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    Quote Originally Posted by wymple View Post
    I believe there are far more GS survivors than Honda or Kawasaki. I see GS bikes quite a bit, the others not so much. Rarity breeds value. It's the price Suzuki paid for being a better bike. Except for the wiring.....
    We have a tendency to see things we have in common with others, I notice every Toyota Tundra on the road because I have one. So if you ride a GS you likely won't notice a CB as readily as another GS.

    I ride a CBX and a GS so I notice other CBX and GS when they cross my path. Locally I know of 25-30 CBX and even more CB's but other GS's maybe 10-15 and those all belong to my vintage buddies. Suzuki's like my GS1150efe I've only seen two others. Honda has dominated sales for decades no other manufacturer even comes close in production there's a lot of them still out there tucked away in barns, garages and sheds.
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    Hey, did someone mention lunch boxes? There's a great little mom and pop restaurant just east of Omaha NE that has these and several more on display

    Lunch Boxes by Scott Baker, on Flickr

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    25-30 CBX's in one area??? Dang I never see them & if I do they really catch my attention. My opinion they weren't the best at anything but looking good. Those red & black "79" models have got to be the best looking bike ever produced.
    1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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    I witnessed a 79 CBX with 43 miles on the clock sell at auction in 2018 for $17,500. Fast forward to 2020 at a Mecum motorcycle auction in Las Vegas and that same bike with it's 43 miles on the clock sold for $26,000.

    Only bad thing about something like that is the fact that you can't ride it or else it's value drops like a heavy rock. Plus all the rubber parts are 43 years old.
    Just a museum piece and I don't buy museum pieces. What I buy, I ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alke46 View Post
    I witnessed a 79 CBX with 43 miles on the clock sell at auction in 2018 for $17,500. Fast forward to 2020 at a Mecum motorcycle auction in Las Vegas and that same bike with it's 43 miles on the clock sold for $26,000.

    Only bad thing about something like that is the fact that you can't ride it or else it's value drops like a heavy rock. Plus all the rubber parts are 43 years old.
    Just a museum piece and I don't buy museum pieces. What I buy, I ride.
    YES. I hate garage queens. The CBx was made to be ridden. Let the museums collect them. That bike is still on my most wanted list.
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    Oh yeah, it is gorgeous when well cared for.
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    '19 Triumph Tiger 800 Christmas 2018 to me from me.

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    25-30 CBXs locally owned? Wonder why Calgary/Alberta became such a hotbed?
    I have been an owner for 20 years and don't think i have even seen that many.
    They certainly are a fun bike to ride and the attention they get is part of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldGSfan View Post
    Great article Tom. Somehow I missed this link before but just read it now. Thanks.

    I've got a Wiseco 810cc kit and a spare cylinder just waiting for an excuse to install it in my 750. The bike runs so damn nice now though that I've been dragging my feet.

    A guy on KZ Rider built a restomod 750 that's just a dream come true. He upgraded the suspension and brakes with late model fork/wheels/tires/swingarm/shocks as is customary with that sort of project. For the engine he went 810cc kit, 6 speed wide ratio transmission from a KZ550, along with modified clutch, and some aftermarket cams. Add in a Kerker and various other custom bits. A dream come true.

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    I had an 810 kit in my 750 Turbo, among way too many modifications to list. That is the only motorcycle I've ever ridden that had over 200 rwhp. It was a nightmare come true
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