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  • New Member '79 XS11 F

    Greetings all, new member here. I've already started disassembling, but here she is a couple days ago when I brought her home. Really looking forward to restoring this one-owner bike to her former glory.

    IMG_2501 by Forden Photography, on Flickr
    1979 XS1100F
    1978 Suzuki GS750E

  • #2
    Wow, that looks good as it is now. I'm anxious to see what you have planned for her.
    Good luck and keep posting your progress.
    1981 Midnight Special
    Formerly had a Seca 550 and boy was it fast!!

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    • #3
      Good Score !!! Really nice survivor you have there. Front fender and the correct disc rotors are pretty easy to find.
      Welcome to the fun !!!
      1980 XS1100G "Dolly G" Full Dresser (with a coat of many colors )
      1979 XS1100SF (stock-euro mods planned)
      1984 XV700L Virago (to be hot-modded)
      1983 XJ750MK Midnight Maxim (semi-restored DD)
      1977 XS650D ( patiently awaiting resto)

      Sometimes it takes a whole tank of gas before you can think straight.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Schming View Post
        Good Score !!! Really nice survivor you have there. Front fender and the correct disc rotors are pretty easy to find.
        Welcome to the fun !!!
        Those rotors look right for the year but someone painted them gold like MNS rotors. That bike looks familiar, where did you pick it up?
        Greg

        Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

        ― Albert Einstein

        80 SG Ol' Okie;79 engine & carbs w/pods, 45 pilots, 140 mains, Custom Mac 4 into 2 exhaust, ACCT,XS850 final drive,110/90/19 front tire,TKat fork brace, XS750 140 MPH speedometer, Vetter IV fairing, aftermarket hard bags and trunk, LG high back seat, XJ rear shocks.

        The list changes.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BA80 View Post

          Those rotors look right for the year but someone painted them gold like MNS rotors. That bike looks familiar, where did you pick it up?
          Rear rotor is slotted, not correct for the Standard and the color as stated is MNS only. 'Sup Greg
          1980 XS1100G "Dolly G" Full Dresser (with a coat of many colors )
          1979 XS1100SF (stock-euro mods planned)
          1984 XV700L Virago (to be hot-modded)
          1983 XJ750MK Midnight Maxim (semi-restored DD)
          1977 XS650D ( patiently awaiting resto)

          Sometimes it takes a whole tank of gas before you can think straight.

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          • #6
            The bike looks great as-it-is. The cosmetic condition is extraordinary.

            If you are going for original, in addition to the fender and brake rotors, I think the headlight bucket and gauge covers were originally chrome.

            It will look great whether you keep it as-is, or restore it to the original look.
            -Mike
            _________
            '79 XS1100SF 20k miles
            '80 XS1100SG 42k miles
            '81 XS1100H Venturer 35k miles
            '79 XS750SF 20k miles
            '85 Honda V65 Magna ~7k miles
            '84 Honda V65 Magna 48k miles (parts bike)
            '86 Yamaha VMAX 7k miles

            Previous: '68 Motoguzzi 600cc + '79 XS750SF 22k miles +'84 Honda V65

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            • #7
              Very nice bike and a great score! The headlight bucket and gauge covers were black. BA80 is correct, the front rotor at least is correct but the center should be black not gold. Be VERY careful of the plastic backs on the mirrors. They will scratch and gouge if you look at them wrong.
              And for any comedians from Michigan, YES that is rust on the center of the rear rotor! Guess the old geezer that put it together missed that detail!

