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1983 GS1100E Vs. 2002 V-Rod
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:44:14 am »
One of the bikes I wish I never sold was an 83 GS1100E.  Blue it was.  Used with 4,000 mi for $2750 in 83.  It felt like a 750 as far as weight goes.  Man what a bike.  Here's proof of what a beast those 1100E's were!
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Re: 1983 GS1100E Vs. 2002 V-Rod
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2018, 08:02:12 pm »
I had a red 82 GS1100E which looked like the one being raced. 

Had some serious old school kick to it.

In 83 they started welding the cranks due to some twisting in the earlier years.
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Re: 1983 GS1100E Vs. 2002 V-Rod
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 02:48:47 am »
The Suzuki's were great bikes except the motor is almost two feet wide. :-[  Last year I sold my 83' GS750ED after I got my 84' Sabre.
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Re: 1983 GS1100E Vs. 2002 V-Rod
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2018, 09:48:57 am »
The Suzuki's were great bikes except the motor is almost two feet wide. :-[  Last year I sold my 83' GS750ED after I got my 84' Sabre.
It's all what you're comparing it to.  Compared to the CBX's, they were skinny!

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Re: 1983 GS1100E Vs. 2002 V-Rod
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2018, 11:03:01 am »
The Suzuki's were great bikes except the motor is almost two feet wide.


Air cooling and hanging stuff off the end of the crank definitely fattened 'em up.



I bet the bottom end was as wide as a CBX's.





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Re: 1983 GS1100E Vs. 2002 V-Rod
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 09:33:59 pm »
The Suzuki's were great bikes except the motor is almost two feet wide. :-[  Last year I sold my 83' GS750ED after I got my 84' Sabre.
It's all what you're comparing it to.  Compared to the CBX's, they were skinny!

jambing in that second set of valves is why the engine appeared so wide..
advertised width was still just 30"

my 78 KZ1000B Ltd, had an advertised width of 2" wider tho.. (32" w) I think that was because of those rediculous 'Brahma Bull Pull back bars... which came off and were replaced by 'normal'  (Daytona bend) bars as soon as I bought it in '79...
and the super small tank on it gave it the appearance of being huge at the time... and it was not a 4 valve per cyl engine..

both weighed the same also... surprisingly....

clearly 'wider' across the bottom than either Conni...
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Re: 1983 GS1100E Vs. 2002 V-Rod
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 11:48:33 pm »
Just shared on the Harley forum.  We'll see what happens >:D
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