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Last updated: Tuesday, 26-Feb-2002 12:18:17 MST

Differences between Models FAQ

written by JP Honeywell

Just for fun, lets look at the differences between the models.

78 E - Standard (no special model for 78)

  • 160 mph speedo
  • Disk rotors not drilled
  • Rectangular headlight
  • Rectangular turn signals
  • Wide taillight mounted on fender
  • Rectangular speedo and tach
  • Skinny footpegs
  • Handlebar clamp is one wide piece
  • Shocks have no damping control
  • Exhausts extend past rear axle
  • Left and right turn signal indicators
  • Forks are not air pressure assisted
  • Kickstarter stored on right side under sidecover

79 F - Standard

  • 160 mph speedo
  • Disk rotors not drilled
  • Rectangular headlight
  • Rectangular turn signals
  • Wide taillight mounted on fender
  • Rectangular speedo and tach
  • Skinny footpegs
  • Handlebar clamp is one wide piece
  • Shocks have no damping control
  • Exhausts extend past rear axle
  • Left and right turn signal indicators
  • Kickstarter stored on right side under sidecover

79 SF - Special

  • 160 mph speedo
  • Disk rotors not drilled
  • Round headlight
  • Round turn signals
  • Small taillight mounted on fender
  • Round speedo and tach
  • Skinny footpegs
  • Handlebar clamp is two small pieces
  • Shocks have damping control
  • Exhausts stop before rear axle
  • Only one turn signal indicator
  • Air pressure assisted forks
  • Kickstarter stored on right side under sidecover

80 G - Standard

  • 85 mph speedo (160 outside of US)
  • Disk rotors drilled
  • Rectangular headlight
  • Rectangular turn signals
  • Wide taillight mounted on fender
  • Rectangular speedo and tach
  • Larger footpegs than 78/79
  • Handlebar clamp is one wide piece
  • Shocks have no damping control
  • Exhausts extend past rear axle
  • Left and right turn signal indicators
  • Kickstarter discontinued - shaft hole plugged up

80 SG - Special

  • 85 mph speedo (160 outside of US)
  • Disk rotors drilled
  • Round headlight
  • Round turn signals
  • Large taillight mounted at back of seat Round speedo and tach
  • Larger footpegs than 78/79
  • Handlebar clamp is two small pieces
  • Shocks have damping control
  • Exhausts stop before rear axle
  • Left and right turn signal indicators
  • Air pressure assisted forks
  • Handlebar switch for emergency flashers
  • Kickstarter discontinued - shaft hole plugged up
  • Piston crown shape changed
  • Larger valves - intakes from 36mm to 38mm, and exhausts from 31 mm to 32 mm
  • Lower 9.0:1 compression ratio (down from 9.2:1) The slightly lower compression ratio allows the four-cylinder to run better on questionable gasoline
  • Exhaust valve lift has been increased 0.5mm to 8.8mm; intake lift remains 8.8mm
  • Clutch has slightly thicker friction plates than 1979's, but the driven plates apparently are identical
  • Reflectors have been enlarged and relocated
  • Twin "button" horns (instead of a single button horn)

81 H - Standard

  • 85 mph speedo (160 outside of US)
  • Disk rotors drilled
  • Rectangular headlight
  • Rectangular turn signals
  • Wide taillight mounted on fender
  • Rectangular speedo and tach
  • Larger footpegs than 78/79
  • Handlebar clamp is one wide piece
  • Shocks have damping control
  • Exhausts stop before rear axle
  • Left and right turn signal indicators
  • Only available with full touring gear - bags, fairing, etc.
  • Cam cover is aluminum & black paint?
  • Cylinders painted between cooling fins?
  • Different logo on side covers from previous models?
  • Timing & alternator cover has painted circle groove
  • Came with a lock and chain stored where 78/79 kick starter was
  • Kickstarter discontinued - shaft hole plugged up

81 SH - Special

  • 85 mph speedo (160 outside of US)
  • Disk rotors drilled
  • Round headlight
  • Round turn signals
  • Large taillight mounted at back of seat Round speedo and tach
  • Larger footpegs than 78/79
  • Handlebar clamp is two small pieces
  • Shocks have damping control
  • Exhausts stop before rear axle
  • Left and right turn signal indicators
  • Air pressure assisted forks
  • Handlebar switch for emergency flashers
  • Cam cover is aluminum & black paint
  • Cylinders painted between cooling fins
  • Different logo on side covers from previous models
  • Timing & alternator cover has painted circle groove
  • Came with a lock and chain stored where 78/79 kick starter was
  • Kickstarter discontinued - shaft hole plugged up

If anyone know other differences between model years, please let me (and the list) know.

 

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