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    Changing tire size is an easier way to go. I went...

    Changing tire size is an easier way to go. I went to a 130 tire on my 650G and it lowered rpms from the 110 on it when I got the bike.
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    Hundreds of dollars in fees retroactively? Yet...

    Hundreds of dollars in fees retroactively?
    Yet another reason to avoid living in California.
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    Ignition is different on the '83, the advance is...

    Ignition is different on the '83, the advance is electronic and is built into the ignitor, not using the mechanical advance on the end of the crank.

    The 83 engine is identical as far as far as...
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    The vesrah head gasket composition works for...

    The vesrah head gasket composition works for surfaces which are less than perfect. You'll need to retouque them once or twice or they will fail.
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    There was a 16 bolt and 17 bolt valve cover...

    There was a 16 bolt and 17 bolt valve cover change made in late 1982. I've gotten the 16 bolt gaskets to work on a 17 bolt cover.
    You might need the valve cover that came with the replacement head.
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    Combustion chambers are smaller on a 1000. Using...

    Combustion chambers are smaller on a 1000. Using the 1000 head on an 1100 will yield nearly a full point increase in compression. Conversely a 1100 head will lower the squeeze on a 1000.
    The 1100...
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    650G clutch springs

    My 650G started slipping on 4 to 5 shifts at high speed. I ordered new clutch springs on a hunch and it turns out the old springs were 5 millimeter shorter on the bench than new ones. I had a burnt...
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    Contact Bruce at the Color Factory 6092420665 He...

    Contact Bruce at the Color Factory 6092420665
    He s just below Toms River and does bicycle frames. He should have no problem redoing a motorbike frame.
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    I ordered parts from Z1 and Partszilla and it too...

    I ordered parts from Z1 and Partszilla and it too a week to show up. Maybe BB should buy from them and fulfill their orders.
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    Free piston ring sets 12140-44110

    I have a pair (2) sets of piston rings I don't need. These are 71mm standard size rings for the 450 and a few other engines. If you need 12140-44110 It's your lucky day.

    Free for postage only.
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    Bike bandit finally answered the telephone and I...

    Bike bandit finally answered the telephone and I got to speak to an agent. He apologized of course and tells me my parts are now on hand and will ship, I'll get them by Friday. Friday comes and...
  12. Fortunately there is eBay and Craigslist as...

    Fortunately there is eBay and Craigslist as alternatives.
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    It took 6 weeks to get an RMA to return parts....

    It took 6 weeks to get an RMA to return parts. Still waiting on the right parts and credit for the return. Their biggest sin is charging my card for items they said were in stock when they really...
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    If you consider how many were made there are...

    If you consider how many were made there are better deals out there. Running examples even.
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    I'm at 2 week so far . I'm willing to give them a...

    I'm at 2 week so far . I'm willing to give them a few more days but the lack of email response is concerning. I need to return 80 dollars worth of parts, I might be stuck with for a while.
    The...
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    Then they should not take orders if they cant...

    Then they should not take orders if they cant fill them. We will find someone who does business differently.
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    They charged my credit card for parts the day I...

    They charged my credit card for parts the day I ordered, that system works damn good still. I'm waiting for an RMA to return some parts and no idea when I'll get my proper stuff.

    Bike bandit is a...
  18. I just got burned by this as well. Now I have to...

    I just got burned by this as well. Now I have to get bike bandit to take back a 38 dollar set of rings I opened and discovered they are for 1.0 oversize.

    I'll be able to return the other 3 sets at...
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    I used permatex 97 8 years ago and not a leak...

    I used permatex 97 8 years ago and not a leak anywhere
  20. Thread: 83 Gs 650gl

    by duaneage
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    I've seen far worse. Wire brush the rust off...

    I've seen far worse.
    Wire brush the rust off and maybe you can apply fiberglass resin to strengthen it
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    Is the bike going into neutral or third when it...

    Is the bike going into neutral or third when it happens? If it's going into neutral the forks may not be engaging it all the way due to damage or wear. Do you have a manual to work from?
  22. Thread: 83 Gs 650gl

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    You can get a new cover, I like saddleman covers,...

    You can get a new cover, I like saddleman covers, and replace the foam from Jo-Ann' s
    Get a block and glue together enough for a rough shape and the use a carving knife to shape items the original....
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    Sounds like a shifting fork is worn or bent. You...

    Sounds like a shifting fork is worn or bent. You need to split the cases to find out for sure. Others have found shift forks to be the cause and you can find a set on eBay or the parts forum on this...
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    Not as common but possible is a timing chain out...

    Not as common but possible is a timing chain out of time. Probably not in your case but one tooth off will cause this
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    James Stanley Smith ( detorn )

    James Stanley Smith was a fan of the GS bikes and owned quite a few including a 550 Kat. He was killed in a car accident Sunday January 26, 2020 early in the AM. I knew him almost 15 years and...
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