'93 GS500 Baby-Adv build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by valvesprung, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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    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)
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    The GS500:
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    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:
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    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:

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    The Color:
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    Hope you enjoy the build, should come together pretty quickly :)
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  2. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    This looks like it's gonna be a real fun bike, I'm subscribed and watching. :D
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  3. beerbuzz

    beerbuzz Been here awhile

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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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  4. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Hey, I recognize that KZ.......

    Signed up as well. I enjoy watching Suzuki's getting improved.
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  5. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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    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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  6. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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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.
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    Much better:
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    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:
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    The freebie hard bags I'll be using:
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  7. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Coming along nicely man.

    New forks? Like, from a different bike?
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  8. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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    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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  9. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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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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  10. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    Do it! :D
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  11. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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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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  12. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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    Mwahahahaha...

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  13. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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  14. dcmspikes

    dcmspikes Adventurer

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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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  15. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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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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  16. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I like this build, but it's making me a bit sad because I recently missed out on a $400 GS500E from my local CL. Would have made a great cheap commuter.
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  17. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    Good build. Good pics. Keep it coming.
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  18. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Did you add a tube with those Shinkos?
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  19. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Nice!
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  20. valvesprung

    valvesprung Adventurer

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    I did. Many opt not too, and while I understand the reasons for not doing it, I just can't get passed them being built for a tube. If this was a primarily low speed off road bike I'd not worry so much, but I intend to road trip a bit on the highway.
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