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Old 05-29-2008, 03:56 AM   #11
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It's not a GT550 it's a KZ550LTD. You should be able to find plenty of parts on the junkyard circuit.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:48 AM   #12
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It's great to see that the previous owner was careful to keep the maintenance up. Apparently, he immersed the motorcycle in warm salt water on multiple occasions!
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:25 AM   #13
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It's great to see that the previous owner was careful to keep the maintenance up. Apparently, he immersed the motorcycle in warm salt water on multiple occasions!
Hey! HEY! HEY!

That was a bit uncalled-for, don'tcha think?

Like packing M-1's in Cosmoline, the previous owner preserved this particular example for the enjoyment of future-generations under a protective-layer of crud: We should be grateful and Give Thanks..............
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:26 PM   #14
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Hey! HEY! HEY!

That was a bit uncalled-for, don'tcha think?

Like packing M-1's in Cosmoline, the previous owner preserved this particular example for the enjoyment of future-generations under a protective-layer of crud: We should be grateful and Give Thanks..............
Lol, you guys are cracking me up. The previous owner is a supervisor on the line down from me at work. He bought it in 2000 and rode it about 200 miles. He kept telling me, "I was afraid of skidding my ass."

He sold it to me to "get it out of his way" in his barn. That crud is 5 years of buildup. The engine starts right up and will run puuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrfect once I get those carbs cleaned up.

HEEHHEEHEHHEHE

*UPDATE*

I put an hour of elbow grease and WD-40 into the bike and got it looking way better. I got an inch of farm barn dust, road grime, and grease off the whole bike. I cleaned the tank and rubbed up the seat. I took all the extras off to clean separately, but I like the stripped down look of it now. The bike looks so tiny!

Enjoy!

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Old 06-09-2008, 05:25 PM   #15
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Well, I got the bike up and running good for the first time today. Three of the carbs had so much gunk in the bowls that the needles were just full of crud. The centrifugal timing advance was rusted stuck and we had to WD it back to life, the clutch is sticky but works, and the tires held up to a few turns, hard brakes, and starts.

This bike is back in action folks! I am going to post in the "Ride Stories" forum about my first time on it. This was the first time I ever sat and rode on a bike before. My good buddy was walking beside me, literally walking me through how to work the clutch, turn, brake, and all of the other goodies.

Next thing to look forward to is the MSF classes that start the 14th of next month.

WISH ME LUCK!
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:58 PM   #16
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Break a Leg!

Having done-before nearly the exact thing you're doing - I must say; it's certainly a good feeling when that beast fires-off for the first time, and you get it running, ain't it?

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Old 06-09-2008, 07:51 PM   #17
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Nooooo laddie, ya tuck off the dang luggage recepticle?!?!? Now whattarya gonna hual yer stubbies on? Gud lord ghod man, thats sacrilidge! Poot the dang rack back on! Youll be thanking me lahtir! Crizesakes...
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:01 PM   #18
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Nooooo laddie, ya tuck off the dang luggage recepticle?!?!? Now whattarya gonna hual yer stubbies on? Gud lord ghod man, thats sacrilidge! Poot the dang rack back on! Youll be thanking me lahtir! Crizesakes...
LAWL! The image of a drunken leprechaun biker danced in my head when I read this. The rack is not going anywhere. The bike looks like a stripped down 70's racer as it is. Trips will definitely involve the windshield and rack.

And yes, having the bike fire up and idle correctly for the first time was a rush of adrenaline, not so much like skydiving, but a rush none the less.

Glad you guys are havin as much fun with this thread as I've had getting this beauty back in action. I think it's a shame when something like this is forced to rot in a barn and not be rode into the dirt.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:54 AM   #19
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Cinderella Story...the lonely bike in the barn is now the Belle of the Ball! Nice going, looks like you found a keeper. That WD-40 is an amazing cleaner, isn't it? I use it liberally to clean gruck off my bike, and then the usual car wash soap after that. It also works great if you soak 000 steel wool with it to remove surface corrosion.
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