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Author Topic: GS650E First build  (Read 3688 times)

Offline schwartzy1024

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GS650E First build
« on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:18:33 »
Hello anyone who is bored enough to read my post!  I decided I wanted to build a cafe racer, had a few bucks laying around to do it and said what the hell.  The bike I bought fell into my lap in a pretty good way. It is a 1981 Suzuki GS650E.  It had the makings of a cool bike when I bought it, but it looked like a 3rd grader did it with a spray paint can. The first few picture were of the bike when I started.  It was way to wide in the rear end, the front end looked clunky and bulky. The paint was crap and bike didn't run.  Quick story about the bike not running. I show up to look at it, everything looks good, the guy says he rode it to his house and it sat for the past year and doesn't run anymore. I put the key in and hit the starter, cranks like a champ, sounds good but doesn't fire. He says its maybe the timing, I say ohhh yeah probably it doesn't sounds right (sounded fine). I tap the gas tank where there looked like a little bondo (there wasn't just really really crappy spray paint) sounds empty, and say, well with it not running, needing tires yadda yadda yadda, i'll buy it for X.  I get it home, check the spark (looks great) put gas in the tank (which was bone dry) and it fires right up!!!! Thanks for the discount dude.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

Offline schwartzy1024

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #1 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:19:58 »
This bike is pretty much completed but I need to keep adding pictures. Read on!
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #2 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:21:17 »
New rubber on powder coated wheels. I replaced the wheel bearings and tubes as well.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #3 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:25:20 »
Cut the rear part of the frame to weld in a matching seat hoop. I had the metal and a custom car shop bent it in 10 minutes for 15$.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #4 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:25:49 »
Cut all the tabs out of the frame that I wasn't using.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #5 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:26:37 »
Sawed off the horns on the top triple tree clamp. Used a file to get it close then sand paper by hand. I started with 180 but got up 600grit.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

Offline schwartzy1024

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #6 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:27:07 »
I mocked up the front speedo with a quick mount I cut and drilled.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #7 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:28:38 »
Polished up all the covers and cleaned the motor a little.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #8 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:30:27 »
I got the tank bank. The color is called Black Rose (very cool in the light).  To buy paint and do it myself (I do custom paint on the side as a hobby) would have cost ~$250 so I decided to try a company called SCS wraps to wrap the tank in this vinyl.  Turned out okay, but it was not really as promised. I think on my next project I will defiantly paint the tank and a few other parts to match.
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!

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Re: GS650E First build
« Reply #9 on: Jun 15, 2016, 18:31:53 »
I got the frame back from powder coating and that night I had 2 friends come over to help me get the motor in. I think it was rolling like this within 2 hours of getting off work!
Don't reinvent the wheel, find ways to make it roll faster!