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    Default New GS1100G(K) owner from Colorado

    Hello,

    I just found a 1982 GS1100GK in good condition, ~15,000 miles and I am thrilled!


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    This is not my first bike from this era, had various Yamaha XS's, a naked Honda GL1100, Moto Guzzis and others, so I am familiar with the areas that need to be addressed: valve clearance, carbs, electrical, brakes (including brake lines), tires, etc.

    Read lots of threads on this forum about these bikes and new ownership, got the shop manual and can't wait to go through the bike from front to back. I appreciate all the knowledge and willingness to help on this forum!

    I very much love the looks of this model but the large fairing will be removed; will most likely keep the hard bags and luggage rack.

    I live in Colorado between Denver and Boulder and ride in the mountains as much as I can.

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    Certainly looks like a very nice complete stock GK. I had to look for year and half to find one.

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnManCO View Post
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    ............................ but the large fairing will be removed; ......
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    What you find is that headlight (and t-signals and such) from a gs1100g will not fit. THe fork tubes are bigger and spaced further apart.

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    Had 850G for 14 years. Now have GK since 2005.
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    That's a pretty sharp find...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    Certainly looks like a very nice complete stock GK. I had to look for year and half to find one.



    What you find is that headlight (and t-signals and such) from a gs1100g will not fit. THe fork tubes are bigger and spaced further apart.

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    Yes, I used the search function and looked at ALL GS1100GK threads. One forum member used the original GS1100G headlight "ears" and a tailpipe expander to widen them for the thicker forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scratch View Post
    That's a pretty sharp find...
    And the engine starts and runs nicely. No (visible) rust in the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnManCO View Post
    And the engine starts and runs nicely. No (visible) rust in the tank.
    I bought it from the second owner. The title was from 1985. The clerk at the DMV had never seen a title like this; it looked ancient, only half the size of today's Colorado titles.

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    That is the most stock, all complete GK I have seen in years. Even has the original fairing mounted mirrors yet.

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    Had 850G for 14 years. Now have GK since 2005.
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    In regards to fitting new headlight- I got universal headlight brackets from ebay. They are multi fit 35-43mm, so no issue with fork tube thickness. Then fitted a round 7" universal motorcycle headlight. Cheers.
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    Realy digging those vintage Bosch driving lights mounted on the crash bars... it's an 80's time machine.

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    Hi,

    I wasn't able to log in, had to register again, changed my user name from MtnManCO to MtnManCA as I ended up moving from Colorado to Clovis, California.

    Attached is a picture of my 1982 GS1100GK after fairing removal and thoroughly going through all systems.

    I am enjoying the warmer climate of Central California and the incredible beauty of the Sierra Nevada.

    The bike runs very well most of the time, idles smoothly, accelerates strongly, occasionally it loses about half of its power, still runs but does not accelerate smoothly.

    Yesterday it ran very well for the first ~20 miles, then things deteriorated and the engine stuttered/shuddered severely during acceleration for about 20 minutes and then suddenly went back to normal for the rest of the ride (about 30 minutes) as if a switch was flicked.

    I hope I will understand one day what causes this behavior. The shuddering has happened before after ~15-20 miles but this is the first time the engine went back to normal. This was also the first longer ride.

    Yesterday I suspected fuel starvation/poor tank venting. Opened the gas cap when the engine ran poorly; this did not help. Will go for another longer ride as soon as time permits to see if the intermittent issue comes back.
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