This is what happens when people who shouldn’t be working on a toaster much less pulling apart an engine work on bikes.
Working on getting a Suzuki GT500 2 stroke running for one of my buddies. Previous owner said all it needs was “heads torqued down” in order to run. So I torque the heads and kick it over a few times only to hear a terrible noise. Pull the engine out and apart and looks like he forgot to install the needle bearings between the piston and wristpin. Smart.
Always double check your work. If you have parts laying around after assembly it probably means you skipped something.
Time to finally buy some paint!
Cam swap on the 550. Finally getting to use my stockpile of 650 cams for good…
Overall very happy with the results - this cam really woke up the midrange on this bike and also added more to the top end. For a few hours work and $50 ill take it!
Full stainless yoshi exhaust from MotoGPWerks. These pipes are the truth. A bit more expensive than the cheap MAC pipes on eBay but totally worth it. Build quality, sound and fit were spot on.
My buddy and I rode up to Road Atlanta for Petit Lemans this past weekend. Great trip despite the rain. Nothing like a Ducati and an old Honda to get bike guys to come up and talk to you.
I’ve been riding the hell out of this old 550. Amazing how many people love it - and this is just the “driver”. Can’t wait to get the 500 wrapped up.
Speaking of which - build pics coming soon. (Hint: stainless steel)
Found a hell of a deal on some new tires for the 550 and I needed an excuse to pull the wheels and clean them up. I also found a seat cover on ebay that I threw on. Man, what a difference a little cleaning makes with these new shoes.
I think this thing is just about ready to sell. I’ve been riding it a good bit and she’s tuned up perfectly - finally understanding what all the fuss is about riding this mid sized old Hondas. Great for cruising around but also no slouch when you bring the engine up to the top half of the tach.
Well the 500 got some love this morning. My centerstand stop couldn’t take the swinging up blow and started bending - just cheap steel from HD. So I ended up bracing it on one side which should make it stronger. File, sand paint and boom she’s on.
The little things…
I’ve been making some great progress with the 550, looking forward to getting it finally on the street. This bike is much more comfortable & driveable than my 500. The upright driving position and real seat makes a huge difference.
New shock boots, cleaned up gauges, removed indicator lights, polished up controls & switches, new handlebars, grips & mirrors, Patched & fixed tank, sorted out electrical gremlins, rebuilt carbs, new pipes with header wrap, tuned up brakes.
As much as I hate to pause the main 500 build right now, frankly I need to get this 550 built & sold so I can afford to finish the 500 - paint, seat & pipes aren’t cheap!
Well it was going to happen sooner or later…
I just picked up two new project bikes from north Georgia the other day. These are in much better shape than my 500 when I first found it - once bitten twice shy.
First bike is a real clean ‘75 550F that I’m probably going to do a budget build with. The second bike is a super rare 400F that’s serial number 306. I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing with this one yet but I do know it’ll be special.
Maybe I should change the blog name to “imbuildingbikes”….? Now I know how crazy cat ladies feel.