Virgin GSPD needs mods

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Ninthlord, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Ninthlord

    Ninthlord Cadmium Enriched

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    My '94 GSPD just turned 45K trouble free miles. She is bone stock, down to the brake shoes. Please help me prioritize the necessary mods. This bike is a keeper.

    Thanks, Guys..

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  2. Mizumoto

    Mizumoto n00b

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    If it has worked well thus far, don't spoil that "bone stock" condition. It will only appreciate! Otherwise, if a mod is absolutely necessary, then modify the title to include,....ME!:evil:evil
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  3. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Gas.... Congrats, looks like a nice bike!
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  4. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    I'm in the leave it alone camp. If it's worked for all these years, and you can't think of anything specific it needs, don't mess with it!

    You know what they say; if it ain't broke....
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  5. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    Modding a GSPD? The first thing I would do to it is take off about 40lb's of PD crap. Easier to work on AND lighter. It makes all the difference in the world.
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  6. smorgasgeorge

    smorgasgeorge Adventurer

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    Of all the things I've done so far to my GSPD, there's only one I think is an absolute no-brainer: enduralast alternator.
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  7. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    Stock is good!!
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  8. robtg

    robtg Been here awhile

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    +1:clap
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  9. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    • Corbin seat (so you can put that one on the shelf for later restoration)
    • Omega charging system

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  10. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    First thing you must do is to turn it into a cafe racer. :nod

    Second thing is to purchase a "Red Centre" ignition system from Australia.
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  11. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    Do the normal maintenance and leave it alone. As they say If it's not broke don't fix it.
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  12. desmo

    desmo Been here awhile

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  13. squiffynimrod

    squiffynimrod maximum shrinkage

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    You need to switch garages and change the ownership papers...........................to me.

    :tb

    Nice bike.
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  14. mykill

    mykill odd

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    Suspension! New fork springs and fork refresh as well as a rear shock sprung for your riding. Otherwise make sure it is lubed and adjusted. I almost don't trust a bike that clean.
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  15. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    If
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    muddy...
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  16. Ninthlord

    Ninthlord Cadmium Enriched

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    I'm looking at these mods:

    - Diode board/solid mounts. I'd like to install the whole Omega charging system, but it's a bit pricey. I can afford the Thunderchild diode mod and the VR.
    - Final drive. Can I just replace the stock ujoint with a serviceable one, or does the entire shaft ass'y need replacing? Sounds expensive. I carry a fire extinguisher.
    - Tranny output shaft. I did the research, mine is circlip-free. Doesn't sound terribly expensive, except in labor terms. Cuanto es esto?
    These are my top three priorities, as they can all be stranders, and I like to ride this bike. I just can't do 'em all at once.

    After I get these done I'll consider chopping it into a naked dirt cafe racer.
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  17. akabeton

    akabeton Adventurer

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    +1

    I'm doing this to mine this winter.
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  18. Ninthlord

    Ninthlord Cadmium Enriched

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    Herein lies the rub.
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  19. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    yep..
    :lurk
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  20. Paul_Rochdale

    Paul_Rochdale Been here awhile

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    I am currently restoring my 1989 R100GS-Paris Dakar and this is what I altered so far. Once she's back on the road, I'll see what if anything else needs doing -

    1. Change front brake caliper for one of the modded R1100 Brembos as mentioned earlier.

    2. Fit braided stainless steel front brake pipe.

    3. Fitted a floating front brake disc. All of these mods brought the front brake performance from 'poor' to 'slightly better'. I shall check the entire front system through, replacing seals, etc, to try to get it better.

    3. Fitted a Secdem front screen although the American Parabellum looks much better.

    4. Fitted Touratech 'Zega' rear panniers and their brackets, much stronger than the originals.

    5. Replaced the pig ugly front mudguard with the lower one.

    Other mods in the pipeline -

    6. Jim Cray twin plugged cylinder heads.

    7. Alloy top box.

    8. Better (bigger & wider) footrests.

    9. Remove oil cooler from the crash bars and mount this on the frame.

    10. Replace rusty spokes with stainless.

    11. Replace all fasteners with stainless (in spite of what some might say):1drink

    Other than that, I shall leave her well alone as she'll be just the bike that'll suit me.
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