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Old 08-01-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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GR650 - a couple years in the making......

I'll skip over the history of Suzuki's GR650 for now, but I may edit some of these earlier posts with info and some pics some other time. Besides, anybody that clicks on this thread probably already knows a thing or two about Suzuki's red headed stepchild of the GS line......

When I bought the bike, it was in really good shape mechanically / electrically - good compression, valves up to date, brakes worked well enough, etc, etc.. Cosmetically on the other hand, it needed some work. Besides a new hobby over winter anyway! A quick Google image search turned up this bike - mine looked very similar (bit nowhere near as clean):

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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After riding it for a couple months enjoying the end of the season, I decided it was time to get to work. Everything needed stripped down, blasted, polished / painted, and generally cleaned up. In the process of stripping it down:



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Old 08-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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As you can see, rust was a big problem all over:



Bottom side of the swingarm:

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
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All the way down.......frame was sandblasted, cleaned, and primered:



First efforts at painting:



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Old 08-01-2013, 10:25 PM   #5
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Got the motor cleaned up, painted, and installed:



Along with a bunch of other parts:

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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Somewhere in all that I guess I hated the black on the tank....looking back, I wasn't a fan of the blue either. Ha!



Look at that - I didn't screw up the electrical system!

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:33 PM   #7
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Rear wheel installed, which meant I was able to roll the entire thing around the garage and make "Vroom vroom" noises:



Exhaust installed, but waiting on a drive chain. At the time, I was banging my head against the wall on the vinyl seat cover. Hate to admit it, but I used electrical tape so I could take it for a test spin without destroying the foam (after the chain was installed of course):

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:40 PM   #8
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Once it was safe to ride, I started making some smaller changes - mirrors, grips, small windscreen, and the hideous "1980's metric cruiser" fender with matching square taillight:



That was it for a while. Riding season came around and it got ridden.......let me dig up the pics of it's next transformation ......
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:57 PM   #9
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And so it begins......

I had something happen in 2010, and my version of therapy was working in the garage. By then I had made a little cafe bike out of a Honda CL175, and thought that the GR deserved more than just "clean up and run it". I wanted it to be fun to ride.....instead of just the cruiser I was using it as. So I started changing some things. First up, the GS450 tank I scored for $80 (not shown: the massive dent on the other side):

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Old 08-01-2013, 11:36 PM   #10
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Started polishing aluminum like a mad man:





And I began removing the Suzuki logo anywhere I would find it:



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Old 08-01-2013, 11:37 PM   #11
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Test fitting the GS450 tank:

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Old 08-01-2013, 11:43 PM   #12
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The cylinders and head got polished too, but the head cover got some paint on it (my hands hurt and there are a bunch of small corners on this thing.....):



Fiberglass headlight shell from RocCityCafe (more on this later):



And I ordered the Hammer Endurance seat from Airtech. The GR650's frame wouldn't look right at all with a normal / flat cafe styled seat. The Hammer seat was large enough to cover the shape of the frame.


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Started trimming the fat off that seat:


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Old 08-02-2013, 12:46 AM   #14
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I can't find the pictures at the moment, but I swapped out the stock front end for one from a Gs650. The fork diameter and lengths were the same, but it had mounts for dual calipers - which I painted red:



Test fitting the clip ons and fiberglass headlight:


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Old 08-02-2013, 12:50 AM   #15
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Installed the stock speedometer in the headlight:



And got the motor put back together:

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