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    1982 Suzuki GS850 HELP

    Hello men ( and women),
    I get out of the army in a few months and I'm about to buy an 82 gs850 from my best friend. I'm going to make her purr real preatty before I do anything else but I know there is a wealth of knowledge here and I'd love your feed back. Starting a cafe project with my dad on the bike and I really want to know the DONTS. What should I not do structurally to the bike? Looking for a slightly larger rear tire. What's the biggest I should do before I bite the frame or seat? Thinking of dropping the front a tad...bad idea? Big stock tank, can I get away with close clubmans (plural?)?, anything I should be wary of? Any and all help you can give will be GREATLY appreciated! Unlike the army, I'd rather ask for permission than forgiveness.....you know...for my life and stuff. Cheers men!

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    sorry forgot the only pic I have so far
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    The GS850 is a shaft drive model. Yours looks like an "L" which is the cruiser version. The GS850 is also the heaviest bike in the entire GS lineup. All these things make it a poor candidate for a cafe racer, but it's not a bad bike. It would make a fine touring platform. A GS850G, the standard model would be a nice sport tourer. If you have your heart set on a racer though, I would pass on the 850. Plenty of other GS models were and are still raced. They're good bikes and not very popular among the hipster crowd, which means prices are good.
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    Have you ever ridden a motorcycle before?

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    i just recently purchased a 1980 gs850 "L" model. I would say if you like it and want to build it, in my opinion is half the fun then do it. I would make sure it runs good first. I had to replace the intake manifold boots on mine cost 150$ off ebay. Ill hopefully get a build thred going soon. I noticed there arent allot of gs850 on this site. Im in the army as well.
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    google "the gs rescourses" they have allot of good stuff there, i down loaded a manual and carb rebuild totorial from them for free
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_mat View Post
    i just recently purchased a 1980 gs850 "L" model. I would say if you like it and want to build it, in my opinion is half the fun then do it. I would make sure it runs good first. I had to replace the intake manifold boots on mine cost 150$ off ebay. Ill hopefully get a build thred going soon. I noticed there arent allot of gs850 on this site. Im in the army as well.
    You think there might be a good reason you don't find them here? The general consensus is they make poor platforms foe the type of bike this site is all about. So far 80% of what you want to do to it is already wrong and you don't know enough about motorcycles to realize that.
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    First and formost thank you for your service...................from a fellow vet of long ago

    o1marc is correct as they do not make good cafe platforms. I think it's great you want to do a project with your father.........father/son project. The GS is a nice cruiser of its time. I do not know your riding experience or your mechanical skills for tinkering so that info might be needed for better understanding of your project.

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    An 'L' model GS850 is a good, smooth, touring bike.

    It is not the bike to put clubman bars on to play cafe racer. For about ten good reasons.

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