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Author Topic: First build, 1977 GS550  (Read 3242 times)

Offline kevinj0101

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First build, 1977 GS550
« on: Dec 24, 2017, 13:56:37 »
Hello everyone, I found this bike on Craigslist early this year for 200.00!  Never taken on a café racer type build, always wanted one, so here we go...

Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #1 on: Dec 24, 2017, 13:57:54 »
The bike was a basket case, the engine turned free and the title was clean with current registration.  This was how it pieced together when I got it home.

Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #2 on: Dec 24, 2017, 13:59:15 »
Now the work begins!  Clean clean clean....

Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #3 on: Dec 24, 2017, 14:01:29 »
Frame was stripped of all the tabs and all that nonsense....

Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #4 on: Dec 24, 2017, 14:03:35 »
Found these controls online, was not sure at this point how much fabrication I wanted to get into, but what the hell

Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #5 on: Dec 24, 2017, 14:04:42 »
Had some help too...

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #6 on: Dec 24, 2017, 14:08:41 »
Welcome  in to madness mate pretty safe bike to start with and for no money, cant go wrong lots of tricks to do too ime just on with one gone for twin discs on front one off exhausts , seat, tank, etc been slow but ready to get on it . Would have been good for you to get it running first but we gotta do things our own way   keep the pictures coming and updates mate always here for Q&A's
Life's too short to go slow at anything !  unless your re-building ya ride !!

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Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #7 on: Dec 24, 2017, 14:09:52 »
I'm an electrician/ instrument tech by trade, meaning I pound nails with a ball peen hammer...  My dad had a great rule for me as I was a young kid waiting for my trade schooling to start, take a welding class at my local junior collage, Walla Walla JC.  Anyways, this tail section looks much better

Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #8 on: Dec 24, 2017, 14:13:34 »
Now I know what everyone is thinking at this point, nice work genius, the rear tire is only going to have an inch of clearance.  More on that in a bit.  I want the bike to look clean, all the electrical components hidden away.  At this point, I had no idea how the cowl would end up, but I had a plan!

Offline kevinj0101

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Re: First build, 1977 GS550
« Reply #9 on: Dec 24, 2017, 14:16:55 »
Welcome  in to madness mate pretty safe bike to start with and for no money, cant go wrong lots of tricks to do too ime just on with one gone for twin discs on front one off exhausts , seat, tank, etc been slow but ready to get on it . Would have been good for you to get it running first but we gotta do things our own way   keep the pictures coming and updates mate always here for Q&A's

Its going to be an all day endeavor to get all my progress up to date, I've been inspired by you guys on this site for so much, todays one of the first days of the year I get all day to do something like this.