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Project 1982 Suzuki GS550M, GN73A Katana

Discussion in 'Other Projects - Other Bikes (non 250's)' started by my67xr, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. my67xr

    my67xr Bike Enthusiast Staff Member Premium Member Contributing Member

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    I picked up a project bike today,
    the owner was needing shed space for 2x new project bike's he has just bought and he thought about taking this bike to the dump.
    Then he thought he could just take the Enkei wheel's off and sell them to get the original purchase price back, but then thought why not sell it as a project bike and let someone else have some fun with it.
    It cost me a six pack of Cooper's Sparkling Ale.
    Need's a restoration of course, but look's like most of it is there
    I can see someone has replaced the twin exhaust for a 4 into 1 system, and i can't imagine what happened to the fuel tank ?

    I'll start off giving it a clean up and suss thing's out a bit more, but i haven't decided what to do with it just yet


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    This is what it could look like if it was restored to the factory delivered look

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    my67xr Bike Enthusiast Staff Member Premium Member Contributing Member

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    Had a go cleaning up the pipes this morning, i used some Autosol Metal Life Saver Corrosion/Stain Remover and some 0000 steel wool to get rid of the stains and surface rust.
    They are coming up good i think, next step is the Metal Life Saver Polish once i finish the tail pipe.
    So far i've spent 1/2 an hour on them.


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    That white tank looks like it has modified to suit Horehey... :)
    Looks to be a really good little Project.. you have some good options even if it isnt restoring to factory look,
     
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    Yeah i'm slowly find bit's that are missing or wrong.
    The plastic side panel's that run from the tank to the seat are off another Suzuki as they're 2" too short at the front, the seat/tail light cowl also doesn't fit
    The rear Koni shock's are stuffed, rusty main shaft, as well as being mounted upside down lol
    Front brake master is seized, front wheel is mounted the wrong way around too the directional Metzler is facing the wrong way
    Front fork's feel good, and the seal's aren't leaking.
    Not sure if the front anti dive mechanism's are working yet.
    Found out that these bike's weigh around 220kg wet, the Katana's have a 22 litre fuel tank too.
    The Mikuni BS32 look good, they're cleanish and the slide's arenot seized up

    There's not many part's around for them which will make thing's hard

    Might need to Cafe / Brat / Streetfighter it ???
     
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    Anything 'Katana" will be worth many more $$$$ in stock trim.
     
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    I'll try my hardest to keep it original and see what i can find over the next month.
    Will go up to the wrecker's and see what they've got during the week.
    Found a good tank in WA, not sure how much to get it here though, there's a new old stock one on ebay for $885 US
    Still need to find a pair of fender's as well
     
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    Wonder how many part's from the 650 Katana will fit. The 650 is shaft drive though , but the panel's look the same. May be an option for you to look out for part's wise.
     
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    Yep, will have to go through the part's catalogues
     
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