GR650 - a couple years in the making......

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by BiGR Rich, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    To fix the ride height issue while using the GS swingarm, I was planning on having the lower shock mount tig welded in a proper position. But then it dawned on me......moving the upper shock mount would have the same affect.

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    I cut about 1/4" of steel from the upper bolt's hole to get the proper ride height. I'll have it welded up within a month or so, but for the time being I can at least set the bike on 2 wheels.
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  2. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Also worth mentioning: I ordered a tail light lens from a T500. I was going to mock up the tail light mount, but I ran out of sheet metal...... dammit.

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  3. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    My tempter was my very first bike. I found it in a guys garage, gave him $250 for it after no less than 15 years of storage. Bad gas and all. Put about $50 into it and rode the wheels off it, old cracked tires and all.....ahhhh the ignorance of youth.

    It makes a great offroad bike too. DAMHIK
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  4. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Excellent thread, Rich. I haven't been paying real close attention to ADV this summer (sad, I know), so I just found this. I really like what you're doing with the rear suspension (both swingarm and shock). On the rear wheel, is that a bolt-on conversion, or was any modification required? BTW, it you go to a rear disk soon, I might be interested in buying your rear wheel.

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  5. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Sorry Pablo, I've been distracted as well......

    I've been going back and forth researching what will and will not fit as far as the rear wheel goes. The rear GS750 wheel I was looking at will require either machining the swingarm to fit the 20mm axle or fitting some 17x42x12 bearings (which are only available as "non-sealed" for a Honda motor). Regardless though, I have a couple rear GR650 wheels. Shoot me a pm as to what you're looking for, pretty good chance I have it hanging on the wall....

    Legitimate updates coming soon, I swear.
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  6. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Wow, I'm terrible at updating this.....

    Since the last post back in October, I've mostly been working on my GS450. But now that its done, it is time to get back to work on the GR. First up, I bought a triple tree from a 94 RF900, forks from a 2001 Bandit 1200, and 43mm clipons on eBay:

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    View from behind the tank:

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  7. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Fairing bracket for an 86-87 GSXR 750 mounted up:

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    And a 3/4 endurance GSXR fairing from Airtech:

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    Still working on the upper and lower mounts for the fairing. And I'm trying to figure out how to mount the headlights too......but that's pretty much it for now.
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  8. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I really like how you have morphed this bike over time. Great job. It's gone from a rat to a really nice modified motorcycle with some very interesting parts swaps.
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  9. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Thanks Tuckers. People weren't too impressed with the last version of it, until they see the picture of it parked next to a stock GR.
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  10. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Here are the headlights I'm looking at:

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    The one on the right is a 4.25" diameter H4 headlight from Airtech, and the one on the left is a 5" light from an old Derbi moped. The reason the Derbi light has been hacked open is to fit one of these:

    http://stores.advmonster.com/led-lights/

    I'm thinking either the model 50 or the model 60. Plenty of time before I need to decide that though.
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  11. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    The Harley Fat Bob from 2011 has a nice pair of headlights...may be too expensive though.
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  12. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Yep..... too rich for my blood.

    Made some VERY rough mounts for the headlight. I left a good bit of steel so I can make adjustments for ride height.

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    Behind the fairing:

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    And just messing around with electricity :

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  13. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    So this showed up today:

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    Bandit 1200 front wheel. I need to check the rotors to see if they are any use, and the tire and bearings will be replaced before I actually ride it, but I can mock up some other stuff now.....
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  14. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    COOLIO:deal
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  15. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    So the rear wheel showed up today, and I got both of them mounted up:

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    It's from a 2001 Katana 750 with a worn out 150/70-17 tire. Now I just need to get everything spaced properly.....the front wheel is throwing me for a loop. When using the supposed proper axle spacers, the wheel is offset in the forks by about 6mm. I'll get it though....
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  16. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Lowered the bike onto its wheels and took the fairing off for a pic (ignore the foam - it's just so I could sit on the frame):

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  17. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Something I found odd about the Bandit forks is that there's no proper brace - the stock fender appears to be solid plastic. And they have pretty high fender mounts, so I can't really use a fender from an older bike either. So I figured I'll make a fork brace using the stock mounts. Figured it may not be the best brace, but it's better than nothing.

    Here you cam see the fender mounts above the tire:

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    I bought some long stainless bolts, and some 6mm coupler nuts (but didn't take a picture). Cardboard mockup:

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  18. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    After bolting up the coupler nuts and making sure they were level, I cut a steel plate the same size as the cardboard template. In case anybody is wondering, the plate is .100" thick. Here is the plate welded to the nuts:

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    And after some more welding, here's the brace bolted in place:

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  19. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Rich,are you sure you're have Bandit forks?I am running a Bandit fender on my Katana 750 front end on my GS500 and it mounts just like the GS and Katana fenders.I don't think I've ever seen a Bandit fork set that has fender mounts like that.
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  20. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Also welded on some mounting tabs for the lower fairing mounts - these are right in front of the engine, and slightly below the header ports:

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    Worked on the upper fairing mount a little more. Got a 3/8" solid steel rod, about 6" long and cut a slit about 5/8" up, so I could get the mounting tab inside of the rod. Then welded the rod and tab together, and bolted it to the mount on the backbone.

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    After I took that pic, I bent the rod forward, but I didn't take a picture..... oh well.
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