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    Hi all, new GS owner here. A good friend of mine gave me his father's(passed away a few years ago sadly) bike as he's career military and moves around a lot. Told me he wanted to see it go to somebody who would appreciate it and ride it. Not currently running, but it seems to be all together for the most part. Joined to get into the info on these things and get started on getting this thing back on the road, amongst several others that I have in the stable. I'm pretty sure I narrowed this one down to a '79 GS1000L, but I wanted to get some input. I found several sheets with serial numbers on them, but wanted to consult the experts here for some feedback as well.

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    I'm also running around on a Suzuki Savage bobber these days and my love of old Japanese bikes goes back to my dad's '71 Honda CL350 and my first bike I bought, a '72 Honda CB450(still have it, rebuild in progress on the motor). Looking forward to getting to know y'all and learn about these bikes. From what I can tell these are some hellacious machines when they're tuned up and running, definitely looking forward to getting this 'ol gal back up on her feet and motoring around.

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    Welcome aboard. My first bike was a '71 CB350. Two friends had the 450. Pic looks like a '79 1000L to me.

    Welcome aboard.
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    Yep, 79 L model
    The carbs tell the story
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Thanks for the input. Now on to three articles and stickies to figure out what to do first to get her back in fighting shape.
    1979 Suzuki GS1000L
    1972 Honda CB450
    2005 Suzuki Savage 650

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    Oh, look at the Top 10 Newbie mistakes thread
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    Hi, Maxfubar! Looks like a nice example...Apart from the seat cover cosmetic bits look hopeful, and they are the hardest to replace. be sure to have a look in the airbox- the mice might have built a nest from parts of the seat!

    Overall, carbs and gas tank and petcock and valve-check are good places to start but you've got bikes so you know...

    Source of manuals and tips here BikeCliff's Website

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorminrider View Post
    Hi, Maxfubar! Looks like a nice example...Apart from the seat cover cosmetic bits look hopeful, and they are the hardest to replace. be sure to have a look in the airbox- the mice might have built a nest from parts of the seat!

    Overall, carbs and gas tank and petcock and valve-check are good places to start but you've got bikes so you know...

    Source of manuals and tips here BikeCliff's Website
    I got the airbox off last night and other than the filter turning to dust upon removal, it's all pretty clean. I was going to remove the rest of the air box and take a look at the carbs, do some minor cleanup and see if I can't get it to fire. Will need a battery and unfortunately I've got my buddy looking for a set of keys. So I may have to remove the ignition switch and bypass for testing until I can either get a set of keys or replace the switch, gas cap, and seat lock with new pieces.
    1979 Suzuki GS1000L
    1972 Honda CB450
    2005 Suzuki Savage 650

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    Seems maybe I remember you can order a key if you have the numerical key code which might be printed somewhere. I think there may be a guy on Ebay.
    1983 GS 1100 Guided Laser
    1983 GS 1100 G
    2000 Suzuki Intruder 1500, "Piggy Sue"
    2000 GSF 1200 Bandit (totaled in deer strike)
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    There's a guy here

    Kiwi Canuck aka Dave
    Last edited by Big T; 08-04-2020 at 08:05 PM.
    1978 GS 1000 (since new)
    1979 GS 1000 (The Fridge, superbike replica project)
    1978 GS 1000 (parts)
    1981 GS 850 (anyone want a project?)
    1981 GPZ 550 (backroad screamer)
    1970 450 Mk IIID (THUMP!)
    2007 DRz 400S
    1999 ATK 490ES
    1994 DR 350SES

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    You shouldn't need to futz around up at the key switch while you look for a key.... you should be able to take from a red wire or battery + to the fusebox bus that feeds the circuits. On these suzukis the keyswitch mostly justs connects red to an orange that feeds the bus..and, on yours. I think, grey to brown to power some dash lights etc

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