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Author Topic: Build Project 1978 GS550  (Read 1098 times)

Offline Urban Monk

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Build Project 1978 GS550
« on: Feb 02, 2017, 17:48:19 »
Hello Ladies and Gents. I've been lurking here for a while, but am now sharing my build project. I'm chronicling it on my YouTube channel - Urban Monk TV. Link to the first episode of this GS550 build here


3 Episodes so far. I'm committed to seeing this thing all the way through, including the videos. Hope you enjoy.

After completing a restoration on a 1981 CB900C, I bought this bike a year and a half ago in Minnesota (where I was living at the time) I rode it for a while. Life brought me to the Los Angeles and I brought the bike with me. I rode it on the Distringuished Gentleman's Ride here


and the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club's Annual Ride


but eventually lost compression in one cylinder. So, it's time for a rebuild.

And while I'm at it, I'm going to cafe it. (That's a verb here right?).

I'll upload some pics here once I figure out how to do that, but my focus will be on the videos.

I welcome any ideas and support from you knowledgeable folk. I'm a decent garage mechanic, but there's always new territory to be covered with every project and this one is no exception.



 
« Last Edit: Feb 02, 2017, 17:59:08 by Urban Monk »
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #1 on: Feb 02, 2017, 17:59:59 »
Episode 2

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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #2 on: Feb 02, 2017, 18:00:41 »
Episode 3

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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #3 on: Mar 06, 2017, 13:09:51 »
Episode 4
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #4 on: Mar 06, 2017, 13:10:40 »
Episode 5
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #5 on: Mar 06, 2017, 13:11:26 »
Episode 6
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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #6 on: Mar 06, 2017, 17:04:04 »
Welcome in mate great strip down / build thread ,puts my gs550 project efforts to shame  :-[ , look forward to more updates & video's mate always here for Q&A's bud .
Life's too short to go slow at anything !  unless your re-building ya ride !!

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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #7 on: Mar 07, 2017, 20:05:02 »
Thanks yorkie350. Happy to be here. As I mentioned, been lurking for years. This is a fantastic site/resource. Thanks in advance for the help. I may need some along the way. I'm committed to trying to keep this a low budget project as I think that is most helpful to others. I'm assuming most don't want to spend thousands. That said, when you are sticking to a budget sometimes you need to get very creative - hopefully the collective wisdom here will help me through those moments. I'm just doing it to relax. I'm equally happy with a throttle grip or a wrench in my hand. All the best to you.
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #8 on: Mar 07, 2017, 20:07:23 »
For those who are interested, you can follow me on Instagram @urbanmonk_mrlarsen
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #9 on: Mar 14, 2017, 20:03:08 »
Not a continuation, but just a supplemental talking about why I think I burned a hole in my piston.
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #10 on: Mar 22, 2017, 20:24:59 »
Episode 7 now uploaded. Fun building specialized tools with stuff I have lying around the garage. This time, a piston pin removal tool. My apologies up front to all those good folks who use that most reasonable of measurement systems - metric. The half inch bolt head I reference is roughly 12.7mm.
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #11 on: Mar 26, 2017, 16:06:28 »
Part 8...
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #12 on: Apr 02, 2017, 16:07:08 »
This week's episode, 9...
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #13 on: Apr 11, 2017, 20:01:45 »
Episode 10...
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Build Project 1978 GS550
« Reply #14 on: Apr 24, 2017, 20:06:22 »
Episode 11...
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