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Author Topic: 2 1978 Suzuki GS550's  (Read 386 times)

Offline LiveStoked

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2 1978 Suzuki GS550's
« on: Jan 06, 2018, 18:58:50 »
This is a build thread for my girlfriend and I's current build. We found two 1978 Suzuki GS550'S in a barn preserved with oil sprayed all over them(the owner did this with all 20 vintage motorcycle projects sitting in his barn). We brought the motorcycles home, stripped them completely down, and now it's time to build them up. The bikes were in such great condition when we started, so luckily they shouldn't give us much trouble.

We are running stock air boxes, mostly because the last couple bikes we've built didn't quite run perfectly with pods. BUT, if anybody has experience with GS550 pods and can sway me to use them instead, I'm all ears.

Offline LiveStoked

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Re: 2 1978 Suzuki GS550's
« Reply #1 on: Jan 07, 2018, 21:57:53 »
Finally finished the frame hoop and seat mounts. New seat fits like a glove, surprisingly. I wish there was a way to run stock exhaust but cut off those rear exhaust mount brackets, but Iím not seeing a way around it.


Offline scott s

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Re: 2 1978 Suzuki GS550's
« Reply #2 on: Jan 08, 2018, 22:20:45 »
 You don't have a decent front fender in that pile, do you?

Offline LiveStoked

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Re: 2 1978 Suzuki GS550's
« Reply #3 on: Jan 09, 2018, 13:07:09 »
You don't have a decent front fender in that pile, do you?

I do! We actually have two of them. Mint condition with the exception of a small ding in one. Not sure if we are using them or not....

Offline scott s

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Re: 2 1978 Suzuki GS550's
« Reply #4 on: Jan 11, 2018, 17:49:01 »
 Dibs on one if you don't need it! I have a dinged/dented up one if all you want to do is cut out the center for a brace.

Offline Wangofree

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Re: 2 1978 Suzuki GS550's
« Reply #5 on: Feb 20, 2018, 16:37:04 »
Hey LiveStoked - any progress on this double project?  I'm about to pickup a 77 GS550 and I'm curious to see how yours goes.
"I got a fever, and the only prescription is, more cafe racer parts"!

Ongoing CB360 build
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43522.0

Offline advCo

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Re: 2 1978 Suzuki GS550's
« Reply #6 on: Feb 20, 2018, 17:03:25 »
Great bikes. If you aren't already aware about GSresources, its a great site for these bikes. Also, the charging system on the 550s is worth upgrading.

Looking good so far.
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0