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Old 10-13-2013, 07:51 PM   #31
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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.
If he needs any advice on the tinkering, I still remember a few tricks. Feel free to PM, and I'll forward a phone number to ya.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:19 AM   #32
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Good stuff. If it ain't smoking, fix it!
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:58 PM   #33
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I had a GT380 a few years ago. It was a very fast bike. I traded a little Yamaha HS-1 90 twin & $50.00 for it.
It was a tough bike to start when cold, but once I got the proper sequence figured out, it started with the 3rd / 4th. kick. My older brother had a GT380 in the mid 70's that he raced in Dirt Drags...he won fairly consistantly.
My bike was "butt ugly" when I got it, but after some paint and a seat redo it looked nice. I eventually pulled the cylinders and found a damaged (over heated at some point) center piston & rings. Found parts cheap to repair...it then broke the plastic gear that operates the points...plastic was just old and tired. Parts were easy to source and not very expensive. I regret selling it....
I'd love to have a GT550 sometime. Did recently see an old GT750 Water Buffalo pretty cheap ...under a Grand and in running condition with 20k miles and a recent engine rebuild, but has cosmetic issues....


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Old 10-22-2013, 10:58 PM   #34
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Watch out for the middle carburetor on the GT550. The float tended to stick when it got hot and would dump puddles of gas right in front of the rear tire.

Also, A Great Bike? It handled okay for its day and it made a really nice sound but the brakes and suspension were lousy.

I think the green paint job was the best of the bunch.

The GT550 was my first BIG bike. Bought mine when it was 5 years old with 3000 miles and in perfect condition. Rode it 20k miles in a couple of years. Bought a brand new GS750 to replace it.
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Old 09-24-2014, 07:57 PM   #35
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GT's were fun. Like the GT550 the best. Nice photos!
I agree: I had two GT 750's and a 550 and the 550 was much the better bike. It got better gas milage, used half as much oil, handled vastly better, had power right from idle and would leave my 750's for dead. It's the one old bike I REALLY wish I still had.
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:22 AM   #36
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He rode my FZ6 and wanted one of those, but has since decided that he wanted a Gladius. Mom probably won't let that happen after this GT550 purchase...
Now he wants an FZ-07 or FZ-09. Also, he picked up a Suzuki T500 this spring... The madness continues...
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:18 PM   #37
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Nice thread.

The blue GT380 was my first bike, at 15 yo back in 1982. It came with white fiberglass saddlebags. Oh, the memories.

I should have never, ever let it go
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:21 PM   #38
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My dad bought a GT550 new, in the day. He kept it a few years and traded it in on a new CX500,which he liked, but sold it to buy a Norton Commando from my brother. I'm afraid I couldn't love a GT550. I have a Cycle Guide comparison somewhere where they gave it the win.
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