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Old 12-05-2011, 06:23 PM
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roadgypsy roadgypsy is offline
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Fairbury, Nebraska
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Hi all, new '78 xs11 owner, came across the forums and figured I'd better join up. Got a wealth of knowledge from folks over on Suzuki Madura forums when I got back on 2 wheels last fall so figured this should be stop 1. Found this 78 on CL over the weekend for $400 and figured it'd be a good jumping off point for my first major project bike. Missing solenoid, throttle cable, and 1 cone filter but pretty straight otherwise, parts already otw from ebay. Guy said it would fire off a little carb cleaner, (not sure how now that i found solenoid missing and no kick bar) so hopefully I can at least get it mobile for $60 in parts and a good runthrough on carbs.

Figured with the parts availability it'd be a much better bike to learn major repairs/mods on than my maddy. Been a few years since I've had something to turn a wrench on for fun rather than to keep it going, and never did any serious restoration/modding. Should be fun to finally get the chance, and always nice to have kind folks to help ya through it.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:01 PM
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bikerphil bikerphil is offline
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Broward County, S. Flori-DUH
Posts: 7,552
Welcome aboard, good luck with your new ride, plenty of info here to get you going.

79F - owned since '89 - FJ fork mod, solo seat mod, Dyna 3Ω's, 14MM M/C (168K miles)
79SF - every day rider, solo seat mod, Brembo 16MM M/C, Accel 3Ω's, Supertrapp (125K miles)

"If it ain't broke, modify it"

30 year XS11 owner

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Old 12-05-2011, 07:18 PM
crazy steve crazy steve is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Beautiful outer Yelm, WA
Posts: 7,932
We'll tell you everything you need to know, and some extra besides...

Fast, Cheap, Reliable... Pick any two

'78E original owner - resto project
'78E ???? owner - Modder project FJ forks, 4-piston calipers F/R, 160/80-16 rear tire
'82 XJ rebuild project
'80SG restified, red SOLD
'79F parts...
'81H more parts...

Other current bikes:
'93 XL1200 Anniversary Sportster 85RWHP
'86 XL883/1200 Chopper
'82 XL1000 w/1450cc Buell, Baker 6-speed, in-progress project
Cage: '13 Mustang GT/CS with a few 'custom' touches
Yep, can't leave nuthin' alone...
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:35 PM
tom clisham tom clisham is offline
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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 627

You picked a great bike to fool with. Lots of partsa available & great info on this site.
Tom Clisham


'78xs1100E ,all stock & original GONE TO WISCONSIN

'80 SG Vetter fairing,hard bags,trunk,fork brace,
stock headers with fishtail mufflers,black & beautiful GONE TO ARIZONA

79SF lowered,jardine 4/2 exhaust,pod filters,drilled rotors,fork brace, bar hopper

79SF 1 owner,8000 miles, restoring to completely original ( I hope) GONE TO FRANCE
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