My dad is a Suzuki GT-aholic

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  1. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    wow. The parts bike project LIVES!

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    Crazy. He basically had the carbs rebuilt and it went together with stuff he already had from the other parts bike.

    It needs new tires, chain, sprockets, etc. but it's complete. :)

    Oh, and he might need to try the Vermont title trick!
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  2. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    burble burble bing a ding! Does it blow smoke rings?
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  3. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I assume so. I just got the picture in my email. I assume he was riding it since there is a helmet hanging from the bars.
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  4. CurbTiger

    CurbTiger Adventurer

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  5. Duck_Pilot

    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    I still remember my '73 GT-550 roadrace bike very fondly. Great fun on the street, and quick for her age into and out of the corners as modified. A real terror on a short, twisty racetrack. But straightline speed was always lacking - I believed it was the small carbs, The larger bores had larger bodies, and no clearance for a bigger one around the crankcase at the clutch. I ran out of money before trying flat-slides, but I'm certain they would have helped a bit.
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  6. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    GT's mmmm

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  7. B_C_Ries

    B_C_Ries Long timer

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    Many years ago I had a 380 it got the cafe treatment and I really enjoyed that bike, later I got a 750 'Water Buffalo' it got the cafe treatment as well, The 750 would do a wheelie and burn rubber at the same time, properly tuned the initial acceleration is quite impressive, they seem to run out of power on the top end though.

    I would usually beat all my friends off of the line, get a decent lead and end up getting passed later on,
    Then I just decided to start flashing my brakes and slowing down when I knew I would start losing my lead, and acting like 'I already won, I didn't want to keep speeding'.

    Great fun, especially when I knew and my friend knew that his modified Kz 1000 Z1R was the faster bike and I would insist my GT-750 was faster since I had won the race, by quitting while I was ahead.
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  8. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Apparently, there is a leak on the oil pump shaft seal of the project GT380. Dad called me and asked me to research it. Apparently he can only use the internet for craigslist...:rofl
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  9. seviston

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    This story takes me back as I did the same thing on my first big bore street bike, the GT 750. Now 25 years later I have found another to modify and have fun with.

    Good job on your GT project(s):clap I can't wait to see what you do with them.
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  10. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Update,

    He got the blue GT380 (parts bike) running this summer. He just put some new dual sport tires on it. He likes riding it out in the woods behind his house.

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    He also has the GT550 running as well, but it still needs some tinkering.
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  11. Duck_Pilot

    Duck_Pilot Retired Roadracer

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    If he needs any advice on the tinkering, I still remember a few tricks. Feel free to PM, and I'll forward a phone number to ya. :freaky
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  12. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Good stuff. If it ain't smoking, fix it!
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  13. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I had a GT380 a few years ago. It was a very fast bike. I traded a little Yamaha HS-1 90 twin & $50.00 for it.
    It was a tough bike to start when cold, but once I got the proper sequence figured out, it started with the 3rd / 4th. kick. My older brother had a GT380 in the mid 70's that he raced in Dirt Drags...he won fairly consistantly.
    My bike was "butt ugly" when I got it, but after some paint and a seat redo it looked nice. I eventually pulled the cylinders and found a damaged (over heated at some point) center piston & rings. Found parts cheap to repair...it then broke the plastic gear that operates the points...plastic was just old and tired. Parts were easy to source and not very expensive. I regret selling it....
    I'd love to have a GT550 sometime. Did recently see an old GT750 Water Buffalo pretty cheap ...under a Grand and in running condition with 20k miles and a recent engine rebuild, but has cosmetic issues....


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  14. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    Watch out for the middle carburetor on the GT550. The float tended to stick when it got hot and would dump puddles of gas right in front of the rear tire.

    Also, A Great Bike? It handled okay for its day and it made a really nice sound but the brakes and suspension were lousy.

    I think the green paint job was the best of the bunch.

    The GT550 was my first BIG bike. Bought mine when it was 5 years old with 3000 miles and in perfect condition. Rode it 20k miles in a couple of years. Bought a brand new GS750 to replace it.
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  15. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    I agree: I had two GT 750's and a 550 and the 550 was much the better bike. It got better gas milage, used half as much oil, handled vastly better, had power right from idle and would leave my 750's for dead. It's the one old bike I REALLY wish I still had.
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  16. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Now he wants an FZ-07 or FZ-09. Also, he picked up a Suzuki T500 this spring... The madness continues...
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  17. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Nice thread.

    The blue GT380 was my first bike, at 15 yo back in 1982. It came with white fiberglass saddlebags. Oh, the memories.

    I should have never, ever let it go :cry:cry
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  18. 850 Combat

    850 Combat Been here awhile

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    My dad bought a GT550 new, in the day. He kept it a few years and traded it in on a new CX500,which he liked, but sold it to buy a Norton Commando from my brother. I'm afraid I couldn't love a GT550. I have a Cycle Guide comparison somewhere where they gave it the win.
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  19. wvtaco

    wvtaco Been here awhile

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    very nice bike.
    i am currently helping a friend build one(gt380)
    odd question but the hose that connects to the right case, on top runs under the carbs where does it end at?
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