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    Hi everyone,

    I'm out in Western MA in the States. I'm a brand-new rider, and I just picked up a 1982 GS650G as my first bike. I'm enjoying the hell out of it! A 650 is a little bit bigger than I thought I'd get as a brand-new rider, but it's not unmanageable. (It's a MUCH better fit than the 125 Eliminator I took the MSF course on!) I got it with just under 4k miles on the clock. The carbs were cleaned by the last owner and are in good shape; I have no idea what the status of the electrical system is, but so far everything works after throwing in a new battery. I'm looking forward to using the rest of the season to get comfortable on it.

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    Well congrats. The one great thing about Suzuki charging systems of that era is they soon let you know.
    Specs and test procedure are in service manual
    http://gsarchive.bwringer.com/
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    Be sure to check out Bikecliff's website for some excellent tutorials to keep your bike in top shape.

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    So, friend....no photos?
    Bob T.

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    Welcome to the site, Jober.
    The low mileage is amazing.
    2@ \'78 GS1000

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    Welcome & congrats. If you'd got a 250 or 450 you probably would have been wanting a bigger bike within 6 months. That GS650 is plenty big & you may never think about anything bigger. I've not owned a 650G but always thought they were very nice bikes. If you plan on a lot of "hot rodding" a chain drive could have been a little more in line but, only my opinion, just riding the shaft is way better. Under 4K ??? that's great...Like he said, we love pictures.
    1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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    Very nice, clean looking bike. Welcome to the forum.

    The pic I saw of it was linked to imgur in the OP's first line.
    Larry

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    Welcome to the madhouse! Nessism has a newbie's tips thread you should probably have a look at. Even though yours sounds like it's in rude health it'll give you some things to watch out for.

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    Welcome. I keep links to all of the above mentions in my signature, including the best way to get your Imgur pictures to show as nice pictures on the forum, instead of a link.

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    Welcome



    Nice Bike!

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