GS500PE..Purple Explorer

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by NortwestRider, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    And so it begins,we are heading up to Alaska next June and my wife needed a bike.I'm a Suzuki man so I wanted to get her a Wee but funds were alittle tight.I decided that a GS500 would be a good choice,and met the GS500 god from the GS500 forum.I bought a great 94 from him and before it left his shop we adjusted the valves,changed ALL the body to purple ( wifes fav color ),put on a new steel braided front brake line,new bars etc.The bike already has Sonics front springs,rear rack and I traded some welding for a factory gel seat.
    The plan is to make it more adventure/dirt road worthy.Here is the list of what I'm going to do to it.
    DS tires..705's
    Skid plate
    Fairing..got a cool GPZ style one.
    Hard bags..50 cal ammo cans
    BarkBusters
    Bar mitts
    Throttle lock
    Hwy pegs

    Today I put the bike in the shed and got started.I got the Right bark buster installed but it was wayyyyy harder then it should have been.They were not made for a street bike with a master cyclinder.but a cut off saw and a grinder made it fit.
    This build will be slow since I have alot of time and little $$$ but I plan on having done early next year ( Jan-Feb).

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  2. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    Watching,always liked GS's got no idea why, maybe the last simple motorcycle.
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  3. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Everytime I ride it I wonder why I have a DL1000,then I see myself in a window and I remember.I look like a circus monkey on it,small bike and a BIG man !!...hehehe


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  4. waterboybueche

    waterboybueche Adventurer

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    I have always liked thise 500's,,, I thought about doing a easy conversion... then, i also remember I am just too damn big too!!!
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  5. RedRaptor22

    RedRaptor22 Been here awhile

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    If it's comfortable, your not too big, even then you can make it comfortable.

    I'm sure my helmet looks huge on me being that I'm 5'10" and 140lbs even though it's one of the smaller full faces out there, but screw it, I can only see the inside with it on.

    Same with my bike, people always gotta pop off about how big it is compared to me, usually they say something to the effect "that thing's a little big for ya huh?", I just pretend to freak out and frantically check my pants zipper, then shrug and give them no more attention.
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  6. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I'm 6'1and 275lbs,it's more the lack of power when fully loaded( bags trunk etc) then the size of the bike.Also I can't really stretch out my legs like I can on the big V..


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  7. waterboybueche

    waterboybueche Adventurer

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    :clapNortwest Rider, I am exactly your height and weight...

    I had an old Suzuki GN450 I use to ride down to the water around our neighborhood... I thought I looked OK on it, so I started with a cafe look, had my wife take some pics of me on the bike....

    SILVERBACK Gorilla humping that poor little bike!!! SOLD it days later...
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  8. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    60+ lbs lighter I road raced a GS450s for several years and did very well !!.
    For around town and commuting it's ok but heading up to Deadhorse might kill it with me on it !!.


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  9. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Ok so I found some time to do alittle work on "Dora" today.I got the left barkbuster installed and the fairing trimed to fit I still need to make the mounts.Next I think I will start the gas can mount.
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  10. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I bought 3 voltmeters a couple of weeks ago and got 1 of them ready to mount today.I bought 2 project boxes from RS and installed one in the box today.Now I need to figure out where to mount it.

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  11. JerryH

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    I bought a brand new leftover 1995 GS500E back about '97, with a few scratches and a couple of dings on it, but no miles. I should NEVER have sold that bike. I only had it a couple of years and wanted something else. Stone stock, including the exhaust. Would buy another in a heartbeat.

    If you're going to make a dual sport out of it, what is the fairing for? I still remember the good old days when dual sports did not have fairings. I still don't have a clue why they do now. Real dirt bikes don't.
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  12. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    A little wind protection for those blast down the highways.
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  13. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    It's not a real dirt bike,it's just going to be a gravel/dirt road capable standard type motorcycle!!.


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  14. zig06

    zig06 Been here awhile

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    Lately I've been thinking about buying a GS500 for the exact same reason of making it a "sort of dual sport", to me that's just a gravel road capable street bike too. Be sure to keep us posted on your progress and I personally would really appreciate a ride report. Just wondering though, what are you going to do for a skid plate and does anyone make a set of pipes that routes higher or just not under the motor??
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  15. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I'm just going to run a sheet of alum down the front of the pipes to under the motor.First I will wrap the pipes with header wrap.It's more to keep flying rocks from hitting the engine.I will be working on this bike ALOT more after Christmas!!.



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  16. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Ok it's time to get back to work on this project.Today I spent a couple hours in the shed,I got the fairing mounts attactched to the head light.I have yet to figure out how I'm going to find the right spot to drill the holes since I can't get my hand in there to mark them !!!.
    I also made the mount for the 1.5 gallon Kolpin aux fuel tank.

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  17. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Got back to the build today,I got distracted by buying a new bike.
    Got the fairing mounted and painted and got the rock shield built and installed.
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    I ordered a pair of Seahorse 720 cases for it and will build the mounts next weekend.




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  18. gunnabuild1

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    Thats going to block a lot of airflow.are you looking at putting some 'speed' holes in that sheet?
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  19. zig06

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    I agree, it looks like you might over heat it from the lack of air flow. The front fender does look like you would be able to start a lot lower and still get a decent amount of rock and debris coverage. How about posting a side shot?
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  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    The top of the guard is below the coolong fins and YES it's getting holes drilled in it for cooling.
    I had a GS850 that took enough rock hits on the oil filter cover that 2 of the nuts were destroyed and I had a hell of a time getting them off.


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