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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-17-2019, 10:06 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I've been into bikes for years, I fixed up a Honda Hondamatic a few years ago but this is the first time I've had the time and space (sort of) to do a more in-depth project.

I bought a Kawasaki GT500 a few weeks ago. It's a 1989/90 model, but it's been stood in a barn for 17 years. A lot of the fittings, brakes, nuts and bolts were rusted solid so it's been a pig trying to undo and drill out everything.

Firstly I've made a mistake already, I've stripped everything down to the frame (just need to try and get the engine out). I haven't modified the subframe yet, or remade the battery box and holders for CDI, reg/rec etc, but I will have to do that next. I guess I should have got the frame right before stripping, but what's done is done.

My plan is to prepare and paint the frame when I've chopped the subframe and welded a rear hoop. Then I'll be cleaning the carbs and rebuilding with whatever needs replacing. Then taking the engine apart and see if anything is worn or needs replacing.

I'm on quite a tight budget, so I plan to keep the wheels/forks/rear shocks/air box as stock. I'm going to fit new lights, controls, reg/rec, battery, seat. Hope I can save the wiring loom but I may have to make one from scratch.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-17-2019, 10:09 AM   #2
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right way up would help (I've also taken the forks off)
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-17-2019, 12:21 PM   #3
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welcome in boss
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Good project, always nice to see air cooled 4s

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