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 Post subject: An unexpected bike-T500
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:39 am 
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Country: United States
Bikes owned: 1971 T500, 2001 SV650, 1983 GR650
I've been dreaming about a project bike for a while, but life kept getting in the way. Important things like both daughters deciding to get married within four months of each other, a son still in college, a car that really needed work if I didn't want to buy another, etc.

So when a riding buddy called and said his neighbor wanted to get rid of a couple T500s prior to moving I decided to go take a look. I honestly had no idea what a T500 was. I was into dirtbikes back in the '70's and streetbikes were not on the radar.

Cool old bikes--one a basket case--so I bought them. Sold the parts bike a few days later to help the budget and started cleaning the carbs on the '71 that remained.

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I'll get running--while hoping for the best with the crankshaft seals--and decide where to go with it after that. Unlikely to be a restoration, but you never know. No crazy custom, probably, as I think survivors deserve to survive.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:10 am 
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Looks like a good one. You're in the right place if you have questions.



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Too many bikes, too much time, ENOUGH SPACE, FINALLY! Never enough money.........


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:50 am 
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Sure looks like it! Spent a lot of time reading threads and have learned a lot already. Happy to have found the forum.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:30 pm 
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Location: Greendale Vic, Australia
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Yeah what a GREAT score! Welcome.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:18 pm 
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joolstacho wrote:
Yeah what a GREAT score! Welcome.


Thank you!

Ordered carb rebuild parts today and started the paperwork to get the title transferred.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:17 am 
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oldrookie wrote:
joolstacho wrote:
Yeah what a GREAT score! Welcome.


Thank you!

Ordered carb rebuild parts today and started the paperwork to get the title transferred.


DON'T USE THE JETS IN THE REBUILD KIT!

They are always wrong. Clean the jets or replace them with genuine Mikuni parts. Trust me, you'll regret using the jets that come in any aftermarket carb kit. The float valves and gaskets will be fine.



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If you stroke it more than twice; you're playing with it.

Too many bikes, too much time, ENOUGH SPACE, FINALLY! Never enough money.........


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:38 am 
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rngdng wrote:
oldrookie wrote:
joolstacho wrote:
Yeah what a GREAT score! Welcome.


Thank you!

Ordered carb rebuild parts today and started the paperwork to get the title transferred.


DON'T USE THE JETS IN THE REBUILD KIT!

They are always wrong. Clean the jets or replace them with genuine Mikuni parts. Trust me, you'll regret using the jets that come in any aftermarket carb kit. The float valves and gaskets will be fine.

Lane


Ordered OEM gaskets, etc. Brought an '83 GR650 back to life a few years ago and received the same advice from the folk on The GS Resources forum too.


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