Hogs in the ‘hood: Suzuki GS1000

Suzuki GS1000 neglected and abandoned...

Suzuki GS1000 neglected and abandoned…

We have a connection to this Suzuki GS1000, having been offered to us by one of our clients at the recording studio.  Upon hearing that we work on vintage motorcycles, we were told to go check out the bike, to see if it’s something we’d be interested in…

Sadly, upon arriving at it’s “resting” place, we realized the bike was so neglected, and covered in rust, that it might be more trouble than it’s worth.  Built between 1978-1982, the Suzuki GS1000 was an in-line 4 cylinder, DOHC machine capable of 131mph top speed.  With massive 5.28 gallon tank, it was a whopping 562lbs (wet). This thing was one hell of a bike for the time.

The massive Suzuki GS1000 engine...

The massive Suzuki GS1000 engine…

We wee still tempted to give it a go, using this beast as a donor for a full frame-up custom build.  But then we sneaked a peek around the other side of the bike, witnessing the plastic bag being used instead of an oil cap/dip stick.  This was allowing rain to enter the lower case, and the whole thing seemed a bit overwhelming.

Suzuki GS1000 as ashtray....

Suzuki GS1000 as ashtray….

Our favorite detail was the fact that someone had decided to use the engine fins as an ashtray, leaving cigarette butts in the base of the motor.  As badly as we wanted to see if we could breath new life into it, this Suzuki GS1000 just seemed a little too far gone, and we were better waiting for a healthier donor for the next build…

It’s almost impossible to turn away a bike, especially one you have never worked on, which provides new challenges, and expands the knowledge base.  But then again, you have to be able to spot the money pits, and willing to decline if the bike has disaster written all over it.

What’s the worst donor bike you’ve used for a rebuild?

4 Replies to “Hogs in the ‘hood: Suzuki GS1000”

  1. I don;t think that this GS1000 is beyond saving at all. I wouldn’t hesitate to tackle it. It would be a longer project but they are great vintage liter bikes. It would be a great learning process for you. Splitting the cases and checking the trans and so on and so on.

    1. It’s not the challenge – its the cash! You saw the place, the garage can’t handle another skeleton hanging around for a year, waiting for funding 🙂

      1. Yeah your right. Well at least you guys might be able to part it out and make a little cash from it. There is definitely a GS following that would put a lot of the parts to good use.

        1. I was thinking about that – at least the carbs could be cleaned. A ton of the other stuff looked to have been vandalized. Tagged tank, the butts in the engine…good times!

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