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1978 Suzuki GS400 pls help

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Old 08-07-2006   #1
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Default 1978 Suzuki GS400 pls help

I am looking to purchase a used 1978 Suzuki GS400. Currently there is one problem with the bike it has wire in the ignition coil that runs hot and melts the soder on it. What does this mean exactly? Can it fixed with replacing the ignition coil? Is this bike worth trouble. Since this is my first bike I do not know much about them mechanically.

Thanks for all the response.
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Old 08-08-2006   #2
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Default 1978 Suzuki GS400 pls help

omerfar23, welcome to the forum. Great first question, and I would say this... How much background do you have with electrical or electronic repair? Motorcycle wiring is troublesome and finicky, if it's not taken care of and maintained. I spent this past winter replacing, troubleshooting, and cursing a scooter wiring/electrical system. I no longer own that scooter.

I would say, if you can, be patient and keep looking. Also, you can check with local repair shops, and repost your question in the repair forum to see if anyone has dealt with this problem on this bike. Again, it does sound like alot of extra work to take care of before you could even ride your new bike.

Of course the choice is yours.:)

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Old 08-09-2006   #3
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Default 1978 Suzuki GS400 pls help

Thanks for the advice loudest143. I agree with you. I passed on this particular bike. I am not every mechanically inclined and would like to get bike that only requires routine work (oil change and brakes). Unfortunately what I am finding out is that there are no CHEAP bikes ( > $1500) that won't require work no matter what the seller says.

Most cheap bike sellers are selling bike to avoid doing the work and spending the money.

So i am going to wait and spend some money but get a decent bike. I want to enjoy riding rather than fixing the bike.
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Hey Omerfar23. You should check you our local craiglist. I have purchased my 83 GS650GL for cheap ($550) with no issue at all, only a few dents and scatches due to age. Anyway, I have sold that bike 2 weeks ago for over $1000. I just purchased an 83 CB550SC 2 days ago on craiglist for $750. So, keep your eye open and be quick to make deal and you will be able to get cheap bike that you want. Good luck!
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Default I had somewhat of the same problem

I had somewhat of the same problem. I have a Suzuki gs400. I bought it and was told it ran. Took his word for it.

Back to how apply. Since the bike is 30 plus year old. I had to pull the whole wiring and replace it. Some of the wire was so old it was braking off in my hand. You may have a wire that is connect wrong or the wrong size to carry that right power amount. I would tell you that it was fun, but alot of work. It up you on if this is for you.
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