 146mph per the GPS.
                            Uncomfortable? Check
                            Ugly? Check
                            Fast? Check
                            Sold? Check

                            Saturday I'm going to look at what appears to be a mint 83 1100, clean title for $1200. If it starts and idles, I'll offer him $800. It's the typical story: Dude buys old motorcycle thinking he's going to do something and quickly finds out he is low on testosterone and mechanical/electrical knowledge.
                            I'll post if I buy it and show the process of cutting it down to size.



                            2016 Ducati 1299s
                            1989 BMW K100RS
                            1982 GS1100E-current build
                            1980 GS1000E-sold
                            1982 GS1100L-sold
                            1982 CX500-sold

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