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This is a pic of a Norton Commando 850 by Norvil, that participated in the Classic Trophy last weekend in Greece.
This bike was considered to be one of the best cafe racers of the 70s. Good usable power and handling to match.
This guy passed me at least 5 times during the rally...my excuse is I was riding with pillion :)
Tell me if you like to see more pictures like this :)

Aris
BTW, I came 4th in the last category (bikes up to 1976) on my BMW R75/6, becuase I had to wait for a train to pass in a special stage...Greek organization at its best :D

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I've recently taken a liking to cafe racers, I'd love some more pics. I'm looking at buying either a 79 gs850, or a 83 gs1100 and making a cafe racer/ street fighter. I can get either for cheap, you seem to be into older bikes what do you think
 

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I've recently taken a liking to cafe racers, I'd love some more pics. I'm looking at buying either a 79 gs850, or a 83 gs1100 and making a cafe racer/ street fighter. I can get either for cheap, you seem to be into older bikes what do you think

Hi SilentNEKO,
The GS850 was shaft drive and isn't really ideal for a cafe racer.
The GS1000 is a really good bike for it's time (I suppose you mean the 1000, because I don't think there was a GS1100, except if you mean the first GSX1100).
I really like the GS1000E with the small bikini fairing and it coul dmake a perfect cafe racer! They were very fast and also handled better than any other japanese bike of the time. The engines are overengineered and made good dragster bikes.
Good luck with your hunt!

I'll post some more pics here soon :)

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thanks cheif, I hear alot of good things about these bikes, I heard it was voted the best engine series of all time. about the 1100 deal, what I learned is in other parts of the world there were gs and gsx models, but in the usa they were all called gs, so it really would be a gsx1100 but its called a gs1100. pic are cool, lets see your bike.
 

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Hi again SilentNEKO,

I did some research and you are correct!
Actually in Europe (where I am) the GS1100 was called GSX1100 and it was the first 16 valve. The last GS was the GS1000S (2 valve per cylinder) and it was the answer to the Z1-R from Kawa.
Personally I don't like the looks of the 'GSX', but it doesn't look as ugly to me now as it did then, if that makes any sense :)
As I said, I like best the GS1000S which was the 'Sports' model of the time.
Here are a few pics I found:

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Drool over this one!

This is a pic to drool on if you really like GSs :drool:
It's a 2002 model for the Japanese market only :( to recreate the retro look and the sporting feel of the GS combined with GSXR technology!


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Specs of GS(X)

Silent NEKO, I saw that you re also looking for specs for these bikes. Here is a brochure of the GS(X) with specs and everything :)
It's the bike that was called GS in US and GSX in Europe.

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your the man, how do you find these things. ok so that was for 1980 so the 83 looks a little different. either way it looks like a nice bike for the money. that 2002 model is awsome, I think I'm moving to japan:eek: . I don't really like to looks of the old gs,but I can't really afford a new bike, and I want something I can easily customize. like new bars, and fairings...... whatever I get I'll post a pic when I do.
 

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Aris: Those are very nice pictures.....Talking about the land of the rising Sun...Why they and Europe always get the best bikes....? Whay the last and worst for America....?

Take care my friend...!
 

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thats because over there they are transportation and widely used, here they are just considered toys, and there aren't many around.:( oh ya plus emissions and restriction, plus import tax just don't add up
 
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