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    So I bought this bike about 20 or so years ago from a crazy brit who was living in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I took the train down from Seattle and rode it back home (this ended up taking much longer and being more of an adventure than I planned but makes a great story to tell over beers or around a campfire these days). It was my daily rider for some years (I didn't own a car back then) and I did my first Iron Butt ride on it (A "Bun Burner 1500"). She started showing signs of age and wear. There was an gradually worsening oil leak and a disturbing clunk from time to time. At some point, I don't remember exactly when, I parked her with the intent of one day trying to tear her down and if not repair, at least figure out where the noise was coming from. I partially stripped her and put many of the parts into storage bins in the garage and there she has sat, a rolling chassis with a motor, waiting for my ambition and resolve to overcome my anxiety.

    A couple weeks ago, I finally pushed her up on the bench and have started the process.
    gs1100e bench.jpg

    I used to be a member and regularly follow this forum and I'm hoping that I will be able to find some support here (moral and possibly technical) as I get in up to my eyeballs and hopefully not over my head.

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    Welcome! We love the 1100E, (at least I do)



    And what's that tucked away on the left??
    Bob T.

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    Welcome. A well abused 83 1100e is what got me hooked on big old Suzukis back in the 90s.
    The 82-3 1100e bikes are among my favorite Suzukis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baatfam View Post

    And what's that tucked away on the left??
    Tucked away to the left is the first motorcycle I ever owned . A 1974 Yamaha RD200A. That one was apart in milk crates for a number of years too.

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    It looks like this.
    RD200A- out.jpg

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    Bob T.

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    I was hoping for the RD400. Still, wow and wow. May we see if you have the blue or (faster) red 11E?
    1982 GS1100E V&H "SS" exhaust, APE pods, 1150 oil cooler, 140 speedo, 99.3 rear wheel HP, black engine, '83 red

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    May we see if you have the blue or (faster) red 11E?
    LOL, no it is the red one. I'll find a pic or two from her glory days to share.

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    It's about time you got started on that thing. What kind of disturbing clunk, the GS1100E shouldn't do that. Welcome back & remember we're keeping an eye on the progress. And contrary to what Rob thinks, you could easily make it a little faster if you just paint it the orig. blue, the blue was always faster.
    1983 GS1100E, 1983 CB1100F, 1991 GSX1100G, 1996 Kaw. ZL600 Eliminator, 1999 Bandit 1200S, 2005 Bandit 1200S, 2000 Kaw. ZRX 1100

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