Considered by some to be the best 1000cc four-cylinder of its time, the GS1000 was based on the 750 but had many improvements – Cycle magazine called this bike the “best handling multi of all.”
The 997cc four-cylinder DOHC engine produced 75 horsepower, which was enough to get the 548 pound bike up to about 139 miles per hour. For more on the GS1000E and what made it so remarkable, check out this Retrospective from Rider magazine.
This example (VIN: GS1000512999) was purchased by new by the seller’s cousin in 1978, who sold it to a friend four years later. The current owner then acquired it 10 years ago, and he calls it a true original survivor. The “engine has never been torn into except the valve cover off for a valve adjustment and the clutch cover off for a new clutch. Otherwise the engine is as assembled in Japan 42 years ago.” It’s still got the original paint and chrome, and it presents quite well for an original bike in the photos, though it’s obviously not perfect considering its age and the 52k miles on the odometer. The seller has replaced the bars and the rear shocks “for more comfort”, and it’s also got Dyna coils, electronic ignition, and a Rifle fairing. The sale includes all original parts and a new set of tires.
Find this GS for sale in Sharpsburg, Georgia for $3,750 here on Craigslist.
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