I walked away...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Nessman, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    Gn400's may not be the best looking stocker, but they do look pretty good with a few mods. Mechanically they are good bikes...I was riding mine today...
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  2. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    It's certainly fugly, but strangely that's part of the appeal. Maybe some knobbies would help?
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  3. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    From the OP: Absolutely no collectable value, one cylinder and zero cool, my motorcycle soulmate if there ever were.

    I didn't buy it to be a thing of beauty. I bought it to ride to work and have some cheap fun with. You'll get no arguments from me about ugly, nobody outside of Milwaukee has ever made a cruiser that wasn't ugly and/or pathetic...And I ride a Quota so my aesthetic judgement is suspect at best.

    Now for dual-sport tires, really cheap dual-sport tires in 120/90/16 rear and 100/90/18 front. :ear
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  4. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    Just put those exact size tires on the XS400 of my friend last summer...Reasonably priced, stick to the road well and appear like they will give good road life...The tires were Kenda's BTW...I will see if I can get the model # from him...
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  5. SUVslayer

    SUVslayer Been here awhile

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    As I said I ride a GS so what do I know?
    And +1 on knobbies! maybe a solo seat and I'll buy it off ya?
    Happy riding!
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  6. DoubleBit

    DoubleBit Been here awhile

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    Loved the sportster muffler clip,, sounds nice.. Just missed an '80 GN, first year and I think the only with a fairly flat seat and less mini chopper styling.. Currently we have a GN250 in the family and it's a great little bike.. Rode the crazy thing to the pacific coast last month (about 250 miles each way) on small highways,, it was quite liberating getting off the big freeway bike for a weekend and enjoying the simplicity of the thumper... Have fun with it... :freaky
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  7. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Now to start choppin that bike up.

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  8. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    Story time!

    Life is very hectic at the moment and will be that way for a while, I put the GN on CL for $250 as I wasn't going to have time in the near or medium future to deal with it. It's a rolling basket, the front master cylinder is in a box, the rear brakes aren't camming properly and it needs a LOT of little things to be rideable and even more to be close to safe.

    Guy shows up and after hearing and seeing the ugly truth he shells out the cash, but he doesn't have a truck so his friend will pick it up in a few days. Not wanting to drag this out I load it into the back of my truck and haul it to his house.

    After unloading the bike we park it in front of his garage and I start wrapping up my tie-downs...I hear the bike start, I hear it drop off the centerstand, I hear it go into gear. Before I can say "dude, it gots no brakes remember" he's off and running. The front yard isn't very big so he doesn't get much speed up before he's Fred Flintstone braking down a slight grassy incline with eyes big as saucers, luckily a wooden fence long past it's prime is there to act as a forward motion impedement.

    BAM. The bike stops and I run over to untangle bike and rider. "It doesn't have any brakes" sez him. I told him that I thought we covered that in the initial conversation while throwing in my tie-downs and quickly heading home.

    I kinda felt bad until I saw the bike on Craigslist for $1100 three days later, replete with 20 year old tires and my cool Sportster muffler mod.
    Good luck to him.
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  9. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    Is this what we've got to? Flipping 30 year old pedestrian Suzukis?

    Sorry you didn't have the time to attend to the lil' bike.
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  10. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    I wonder if there is a good way to fool the FI system into thinking it needs less fuel. Slipping something into the circuit to change the readings to lean it out a bit.
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  11. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    hmmm. having gone from an automotive weber to dual dellortos on my old ducati, id say don't even bother with the weber. its more trouble than its worth. you should have plenty of room to put dualies in if you wanted to try-

    looking at my v11 i have tons of space to put carbs- but i have not got that plastic cover- you might have to do a little cutting to make it all fit. that said, my commute is about 15 miles and i can't complain about the fi. not the best mileage - but what the hell- you don't need great mileage when you are only going 15 miles!!
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  12. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    Da frozen tundra eh? 1.5 mile west of Lambeau
    The GN400 makes a great project bike, very easy to work and plenty of resources available at yahoo groups GN400.

    Mine is stripped of all street stuff for duty as a flat-tracker/ice bike. Here it is in summer mode:
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    I have a title for it. All I'd have to do is rig up some lights and a horn and I'd have a hot little city/commuter that looks like nothing else on the street. Its a "bit" loud though with the Supertrapp muffler. A 52t sprocket on the rear REALLY livens up this little beast, can lift the front wheel without a lot of effort. Longer rear shocks, with mounts moved forward on the swingarm steepened the front end for quicker steering. It's actually a fun little bike to rip around on. I bought it from a buddy set up for the ice for $800 and have maybe another $200 in parts and mods into it. Rear wheel is from a Suzuki PE400 (PE250) for the 19" tire size and the front is from a Suzuki GS650 Tempter for the same 19" tire size. A little hacksawing on the swingarm gusset makes for plenty of clearance for the ice tires and the 19" rear summer tire. Aint no lowly GN400 starter bike anymore.
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