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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 20 Nov 2023 22:36 #891897

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Howdy....just dropping some photos of the GPZ550, getting close to being done, thought I was there then had some issues with compression not being what it should.  So, I decided to just bite the bullet and go for the 615cc kit and a bit more cam since I have to take the top end off anyhow.  This is just a teaser; it looks gorgeous in the sun light!  This will also give me a chance to correct some stuff and make it perfect.

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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 20 Nov 2023 23:09 #891899

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The bike is stunning, I'll be coming calling for a BOTM feature when it's done 
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 21 Nov 2023 02:38 #891903

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Beautiful...I do love anything GPz.
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 21 Nov 2023 05:20 #891908

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Lovely. ThatGPzGuy approves. 
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 21 Nov 2023 07:17 #891913

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Beautiful!!  Love them gpz's. Can't wait to see it finished 
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 21 Nov 2023 07:44 #891916

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Looks absolutely fabulous.
being 18, I had a KZ500 -81 and every morning hoped it magicaly had turned into a Gpz550D1 during the night. 
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 21 Nov 2023 10:05 #891923

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Great job. The gold accents are subtle but still stand out, nice,
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 21 Nov 2023 15:16 #891933

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Thank you all!  I'll post before and afters as well.   

Once this baby is done, I'm onto the KZ650...rolling resto and the full frame-off of the 72 H2 Mach IV.   The H2's are still creeping up there in $$$, I saw a 73 in Purple go for $40k straight up.   If it weren't for the fact that my H2 was a barn find(S), friend deal and a basket case, there is no way I could afford one.  Even the GPZ1100's B1/B2 are going through the roof, there was one (B2) stock, that went for 20K!  Sheeze...at least you can still get the small bore bikes for a fair price.  

I'm really digging my 650, tons of resources and info on them, and a great cult following.   They are IMHO, going to be the next bikes to be collected and shipped over seas.

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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 21 Nov 2023 17:25 #891934

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I agree that is a great looking machine and I for one look forward to what you do the the next one!
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 22 Nov 2023 13:47 #891958

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I agree that is a great looking machine and I for one look forward to what you do the the next one!
Yeah, the KZ650 is going to be bitchin', I just got 700cc big kit with cylinders already done.  Probably go with at least a hot street cam, port and polish head, higher CR, Cartridge Emulators, KYB Zephyr Rear shocks, dual disk, 24mm carbs, stock airbox with K&N, oil cooler, to name a few things.  

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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 23 Nov 2023 04:36 #891968

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Well done 577nitro, she's lookin' sweet!

GPz's sure are purdy!

Here's mine, in the sunshine where: she shines best!
( I've named her "PUSSYCAT" )

 
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1981 GPZ550 Restoration almost done 23 Nov 2023 21:24 #891997

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Well done 577nitro, she's lookin' sweet!

GPz's sure are purdy!

Here's mine, in the sunshine where: she shines best!
( I've named her "PUSSYCAT" )

 
That is a nice one for a fact, any mods?  I struggled for a long time on what direction to take, since it was a total frame off due to the horrific condition it was in... whole bike painted with textured lawn furniture paint.   I call it a rescue; I just couldn't let it be hauled off to the breakers.  Keep it stock, mod it, resto mod, finally just said mostly stock with enhancements.   

 
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