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Bomber737
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Just wanted to say hi to every one on the forum. I just picked up my first R75/5 and i am looking forward to getting her back on the road. Little about myself, i have been wrenching on bikes for about 8 years. I got started right after i got divorced and quit drinking so i found my self with cash and time to play. I have gone through most of the Japanese bikes I was interested in and I rebuilt a K100RS 3 years ago. My day to day rides are an 07 Yamaha RoadStar and a 1980 Suzuki GS1000.

I made a deal for this bike 2 years ago and I have been waiting for the guy to get me the title. Last week he finally said he couldnt get it, and told me all he wanted for the bike was storage fee of $300 so i paid him and took posesion of the bike. Ill start working on getting the title soon. So i decided to join this forum because you guys really seem to know these bikes inside and out. I will be tearing it down to the frame and going through the whole thing. Its a 71 with 33xxx miles on the clock. It came with a back rest and some kind of fairing which i wont be using. Id like to make it stock or as close as I can. I grew up riding a R65 with my dad and i have always wanted one of these bikes since i was a little kid. Now i finally have one.

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Glen Innes N.S.W Australia
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Welcome

Welcome Bomber 737 and welcome to the divorce club , oh i mean forum !.Good on you for getting off the booze , sounds like the mirror image of what i did when it hit the fan , enough of the sad stuff . You've done well scoring the deal. Looks pretty good actually, have you got the missing carbs / hand rail etc ?.There are some really good contacts for parts over your side of the pond , this is where most of my parts are bought from. After a really good scrub / polish and wax the bike is going to come up pretty good.Let the fun begin. I have a soft spot for the old GS1000 mile muncher is it a shaft drive model or chain.

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New Richmond WI
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Ha. Thanks for the welcome

Ha. Thanks for the welcome and i havent been happier since the evil empire left my house. My new wife Is a fantastic chick. It did not come with the grab rail for the rear of the seat but it did come with a back rest which i plan on getting rid of and some kind of german made (i think) fairing which i will also be getting rid of. Hopefully that will finance a new set of carbs or cylinder head work. I do have the original Bings but i dont want to use them. I want a set of round slide mikuni's for it.

I love my gs, its a chain drive and i got it from the original owner with 3700 miles on it. Now it has 13000, i even rode it to sturgis last year. Quite a hoot that was. I like the chain drive bikes better than shaft even though they are harder to keep clean

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Glen Innes N.S.W Australia
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Oh Dear !

The Evil Empire has left the building Devil !.Operation /5 begins. The round slide mikuni's seems pretty cheap to buy even new units. The old GS are one tough engines , huge Ks /miles can get out of these engines , well i assume when there looked after that is.Had my time with chain drive bikes sorry and prefer shaft drive. The shaft drive boxers do take some time getting use to the rise and fall in the rear end but atleast you wont have to clean it as often. Anyway welcome again to the forum.

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Yes the gs's are good bikes.

Yes the gs's are good bikes. I like em so much i own a 78 and a 79 in addition to the 80. I have had a few shafties such as a maxim 750, seca 750, xs850. The xs was horrible for shaft jacking, so much so i sold it off after putting 500 miles on it after the rebuild. I rode a virago 920 for a few years and i liked that bike a lot. This /5 cant have as much power as any of those Japanese bikes i imagine. I just really like to vintage aspect of the /5 and the drum brakes, really the whole look and feel of the bike. Its one i will keep in my stable for a long time.

Heres my gs

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Super neat GS

The GS looks very neat , are the mirrors O.E ? , as i don't remember them being like that over this side of the pond. Have spotted your leather beer bottle carrier , just have to ride smoothly so you don't shake it up to much Rolling On The Floor .OH no not the XS , i use to ride one of my mates XS 750 , have to admit i did like the sound of the triple, but the handling wasn't good, it just didn't feel right for me. I'm afraid the HP rating isn't huge it reads 50 HP on the little 75/5 but all you have to remember that your riding in style and on a true classic Smile . Looks like you can fit bigger top ends to those engines , but i suppose it will come down to what your planes are for the bike, cruise around town or on the highway. But you already have the old school muscle bike to use in the highway so keeping it stock would also keep the rebuild cost down and also keep it original.

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Those are the stock rear view

Those are the stock rear view mirrors. The bag on the fork was for spare fuses and such but its gone now. I put a solid state power box a guy from the gs forum makes to replace the fuse panel so no more fuses to blow. Way better power distribution now and rock solid volts. Even when i use my heated jacket liner, pant liner and gloves. Now im good to ride till the snow falls.

My plans are keep it as close to how i got it. Its a really nice survivor bike and as such all improvements will be internal as much as possible. Im going to pull engine for a good cleaning, check cylinders for roundness and new pistons and rings. Replace all seals and orings and have hardened valve seats and valves installed. Have gauge cluster restored, new brake pads and replace all spokes. Also all bearings with new. So basically every thing that might leak or cause me to not be able to run horrible modern gas. I know these bikes arent power houses or speed demons but they are super cool and not every one has one. Im figuring its going to cost me $2500us to get it back on road.

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