TGSR Bike Of The Month

September 2015

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1982 Suzuki GS1100GK

Owner: Dave "Redman"
ddvrnr@chartermi.net

ID #183

A Note From The Owner

I have had this GK for 9 years (after having had a 650G and then an 850G since 1982). I got the GK so could ride further and also have a longer season.

When I got the GK home I could not get it off the trailer cause the rear brake was locked up, and then I found it was hard to start (should have been suspicions when it was running when I got there). Also found many bolts terribly overtorqued. Four of the cam cap bolts snapped about as soon as I touched them. I took care of those problems, and then it did "clean up".

I got the GK although I was not completely sure I wanted a bike with such a large fairing. Had it for just a couple weeks when I was on a ride, stood up on the pegs to stretch my legs, and about got blown over by the wind blast, I had forgotten about that real quick.

Had been on GSR for a few years when wife and I were going to visit friends in Texas, March 2005, and I noticed that some guys on GSR were having a "Texas Hill Country" rally that same time, about 200 miles from where we were going to be. So I trailered bike (850G at the time) to Killeen TX and then rode and just showed up unannounced at the rally. Had a great time. Quite memorable. One guy ("Giblet") had a GK. I had never seen one before. I don't know if I even knew that such existed.

Then I also went to Brown County rally that May 2005, and have been back as many years as I could.

Have meet many great folks through the GSR.