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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 08:54 #898778

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Dragged from behind the shed into my tiny workshop in Dec 2022. "Finished" is a loose word in old bike restorations but I finished it yesterday. Thanks to all who helped me and helped me off the ledge.

I have no idea why I painted the wheels black.

I still need a 1981 GPz550 speedo and chain guard.

 
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 09:04 #898779

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Your machine looks great!  I get what you are saying that bike projects are never really done, rather they are done for now.
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 09:16 #898780

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That looks wonderful! Nice job! Especially considering the 'before' picture

It can be tough to find bodywork in good shape. Were you able to locate a nice tank or did you need to have one painted and striped?
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 09:20 #898781

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looks really good, unless you are a stickler for originality I think the black wheels look better (only my opinion)
PS: that workshop isn't tiny by UK standards 
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 10:17 #898793

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Thanks Wook!
That's my buddy's shop where I had to take it when the wiring harness was giving me fits. 40 year old harnesses now. There were a couple of wires which had broken or deteriorated inside the harness and had to be replaced. After the no spark saga that played out here I paid him to figure it out.

My workshop is a 1.2 car garage, at best. Full UK spec.
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 10:26 #898795

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I have 3-4-5 1981 GPz550s including the one Kawasaki USA found when they moved out of their old HQ in 2017 (?). It had been in a locked and sealed container since 1984.Two run, now.I have 6 plastic bins full of misc parts.I bought that tank on eBay maybe 4 years ago. It was the nicest one I'd seen in recent memory so I bought it. $400. It was stupid expensive--just ask my wife.  

 
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 10:49 #898796

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I have 3-4-5 1981 GPz550s including the one Kawasaki USA found when they moved out of their old HQ in 2017 (?). It had been in a locked and sealed container since 1984.Two run, now.I have 6 plastic bins full of misc parts.I bought that tank on eBay maybe 4 years ago. It was the nicest one I'd seen in recent memory so I bought it. $400. It was stupid expensive--just ask my wife. 
 

Yeah, you're doing okay with parts.

I bought a NOS tank (in the original box) on eBay about two years ago - same price, believe it or not. It was a minor miracle.
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1967 Yamaha YCS1 Bonanza
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 09 May 2024 11:26 #898798

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Looks good... and as I like to say, "a work in progress"!

Well done, your man-hours show...
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 10 May 2024 05:33 #898823

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One of my all-time favorites. It looks beautiful. Well done. 
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 12 May 2024 05:47 #898920

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Nice job. Every time I see one of these threads it makes me want to pull mine out and get back on it. Hopefully soon.
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 20 May 2024 13:44 #899394

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Nice work Nice bike !
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Finished my 1981 GPz550 project. Thanks to all. 20 May 2024 17:13 #899427

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dude that looks amazing!!! 
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