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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:40 #305830

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:41 #305831

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:41 #305832

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:42 #305833

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:44 #305834

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:45 #305835

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:47 #305836

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 04:51 #305837

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Still need to cover the seat pad, get new tires, new fiberglass front fender, paintable tank (the stock tank and fender are for another bike), and Kawasaki-green paint job.

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 05:00 #305839

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Oh, also, because I raised the rear a little, the bike leaned over more than I wanted on the side stand. I couldn't find a longer one at the time, so I figured out a way to make the existing one stand straighter. I just heated the upper curve to a dull red-hot using a mapp gas torch and hammered it straight. It was the equivalent of adding two inches to the stand.

I also found a longer 550 stand on ebay, but don't know what it's from.

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 05:01 #305840

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kick stands

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 09:10 #305870

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Looking pretty radical Lou! Only the essentials are left!

and Kawasaki-green paint job.


I like GREEN too.
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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 10:21 #305878

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Love this bike. Have you every weighed it?
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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 11:23 #305890

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Thanks guys!

Before removing the battery and starter it weighed about 425 lbs. I figure it weighs about 410 to 415 lbs now. (with gas and other fluids)

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 18:51 #306037

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Maybe a dumd question Lou but how do you start it since the 550's don't have a kick starter?
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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 20:09 #306075

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Looking great Lou. Can't wait to see her green.

As for starting, push/bump start.
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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 10 Jul 2009 20:20 #306082

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harm wrote:

Maybe a dumd question Lou but how do you start it since the 550's don't have a kick starter?


I think he just push starts it. :)
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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 11 Jul 2009 05:08 #306133

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I prefer to call it the old school Le Mans start:laugh:

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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 15 Jul 2009 07:32 #307176

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LOL Looks great! Hows it running?
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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 15 Jul 2009 07:40 #307177

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can't wait to see you get it finished,it is looking good!
keep us posted,

leon holmes
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Another 81 GPZ. Losing the fat. 15 Jul 2009 10:16 #307188

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It's running really well. It's starts very easily and screams on the throttle.

I just bought a wideband O2 sensor and gauge from Innovate. This bike will be the first test mule for it. I suspect it runs slightly lean since it definitely has more power when it's really hot.

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