The rehabilitation of Sir Gustave Sabastian (‘Gus’)

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  1. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Hasn't worked that well for me - but then I was allowed down south for a week unsupervised play I guess :D

    I've been playing with both (very well used) bashplates off Rufus, & have done some panelbeating, & transferred them to Gus. Need a wee bit more adjustment (there is some twist to straighten).

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    I've also been playing with cosmetics, just for jollies. Taken in B&W because the red & tourquise clash a just a little bit...:lol3

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  2. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Looks pretty good with the PD tank :D
    Gota love having a glove box. Lockable tank bag
    How's the fork clearance with that tank ?
  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    The top triple just barely touches at the extreme left lock. The tank wasn't sitting in the proper rubber mounts though, so may just miss if I set it ip properly. The HPN tank sits lower, so is better for mass centralisation, and you can see how much go juice is left. The PD glovebox is attractive though.
  4. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    Damn that looks good :D
  5. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    So that's the front end pretty much sorted for Rufus. Also got a Brembo Goldline 4 pot brake, but need some work to fit that. Picked up the frame today also. Looks to be an 88/89. I'm like a dog with two tails. :wings Been driving it round the garage & the house making brum brum noises.

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    Courtesy of Igormortis
  6. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    Is this picture post renovations.
  7. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Mans got to have comfortable surroundings. Comfortable surrounding generally have a little wear & tear. :D. Did you want a photo in the drawing room..
  8. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    I'm jealous - my forks don't make brum brum noises:cry
  9. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I'm confused

    is the front end the one on Gus?

    If you have brought another front end I'm surprised that either you or the front end are allowed in the lounge

    I gather building a second bike has won out over 'Ill make money selling it as parts'?

    Gus looks better with the phallic compensating plastic tank in my humble opinion - a bit more 'in your face' which goes well with the headlight and forks.

    put a single saddle on it
  10. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    And you would be concerned if they did.:lol3
  11. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Yes, I'd spotted that.
    I bought a new frame, the triples, submount, risers, forks, & brakes from Igormortis. The triples were CNC machined to accept WP 4860 forks, but with the offset & steering stem set up for an Airhead. Igor has also had spacers made up to allow the BMW cross lace wheel to work with the WP forks, so for the fork conversion, much of the serious money has already been spent.

    The forks are off an '02 KTM 250SX, but still need to be set up both height wise, & also in their damping, to be able to accomodate the weight of the airhead.

    Mandy has been pretty accepting of the latest purchase, especially when I let her know the original cost of some of the items.
    I agree re the HPN tank looking better. The GSPD has a 35 l tank, & the advantage of a 'glove box', but sits taller & wider on the bike. There is also less support for the tank - the HPN has three widely spaced frame supports. The GSPD has a 2 supports on the frame spine. And the colours clash something aweful with the red, darling. :toney
    The only way I could do that would be to cut the seat up. And given I need that for Rufas, I don't want to do that. With the rack in place it looks like there is an aircraft carrier landing strip behind you. I may modify both for Gus (if I get another stock seat for Rufas) at some later stage when finances allow.

    OTHER STUFF:
    Looked on Phil Hawkesley's BM Bikes database.
    • Gus is frame 6465724, built 10/91. R100GS
    • Rufas is frame 0066202, built 04/91. R100GSPD
    • The new frame is no 0046947, built 07/90, R80GS.

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  12. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    So we are also accepting so what did u pay for it.


    And guess what i have spare in the garage. Its black and 2 people can sit on it. Open to offers.
  13. igormortis

    igormortis Cafe Reise

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    Whoop whoop! Did you notice whether both fork legs have the machined spacers to shorten them? I have a feeling there was only one with it installed.
  14. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    No, only one is shortened. The other fully extends. But I've found your spacer, so will install that in due course. How far did you go with the conversion? Seals & bushes? Building myself up to tearing them apart in the next week or so. I need to either build myself or purchase a fork cap spanner to break into them 1st.

    Discovered SKF fork seals seem to be one of the ways around the stiction issues they have. Available here. A little spendier, but probably worth it. I've already been down the track with cheap suspension consumables - All Balls for me = endless leaks.

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    And a demo of the difference

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  15. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    Accolades to Igor for giving them to you. One has to ask ones self what else does he have hiding in a cupboard.

    I am making enquiries re a 1040cc kit that may be lying around purchased new a few years back.
  16. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    He did have this, but he doesn't anymore.

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  17. Left Testicle

    Left Testicle Been here awhile

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    yeah I hear some guy up Hamilton way is fitting a sidecar to it. FFS. Crimes against motorcycling.

    Do like the RS fairing though. had 2 RSs over the years. A 78 & a 88

    My little pommie riding buddy told me a guy handed him a card a while back while he was riding along on his R100GS. I told him if he sees the guy again run him down. That will teach him to make a good bike into a hack.
  18. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    My son Glen is very happy with the reduced stiction of the skf seal in the wp forks of his 300

    and I will never use all-balls products again - the all-balls cush drive bearing on the klr would last 5000k (2 sets). the quality jap bearings I replaced them with were fine after 15k

    older wp forks seem to be inferior to the yz forks that you have on gus.
  19. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    Nothing will be done that cannot be undone. The bike isn't an RS anyway, it's a TIC, ex mot so it's been bastardised already with the RS instead of RT fairing, dual seat instead of solo, wrong panniers, repainted tank, RT side covers etc.

    Was your riding buddy on a bumblebee?
  20. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Jonny-no-mates rode to Takapari Rd today. Its about 2 hrs from Wgtn. It was a cold crisp day, with not a cloud in the sky. Except for my destination. I sat at Totara Reserve, had a coffee, looked up at that hill, & thought&#8230;..why the hell not.

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    1-2 bloody degrees up on the hill that&#8217;s why not. And wet & misty. Still did it, & I didn&#8217;t break anything. So there.

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    Mauricios Hill. Last time we were here he tried for the short cut down

    Vision is over-rated in situations like this. I prefer to ride by braille anyway.

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    My cameras not sharp enough to show that I could see Kapiti Island, Mt Taranaki, & Mt Ruapehu.

    There was a spectacular sunset on the way home. The South Island was edged in red, & looked close enough to swim to.