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  1. MaxPete

    Helmets, I didn't know that!

    I ride with a modular helmet. I had an HJC but it aged-out (I try to not ride with a helmet older than 5-years) and now have an LS2 Valiant which is also nice. Anyhow, I always wore a full-face lid prior to the HJC modular and I really do like the modular style. I guess they are slightly less...
  2. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    Yup - I wouldn't risk it.
  3. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    That is the point the chap on the GS Resources forum was making - since they are through-hardened, whats the difference?
  4. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    I will try to get in there and make some measurements ASAP and I will get to you with any sizes I need. Do you have a list of the Suzuki shims in your little hoard? Pete
  5. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    Thanks Gary - the Baron of Baraboo! Man - those guys have a lotta stuff!
  6. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    I don't know how well-maintained the bike was back in her operational days, but I will sort everything out now before getting her going again. P
  7. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    I don't know Gary - but I think I heard somewhere that they are the same diameter as Kawasaki Z1 shims and can be bought from an outfit called Z1.com which is a big purveyor of Z1 stuff these days.
  8. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    I'd love to have another Hannigan Sport Tourer fairing XSE. They were originally built in Toronto (Hannigan had a big BMW bike dealership back in the 1960s-70-80s) - but they're out of production I think. Oh well - Gretel ('83 BMW R100RS) has a great fairing and she's my long distance gal now.
  9. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    YIKES! I haven't checked anything yet - except that the engine is free. On the matter of grinding shims - there is a bit of a debate on the GS Resources forum about that. One guy says that since they are through-hardened, it should be OK to grind them as long as the surface finish is good (or...
  10. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    Future Plans for Big Sue I am not in any hurry on this project as I am still working full-time (dumb) and I have two other bikes in line before this one (the two XS650s - Demi and the re-do of the dreaded Lucille :yikes: ) - but I hope that my employment status changes soon and I can get back to...
  11. MaxPete

    The Big Sue resto-mod thread

    Howdy all! I know it's not an XS650 but I do like this group of folks so I am going to share the story of my resto-mod resurrection of my "new" 1979 GS850G with you. The Suzuki GS-Series of Four-Stroke Bikes The GS850G was the fourth in the early four-stroke GS-series bikes from Suzuki. These...
  12. MaxPete

    Interesting motorcycles, not XS650

    As I mentioned earlier, the only quality issue I had with my '79 GSG850G was that the paint was pretty thin. It looked nice when brand new but it didn't take much of a rub or a bump to provoke a chip - and so I got a paint "pencil" from the dealer and got to be an expert at touch-ups using a...
  13. MaxPete

    Interesting motorcycles, not XS650

    Ooooooohhhhh doggies....I'll bet that little bugger makes a racket!
  14. MaxPete

    Interesting motorcycles, not XS650

    Getting there Bosco - my buddy still has some stuff stored in the barn which is clogging up my efforts to organize my own stuff. However, he is working well on his own barn: he just got the variance on building height that he was seeking and he is on the trail of a building permit which will...
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    Interesting motorcycles, not XS650

    OK - but these are the only photos I have at present....and I will start a resurrection thread soon. The paint is really bad (1970's Suzukis had paint that looked good - but was very thin), the decorative bezel below the headlight has been cut to mount a Windjammer knock-off fairing and the...
  16. MaxPete

    Interesting motorcycles, not XS650

    PS - the "new" bike is complete but it is going to need paint....@Jim. Pete
  17. MaxPete

    Interesting motorcycles, not XS650

    On Saturday, I bought another bike - not an XS650. I want to replay my misspent youth when, in the winter of 1980-81, I traded in my 1975 XS650B for a brand new - leftover 1979 Suzuki GS850G (see below). I stupidly sold the Suzuki in about 1994 for a pittance....NEVER sell a bike - lesson...
  18. MaxPete

    Happy Pancake Day to all our readers

    In Canada, yesterday is also known as Shrove Tuesday but many also call it "Pancake Tuesday" - except in the Francophone locales where I think it is called Mardi-gras (which, as noted above means "Fat Tuesday). It is traditional to have pancakes for dinner on this day...but I prefer steak. Oh...
  19. MaxPete

    Painting Tins. No really...

    ....soooooooo......who won? :p
  20. MaxPete

    WTF pictures

    Awwwww....Kevin. I am heartbroken for you and yours. My sincere condolences. Pete
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