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Old 03-30-2013, 06:54 PM   #16
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Sitting at Starbucks in Cincy right now with dad, waiting for the gt550 guy to get out of work...he's a bartender...hopefully by midnight!

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Old 03-30-2013, 08:07 PM   #17
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Dang,that RD is nice! My first street bike was a 74 RD350,just cause a trailriding buddy had one for sale.
Pretty much stock and reliable,rode it all over the place camping and what ever.

I never flipped it over backwards,although another RD I had later landed upside down once while heading to breakfast.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:50 AM   #18
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He didn't get out until about 2am...



We started the 6 hour trek back, expecting to just stop when we got to tired. Dad was trooper and drove the whole way. Easter was a LONG day...

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:11 AM   #19
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Nice projects, go here for Suzuki 2-stroker advice by people who really know the bikes.

http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/index.php
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #20
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I will say one of the most fun and nicest street bikes I ever rode was a GT550. And of course, the GT750. I want either real bad. I bought a nice running GT380 in 1996 for a dollar and if I had been able to get a title, I would still have it. I sold it to a buddy for 700 three weeks later and it took him two years but he got a title and the next week, it got stolen. Bummer.
I would take a 550 over the 750 anyday and I've had both. A wider spread of power, lighter weight and spot on gearing means that a good running 550 GT can leave a stock 750GT for dead in a roll on; plus the 550 had vastly better handling and used about half the oil.

The only thing the 750 was better for was for smogging pesky tailgaters with a big handful:)
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:07 AM   #21
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wow. The parts bike project LIVES!



Crazy. He basically had the carbs rebuilt and it went together with stuff he already had from the other parts bike.

It needs new tires, chain, sprockets, etc. but it's complete. :)

Oh, and he might need to try the Vermont title trick!
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:12 AM   #22
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burble burble bing a ding! Does it blow smoke rings?
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:24 PM   #23
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burble burble bing a ding! Does it blow smoke rings?
I assume so. I just got the picture in my email. I assume he was riding it since there is a helmet hanging from the bars.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:55 PM   #24
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For when the points cam gear, made of 1970's plastic, breaks on the GT380:
http://www.classicsuzukiparts.nl/2strokemenu/?lang=en
I tuned up a 380 a few years back and still remember the smoothness and such during the test ride.

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Old 04-20-2013, 12:40 AM   #25
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I still remember my '73 GT-550 roadrace bike very fondly. Great fun on the street, and quick for her age into and out of the corners as modified. A real terror on a short, twisty racetrack. But straightline speed was always lacking - I believed it was the small carbs, The larger bores had larger bodies, and no clearance for a bigger one around the crankcase at the clutch. I ran out of money before trying flat-slides, but I'm certain they would have helped a bit.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:43 AM   #26
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:17 AM   #27
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Many years ago I had a 380 it got the cafe treatment and I really enjoyed that bike, later I got a 750 'Water Buffalo' it got the cafe treatment as well, The 750 would do a wheelie and burn rubber at the same time, properly tuned the initial acceleration is quite impressive, they seem to run out of power on the top end though.

I would usually beat all my friends off of the line, get a decent lead and end up getting passed later on,
Then I just decided to start flashing my brakes and slowing down when I knew I would start losing my lead, and acting like 'I already won, I didn't want to keep speeding'.

Great fun, especially when I knew and my friend knew that his modified Kz 1000 Z1R was the faster bike and I would insist my GT-750 was faster since I had won the race, by quitting while I was ahead.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:50 AM   #28
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Apparently, there is a leak on the oil pump shaft seal of the project GT380. Dad called me and asked me to research it. Apparently he can only use the internet for craigslist...
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:26 AM   #29
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Many years ago I had a 380 it got the cafe treatment and I really enjoyed that bike, later I got a 750 'Water Buffalo' it got the cafe treatment as well, The 750 would do a wheelie and burn rubber at the same time, properly tuned the initial acceleration is quite impressive, they seem to run out of power on the top end though.

I would usually beat all my friends off of the line, get a decent lead and end up getting passed later on,
Then I just decided to start flashing my brakes and slowing down when I knew I would start losing my lead, and acting like 'I already won, I didn't want to keep speeding'.

Great fun, especially when I knew and my friend knew that his modified Kz 1000 Z1R was the faster bike and I would insist my GT-750 was faster since I had won the race, by quitting while I was ahead.
This story takes me back as I did the same thing on my first big bore street bike, the GT 750. Now 25 years later I have found another to modify and have fun with.

Good job on your GT project(s) I can't wait to see what you do with them.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:23 PM   #30
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Update,

He got the blue GT380 (parts bike) running this summer. He just put some new dual sport tires on it. He likes riding it out in the woods behind his house.





He also has the GT550 running as well, but it still needs some tinkering.
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