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Forum: Some Assembly Required 05-19-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,750
Posted By BiGR Rich
Boardrider, how are the GS wheels coming along?...

Boardrider, how are the GS wheels coming along? Any other issues? I'll admit it - I may have skipped over it if so.

A couple pages back you mentioned the GS500 having dual front brakes. The wheel...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-17-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 475
Posted By BiGR Rich
:clap Great memories of the Rhine river....

:clap

Great memories of the Rhine river. When I was younger, my father was in the US Air Force and stationed in Sembach. Every year our school field trip was a boat ride down the Rhine.

Thank...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-17-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,046
Posted By BiGR Rich
This thread got me thinking about my own boots......

This thread got me thinking about my own boots...

I have TCX X-Ride boots which have the zipper up the side and a Velcro flap to cover the zipper up. No laces, buckles, loops, etc.. Has anybody...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-16-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Don't get me wrong, any issues I had with highway...

Don't get me wrong, any issues I had with highway stability weren't terrible problems. Taking a smaller, lightweight bike up to 75 ish on PA's crumbling roads wasn't always an enjoyable experience....
Forum: Old's Cool 05-15-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Small update since I have two things worth...

Small update since I have two things worth mentioning :

First, putting new / heavier oil in the steering damper made a world of difference. The steering damper alone made the scary moments of...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 05-15-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,885
Posted By BiGR Rich
Sign me up. Always good to see some old...

Sign me up.

Always good to see some old Suzukis being put back into service.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-11-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Señor Longhorn! Good to see you here buddy. ...

Señor Longhorn! Good to see you here buddy.

Just wanted to get a recent pic on here (that isn't in my garage / cave). Taken this morning when I got home from work:
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-10-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Just under 5'9". I swapped out the original...

Just under 5'9". I swapped out the original handle bars for superbike bars and it is a pretty upright riding position for me. On the highway I can put my feet on the passenger pegs and tuck down a...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
True story CT! I loved the look of the stock...

True story CT! I loved the look of the stock fairing, but sadly it was kinda worthless. I guess it shielded the instrument cluster pretty well..... I am keeping my stock fairing even though I'm not...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
I "could" fab one up.... if I had a grab rail,...

I "could" fab one up.... if I had a grab rail, rear fender, and tail light assembly. I have a spare GR frame that I could bolt everything up to (does that make me sound like a hoarder or what....)....
Forum: Trip Planning 05-09-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 153,245
Posted By BiGR Rich
Agreed. I've actually read this entire thread...

Agreed. I've actually read this entire thread multiple times for all the little nuggets of info.
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
And here's the most recent picture I took of the...

And here's the most recent picture I took of the little GS. Larger cases installed, luggage rack powder coated, etc. I normally don't keep the large National Cycle screen and foam hand guards...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
My first luggage rack.... got lost somehow. It...

My first luggage rack.... got lost somehow. It was a little on the big side IMO, so I made a new one. And at the time, it wouldn't fit in the toaster oven so I had to paint it. I recently got an...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Ok, now we are getting to the more recent stuff....

Ok, now we are getting to the more recent stuff. My wife bought me a powder coating system last Christmas :
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Found these little gems over on the GSTwins site....

Found these little gems over on the GSTwins site. Preload adjusters custom made by a guy in Germany :

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20140721_122043_zps9dmb1tco.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Next up was the exhaust (again). I took the MAC...

Next up was the exhaust (again). I took the MAC 2-1 exhaust off my GR and fitted it to the GS. Love the sound of a Supertrapp .....
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
I bought a mig welder from Harbor Freight to make...

I bought a mig welder from Harbor Freight to make the luggage rack. Since I now had a welder, I made some mounts for hard cases. Ended up buying Seahorse 520 cases.
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Made my first luggage rack (ended up not being...

Made my first luggage rack (ended up not being permanent though):

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20140228_132114_zpsv0uctshw.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
I had bought a 1/4 fairing from Airtech made for...

I had bought a 1/4 fairing from Airtech made for an 83 Katana that I used on my GR650. Since the GR was parked for a while I decided to use the fairing on the GS450 instead.
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Both tires mounted, so I rolled it outside to...

Both tires mounted, so I rolled it outside to take a picture:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20131228_151421_zpsomp0covr.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Since the forks were pulled out of the junk yard...

Since the forks were pulled out of the junk yard (and they are notoriously under sprung from the factory) I bought new springs and seals:
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Comparison of the rear Bandit 400 wheel compared...

Comparison of the rear Bandit 400 wheel compared to the stock 18" mag:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20131107_092631_zpsz2efxafi.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Copied and pasted from my notes: Front end: ...

Copied and pasted from my notes:

Front end:
The fork spacing and diameter is identical between the GS500 and GS850 "G" (I specify the G model because the GL is different). In order to keep the...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Back to where we left off..... When winter...

Back to where we left off.....

When winter rolled around a friend of mine got a GS500 out of a junk yard. He only planned on using the frame, so I got a lot of the extra parts.... including the...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Thanks fellas. I've altered some stuff since then...

Thanks fellas. I've altered some stuff since then that prevents me from running dual sport tires....and I miss having that option. My brother in law recently bought a TTR230 (?) and it makes me want...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Last picture I have of the spoke wheels mounted...

Last picture I have of the spoke wheels mounted up:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/PicsArt_1384219308558_zpsmiivqpof.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Got some Kenda tires shoehorned on: ...

Got some Kenda tires shoehorned on:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20130517_153325_zps583eca77.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Early on in the rebuild I found a guy selling a...

Early on in the rebuild I found a guy selling a rear wheel from an early GS400. Turns out the brake hub was a larger diameter than the GS450's hub, but would fit otherwise. And I already had a front...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
And on went the new stuff: ...

And on went the new stuff:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20130518_001131_zps676d8e05.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Bought a set of turn signals from a late model...

Bought a set of turn signals from a late model GS500 to replace the huge square ones:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20130510_135233_zps06a475f8.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
The original owner called me up and said he had...

The original owner called me up and said he had found some parts .... most important to me was the original key!
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Got a hell of a deal on some lightly used Hagon...

Got a hell of a deal on some lightly used Hagon shocks:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/20130323_111739_zps8972760b.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 01:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Believe me JellyCrow, the thought had crossed my...

Believe me JellyCrow, the thought had crossed my mind. You'll see how much so later.

Since this bike was to be my daily rider, I wanted to add the ability to mount luggage. With no welding...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 12:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
After tying up all the loose ends, here it is...

After tying up all the loose ends, here it is after its first successful test ride:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/photobucket-60807-1363062803324_zps09539731.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 12:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Found some case savers on eBay, had to get...

Found some case savers on eBay, had to get sandblasted and painted though:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/photobucket-5990-1362236214844_zps69a56611.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 12:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Waiting for parts for the suspension & brakes so...

Waiting for parts for the suspension & brakes so I turned my attention to the intake. I found some early GS500 carbs for a great price and snatched them up:
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 12:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Headers sandblasted and painted silver: ...

Headers sandblasted and painted silver:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/photobucket-7616-1357165929480.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 12:10 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
Off they go! ...

Off they go!

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/photobucket-22651-1355084801986.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-09-2015, 12:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
The stock 18" rear wheel got the same treatment: ...

The stock 18" rear wheel got the same treatment:

http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt70/rmyers104/GS450%20S/photobucket-25345-1358286160187.jpg...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-08-2015, 11:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By BiGR Rich
The engine itself is pretty much buttoned up by...

The engine itself is pretty much buttoned up by now. So I moved to the suspension / brakes / wheels. The stock GS450 front wheel was only drilled and tapped for one rotor, and I planned on running 2...
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