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Author Topic: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build  (Read 1491 times)

Offline Raab242

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1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« on: Aug 07, 2017, 16:35:11 »
Just picked up this turd. I'm planning on building this for the Appalachian moto jam hill climb events in Monticello New York in the winter. I built one earlier this year it was a Honda cl175 its on here somewhere I called it the "juicer"

Well I am that lame guy and only took one photo I apologize ill upload more this week. It needs all basic fluids/maintenance/ plugs etc. I don't know the condition of the carbs yet. Ill be tearing it apart soon. I was just too excited and wanted to start a build already. Enjoy or be disappointed in the future. I am building what I want and for the purpose of hill climbs and a field bomber so enough talking here's the one and only current photo haha (my brother in law helped me drag it out of a barn, he's in the photo)



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Offline The Jimbonaut

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #1 on: Aug 07, 2017, 17:01:10 »
a GS850 - dude that'll get you up the hill and no mistake.  That thing looks in pretty decent shape mate, here's to onwards and upwards (literally)
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Offline Raab242

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #2 on: Aug 07, 2017, 21:50:49 »
a GS850 - dude that'll get you up the hill and no mistake.  That thing looks in pretty decent shape mate, here's to onwards and upwards (literally)
Haha thank you! Yeah its been tucked away in a barn so I will be going over everything on it, I'm hoping the carbs just need a good cleaning vs buying new ones but we'll see!

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Offline hillsy

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #3 on: Aug 07, 2017, 23:46:08 »
Join up over at GS Resources if you haven't already and read their tech articles on charging and carb cleaning. They are the 2 main issues with the GS bikes. Other than that they are pretty robust.


Although, I doubt the 850 would make an ideal hill climb bike as it is really heavy - and being a shaft drive it's not as easy as a chain drive bike to lengthen the swingarm.



« Last Edit: Aug 07, 2017, 23:48:32 by hillsy »

Offline Raab242

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #4 on: Aug 08, 2017, 11:24:46 »
Thank you I haven't joined that yet, I will be keeping the rear stock at the moment. I heard/read that the carbs are one of the main issues but if you get them cleaned snd in good order I was told these bikes run forever and are super reliable.

 This bike weighs a ton I do plan on scrapping a lot of parts/weight the beat I can. I'm thinking of possibly doing a hard tail too but thats in the air at the moment. I want to see how it runs first

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Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #5 on: Aug 08, 2017, 15:59:15 »
Will a driveshaft be okay for hill climbing?
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Offline Raab242

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #6 on: Aug 08, 2017, 21:34:47 »
We'll find out haha

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #7 on: Aug 08, 2017, 22:12:31 »
Will a driveshaft be okay for hill climbing?

I managed to do the un-do-able one day and put the gearbox of a GS850G out through the side of the cases (but the GPZ1100 didn't win the traffic lights race) and the shaft drive suffered no ill effects whatsoever, should be fine for competition

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Offline Raab242

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #8 on: Aug 08, 2017, 23:33:46 »
Thanks and that's crazy. Will try to be gentle with it off the line to prevent too much torque/power all at once...even though that will be hard in snow

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Offline Raab242

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Re: 1980 Suzuki gs850g hill climb build
« Reply #9 on: Aug 09, 2017, 17:15:33 »
Well I took the tank off to look inside thinking it was gping to be a nightmare and it ended up being better than I expected. There was some gas left in it and has a tint of brown (sorry didnt tske a photo ill try to later) I plan on doing a deep clean of the tank and if I have to ill seal/coat the inside but I highly doubt ill need to. Me being lame again only took one photo so here it is....ill try to take more later

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