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Old 09-14-2008, 06:14 PM   #31
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Don't give up.....! We are either all nuts for doing what we do, or, or... Well, maybe we are all nuts, but it's a nutiness that is worth aspiring to.......
Nope, not giving up at this point, I've gotten this far so I can see the end of the tunnel. It's a very unusual bike, that got a good review back in '83, the same year I got married. This guy has a really nice example.

http://www.davidreiss.com/Tempted.htm
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:35 PM   #32
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You saved a stray dog, mucho appreciation! Cool bike, I think it will serve you well once you get it buttoned up. Thanks for the story.
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:56 PM   #33
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Being a sunday and a bit bored. Decided to add a few new parts to my bike. I had bought a rear tire to replace the worn Dunlop. I think the MT90 X 16 seems wide, so I replaced it with the recommended size of 130/90 x 16. Does look smaller and correct.




See my special tools consist of 2 x 4's and a 3600lb 1960 Rover saloon .


I should stop being so cheap and get some proper spoons.





Finally off! I like the raised white lettering too. It fits the '80s period.







New brake shoes while I'm at it.



All done and looking good. Even though I put the "dot" to the valve stem, it needed 1 1/2oz of weight to the stem side . I think I'm going to get the the Dyna beads.



While rechecking the bearings, the drive side felt rough. Funny, I didn't notice it when I reinstalled the wheel after the rear end relube. So, it's waiting for even more parts!
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:04 PM   #34
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Finally took the bike on an extended ride, a whole 8 miles! It seems to have developed a oil leak at the base of the cylinders. I knew I should have coated the steel gasket with Copper Coat! So now I've got to remove the head again. Do you guys recommend Copper Coat for motorcycles? I've always regretted not using it on steel gaskets.
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:23 AM   #35
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I've been able to fix the oil leak byt raising the head assembly off the lower case and putting a little sealer around the oil jets gasket that lead to the head. That fixed it. Still having a battle with the charging system and have been following this chart.

http://thegsresources.com/garage/gs_statorfault.htm

And now the front brake is losing it's effectiveness. Feels like I'm using two pieces of wood to slow the bike. It maybe the pistons are starting to seize up or the hose is collapsing internally. I'll have to send out the hose to have a replacment made since oems are no longer in stock. I already have the seals to do the master cylinder and caliper.
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:08 AM   #36
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Wow, what a great story! It's really come a long way. I think it's fantastic that you've managed to save another one from being all parted out. Not long ago I found an old copy of Motor Cyclist magazine from 1983 when they wrote about the GR650 Tempter. They predicted, correctly, that it was destined to become a cult classic. That was pretty cool. Incidently, the magazine was in excellent condition and I love having it as part of my Tempter project.

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:07 PM   #37
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Wow, what a great story! It's really come a long way. I think it's fantastic that you've managed to save another one from being all parted out. Not long ago I found an old copy of Motor Cyclist magazine from 1983 when they wrote about the GR650 Tempter. They predicted, correctly, that it was destined to become a cult classic. That was pretty cool. Incidently, the magazine was in excellent condition and I love having it as part of my Tempter project.

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Welcome to the Asylum.

And we now need photos of YOUR Tempter.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:47 PM   #38
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Wow, what a great story! It's really come a long way. I think it's fantastic that you've managed to save another one from being all parted out. Not long ago I found an old copy of Motor Cyclist magazine from 1983 when they wrote about the GR650 Tempter. They predicted, correctly, that it was destined to become a cult classic. That was pretty cool. Incidently, the magazine was in excellent condition and I love having it as part of my Tempter project.

Sarah
Hi Sarah, glad to see you made it here! I have one of those magazines too, it's cool to see the GR650 in attack mode on the cover.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:25 PM   #39
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I love these stories! We just seem to have an infatuation with underdogs...and I've always believed no motorcycle should be left to rot, rust and die. I don't care if it is a Vincent Black Shadow or a Honda CM 400 (not to offend CM 400 owners!): no motorcycle left behind!

Great work! Please continue to keep us posted!
+1 !!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so glad you saved that bike, and I'm glad you wrote about it to!
She looks GREAT! Good job!
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:44 PM   #40
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+1 !!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so glad you saved that bike, and I'm glad you wrote about it to!
She looks GREAT! Good job!
Thanks Bill. Here are a couple more pictures.




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Old 11-23-2008, 05:47 PM   #41
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Here are a couple of scans from the magazine where they rated the GR650 a "Best Buy".



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Old 11-23-2008, 05:53 PM   #42
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Well, seeing all this just makes me want to get busy on my Tempter. I'm wrapping up a full-scale resto on the T100R triumph,and I will be dragging the Tempter out of the barn in the spring. It is currently blocked in by a boat and an old Farmall F-20. My Dad must have seen that issue of the magazine-he bought this bike new in '83.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:00 PM   #43
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Well, seeing all this just makes me want to get busy on my Tempter. I'm wrapping up a full-scale resto on the T100R triumph,and I will be dragging the Tempter out of the barn in the spring. It is currently blocked in by a boat and an old Farmall F-20. My Dad must have seen that issue of the magazine-he bought this bike new in '83.
Jeep, drag that bike out there and get 'er going. Parts are still available and the bike just loves tootling along secondary roads just fine. had mine brielfy up to 55mph and seemed ok doing that. It was the speed limit at the time this bike was new anyway.
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:37 PM   #44
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in by a boat and an old Farmall F-20.


YOu are my hero, my great granddad according to my grandad had an F-20.
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:48 PM   #45
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Since I didn't feel like going out today, I decided to change the front tire at this time.

I had gotten a few needed toys for doing the job.




New valve and air soft "dyna beads"..




I must be getting better, it only took an hour from start to finish.




I realized when I took this picture, I screwed up. Oh well, we'll see how it is on the open road. It's raining now though. New tire + rain =
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