1983 Tempter 650

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drover, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Drover

    Drover Adventurer

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    Magically started to run perfect today for some reason. Hopefully stays like it too, plugs are nice brownish color no signs of white and exhaust temperature feels identical on both sides. Now all i need is a front tire and shes road worthy.

    Had a little issue with it today which was a pain in the a** The key for the seat stopped working so i couldn't get the seat off. Cable decided for no reason at all just to pop out of its holder so i had to scrap all of the back fender off to get my hand up to get that dam seat off.

    I've rode quite a few different type of bikes but this is one of the most comfortable that i rode.
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  2. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    A lot of the gang on thegsresources recommend the Shinko 230 as a a good tire. I just installed one on the front, but haven't had much time with it. Great prices.
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  3. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Dover,
    Just wondering if you are still among the few, the brave...the sometimes tempted, Tempter riders out there.

    Still have the bike on the road?
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  4. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    old thread reboot~ i've never even heard of that bike- hope shes still on the road and loving it-
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  5. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Well, mine is--if his isn't. :D
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  6. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Liked the Tempter when it can out but was still riding my '79 GS750 and old airhead.

    The neat-o thing for me about the Tempter is the variable weight flywheel.
    At (iirc) about 2500rpm oil pressure would disengage the heavy part of the round flywheel giving better response at high rpm and still offer low rpm torque.

    In the mid '90s i bought an '88 Honda Hawk GT650 that had sat unstarted for many years.
    On throttle response was poor and it did surge. Needing it to commute a 40 mile round trip everyday i did not want to tear into it.

    There are other products but after running two tanks of fuel treated with Chevron Techron all fueling issues cleared up.
    These carbed bikes of the period were jetted to a knats ass and even a .001" layer of scum will offer an impact on leanness.

    Soak time is important, so short trips with setting for hours does it.

    Good luck and i would not mind having one. :ricky
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  7. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Mine is sorta kinda running. Guess I'd better get some of that Techron. Maybe tomorrow, or the next day....geez Labor is only a week from now....:rofl
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  8. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Never used SeaFoam but some folks swear by it.

    Last TechRon I bought was at CostCo in a 4 unit box. IIRC, it was 1/2 the cost of AutoZone.
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  9. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    i like the sea foam, i use it quite a bit. i sure hope its doing something cause its not so cheap. but whatever you put in, sea foam, techron, mystery oil... often the best thing you can do is give the bike an italian tune up.

    i first discovered this with cars- alfa romeo in particular but it translates. The alfa is brought into the shop by its middle aged owner- its running poorly, not idling right, gas mileage is crap etc etc. So Luigi says: "no problem, ill take care of it for you" (please imagine proper Italian accent)

    then Luigi gets his best girl, drops the top and hits the hills, heel-toe all the way, with pedal rarely leaving the floor.

    next day he gives the car over and everything is running top. What do I owe you? Luigi says " no problem, discount $800, its a nice ride"

    Luigi hasn't even changed a spark plug.
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  10. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    My Tempter's almost running. The engine turned over for the first time a couple days ago. It has not fired up yet, but it is close.

    [​IMG]
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  11. OldPete

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    Read all 12 pages of the flat track link. Very impressive indeed!
    I was a regular in attendance at the Ascot 1/2 mile & TT.
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  12. fnqgr650

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    Hi guys. Add me to your list. Inherited/recieved gift of gr650 [no silly name in OZ] At this point - it is running [I have been around the block after emptying tank, upper cylinders etc] and am about to refit rear with new tyre. Was parked up for a couple of years and so far, battery, new tyre to rear [front has heaps of tread although some slight perish] and a whole heap of small repairs. i hope to rego before Xmas which, like you guys, won't be ideal [but for different reasons, mainly roads become rivers not icecaps] If you don't mind hangin around I would like to keep thread going. You all seem to enjoy these old toys.
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  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I believe there are some active GR members down under on the GR650 Forum. The GR was made for more years in other countries than the states, so there should be more help and parts available.
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  14. radianrider

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    You really should sign up on thegsresources.com site. The link to Basscliff's page is invaluable. The stator papers and list of interchangeable regulator/rectifiers is just as important.

    I'm running a R/R from a Kawasaki 4x4 on my bike. Rewired it as suggested on that site and it works perfectly. Old 'Zuks are apparently a bit dodgy in the electrics.
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  15. fnqgr650

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    Have signed up on gstwin site and, like the dutch site, am still awaiting approval. My email address is strikemepink which is terminology from the '40s and '50s. I do hope we don't live in such over politically correct times that I am being 'punished' for such a name!? I thought i had gone to all sites but will try that one thanks. Not having ridden for even gone near a bike for 22 years, I forgot the petcock and ran her dry. Now the sidestand light won't go out. Is it possible I need to short in order to start the bike?
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  16. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    I worked in a Suz. shop in 83-84 and could have sworn the Tempter we got in was a belt drive,bad memory I guess.
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  17. fnqgr650

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    I cannot understand what these other sites are about. I have registered two weeks ago on do the ton, gr650 and GS last week. I am not yet allowed on the first one? gr650 have not yet confirmed and say I should contact a board administrator, which I would if I could get onto do so...... da! And GS don't let me post.

    I'll stick with this site and try to track down the Aussies I have seen on those other sites Steve 'The Bumpkin' and Dingo. Meanwhile I have at least three of oyu good guys here with GRs and just recieved my workshop manual bought through EBAY. Any techno you guys need don't hesitate. It's got it all.
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  18. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Check your junk email folder. Sometimes the automated emails from those sites end up there.
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  19. fnqgr650

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    Hi Pablo, It is really just the likes of yourself I need constant contact with. i have one of these old dinosaurs that you all seem to have fallen in love with and contact with yourselves is all I really crave. You guys post enough info, as well as my new service manual, to keep me on track. I just wish we really had our own site which the clogfooters presently own but have buggered. I don't know about you guys but I just want a site that we can talk and improve thru. I have had a flat tyred, rubbishy ride for 2K and really want to just get out on the highway knowing I am doing something quite priviliged. Please keep your bike,and keep in touch!
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