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    Default Is the 1980 16 valve GS1100L Hard to Find?

    Hey guys. I'm no where near being in a position to purchase one right now, but I've recently become very intrigued with the GS1100L.
    I'm curious if anyone has any idea if the 1980, 16 valve version is a difficult one to come by? As I understand it they were a one year make.
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    The 1980 GS1100L was in fact only built for the 1980 model year. Suzuki built GS1100L s for 1981, 1982, and 1983 as well, according to the model information tab on the GSR home page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zuluwiz View Post
    The 1980 GS1100L was in fact only built for the 1980 model year. Suzuki built GS1100L s for 1981, 1982, and 1983 as well, according to the model information tab on the GSR home page.
    Right. Zuluwiz, I just took a look at the chart you referenced. I'm talking specifically about the GS1100L with the TSCC, 16 valve engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyTank View Post
    Right. I'm talking specifically about the 16 valve, TSCC engine GS1100L.
    You are correct, sir. Later L models had the 8 valve engine, which was just an enlarged version of the previous liter bike. 1980 was also the only year an L model had chain drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    You are correct, sir. Later L models had the 8 valve engine, which was just an enlarged version of the previous liter bike. 1980 was also the only year an L model had chain drive.
    I'm curious what the differences in performance are between the 16 valve, TSCC engine and the 8 valve shafty? I read that the 16 valve engine produced about 10 more HP. Any other pros to that engine or are both engines close enough in performance that it's negligible?
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    I'll admit I didn't know that Suzuki went to the 8-valve engine for the rest of the GS1100L run. Learn something every day, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zuluwiz View Post
    I'll admit I didn't know that Suzuki went to the 8-valve engine for the rest of the GS1100L run. Learn something every day, I guess.
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    The 16V engine is a performance engine. The 1100 8V came out in 1982 and was more torque oriented. It's also a much heavier bike due to the shaft drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    The 16V engine is a performance engine.
    To get into the weeds a bit, do you mean that the 16 valve, chain drive engine was more designed for high performance and high speed vs the 8 valve was more designed to...oh I don't know be a smooth tourer? I'm trying to understand what you mean by "performance engine".


    And can anyone tell me why on some websites it's referred to as a GSX and not a GS? Is it a regional difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    It's also a much heavier bike due to the shaft drive.
    What is "much heavier"? Like 50lbs? 100lbs? I'm havin a hard time finding the info on the difference between the chain drive and the shaft drive versions.
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