1973 T500 cafe build

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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Test fit of rear fender & seat. Am going to chop the rear fender where the blue tape is — it will be flush with the rear edge of the seat brackets. Fender will be powder coated black.

Will use a side-mount license plate with a bracket attached to the top shock mount.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Very nice, jabcd :up: ,

You will be sending all those desperately seeking a std. rear fender for their resto a bit crazy at the thought of it being cut down though :D

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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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I would be up for an even exchange if someone has a comparably good fender except for the portion I’m going to cut off.

I know good fenders are hard to find unless you are willing to spend crazy money. Recently went through that because I needed one for the GT550 build.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Wheel candy!
Buchanan’s SS spokes & shouldered Excel rims: front 2.15x18 & rear 2.5x18. H-rated Conti Go tires: front 100/90-18 & rear 120/90-18.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Ooooh please don't cut it! It'd look MUCH classier with the chrome 'guard left on it.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Too late. Already have the rear fender cut flush with the rear edge of the seat brackets. The fender will be powder coated black.

Using a GT500 triple tree and fork tube assemblies from a 1981 GS550T. Have not yet determined if I can use the GT500 front fender or need to use one from a GS series bike. The front fender will be chopped similar to what we did on the GT250 build. Would prefer a chrome fender but will powder coat it black if the chrome isn’t in really good shape.

Pic of the GT250 build. It doesn’t have a rear fender. The T500 rear fender powder coated black & chopped will have a similar look.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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The combo a smaller shouldered 18” rim & a larger 320mm brake disc makes the disc look a lot larger.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Coming on nicely......new wheels and tyres just look so good !
Keeping old 2 strokes alive !
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Back to working on the T500 build.

The GS550T outer fork tubes had a lot of internal wear. Found good low-mile GS750 for outer tubes. They use the same fork seals, upper bushes & lower bushes.
Had the outer fork tubes & carb intake pipes vapor blasted:
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Will you leave the fork bottoms with the vapour blasted satin look, or is there some polishing coming?
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Fork outer tubes will be powder coated black.

Will use GS550T fork inner tubes. A second top out spring to shorten the forks. RaceTech gold valve emulators & springs.
And YSS piggyback reservoir shocks.

Should end up looking like the big brother to our GT250 cafe build.
Will use a similar oil tank & shortened black powder coated front fender. Anything Goes makes custom tanks to the buyer’s specs. Will use a GS-series front fender — have not yet figured out which ones will work out.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Back to working on the T500 build.

YSS RG362 shocks -- definitely overkill but cool looking.
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Re: 1973 T500 cafe build

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Fork candy. Overkill but cool looking. GS750 outer tubes (with upper+lower bushes, internal hard anodize & external power coat), GS550 inner tubes, RaceTech springs & RaceTech Gold Emulators.
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