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  1. peteGSX

    Newbie from Australia

    Look out it's Frankie, welcome along to DTT, that's a pretty clean CB!
  2. Katana Kristmas Katch-Up

    Katana Kristmas Katch-Up

    The local Katana riders katch up for Kristmas here in Brisbane, Australia.
  3. peteGSX

    82 gs850 idle issues

    Some things with GS' that can cause issues here... Are your valve clearances in spec? Have you balanced the carbs? (Do that after valve clearances not before) Looks like pods and potentially a free flowing exhaust, which is likely going to need richening up possibly significantly. On my...
  4. peteGSX

    Suzuki S32-2 Olympian restoration

    Mate that's fantastic, awesome result! I hear ya' on the seat pain too, there's a guy here who does an awesome job but tends to over promise and under deliver on time. My Kat seat took four or five months instead of the two weeks, and the 450 seat took a couple of months instead of a week or...
  5. peteGSX

    my latest build. 2 stroke GT185 cafe racer.

    Yeah +1 on the wider tyre comments, and from my experience trying a 100/90-18 on the front of the 450 it just made cornering horrible with a weird tip in experience which is no fun at all!
  6. peteGSX

    my latest build. 2 stroke GT185 cafe racer.

    Nice progress! Gotta love skinny tyres too! Mind you I thought my GS450's were skinny but the 90/90-18 on the front makes your 2.75 front look even skinnier :D
  7. peteGSX

    my latest build. 2 stroke GT185 cafe racer.

    Keen to follow along here, being a bit of a Suzuki nut and all :) I gotta say one thing I love with your previous builds is how you integrate the seat and tank. Too many builds I've seen over the years that haven't done that and either just don't look right with gaps or (worse still) leave...
  8. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I finally got some time to work on a mounting bracket for the speedo and tacho yesterday. I'm liking the non-symmetrical layout, and the speedo positioning means no interference between the clutch and speedo drive cables. The big gap between them will also allow me to put a different ignition...
  9. peteGSX

    1980 GS450 with a Honda Scrabler Style Exhaust

    Nice work! My two cents is offset tips and definitely closer together... and make sure you have plenty of room to be able to check the oil level with the dipstick! Regarding the cafe comments above, yeah, this is your bike, do what you want. Go back in the day where the cafe was born and there...
  10. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I got the service done yesterday, standard oil/filter change and check valve clearances and so forth. The only shim needing changing was number 2 inlet as last time I'm guessing I got the clearance a bit wrong as it was way out of spec (over 0.10mm) and had to go up a shim to bring the...
  11. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Yeah these are definitely good bikes! When it was running well I had no issues having fun with the "big boys" on their 1100+ Kats in the tight twisty stuff on our favourite roads, although of course as soon as horsepower comes into play things change :D I find it a fun little bike to ride, even...
  12. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I'd say warm rather than hot, was about 3 hours after I got home from work, so should be good enough temperature for testing. Held the throttle at WOT to test also. As for the valves, definitely something I need to check which will be during the next service in a couple of weeks. I've been...
  13. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I decided to check the compression last night given the lack of top end and the results weren't good. Number one has 120 PSI, number two only 100 PSI. Going by the manual 100 PSI is the service limit, but they should be 130 - 170 PSI, and if both cylinders measure under 130 PSI it's time for an...
  14. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Well I finally got it out for a decent ride yesterday after the changes so far. Definitely more enjoyable to ride again and I had a blast, although encountered a couple of issues. First one's a simple fix... my rear number plate had started to crack from vibration likely due to the weight of...
  15. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Well a bit of shuffling, a bit of filing, and the switch is back in action again, yay! Now on to figuring out what to do about mounting the GS500 tacho...
  16. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    I picked up a GS500 tacho on Thursday to use on the 450 but when I went to test it I discovered my ignition key wouldn't turn in the barrel. It was getting a bit stiff lately so not really surprised it stopped functioning. I dismantled it to find three different issues, and it's a wonder it was...
  17. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Cheers! I got them installed last night and yeah looks loads better than the dirt bike mudguard that was on there and so much nicer not having a rusty headlight bucket! https://flic.kr/p/2i8eynR]Untitled[/url] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/89703844@N08/]starpoint73[/url], on Flickr
  18. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Happy New Year all! First post for 2020 is a good one for me :D I hadn't done any more on the 450 as I've been spending my time off doing a serious garage tidy. This made enough room for a new workbench to do all my bending, drilling, cutting, etc. Relocating the bench grinder also allows...
  19. peteGSX

    My TR1 Cafe Racer - a tribute to my late brother Kevin

    Mate that's awesome, great job! That exhaust does sound great too (just watched your Youtube clip).
  20. peteGSX

    1982 GS450E Scrambler-ish to Cafe-ish

    Well it's official, the 450 is fun again! Had a short ride up a local mountain to meet a mate for coffee yesterday and it was a blast. The clubmans and rearsets make it quite comfortable and the speedo does the job nicely also. Forgot to get a photo up the top but it's fun for me seeing my...
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