February 2011
Bike Of The Month


1979 Suzuki GS850G

Owner: Barry Wolf

ID #39

A Note From The Owner...

We purchased our 1979 GS850G in Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA, last fall. I had a new 1979 GS850G "back in the day". As you may recall, this is Suzuki's first shaft drive GS. The bike has original paint in very good condition. (what appears to be a dent in the gas tank is actually a reflection)The seat had started to split along the seams in a couple of spots and the previous owner had neatly stitched it but we went ahead and installed a "Saddleman" seat cover.

There were 29,400kms showing on the odometer at time of purchase. It had a new set of Metzler tires, a new battery and a new air filter. After a test ride, I realized the clutch drag issue had never been "fixed". We purchased the machine for $1,500.

Over the winter we did a complete tune-up. A couple of valves needed minor adjustment. None we too tight. We did a mod on the clutch rack to reduce the amount of oil flow through the clutch. This cures the clutch drag problem. We also installed a Dyno ignition and Dyna coils, braided steel brake lines, Vance and Hines header, Progressive Suspension fork springs and Progressive Suspension shocks with a spring rate stiffer than stock. We wanted a stout suspension for a long distance, 2-up, loaded with gear, trip we just completed, a 6000km ride to Niagara Falls to celebrate out 30th wedding anniversary. You see, we did that same ride in 1981 on our first 1979 Suzuki GS850G. This bike works great and this time I won't be trading it in.


Barry Wolf
Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA