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Old 04-16-2011, 12:26 PM   #91
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Thanks, VTwin, for the links. Have been doing a lot of reading for the past week and found your threads concerning the rebuild process. Followed that to your ride reports (you hang around with cooler friends than I do--some great bikes anyway.)

Haven't had parallel twin since 1985 (Honda CM 400) and my last bike was a Yamaha Radian (hence the user name.) Rode an crapped out XS 650 a couple of years ago, but that was the last parallel configuration I've been on.

I've seen the old Cycle World reviews, but other than general statements about liking the bike there isn't a lot of specificity in their reviews.

Really curious about how it handles. Pretty stable while cruising? Responsive in corners? Quick steering, or more cruiser?

I've seen mention of it being a small bike, but will it handle two-up with approximately 330lbs on it?

The bike I'm anticipating is the X model.

Enjoying your thread. The airplane museum was excellent.
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:40 PM   #92
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RR, while the frame is really beefy, the forks are pretty spaghetti like. Also, I think my rear shock is weak, so looking for a replacement. Wiburs makes one, about $400 though. Maybe still worth it if it improves the handling. Ride cannot compare to my long-legged Ulysses, but not bad. Wallows a bit on undulating sweepers, again, maybe the rear shock. I plan on looking for a fork brace, with a new rear shock, should be pretty good. Some on the forum have raised the forks with good results as steering is pretty slow, but fairly stable at freeway speeds. Feels most comfortable at indicated 70 mph. Engine vibs are lowest just above 5K for my bike anyway. I did change my c/s to a 16t though, so 5K would probably be closer to indicated 60-65(?). Lost a little lowend with the change, not any different than when I changed it on the Wee-strom though.
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:08 PM   #93
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It's probably ok for two up as our club president rides two up on a CL350. He's not exactly small either. You may want to keep the 15t c/s then. A 650 was a pretty big bike not too long ago and you see alot of over loaded Passports in third world countries.
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:37 PM   #94
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I also remember when a 650 was big. Just saw an ad on craigslist for a 750cc cruiser listed as "a perfect small bike for a beginner." Ah, not in my world.

Thanks for the info and impressions. Sounds like what I'm looking for as a reasonable back road runner/small tourer.

Not likely to get bike until June, but have already purchased a replacement turn signal from E-bay and bid on a headlight mount. The sickness begins.
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:47 PM   #95
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Good luck! BTW, here's a pretty good write up on the bike and goes further in depth.

http://tcmcstuff.tripod.com/gr650.htm
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:46 PM   #96
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Ok, my Tempter has developed a squeek from the rear suspension. Tried spraying all the joints and there sure alot of them!

http://www.bikebandit.com/1983-suzuk...m5979sch242643

That didn't work, so I took it apart.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:47 PM   #97
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:49 PM   #98
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I think it's the top bearing in the shock. So I could just lube it and see what happens, or spend alot of money and just be done with it. Unless there's something that could fit in it's place as there aren't too many options for this one. It's 13" eye to eye. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:21 PM   #100
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So, it was a fun day at the museum. It was nice to take suki out for a ride.
Wow man what a small world.... I use to work at Hiller when I was a little younger and was flying with a program called the young eagles. Worked there as a museum docent for a couple years.

Great place. Glad to see it still looks the same
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:40 AM   #101
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Wow man what a small world.... I use to work at Hiller when I was a little younger and was flying with a program called the young eagles. Worked there as a museum docent for a couple years.

Great place. Glad to see it still looks the same

I've passed by that place countless times and glad i finally went there. Our group consists of a couple of pilots, so aeronautics is a popular destination subject.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:08 PM   #102
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Ok, I did it again! While at the CJMC Auburn show I kept coming back to this and finally pulled the trigger. Guess I'm a sucker for Suzukis, so now I'm up to three of them. But wait, this one runs!
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:34 PM   #103
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Very nice!

Supposed to go pick up the GR 650 this weekend, so should have pics up sometime on Sunday.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:16 PM   #104
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Cool, sign up on the GR650 Forum, pretty quiet there, but helpful people.

http://gr650.messageboard.nl/forum/viewforum.php?f=35
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:13 PM   #105
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I'm Oldrookie on the GR forum.

Leaving at 7:30 Saturday to get the trailer, on the road by 8. Hope to be home by 6 with bike in tow.
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