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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby Bigshankhank » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:56 pm

red wrote:Managed to track down a PDF copy of the Haynes service manual. I'm happy to report the valve adjustment is done via good ol' fashioned screw/nut adjusters but a service interval of 8k.
That's still better than most Ducatis!

Insurance is a bit more than my XJ but you pay a premium for high performance. :lol:

The real question is, do I start yet another bike thread or do I just keep growing inside this one, like a parasite?


Keep this one going, I’m good. DerG might be able to re-title it if necessary.
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:24 pm

I'll keep it here just for you!
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:51 am

I got a few moments to dig through the pile of junk.

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Found a set of new brake pads, fork seals and two Harbor Fright halogen lights. Not sure if I'll use them but they're free!

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Thankfully, the passenger peg mounts and some of the
tail section are there, along with the battery box. It looks like mounting the radiator and oil cooler shouldn't be much of an issue. I have
some rough ideas sketched up in Google Keep.
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby Skkot » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:04 am

What an excellent project; so much potential! Congratulations, you are overdue and I look forward to meeting her.
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:14 am

Skkot wrote:What an excellent project; so much potential! Congratulations, you are overdue and I look forward to meeting her.



Thank you sir! My riding time may be slim but at least I'll have something in the garage ready to go. It's way too early to even ponder the idea of attending DoOM but I'd love to be there and let you all take her for a rip around.

I'm currently planning on building an office in my garage. It has to have enough space so I can fit my work station and the bike in there. That way I can work through the cold months in a warm environment. Much better than the mad rush at spring time!
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:02 am

Behold my design skills!

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I have my eye on an Acewell little all in one gauge from DimeCity.

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Cheap oval LED truck light and some dual filament signals.

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I may change the rear mounting point to attach to the passenger peg frame to help
distribute the weight and move it rearward. I learned my lesson using bent aluminum
brackets on my XJ, this will be all steel baby!
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:06 am

Like so:
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:22 am

Got the rough plans drawn up for the my office garage. I'll have about 70sqft for my work space. Plenty of room for my desk, a small work bench, my tool chest and the bike.

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The wall behind the bike will be painted with whiteboard paint so I'll have a place to make my obsessive lists and plans.
Plus, it will be nice to a have a space to let my riding gear hang and air out, instead of being stuffed into a storage bin.
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:50 am

Scored an excellent condition Clymer shop manual off of Amazon for $10. I'm not sure how shop manual can be 27 years old and not have a single greasy fingerprint or dog-eared page.
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby guitargeek » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:54 pm

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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:09 am

guitargeek wrote:(popcorn)


Sorry, time is thin right now and my garage cold and in absolute chaos. I'd love to have spare time for turning wrenches.


I did manage to track down a complete left side cover with pulse generator and wiring.
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby AZRider » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:05 pm

Good news all around!

The Harbor Freight lights will almost certainly have a suck-ass beam pattern. There's an LED light for about $80 that all the Jeep guys love and some bike people too. Should fit into any junkyard 7" headlight shell that you can mount to generic mounts that go to the fork tubes. That will both work and add a valuable amount of Fuck You to the motorcycle.
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Re: Project Bike: 81 GS650GL

Postby red » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:00 am

AZRider wrote:Good news all around!

The Harbor Freight lights will almost certainly have a suck-ass beam pattern. There's an LED light for about $80 that all the Jeep guys love and some bike people too. Should fit into any junkyard 7" headlight shell that you can mount to generic mounts that go to the fork tubes. That will both work and add a valuable amount of Fuck You to the motorcycle.


Yeah, due to energy consumption alone, I'm skipping the Harbor Fright lights for something LED. Right now, I'm not really concerned with making it street legal. I'm going to get it running first (after I build my garage office), then worry about little details like lighting and gauges.
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