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Old 05-11-2004, 06:51 AM
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Should i buy this bike?

The bike is a Suzuki GS650L...1978

4cyl. Dual exhaust, fairly quiet. Runs great has 23K on it. He will pay for the tune up, he wants 500 for it, i can get it for 400, in payments if i want, but ill give it to him all at once. I did take some pics, give me a minute to get them up. This i think would be a great bike for me to learn on.





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These are a few pics, i know there not great or anything. Just to give you an idea. Id does have duals on it, if thats really matters.

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Old 05-11-2004, 08:43 AM
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They were good bikes, very popular in their day. Check the inside of the gas tank for rust and the rubber carb boots for dry rot.............. If it checks out OK it will be an excellent first bike but make sure you have GOOD tires, don't go by just the tread depth either if they are old and have gotten hard it will handle like it's on ice. Put back some extra cash to get yourself some good rubber. If you can afford them I highly recommend Metzler tires. I put a Metzler ME 77 and an ME99 on my old GS750T and it made it ride like a completely different bike. Wish I still had it..........
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Old 05-11-2004, 08:44 AM
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Not bad for the price. Even if you clean it up a little, you might be able to re-sell it later and make a few bucks off it. I'd say go for it, looks like a decent learner.



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Old 05-11-2004, 08:54 AM
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If you decide to buy that bike to learn on; replace the "Ape Hanger" handlebars. Control is lessened with them, your arms will "go to sleep" as any vibrations are increased with the longer and taller bars.

Personally, I'd suggest you buy the bike that you really want and learn on it. A smaller bike will not handle the same as a bigger bike and you would just have to learn all over again to some degree.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:01 AM
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The handle bars, arnt a problem, he has new ones for it
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should be a good bike after a few repairs. all the rubber will be shot. replace all the carb boots. probably tires if they are cracked. time the carbs. then your fork seals because i guarantee they leak or will start to when driven again. never put wd-40 on the chain. use chain lube only. drive slow till you learn to watch out for the other guy to the extreme. there is alot of car and truck drivers who hate you because of guys who ride like me. keep it slow or you will die if you've never ridden a bike before. learn on country roads etc. never stay in a car's blind spot. look for eye contact whenever possible. lots of tips for new riders on previous posts. always wear a helmet is rule #1. check your brake shoes on the back. change the fuel filter(s). oh yeah. DONT LET ANYBODY RIDE ON THE BACK UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND NOT EVEN AFTER THAT UNLESS THEY KNOW NOT TO MOVE AROUND AND TO KEEP THEIR HANDS ON YOUR WAIST OR BELT! and dont pass cars turning left!!!
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Old 05-11-2004, 03:10 PM
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Well i drove it today...sorry i RODE it today. First up and down the driveway to practice letting the clutch out, then around some stuff, then up and down the driveway faster so i could shift, then i finally took it on the road, it was a BLAST, corners are FUN, just lean into it a bit and you go right around, i kept it about 35-40 for the most part, once i got more comfortable i got it to 55. Thanks guys Sorry for the runon
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