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    1985 GS700es

    Who knows anything about these? It looks very cool, inline 4cyl, neeked, 80hp and $600!

    I don't think that's the actual photo cause every picture of the gs I pull up is that one.
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    80HP is waaaaay optimistic. You're talking 55-60HP at the rear wheel, 60 as an absolute tops.

    That being said, it's a GS. It's simple, it's stone-axe reliable, and it's just a damned cool bike to begin with. It's standard late UJM-era stuff, really. The single rear shock (rather than the earlier outboard dual shocks) is a boon to handling. The frame/swingarm are less flexy than the earlier GSes, as well. Dual front discs FTW, much better than the earlier single-discs...

    I personally like the ES model GSes a whole lot. If I'd have looked for longer, I'd have waited for a mid '80s GS550ES rather than my older E model. I like the seating position better, and the look of them makes me grin.

    $600? If it runs fairly well and is in presentable cosmetic shape, it's a fair price. A fellow on the GS Resources board has a restoration thread going of his - it's looking beautiful so far!

    I say you should probably buy it. Just 'cause.

    ETA : Restoration thread!
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    Snag that sucker. A running GS for 600 is a deal. My '81 L was 600 bucks and I sold it for 700.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repeater View Post
    80HP is waaaaay optimistic. You're talking 55-60HP at the rear wheel, 60 as an absolute tops.

    That being said, it's a GS. It's simple, it's stone-axe reliable, and it's just a damned cool bike to begin with. It's standard late UJM-era stuff, really. The single rear shock (rather than the earlier outboard dual shocks) is a boon to handling. The frame/swingarm are less flexy than the earlier GSes, as well. Dual front discs FTW, much better than the earlier single-discs...

    I personally like the ES model GSes a whole lot. If I'd have looked for longer, I'd have waited for a mid '80s GS550ES rather than my older E model. I like the seating position better, and the look of them makes me grin.

    $600? If it runs fairly well and is in presentable cosmetic shape, it's a fair price. A fellow on the GS Resources board has a restoration thread going of his - it's looking beautiful so far!

    I say you should probably buy it. Just 'cause.

    ETA : Restoration thread!

    I figured that number was a farce, I just quoted this site

    Like I said I really don't know what it looks like because they obviously used a generic photo but I may inquire just for the HOI !
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