1980 Suzuki GS1100 Cafe Build

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1980 Suzuki GS1100 Build

Here is our new project! We decided to take this old cruiser and turn it into a and mean little cafe It is a 1980 GS1100L.

The GS1100 in 1980 and was quickly dubbed the of the Dragstrip It’s 100 horsepower beat out Honda’s mighty CBX and it one of the fastest bikes of the day. So bike has good bones, but an L model, the poor thing was up like a cruiser from the (yes those ape hangers are compared to the sportier E models. So our will be to strip this down and turn it into that will be a blast to up a few mountain roads on.

We will this article as we go and hope you along. It should be a fun build.

And she is:

Really doesn’t look too bad we got her to the shop and cleaned her up. But, been sitting and hasn’t for years, so it’s time to digging in and see what we’ve

The first order of business be to get her running. So as anyone who has dealt a bike that’s been outside for years knows, the need to come off and get a thorough and inspection. After popping the and seat off and wrestling the airbox for an hour, I finally got the carbs

The good news is that I was taking her apart, I found the to be completely intact and unmolested has proven to be a rarity for me), the on the other hand.

After the carbs out, I found all of the and slides to be frozen in position the superglue-like sludge that was gasoline. So it’s time to get apart (and yes, hammer will unfortunately to come into play)

copious amounts of penetrating and nervous use of the hammer and impact all of the screws, jets, etc. removed succesfully and the carbs completely dissassembled. I had to pry the slides out carefully with a piece of so as not to damage them. You can really get a look at the sticky brown in the bowls above that was throughout the carbs.

So now it comes to They will be dipped and with new jets, o-rings, screws, gaskets. the works.

You can see how the dip really eats away all bad gas and the carbs come out nice and Once everything has been and cleaned very thoroughly, I installed all the new parts and.

. you have it. One carb done. clean and all moving parts smoothly. Now to finish the other and reassemble.

While I was waiting for all the parts to take turns in their dip, I decided I take those ape hangers at me anymore and swapped them out for clip-ons. I also finished off some of the other extraneous that we won’t be needing, the fender, tail light, and gauges. You can really see the old girl to take shape now thast a little more stripped

It’s amazing what a bar change can do.

Okay, now all the carbs been cleaned, rebuilt, and put together. They’re finally to go back on the bike and see if she’ll Cross your fingers.

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She lives! After putting the back on, she started right up and ran Although it is now apparent why it was parked ago.

Quite a bit of oil came out of the vale cover once she got up. So now it’s time to install a new cover gasket, and I may as well the valve clearances while in there.

After the confidence by finishing up all the motor work and it was running good, I was able to modifying the frame into a little sportier. This be a solo cafe, so I chopped off the subframe and shaved off all of the brackets for the and shock mounts. The electrics be mounted under the seat and new shock mounts welded on for a look.

It’s really to take shape now with the frame rails cut off.

as long as I had the grinder out, I as well grind the bar clamps off and out the top triple since this will have clip

And now the holes drilled in the frame some new shocks mounts be welded in. Mounting the shocks will look much but will also lower it by an inch. I plan to make up the with some longer

And here are the shocks mounted up. liking the stance now and the cleaned up of the new mounts.

It’s finally to start making some of parts look pretty Here is a before shot of the wheel. They are not too bad, but I am to hit the outer rim and spoke edges a wire wheel and some brite, then repaint the to give them a brand new

And here is a shot of the finished with the unfinshed front Quite an improvement.

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A good of the finished front wheel. Now the wheels are done, I will to paint some of the smaller and pieces and start to take of the engine covers off to give the same wire wheel/scotch treatment that the wheels

Whooooah, this is what it like when a sprocket has never been off in 30 years. are handfulls of gunk built up in thing.

Time to break out the degreaser!

that feels better. to start getting it ready for

So here’s the battery tray/rear mounts all welded up and primed.

And a of how the battery will be mounted the tail. It’s a tiny, lithium ion battery that tuck up under there nicely.

Finally things to look new again. Here is the and frame painted, with new and the forks mounted up.

Here is the front wheel and rotors with the front fender, is the stock item, chopped

And now with the rear end, and seat on, this thing is to look like a bike Definitely going to replace stock shocks for something a longer to give that plenty of clearance.

There we go. really liking the stance the longer shocks. Also that seat to kick up a in the rear and got the header and most of the controls mounted.

Decided to try small LED bar end turn signals in the ends of the clip ons. is also a matching set at the ends of the rails under the seat in the

And now to get the carbs ready to re-install. is a shot of the sanding/polishing process on the carb tops and engine cam end that can be seen in the background. I do polished aluminum covers on a engine!

And the egnine looking pretty now that it’s all up again.

The bike is now pretty finsihed mechanically. Got the stainless lines and the foot controls new aluminum pegs installed. The is made up of a MAC header and Lossa

Now to work out a few details on the seat and get ready for paint and upholstery.

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