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  1. #1
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    1981 GS550L exhaust

    I just purchased this bike, and everything is great on it.

    but i cannot stand the way the exhaust pipes look

    can i put straight pipts on it or do they have aftermarket pipes for this old of a bike?

    the exhaust currently looks like a funnel in my oppinion.

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  3. #2
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    You own a 23 yr old classic. If the pipes are ok I wouldn't mess with them. But if you must, there must be slip ons that'll fit you'll just have to find some of the right diameter.

    Yadda yadda yadda, whatever, they ain't going to listen anyway.

  4. #3
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    okay well i havent found any at all

    one more question

    how fast is this bike supposed to go?

    i can only get it to 55mph and i weigh 175lbs

    is this right? or does it sound like something needs to be fixed

  5. #4
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    Top speed should be a little under 100mph ! Think you have some troublshooting to do !

    Yadda yadda yadda, whatever, they ain't going to listen anyway.

  6. #5
    2twisty
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    Agreed. I can get my 1980 GS250T up to 75mph before the wind blast (no windshield) makes me back off, and I weigh 300 lbs.

    Chad

  7. #6
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    Dallas Texas well close Carrollton
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    any ideas on what it might be ?

    should i try and fix it or should i take it to the stealership and let them fix it?

  8. #7
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    okay so im thinking the clutch pads does 150 bucks sound reasonable to replace them?

  9. #8
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    $150 sounds reasonnable for the cluth pads if that is the problem. Unless you're sure then it might be a waste of money. If you're not experienced in determining mechanical problems it might be better that you have a pro look at it, more expensive that DIY but may be cheaper in long run if they correct the real problem instaed of you changing part after part untill you have way more money invested that the bike is worth.

    BTW if your clutch is used/slipping then you would hear the engine rev higher when giving more throttle yet the bike wouldn't accelerate noticably.

    Yadda yadda yadda, whatever, they ain't going to listen anyway.

  10. #9
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    thats what i think its doing, but

    i paid 700 dollars for the bike is it worth fixing?

    what else could it be.?

  11. #10
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    Suzuki GS550

    I have a 1980 Gs550 and I can get it to about 85-90 and I weigh 200 lbs

  12. #11
    Clunked into first gear
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    Sounds like you need to check your carbs and/or your plugs. You may not be firing on all 4 cylinders. I had a 2-cylinder old Honda that would motor along just fine but couldn't really push itself much over 50 when it was only firing on one cylinder. So... these are some ways to check things out.

    Start that bike up, get it idling, and feel the exhaust... are you getting warm exhaust out of both pipes?

    Then, shut off the bike, pull out one of your spark plugs and leave it resting on the engine. Then, use your starter to try to turn the engine over. If you don't see spark, your plug is bad (although visual inspection of the plugs should help too). After you're sure you have ignition (spark) to all your plugs, you should then start turning to your carbs.

    This can all take a good bit of time. If you're still within the lemon-law period of your state, I would suggest making the dealership fix it for you. If not, either work on it yourself (get a Clymer manual), or find a mechanic who's not going to charge you and arm and a leg.

    Good Luck.


 

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