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    Default New to the Forum with an '83 GS850G, Minnesota

    Hello from Minnesota, I'm new to this forum! I bought my GS850g a few years back when I saw it on craigslist for a steal, not in the best shape ever but well worth what I paid and was a complete bike with most of it's stock components in tact. It had a few different questionable paint jobs layered on top of one another, and looked like it had been well loved. Didn't know much about the legacy of the GS series at the time, but something about the look and the feel of the bike just drew me to it. Got it running for a short season of riding a few years ago, and learned a whole lot about stators and rectifiers after a couple of push starts, but other than that it ran quite well.

    After that, I went off to college and didn't have much of a chance to give it the restoration I wanted to. These pandemic days, my school life has become a lot more flexible, and with all the classes being online I've found myself with the time this winter to put in the work and make the bike what I want it to be. I've learned a lot working on it and am excited to share the progress with you all when I get the chance to work on it periodically. I've made quite a bit of progress so far.

    This will only allow me to post one photo, so I'll go ahead and share a picture here from when I first got it. I've got some other pics of the lovely paint job I did when I was a teenager, and my current progress with how the bike looks at the moment, that I'll post wherever is appropriate when I have some more time. I plan to rectify my lovely blue rattle can job by starting from scratch with a much more well planned Indian Chief inspired 2-stage job that I'll be attempting in a month or two. Looking forward to asking some questions that have had me stumped that maybe you all can help with, and posting more pictures as this project draws to it's conclusion. Most Importantly, I'm looking forward to the ride. Cheers! Snapchat-332484147.jpg

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    Welcome to the forum Gn0hm. The 850 is a great engine.
    Insider tip, if you want to post more than one pic in a post use an image hosting site, like Flickr or even Google Photos, I use IMGUR myself.
    Last edited by RustyTank; 01-26-2021 at 10:01 AM.
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    Congrats on the GS, looks pretty good to begin with, head'in in the right direction, keep it up, & welcome aboard.
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    For now, until finding an image hosting site, you can click on your pic then copy/ paste into the post to enlarge it.




    The '83 is my favorite of the 850's. I've never seen a two tone seat like that and kinda like it.

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    Thanks for the Tips! Funny you should mention the two tone seat, I liked it too but it was torn so I ran with it but made a new two-tone with a black and white color scheme. Here's a few images, one is the current look of the bike, which will be changing soon as well, but the seat is staying of course. The other two pics are an after/before of the midsection when I redid the electronics and repainted part of the frame.
    https://imgur.com/D2JoeWw
    https://imgur.com/NEf4Goa
    https://imgur.com/32nvbbA

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    Wow, big improvement to the midsection in Before and After photos! Well done! Keep up the good work.
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    Gn0hm

    Welcome. RE: pics. You've already got an Imgur account. That's great. Just a few more clicks from imgur (full site, not the app) to copy the BBCode and paste it into a post here. Then the pics show up at the size you choose and we don't have to click on them to see them (we're a lazy bunch). Details linked in my signature of how to do this.

    Also, please go ahead and create a signature. Go to Settings at the upper right of any page. You'll figure it out from there. Most people put, at the very least, their bike make and model in a signature. It's much appreciated here.

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    Welcome to the site.
    White seat cover? No way i would be able to keep that clean.
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