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1981 GS1100 project from last year!


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Hey Guys!   You may remember me from last summer when I was ditching all of the GS1100 plastics .  Well I got started on the old bike this week!  Here’s some pics before and after, and my plans for this big old bike!

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So far I’ve added new handlebars, a grab rail, a spoked front wheel, some taillights, a plastic seat pan from a Suzuki Bandit, a new ignition switch, I lowered the front an inch, and I found an old glass headlight that I need to mount yet.  Started stripping the 3 layers of paint off the tank and I raised the ass end of the tank 3/4 of an inch because I don’t like the way it slopes down to the seat front.  I want it level.  Had to unstick the brake lever and polish and grease it. And once again I took 5 or 6 inches off the back of the frame. Compression is a little light in one cylinder and I need a new clutch and clutch bearing and spacer. 

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39 minutes ago, TonyGee said:

its a shame they put the smaller tank on some GS/GSX  bikes, i think it changes the look. could you find the larger tank over their ?  

I’m hunting but any tank that isn’t a scrap heap is pretty pricey.  Raising this one up in the back helps with the look a bit.  But yeah your right .  This tank is clean inside and does not have one dent in it…. Amazing!

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That’s pretty darn nice!   I threw some paint on the tank and I liked the look until the wife said it looked like a McDonalds advertisement. So I’m going to spray some candy over the red and yellow so as to quiet the Big Mac. The bike in the pic is the look I was going for. 

On 6/7/2022 at 3:49 PM, TonyGee said:

yeah the large tank is hard to find and expensive when you do :(

but their is some nice bikes with the smaller tank.

like this one.

 

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9317DA98-D9D7-4292-8FF1-BD83F057F01F.thumb.jpeg.9dc3ec8c0ea605207a1877628e7ec57e.jpegSo I put the candy apple red on there and I think it helps a lot. Ready for coats of clear now. Then some stickers that don’t say McDonalds. Then I ll store it away and see to the bike. Could take all summer or longer.

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Can anyone identify these forks?  And what bolt on options have some of you used as far as newer fork sets go?  I’d like an upgrade. Any gsx forks that will fit without making spacers?   Thanks!

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half of the pic deleted. It's a fucking h*nda
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