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Suzuki GS 1000E

Here’s a very nice Suzuki GS Thou from1979 that’s been in the same hands for thirty years.

She is stunning —

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All credit to her owner – Dave from Scunthorpe. Yes Scunthorpe – North Lincolnshire. Dave assures me that they can grow palm trees there 🙂

And a few words from Dave about his bike —

The Suzuki GS1000 has always been my favourite motorcycle and when the opportunity came to purchase one back in 1983 I leapt in with both feet. That same machine is my absolute pride and joy today. You would not believe that it has been through rain and snow in its earlier years but I have relentlessly tried to keep it in tip top condition over the years as it has given me such fond memories.
For the previous two years due to family and personal issues I haven’t been able to ride the Suzuki but this year I am hoping to spend a lot of time riding her. To that end over this winter I have been giving the bike a full makeover. There have been plenty of little niggley jobs that have needed doing for so long.
As with all Suzuki GS1000’s they notorious suffer with rattling clutch baskets due to the weak basket springs. So have I had the clutch basket modified with a heavy duty Falicon kit by Straightline Racing in Peterborough at the same time taking the opportunity to fit a new complementary set of EBC friction plates with heavy duty springs. Another area in which GS’s suffer is with the starter clutches particularly the starter clutch allen screws working loose. So I have stripped out the old rotor and starter clutch unit and fitted a new complete starter clutch.
Next on the agenda was to fit a Dynojet Stage 3 kit. This has now been fitted with full synchronisation of the carbs complementing the Vance and Hines performance exhaust and carb bellmouths. She is undergoing a 530 chain conversion in the next couple of weeks. The engine has a 1085 Wiseco big bore, high compression kit fitted. The chrome bottle that you can see in the pics is part of the nitrous kit I had fitted 15 years ago in my mad years but is no longer used.
Thanks for the photo and write up Dave – your Susie is a beauty  🙂

Suzuki GS1000E

 
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Model ‘A’ Ford at Portpatrick

Model ‘T’ Ford springs to mind but it could well be an ‘A’. The following photos are refugees from my recent mishap with my Posts —

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This guy should know what she is – because he is the happy owner —

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I bumped into him at Portpatrick – I was on a bike ride and he had just finished lunch at one of the harbourside hotels before heading up to Cairnryan with his co-driver for their ferry home to Belfast. Turns out he had been on a mud-plugging weekend in the Lake District for classic cars and they don’t come much more working classic than this fella with it’s two spare wheels carrying mud tyres —

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The headlights are impressive but I notice the co-pilot doesn’t merit a clean windscreen on his side —

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I’m sure this is a 2.3 litre side valve motor and judging by the way the team took off on the next leg of their journey it doesn’t lack in power. With loads of torque the three speed gearbox had enough ratios for most occasions —

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and a useful horn to help clear the way —

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The running boards give her that period look although the crash helmet is mine. I think a flat cap would be more in keeping with this beastie —

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and if nipples are your thing this old motor will have you pumping that old grease gun a’plenty —

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Have a safe trip back to Belfast my friend. I look forward to meeting you on the road again sometime —

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I’m so pleased to have found these photos of the old Ford again.

OK a Quick Edit – Nuff fretting in case it’s not a Model A. I did a quick check with my friends at Wilkipedia and I’m pretty sure now that it is —

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I reckon this is the one that Al Capone or Buggsy Malone would have used when they went over to ‘blow away’ the competition at the local speakeasy back in Chicago. Only one windscreen wiper on that one as well 🙂

Model ‘A’ Ford at Portpatrick

 
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