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Old 08-04-2013, 05:29 PM   #31
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I came very close to pulling the trigger on a 300XC-W. Everyone I spoke to said it would die a quick death droning along on the highway. Tearing around the city as an urban runabout, no problem, but the steady throttle high-speed miles it wouldn't be able to handle. If there is anyone out there that can show me they do it, I'll have the 690 up for sale by next weekend...
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:52 PM   #32
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Well, they be may be right. But, just to make a point, this guy did the Paris Dakar on a 150xc. He only fell out of the race because he was helping people out along the way and was disqualified for his time, no mechanical problems. Granted, you'll have considerably less support than he did. But, it can be done. I would to turn my 125sx into an adventure bike myself.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #33
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Well, they be may be right. But, just to make a point, this guy did the Paris Dakar on a 150xc.
He's a Boss!
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:20 PM   #34
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I own a two stroke and I love touring but I think it takes a bit of sado masicism to tour on one of these things when there are so many better choices (4 strokes)

I'm not saying it can't be done, I just don't see any good reason why to do it.
The entire point of a vintage two stroke for me is too use it and enjoy the uniqueness of riding the machine as intended. My 1976 GT is not near stock but still a lot of fun to ride. The motor is fast and smooth. For a two stroke you would be hard pressed to find a better smoker to cover milage on.

Shot here is from my trip to Mid-Ohio July 2013. I rode my packed up, modified Water Buffalo 700 miles over the weekend to and from the Vintage races. I even showed the bike at the AMA vintage bike show. My all stock teal/white 1972 GT 750 is in the bed of the truck in the back ground, sold at mid-ohio.

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:47 PM   #35
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I wonder what a Suzuki GT550 would be like. I had a GT380 and the power was pretty weak until I got it revved up, then it took off like crazy and I could barely shift fast enough to keep it from over revving, My Gt-750 always pulled like a tractor, even if I let the rpm's get to low.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:50 PM   #36
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My GT500 had good bottom end. Basically two cylinders from the 750 and air cooled.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:04 PM   #37
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For a two stroke you would be hard pressed to find a better smoker to cover milage on.
You have me there, I was going to buy a GT750 in the early 70's to tour with, air cooled.... fat chance.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:39 AM   #38
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You have me there, I was going to buy a GT750 in the early 70's to tour with, air cooled.... fat chance.
My first big bore street bike in 1988 was a 1972 GT 750. That GT covered 70,000 miles before I sold it and never had anything done to it except points adjustments & annual plugs. After so many years the only typical weakness is crank seals. They do not appear to last over 40 years, LOL!
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:31 AM   #39
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A T500 is a fantastic touring partner.



I love this T500 by the way, looks great loaded up touring the mountains.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:31 AM   #40
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crank seals will be a problem on GT-750's. Since the power take off is between 2 cylinders when they go bad the bike will suck a lot of oil out of the transmission and smoke like crazy.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:38 AM   #41
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crank seals will be a problem on GT-750's. Since the power take off is between 2 cylinders when they go bad the bike will suck a lot of oil out of the transmission and smoke like crazy.
Yes this is true. After the crank is rebuilt they are good to go for decades.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:32 PM   #42
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I'm sure that having the gear to the transmission mounted between the cylinders instead of on the end helps to reduce twisting of the crank, and makes it stronger,
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #43
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Not to mention that it narrows the primary drive/clutch area on the right side of the gear box.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:46 AM   #44
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Mine didn't suck oil but blew it out the trans vent when it pressurized the trans.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #45
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I miss my GT750,
I especially miss seeing the confused looks on peoples faces as they looked at the motor.
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