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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:10 am 
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Starting new topic because the Photobucket policy changes trashed my old topic.

Lost free storage for my 1972 GT550 & decided to do a cafe build.

Pic from when I got the bike.
Imagecafe-GT550-1 by jabcb, on Flickr

Closeup of that wonderful fairing.
Imagecafe-GT550-2 by jabcb, on Flickr

Project is waiting for GT250 motor rebuild to be finished. So its a good time to make some decision.

Had title problems but that is now resolved & I have a PA license plate.

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GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:10 am 
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Started working on the project.
Imagecafe-GT550-0326 by jabcb, on Flickr

Did a spiffy job at polishing the brake drums. (We cheated & had forum member Sandman do the work.)
Imagecafe-GT550_6763 by jabcb, on Flickr

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:11 am 
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The GT380 project was bigger than anticipated, so I put GT550 build on hold until the GT250 & GT380 were done.
Both are done, so we are back at the GT550 build.

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:57 pm 
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Bikes owned: FZ50, GP100, RG125 Gamma, GT380, Bandit 1200S
Glad you ditched the fairing! :clap:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:17 am 
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The fugly fairing is still available for free if anyone is interested.

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Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:35 pm 
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jabcb wrote:
The fugly fairing is still available for free if anyone is interested.

Lol. If its free you never know, you might find someone who will take it off your hands. It might suit a 1970s highway cruiser fan. It reminds me of CHIPs.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:41 am 
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reminds me of the old AA man's bike in the 50's and 60's :D
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cheers, dd.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:26 am 
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That sidecar looks like the compartment might have enough room to hide two small clowns.

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:59 pm 
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just a bloody big toolbox mate :D
cheers, dd.

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GTS250 road registered. TS250 engine, Ramair frame.
GT250 big bang road registered. Both pistons fire the same time. USD forks.
GT285 road registered. Overbored - 58mm and TS125 +2 pistons fitted.
GT10 road registered. '65 T10 engine, GT250 frame.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:55 am 
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dollydog wrote:
just a bloody big toolbox mate :D
cheers, dd.

I thought it was coffin! I thought that was for carrying off members that didn't make it to collect their ten year chip?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:39 pm 
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Forks looking spiffy after a lot of hard work. (We cheated and had forum member Sandman do the work.)
Imagecafe-GT550-8147 by jabcb, on Flickr

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:31 pm 
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fork legs brushed then clear lacquered? Looks very nice!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:08 pm 
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Clear powder coated. Sandman also did the forks + motor covers on the GT250 cafe built.

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:09 am 
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Location: southwestern Pennsylvania
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Bikes owned: 69 T350 thru 75 GT750
Rats. Per the service manual the fork spring is tapered because of the oil passages. Looks like fork improvements are limited to oil viscosity & sag adjustment.
ImageGT550-ServiceManual-ForkSpring by jabcb, on Flickr

Started tearing into the motor. A PO had labeled the cylinders when they had the top end off.
Had some metal bits underneath the clutch from the infamous exploding early starter clutches. Luckily I scored a complete late-model clutch + starter clutch assembly on eBay a few years ago.
Imagecafe-GT550-531609024 by jabcb, on Flickr

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:40 am 
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Bikes owned: 2 x GT550s GT750, T200, TC200
Looking good now that fugly fairing is off!
Good news about the replacement clutch too.

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