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ShookOne
08-29-2016, 2:17 PM
Whats up daredevils

Recently I aquired a GS 1100.
So this was my first time on a motorcycle and was told it was a bad idea to learn on one of these bigger bikes.

I approached this very cautiously and respected the bike.
So this past Sunday I started in a small parking lot and withing and hour I was riding up and down the streets in my town.It went as planned,I stalled it so many times but now im comfortable with the throttle,shifting (up to 3rd gear)and the weight of the bike .
by the end of the day I was able to hit curves and sharp turns without much worry at decent speed.

Overall a great experience from a first time rider.

Im wondering if other experienced drivers of this bike or similar have any tips or tricks for me.

Bike maint schedules
Tips riding
Products to use to clean and maintain bike
And any other things i should consider.
I know basic machanic skills but any tips are welcomed!

Never owned or worked on bikes before.

About me.

Im about 5,9 190lbs
The bike is a 1982 GS1100 rigid frame.
I plan to take the safety course next month it becomes available to get my M class.

Tips for riding a hardtail also welcomed.


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Tattooo
08-29-2016, 8:35 PM
Yes be sure and take a riders course........... What about some pics of your new ride?????????

ShookOne
08-30-2016, 3:51 PM
Yes,Already signed up.

I added a few pics.

OleDirtyDoc
08-30-2016, 9:24 PM
Sweet ride

mechdesign2k4
09-06-2016, 1:52 PM
Welcome to the GS clan (I have a 1980 GS850 hardtail).
members here have a shit ton of knowledge, check here for all your GS needs.
http://members.dslextreme.com/users/bikecliff/

I would strongly make a change to the way the left side hardtail frame attaches to the final drive unit. That stud that held the shock will not take the abuse of a rigid setup. The stud is just pressed in and not thru, it will fail!

Tag the frame to the axle like this.
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy23/mvalenti/BIKE/IMG_1258_zpsf5cc8712.jpg (http://s774.photobucket.com/user/mvalenti/media/BIKE/IMG_1258_zpsf5cc8712.jpg.html)

ShookOne
09-07-2016, 8:44 PM
Welcome to the GS clan (I have a 1980 GS850 hardtail).
members here have a shit ton of knowledge, check here for all your GS needs.
http://members.dslextreme.com/users/bikecliff/

I would strongly make a change to the way the left side hardtail frame attaches to the final drive unit. That stud that held the shock will not take the abuse of a rigid setup. The stud is just pressed in and not thru, it will fail!

Tag the frame to the axle like this.
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy23/mvalenti/BIKE/IMG_1258_zpsf5cc8712.jpg (http://s774.photobucket.com/user/mvalenti/media/BIKE/IMG_1258_zpsf5cc8712.jpg.html)

Defenately a must

Can you go into some detail on how to do this correctly?

krogare
09-08-2016, 12:30 AM
http://www.thegsresources.com/

This is also a good place to find info about the GS

mechdesign2k4
09-08-2016, 5:16 AM
I will dig up a few more pictures today, different views of how I accomplished this. I think, from what I see on your bike, your not far off. The GS resources is a great place as the previous poster informed you. Dont tell them you have a gs that is chopped/bobbed etc... they are purists for the most part and I have had a run in with a few of them over my bike.

ShookOne
09-15-2016, 11:42 PM
Too late,I can see a few people having some shit attitudes about what you ride but its cool they do know alot.


But i do need to reinforce the final drive asap