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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich82GS750TZ View Post
    Funny, most folks seem to turn their nose down at the L styling, opting to change to straighter bars and a flatter seat. I guess there is some love for the L after all.
    Rich, I've turned my nose up at the styling too, then I saw GSR member LOTO's 80 GS1100L, pictured here, and something clicked inside and I thought I'd look further into it. He has a thread on here from back in 2017 detailing him cleaning the bike up.

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    Well I guess that I will jump in here. I have been riding a 1980 1100L for 19 years now amongst other bikes. To my mind the 16 valve 1100 engine turns up faster and gives better mileage. The seat sucks for my boney butt. My carbs have a stage one treatment and I run pods. Some parts are very hard to get, like new fork lowers. I replaced my tank with one from a 81 750 so I now have a reserve, on and pri. The engine is smooth strong and easy enough to work on.

    Each machine has it’s own personality and this one loves to carve corners....or maybe it’s me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gustovh View Post
    Some parts are very hard to get
    Now that's an interesting piece of information, and something to consider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyTank View Post
    Now that's an interesting piece of information, and something to consider.
    Yes it is, but that said engine, sprockets, chain and the like are not a problem.

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    As soon as I get my valve cover gasket back on this evening, mine will be for sale. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyTank View Post
    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?
    I've only rode the 16 valve engines since 82, and I absolutely love them. Super strong engine with room to grow. So I can't add anything to the 8 vs. 16 valve discussion other than both engines are strong and will go way faster than is legal. Some say the 8 valve is a less buzzy configuration but the 16 valve never bothered me at all. A friend had the 1100L 16 valve and he wishes he never sold it - LOVED that bike.

    But to answer your other question, the GSX designation was used by Suzuki worldwide EXCEPT in the US, and it was used to designate the 16 valve engine machines, in particular the 1000SZ, 1100E, ES and SZ/D and the other countries later models beyond 83. (I don't think the 1150 air/oil cooled models were ever labelled as GSX though - just the TSCC machines. Perhaps our friends/mates on the other side of the pond could chime in.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steedracer View Post
    As soon as I get my valve cover gasket back on this evening, mine will be for sale. :-)
    You're such a tease.

    Steedracer, I don't imagine I'll be in a position to look for one for another year or so. We'll see what happens though
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    Quote Originally Posted by gs scott View Post
    I've only rode the 16 valve engines since 82, and I absolutely love them. Super strong engine with room to grow. So I can't add anything to the 8 vs. 16 valve discussion other than both engines are strong and will go way faster than is legal. Some say the 8 valve is a less buzzy configuration but the 16 valve never bothered me at all. A friend had the 1100L 16 valve and he wishes he never sold it - LOVED that bike.

    But to answer your other question, the GSX designation was used by Suzuki worldwide EXCEPT in the US, and it was used to designate the 16 valve engine machines, in particular the 1000SZ, 1100E, ES and SZ/D and the other countries later models beyond 83. (I don't think the 1150 air/oil cooled models were ever labelled as GSX though - just the TSCC machines. Perhaps our friends/mates on the other side of the pond could chime in.)
    That explanation regarding the use of the GSX name is really helpful Scott. Thank you.

    And I love hearing your experience with your 1100L. Thanks for chimin in.
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    Rekon other parts, body, inst., forks, etc would interchange with other "L" models. Would make the parts a lot less hard to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rphillips View Post
    Rekon other parts, body, inst., forks, etc would interchange with other "L" models. Would make the parts a lot less hard to get.
    You'd think wouldn't you? And it's a valid point rphillips. Gustovh mentioned that some parts for his 80 1100L were very hard to come by. I can only assume that those difficult parts to find are specific to that year model.
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