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    Default Help identifying GS850

    Hey all, new to the forum. Just bought my first bike and I'm having trouble figuring out exactly what it is. It was listed as a 1980 GS850. Inside the battery cover is someone's scribble about customizing it in 2009, but also he wrote 1985 GS850 . I tried running the VIN, but everything says suzuki bikes start with JS1. Mine is J1S.

    I only got a bill of sale and it sounds like it's been a few owners since anyone had a title. Little sketch but for $300 I thought I'd take a chance.

    I'll post some pictures and see if you guys can figure it out.

    Thanks!

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    Yep, we need pictures to help.
    Current Bikes:
    2001 Yamaha FZ1 (bought same one back)

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    Welcome to the forum, Scott.
    Whatever it is, without a title, it's a parts bike. Unless, maybe Oregon has got some looser guideline than most of the rest of the country on what's needed to register a motorcycle? I'd suggest you get that sorted if you can before doing anything else on it.

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    Well I got one picture to link from imageshack, but now my phone is being weird and won't let me copy and paste anymore links. I'll have to do it tonight from my computer after work.

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    All I need to get a title in oregon is a lost title form and a bill of sale from the last titled owner. Or I can go to the Dmv and have them do a vin inspection. When they can't get it to come up, then they send you to oregon state police to do an inspection. And they can issue a new vin if they can't find it either.

    Either way, I'm not doing any work to it until I have a title.

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    That looks like a 79 or 80 GS850G (G = shaft, E = Chain and L = lame)
    Has the same speedo/tach as my 80, my 82 is completely different.
    Also no plastic under the seat that connects to the rear cowl.
    And the side panels are long like an 80.

    i think you have an 80 sir.

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