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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AZcacti, Mar 13, 2007.
What is your silver project bike?
the silver bike is my 1980 GS750e. I was just doing a little winter maintenance on it. Valve adjustment, stripped and rebuilt the carbs, new boots too. I am very fond of my old 750.
Mine was a black /orange stripe GS750E with a V&H exhaust, too (and stock air box - pods made them run awful).
A favorite - rode it more miles than any bike before or since.
Thanks HH, yeah pods are not a good idea imo. A buddy of mine had the black and orange 750...beautiful.
I'm glad there people keeping these old bikes pristine. My first was a '78 GS750 (dark blue) with V&H pipe and my second was a '83GS1100E (dark red) with a V&H pipe. Sadly, no pics of either.
^^^ that silver 750 reminds me of the first big trip I took, it was 1981, I was 24 years old, my friend bought one of those brand new (maroon color I seem to recall) and 3 days later we left Atlanta GA, destination Pacific Ocean. 6 weeks later we returned home. That 750 never missed a beat.
Cool story. That's the beauty of these old bikes, it reminds me of my youth but it is very cool, the amount of guys that come up to me and say..."I had an uncle..." My dad used to..." "I had one just like it and...."
Speaking of not missing a beat...last summer my cousin and his wife flew out from Ontario and along with my wife the four of us loaded up my two old Suzukis and rode them acroos the province to Banff AB. and back. 2400kms in all, with 35c days....never missed a beat!!. My cousin got me into bikes and I had not rode with him 30 years. Here is the morning we took off...
I fixed up my my friends 1980 GS850G and my dad's 1979 over the last few years.
This does more for me than seeing any brand-new bike. It's like I've stepped out of a time machine.
Well thank you Duc, I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. There is a lot more. Lol...I know what you are saying about seeing the old bikes compared to new ones. My BMW is the first new bike I have owned in 30 years! I never thought I would buy a new bike again but then I saw this k1300r. Love at first sight. But nothing will ever replace the feeling I get riding my classic Suzukis!
Moved into this place last summer and my little area is coming around. Few projects that you can see in the pics: XT225 re-build and a Honda Express being converted to a kick start.
I just broke ground on a 30' x 42' pole barn today and cant wait till I get to start working in it like you're doing!!
Been waiting for it my whole life, now at 49 years old its about damn time!!
Congratulations! Yes, it is time! Be sure to post progress pics.
I am looking to do about the exact same size building once it warms up around here. I need to do some site leveling and build a retaining wall first.
That's the exact size as mine and I love the dimensions. My BIL just built a 30 x 50 and it's huge. Don't get me wrong, I'd take the extra SQFT but I really like the 30 x 40 dimensions. Since mine came with the house, most of the shelves and work areas (see pics) where already put up. If they weren't, I may have looked into insulating. Currently, the ceiling/roof is the only thing insulated. The summers are fine with both garage doors open. Few hot days, but that doesn't bother me. Winter was terrible this year and too cold out there so I plan on using a forced-air portable propane unit next year.
I sat in there last night with all the doors open and the lights out watching the storms roll through. What a great escape. Enjoy!
Yeah, I ordered mine with insulation in the ceiling and walls upon assembly. I'm going to heat it with a suspended radiant tube heater (using natural gas) down the center between the bays...I'll have tall ceilings so this should work well.
I just saved all the pics of your shelving layout...I think I may copy a lot of what's been done in your shop.
I was going to buy pre-made kit shelving, but yours appears to go a lot higher, allowing for much more storage.
I realize this may require using a ladder for accessing the top shelf items but if they're items your not going to use for a while big deal right?
I cant wait to sit out in my shop watching the storms roll by while sipping a brew...sounds like a great time indeed.
I've got a 30x50x10 pole barn. Divided it into 3 rooms two 15' rooms and a 20'. One is used for my motorcycle workshop, one for general work and parking of motorcycles, lawn equipment and general stuff. The last room is dedicated to my 67 Firebird. I decided I wanted my own office plus a little "more space" so I removed the original roof, threw up a bunch of I-joist and topped it with a gambrel roof for a nice open second floor. I really like it!
Here is how it went:
Old 30x50 pole barn:
Stud the walls:
I wanted a bit extra height so I raised and capped the top plate:
Ran a temporary beam across the length:
Add a couple of dozen I-joist:
Lay down 3/4" flooring:
Toss up some HD trusses:
Plenty of room for more fun:
Still a work in progress!
So, back a couple of years ago i used to have an 8 x 10 shed for bike related stuff, not the worlds biggest place but big enough to work on the bikes, if i punted the other one outside for the duration!
Got married last year and as part of that i got my own garage The wooden one is at the parents place as i don't have garden space to bring it here, perhaps in the future when we move house I'll reclaim it
The new place is a standard size UK garage, with a few feet lopped off it to allow for a downstairs toilet So it's tiny, but still bigger than the 8 x 10. I can also work one one bike with the other one still in there
Its pretty tight in there, bough some cheap shelving from a diy place and screwed it to the wall, it's as stable as the Tacoma narrows bridge without being fixed to the wall
My wife has an old spin bike that she wants to keep so i had to build a shelf over it so i had somewhere to store the push bikes, worked out quite well, used some of the shelving as a base along with scrap wood from the old shelving.
I also knocked up a wall mounted foldaway bench out of some leftover kitchen worktop, old table legs, a couple of hinges and some bolts. Just need to rob the bench vice from the old shed next time i visit the parents. Its very sturdy once its up, I've made it so the legs are lockable in the down position.
It's not as big and not nearly as neat and tidy as some of the garages on here but it works for me
That's going to be an expensive way to heat your shop. If you haven't poured your floor, I'd look into hot water, radiant floor heat. Initially, it may cost more, but, you'll be grateful when you see your utility bills and how nice it feels.
Nice trusses! Are those expensive?