1973 GT250 cafe build - new topic

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Re: 1973 GT250 cafe build - new topic

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We had cut a $$$ corner by having used rims powder coated black. That didn’t work out really well — the oven did a job on the rims & we didn’t get the wheels as straight as they should be.
Lesson learned! We upgraded to new black Sun rims from Buchanan’s.
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Re: 1973 GT250 cafe build - new topic

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Seriously considering spiffing up the bike with new Mikuni VM28s.

Found this topic on another forum about new Mikunis on a GT250: https://www.2fiftycc.com/index.php?thre ... 052/page-4
He used Mikuni i-vm-200-1 intake boots & slightly increased jetting.
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Re: 1973 GT250 cafe build - new topic

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Question: how thick are the spokes? They look thick enough to support a behemoth but that may be an illusion. I found over the years that even large heavy bikes (relatively speaking) don't need thick spokes.

Have you looked at rims from Mike's XS? I have used a few on different builds and they are not quite as nice as Sun or Excel but are way cheaper and quite adequate for the task. Even old Borrani and Akront rims used to have a bit of a jog where they were joined but it's not noticeable on the bike.
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Re: 1973 GT250 cafe build - new topic

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My mechanic/friend that helps me with the collection owns the bike. He got a sweet job in Florida. Ended up splurging on a few upgrades before the bike gets shipped there.
Those are polished stainless steel spokes by Buchanan’s. Looks great & won’t tarnish like old stock spokes do in Florida.

Mikuni VM28 carbs were ordered. Those will be installed before the bike heads south.


I’m really slow at these builds — it’s a retirement hobby. And typically spend much more $$$ than I should. Certainly more than is justified too.

He wanted black rims. Originally thought about the MikesXS rims for the GT250 build but he ended up going even cheaper with powder coated used rims — that worked out badly.
BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

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