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Old 12-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #1
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'93 GS500 Baby-Adv build

Ive had the desire to build this bike for a good long while now, and recently the opportunity finally presented itself. As soon as things thaw a little bit around here (near Portland, OR) I plan to be 2-wheel commuting again and need a bike to do it on.

With the completion of my KZ650 project around the corner I was going to need something I was a bit less "invested" it for the daily grind...enter the $700 '93 GS500 with only 16k miles.

The KZ650: (the build if you're interested: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=25173.0)


The GS500:





Keep in mind there are three goals on this build
-cheap, near $1500 total cost, including purchase
-quick, want done inside of 30 days
-functional, converting a boring bike into something much more usable and interesting

I have no illusions that this bike will be the best off road bike, the best road trip bike, or anything other than a kick ass commuter capable of tearing up fire roads and weekend camping trips.

Here's a quick and shitty sketch of the idea:



The parts list:
-dirt bars and hand guards ($40)
-Ducati Monster seat on custom subframe ($74)
-2nd Gen GS500 tank (0.8gal larger and batter fit with Monster seat $152)
-Complete 1st gen SV650 front end (41mm, 1.25" taller, and dual disc basically cost me $75)
-1st gen SV650 rear shock (free, add's ~2-2.5" lift to rear and better spring rate)
-stem spacer/bearing cup to lift front another 1" (hand made, free)
-Katana 750 rear wheel (4.5" wide comp to 3.5", $50)
-Shinko 244 tires (4.60 front and 5.10 rear ~$100)
-Acerbis Supermoto fender ($28)
-Trackside rear "fender" and tail light ($19)
-Buell Cyclone flyscreen ($40)
-mini signals ($15)
-Delkevic Slip on ($159)
-K&N filter and jets ($76)
-brake lever ($15)
-PlastiDip ($42)
-Custom mounts for hard bags (bags that I already have, cost of steel, basically free)
-custom rear rack (cost of steel, basically free)

The plan is to paint it all in gunmetal PlastiDip and make it look thoruoghly urban-ultilitarian.

Some progress:


Super cheap:









The Color:


Hope you enjoy the build, should come together pretty quickly :)

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Old 12-28-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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This looks like it's gonna be a real fun bike, I'm subscribed and watching.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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I'm in. Did something similar with a wrecked zrx a few years ago and it was a blast.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:20 PM   #4
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Hey, I recognize that KZ.......

Signed up as well. I enjoy watching Suzuki's getting improved.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #5
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Hey, I recognize that KZ.......

Signed up as well. I enjoy watching Suzuki's getting improved.
Hey Rich! Don't get on DTT too much these days...or any forum really...too busy building anything I can get my hands on that has 2 wheels. :)

Also got a clean '82 GPz750 for $500 a couple months ago and it's about ready for the road ;)...then there's all of the bicycles...
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #6
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Updates!

The tank showed up so I test fitted it. Much better lines, much better fit with the Monster seat, and no dents :)

Oh yeah and 0.8gal larger...stoked on that.





Much better:



Also threw the flyscreen up there for a quick fit. Headlight needs to come out another inch so the flyscreen can layback like it should. The SV650 brackets on the new forks should be a better fit:


The freebie hard bags I'll be using:
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:33 AM   #7
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Coming along nicely man.

New forks? Like, from a different bike?
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:49 AM   #8
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Coming along nicely man.

New forks? Like, from a different bike?
Yeah, a complete front end from an SV650. It'll go up to 41 forks and I'll gain an inch or so in height. Also dual discs and 0.5" wider wheel. Then if I decide to, I can swap in the fork tubes from a CBR F3 to add another 1.5" of height and cartridges. Also makes a 19" DL650 (V-Strom) wheel a bolt on.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:21 PM   #9
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Cool. I put a GS500 front end on my 1980 GS450. So it's good to see alternatives for a similar setup.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:51 PM   #10
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Then if I decide to, I can swap in the fork tubes from a CBR F3 to add another 1.5" of height and cartridges. Also makes a 19" DL650 (V-Strom) wheel a bolt on.

Do it!
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:56 PM   #11
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I have a few write ups on GSTwins forum and some in my blog below you maybe interested in.I go by the same user name on GST as I do here.Nice bike.Enjoy the build.I'll be looking on.Also,I have a GS500 restoration thread on do the ton forum.I currently own 6 GS5's.I'm also building a 569cc engine with Dgyver on GST forum.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:31 AM   #12
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Mwahahahaha...

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Old 01-08-2014, 10:26 PM   #14
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nice. i like to see people take perfectly good bikes and change them up. can't wait to see what you do with the subframe. i just put some gs500 wheels on my dr350. and i have a kz650 in my living room.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:45 PM   #15
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Thanks mate. My hope and plan is to genuinely improve the bike, if in no other way by giving it good looks and a hell of a lot more character. I think it's going to be a damn good time too. Honestly, with the second gen tank and te monster seat, it fits me like a glove. It's so much better than the stock layout.
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