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Suzuki GT380?.

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Re: Suzuki GT380?.

#16 PostAuthor: Charlie » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:52 am

In the day, they were good bikes. They would wheelie well, the pegs and stands could be scraped and it stopped OK. Now I would say it was heavy, slow and handled poorly lol..but that is the march of time.

Faults they had in addition to the normal ageing problems, were the nylon oil pump gear could shear. The baffles on the two lower silencers would collapse and rattle on every bump. The alternators were hit and miss and 2nd/3rd gears could be problematic...but maybe that was all the wheelies :)
If it rained and water got into the sprocket cover, then the digital gear indicator would show 8's instead of 1-5
I would have another one tomorrow though, the only real difference in the 380 and the 550, was the 550 had an electric start...they were not much faster than the 380.
Clock faces tend to have cracked and crazed now, but there are specialists that restore them
Why do I persist in debating with idiots ? I really should know better :)

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Re: Suzuki GT380?.

#17 PostAuthor: Garry.L » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:16 pm

Charlie wrote:In the day, they were good bikes. They would wheelie well, the pegs and stands could be scraped and it stopped OK. Now I would say it was heavy, slow and handled poorly lol..but that is the march of time.

Faults they had in addition to the normal ageing problems, were the nylon oil pump gear could shear. The baffles on the two lower silencers would collapse and rattle on every bump. The alternators were hit and miss and 2nd/3rd gears could be problematic...but maybe that was all the wheelies :)
If it rained and water got into the sprocket cover, then the digital gear indicator would show 8's instead of 1-5
I would have another one tomorrow though, the only real difference in the 380 and the 550, was the 550 had an electric start...they were not much faster than the 380.
Clock faces tend to have cracked and crazed now, but there are specialists that restore them


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Re: Suzuki GT380?.

#18 PostAuthor: martinz1000r » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:32 pm

My first "big" bike after i passed my test on a XL125 in 1983. Bought it for £50 out of someones front garden. Rattlecan paint job and away i went. I remember ground clearance being an issue on corners. I still have the scars on my foot where the road ground away my trainers.
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Not a bike I'd get all nostalgic over....
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