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I acquired this bike about a week ago. It’s a one owner machine, or it was before it got dropped here. It came from a close friend.

I know the brake fluid is original. The tires both have a 2003 date on them. I assume fork oil is original too. I don’t believe there’s anything to do other than servicing. There’s no gasoline in it. It does not have the OE Koito headlamp.

If you want to know what an original Special II looks like, this is it.
 

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I acquired this bike about a week ago. It’s a one owner machine, or it was before it got dropped here. It came from a close friend.

I know the brake fluid is original. The tires both have a 2003 date on them. I assume fork oil is original too. I don’t believe there’s anything to do other than servicing. There’s no gasoline in it. It does not have the OE Koito headlamp.

If you want to know what an original Special II looks like, this is it.
Wow! Super clean find !
 

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Other than the one-year-only brass floats, this is a pretty good year. But if the carbs were drained, the floats should be OK. Last '80 set I refurbed weren't drained, and the gas varnish ate holes in the floats, lol. We replaced them with plastic ones because I feel they're better (solid foam plastic so they can't go bad). They're also a couple dollars cheaper than that oddball brass float. I got them from Suzuki, same float but much better price .....

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