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    You know that time when you have done it all and the only thing that will change your mind is if your old bike re-appeared you’d just have to buy it back?


    Well I’m in that place.


    In 1986 or was it 1987 I sold my GS(X) 1100ESD and let her go. About 11,000 miles on the clock and in good condition. I always loved that bike even thought it was a pig at handling in the dry and even worse in the wet. Moving on to 2004, when my kids were young I needed a project so bought an Italian import into the UK.





    Rode it for a year to find the faults then stripped it down to restore it and play homage to my original. Took it to a VJMC show in Kettering where the bike was slated by the judges and my decision to never do another but and bolt restore was formed. I rode the 1100 home, parked it and I was done as a restorer.





    The bike languished in the shed as more bike classic Suzuki’s arrived, where loved and ridden, yet the 1100 never got ridden or sorted out.





    Roll on Feb 2020 and the arrival of covid 19. I spent lockdown 1 in my garage sorting 5 bikes out to run and ride. Well I had retired from work after 41 years so I had the time. The last one sorted was the GS(X)1100. In June 2020 all 5 bikes ran and could be ready for the road plus be UK legal.





    My time as a bike restorer and fixer were over. I’d bought a boat. The plan was to sort it out and then get on the water sailing. Lockdown 2 stopped that.


    Moving to a month ago, a friend of mine, Ex UK military, has been hankering after his old bike. He knew that I searched for parts of my bikes in the past and I was looking for boat stuff so asked if I could have a look for a bike for him. Ever up for the challenge I said yes and the start of something unexpected happened. Over 3 weeks I sent him various lists of possible bike projects but nothing had fired his attention. Then just over a week ago I was doing a search. Here we use Autotrader, Gumtree, Ebay and Facebook Marketplace as just a few options. So there I was sitting at my computer looking at Facebook marketplace. Third picture of the day and I thought, ‘I recognise that back end.’





    There on the screen was a 1984 GS(X)1100ESD not 25 miles from my home. Flicked to the next picture and I just stopped. I did a double take then had to pop out to the shed to check something. In my shed was the last part of my old GS(X)1100, the number plate I kept. I walked back in and sat at my computer for 20 minutes in totally shock.







    There for sale was my old GS(X)1100. A few messages later, a planned Covid safe meet and i went and had a look. Yes, she’s very tatty and rusty. She’s not been road legal here in the UK for over 24 years. A few bits were missing but there was a lot of replacement parts available and I knew I had a load of spares stashed away (not like Mustie1 on YouTube though.) I weighed it up made him and offer which he accepted and he even offered to drop the bike back when I was ready.

    So Friday my old GS(X)1100ESD returned home.









    She’s going to need a lot of work to be right for my taste and how I do it will not be everyones idea. Its going to take time, I’m going to need a few used parts so I hope people will be willing to help as and when I need bits. I’m grateful to ‘Londonboards’ who’s already offered to sort the carbs out and offered a few rear indicators.


    It looks like I will be working on the boat in the summer and dry winter days and at night time, wet summer, wet winter days on the GS(X)1100ESD.


    So you never know what’s around the corner. Will I sell the 2004 fulled sorted GS(X)1100ESD to give me the room to actually do the right thing for my original. The answer is I don’t know.


    SM
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    Congrats, on getting it back. Looks like it gained a trick swingarm.
    Sad to see the deterioration, but good that 24 years later its still a complete bike. Looks like its in good hands.

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    Big fan of the ESD here. Congratz & what a great story! I will be following your story. Be safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkburger View Post
    Congrats, on getting it back. Looks like it gained a trick swingarm.
    Sad to see the deterioration, but good that 24 years later its still a complete bike. Looks like its in good hands.
    Indeed. The JMC is a very cool piece. Will it be kept on the bike, or will you be returning to OEM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayer61 View Post
    Indeed. The JMC is a very cool piece. Will it be kept on the bike, or will you be returning to OEM?
    I'm a standard guy so for me the JMC is already off the bike and consigned to the scrap bin. Now the hunt for an ESD swinging arm.

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    Scrap? Is it damaged?
    I'm in the States, plus no longer own an 83-3 1100, but I'd think someone would surely want it.

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    So far I have a quick look around her.
    Removed the foot rests to find that somebody has decided to chop the gear change pivot stud off the frame.




    That will need more equipment that I have here to solve. An issue to get around.


    Another issue is that one of the POs has fitted stainless steel Allen heads where all the socket headed Suzuki bolts were. Im guessing they went in dry so that could be a pain in the butt to get them out and copper slip or silver slip them.





    I had a go at the rear brake and the bleeders came out easy enough. Tried one on one of the front callipers and it snapped off flush just like a carrot.





    I am stopping there on them for the time being. All the callipers will have to be fully sorted. The front master cylinder will be an issue as I have just found out from my local Suzuki dealer than that models repair kit has been discontinued by Suzuki along with the front calliper repair kits. Thats going to be hard as they are the same as the ones on my 1981 registered GS1000ET.


    On the upside the JMC swinging arm spindle has come out of the rear wheel (it was seized in)





    and the sprocket carrier bushing that was seized on the shaft is now off.





    Another plus I checked the front sprocket to see if a chain had come flying off but all the cases are sounds there.



    With that I whipped the points cover off and using a 19mm ring I could turn the engine over by hand with the plugs in. Sadly there wasnt a lot of compression but on the up side there was no horrible noises.

    So much for an untried non running engine when you buy a bike.



    SM

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkburger View Post
    Scrap? Is it damaged?
    I'm in the States, plus no longer own an 83-3 1100, but I'd think someone would surely want it.
    When I say scrap pile, it means of no use to me or unwanted by me. The only damage I can see is a few small scrapes from where the sprocket was clipping it with the seized spacer and wheel spindle and the PO has cut one of the retaining bolts to free the cams so the remaining bolt will need to be drilled out. After that its missing 6 bolts/Allen heads/Torq's. 2 into the spindle and 4 to clamp the cams in the arm.

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    Count me in to following along. A mate here had a GSX1100ESD for a while and unfortunately the timing wasn't right when he sold it as it would've been a good accompaniment to the Kat in the garage, they're definitely cousins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzuki Mad View Post
    I'm a standard guy so for me the JMC is already off the bike and consigned to the scrap bin. Now the hunt for an ESD swinging arm.
    Suzuki Mad, I would be eternally grateful if you would consider shipping it to the states. I would gladly add it to my ever growing pile of parts. It would also make a fine mate to my Metmachex!

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