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              • #8
                What's the deal on the indentations on the tailpipes of these bikes? They couldn't design it a little lower to clear the axle? I though it was just mine but see it in the parts fiche and on all the pics of others.
                1979 XS1100F
                1978 Suzuki GS750E

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Forden View Post
                  What's the deal on the indentations on the tailpipes of these bikes? They couldn't design it a little lower to clear the axle? I though it was just mine but see it in the parts fiche and on all the pics of others.
                  They needed the height so the pipes wouldn't scrape would be my best guess.
                  1980 XS1100G "Dolly G" Full Dresser (with a coat of many colors )
                  1979 XS1100SF (stock-euro mods planned)
                  1984 XV700L Virago (to be hot-modded)
                  1983 XJ750MK Midnight Maxim (semi-restored DD)
                  1977 XS650D ( patiently awaiting resto)

                  Sometimes it takes a whole tank of gas before you can think straight.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 2manybikes View Post
                    And for any comedians from Michigan, YES that is rust on the center of the rear rotor!
                    What do you mean, we invented rust in Michigan.

                    -Mike
                    _________
                    '79 XS1100SF 20k miles
                    '80 XS1100SG 42k miles
                    '81 XS1100H Venturer 35k miles
                    '79 XS750SF 20k miles
                    '85 Honda V65 Magna ~7k miles
                    '84 Honda V65 Magna 48k miles (parts bike)
                    '86 Yamaha VMAX 7k miles

                    Previous: '68 Motoguzzi 600cc + '79 XS750SF 22k miles +'84 Honda V65

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BA80 View Post

                      Those rotors look right for the year but someone painted them gold like MNS rotors. That bike looks familiar, where did you pick it up?
                      Mass, long way from OK so probably a lookalike.

                      Is there any kind of valve shim trading arrangement here? about to check clearances. too bad they are apparently .5 mm bigger in diameter than what I've got for my GS750 (which are 29mm).
                      1979 XS1100F
                      1978 Suzuki GS750E

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                      • #12
                        Shims are 29mm, check this link:

                        https://www.mikesxs.net/yamaha-xs650...-shim-kit.html

                        Not sure if there is still a Library of shims and /or who has it.
                        Last edited by Schming; 04-10-2022, 04:55 PM.
                        1980 XS1100G "Dolly G" Full Dresser (with a coat of many colors )
                        1979 XS1100SF (stock-euro mods planned)
                        1984 XV700L Virago (to be hot-modded)
                        1983 XJ750MK Midnight Maxim (semi-restored DD)
                        1977 XS650D ( patiently awaiting resto)

                        Sometimes it takes a whole tank of gas before you can think straight.

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                        • #13
                          Post if you need the shims, and some of us do have a few spares. The big problem is that the valves tighten up as they wear, so the thinner shims are in demand.
                          Ray Matteis
                          KE6NHG
                          XS1100 E '78 (winter project)
                          XS1100 SF Bob Jones worked on it!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DiverRay View Post
                            Post if you need the shims, and some of us do have a few spares. The big problem is that the valves tighten up as they wear, so the thinner shims are in demand.
                            Hi all, after lapping I'm looking for a few shims--I need these three:
                            2.75
                            2.80
                            2.85

                            I have a 2.60 and a 2.95 to trade, if that helps anyone. of course I can always order from mikesxs, so no worries either way.
                            Thanks, Mike
                            Last edited by Forden; 08-04-2022, 04:08 PM.
                            1979 XS1100F
                            1978 Suzuki GS750E

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Forden View Post

                              Hi all, after lapping I'm looking for a few shims--I need these three:
                              2.75
                              2.80
                              2.85

                              I have a 2.60 and a 2.95 to trade, if that helps anyone. of course I can always order from mikesxs, so no worries either way.
                              Thanks, Mike
                              Hi Mike,
                              PM me your address and I'll mail you the three shims you are looking for. If you want to send your extra's back to me, that'll be cool. I'll add them to my collection.
                              Bob
                              Bob's Bikes:
                              LG, Military theme.
                              LH, With XJ maxim tank.
                              SF, Current Project.

                              Bob's websites:
                              https://projectxs11.wordpress.com
                              https://rucksackgrunt.com

                              Bob's Books:
                              "
                              Project XS11" (Published here.)
                              "Rucksack Grunt" (Published here.)

                              ...

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