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1985 GS 1150 very strong daily rider candidate-- GS specialist serviced

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1985 Suzuki GS

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Tires are nearing replacement time; a few small dings and scratches consistant with age, small tear

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Jun 13, 2014
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US $2,326.00
Approximately C $2,830.74(including shipping)
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Akron, Ohio, United States
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: Tires are nearing replacement time; a few small dings and scratches consistant with age, small tear at back of front seat, left-side helmet lock/seat latch removed.
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): Js1gv71a1f2102155 Year: 1985
Exterior Color: Black Make: Suzuki
Engine Size (cc): 1,150 Model: GS
Vehicle Title: Clear Type: Sport Touring
For Sale By: Private Seller Mileage: 26,588

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Akron Suzuki Works is offering this well-sorted out '85 GS 1150 on behalf of a client.  I quit using buy-it-now prices as my auctions were often ended suddenly by a newbie who "didn't know that meant I wanted to buy it".  I set a modest reserve price and accept that you, the buyers really determine the price, not the seller.  So I encourage you to bid what you think is fair and let the chips fall.  The owner has several other bikes and would like to make a deal.  In lieu of a buy it now price, you can email with your ideas and ebay allows ending the auction early to sell to the high bidder which is what I do frequently.   

We have maintained this bike for the past 2 owners and it is ready to ride.  We believe the 26k miles on the clock to be accurate based on our assessment of typical wear points and overall performance.  No oil leaks or unusual noises, this classic example starts right up, shifts smoothly, pulls very strong and stops nicely.  The inside of the tank is spotless--looks like stainless steel, so we found no fine rust particles in the Since we work on almost nothing but GS's around here we are sensitive to "GS noises"--clutch basket rattles, crank whirrs, etc.  This bike has none.  The clutch service mentioned below included re-torquing the clutch flange nut--a common but seldom tended to issue on 80's GS's.  We performed the following service items on the bike:

  -replaced chain with new O-ring chain; final drive is correctly adjusted and running smoothly
  -rebuilt carbs, adjusted jetting, drilled choke pick ups for easier cold starts, synched carbs on bike
  -replaced battery and charging system connectors (now charges spot-on for volts and amps)
  -oil and filter change, pan gasket removed and replaced to address a leak
  -brake fluid purge/bleed
  -clutch overhaul--bead blast steel plates, clean, inspect fibre plates, replace springs:  no slippage, smooth pull at lever
  -replaced starter
  -front turn signals were replaced with OE units as the 'accordian' mounting plastic wears out from flexing over time

This 1150 has some nice touches like the bar end mirrors which give the best visibility in the GS world.  The Yosh exhaust sounds authoritative without destroying ear molecules of you or your grateful neighbors.  The dash display is crisp and uses anti glare lens material.  Everything on the dash panel works correctly, as do both front and rear brake light switches, turn signals,  and the upgraded horns are much louder than period units.  

I ride dozens of GS bikes every year.  Comparing the 1150 to the GS1100 E's we work on every day around here, the engines are similar with the 1150 having a slight power edge.  The 1150's  brakes are a bit stronger and more responsive and the 1150 mono shock rear suspension was the first go at it for Suzuki on a large-displacement street bike.  I'd give a slight edge in handling to the E but give the nod to the 1150 for boulevard blasting.

This 1150 should make it through the riding season with normal maintenance and tires.  The tires on the bike would be ok to run out for a couple thousand highway miles but if you plan some canyon carving right away, you'll want to order up some new rubber.  The only kluge on the bike is the cable to release the seat was removed from the lock block so takes a  manual pull to release the seat.  The lock mechanism works but the key went missing.  

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