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    Question Early 80's GS1100 Project Questions

    Hi Gang,


    I wanted to buy the Suzuki GSX1400 that Suzuki doesn't sell here in the states, but after doing tons of research, I learned that you would catch hell trying to get one shipped over here, and the damn thing would have to be damn-near disassembled before it would be allowed in the country.(not worth the aggravation)


    I gave up on that bike and briefly thought about getting a Kawasaki ZRX1200 and just blow out the engine to maximize on power, but I'd really prefer to stick with Suzuki's, as they're my favorite bikes.


    Having said all of that....I've decided to go in a radical direction and get an 80 or 81 GS1100 frame, stuff a "worked" Bandit 1200 or 1250 motor into her, bolt on an aluminum box rear swing-arm from a more modern Suzi, bolt on beefier upside-down front forks from a more modern Suzi, and fit the rest of her out with bigger brakes and all the other usual goodies people put on restomod projects.


    I've read through many threads in here and elsewhere, and I've done a lot of research on this but I still have a few questions.


    1. Will a Bandit 1200 motor bolt into an 80 or 81 GS1100 frame with little to no issues and clear everything it needs to clear?


    2. What would be the best, recommended oversize piston kit & modern carb set-up that would make a Bandit 1200 scream but still make her civilized for back-road Sunday morning riding or traffic clogged highways without overheating? (my definition of "scream" is a bike that can do at least 150 mph minimum)


    3. Will the tank & side panels from an 80 or 81 European GSX1100 bolt right on and look/fit correct, or are the attachment holes/points off/different?


    Any & all answers are welcome, and thanks in advance........

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    Engine is not a bolt in. It's been done before but some work on the mounts is needed. Not sure about the piston kit or side covers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    Engine is not a bolt in. It's been done before but some work on the mounts is needed. Not sure about the piston kit or side covers.
    I think this depends on definition of "bolt in". Like you said some some custom stuff will be needed with the engine mounts. But on the other hand the frame shouldn't need any modifications so in that sense it's pretty much "bolt in".

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    Doesn't the Kat 1127 have more power than the B12? May be cheaper in the long run starting with more power. I think they ran just under 150 in stock form, but that is with the full fairing.
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    Thanks Nessism,

    I'm fine with some minor modification work, or minor welding, but nothing too radical. My only other larger concern would be the clearance on the topside between the top of the engine and the horizontal section of the frame where the tank sits, and clearance between the front of the engine and the front down-tubes. Others have guided me to some other sites & write-ups so I'll look into that, but so far it sounds do-able.


    Thanks for the reply....

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    Thanks Isleoman,


    I visited that site but I'll go back and look again at specifically the links you provided.


    Appreciate all the info on the rear swingarm, forks, wheels and engine mods.


    I'm thinking to get the bike to look and run they way I have it imagined in my mind, it's going to cost me anywhere between 6 to 9k.


    This bike is going with me to my grave so it's one of those "spare no expense" deals.


    Thanks for all the good info....

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    Thanks Arttu.....the more I see all of your reply's and the more research I do, I'm discovering that it shouldn't be too much of a problem.


    Thanks for the reply.....

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    I was also wondering if there was another Suzuki power-plant that might have more power than the Bandit 1200, but I wasn't sure.


    I'll do some research onto the motor you suggested to see what information I can get and what I can learn.


    Thanks for the suggestion.....

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    I have a bare no title frame no swing arm or forks in Washington State for $100. Have other parts also. Inquire.

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    What year/model frame is it, and is it straight?

    What other parts do you have?

    Thanks.....

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