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Hello from Bedfordshire


Hi

Picked up my first GSXR 400 gk71b last week after reading an article in Practicel Sports Bikes. I have a soft spot for 80's & 90's bikes.

Here she is:
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Its not as good in real life as the photo, in fact its a proper state.

Glad i drained the cooling system before the snow hit, no anti freeze in it!!

The shock is rubber ducked, every bolt is seized, original brake lines, exhaust header bolts seized, the list goes on.

Looking forward to the rebuilt and I'll post pictures of the progress.

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Hi Stocks and welcome along.

That looks nice, just a bit neglected. The bodywork looks to be in pretty good condition, especially for a bike that is heading for 30 years old!

Are you going to do a complete restoration or just a tidy up?

And yes, pictures and a journal of progress would be excellent!

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Hi and good luck emoticon
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Hi Gary

A mini resto is suppose, certainly a good clean and respray the rusty bits. Plus replace all the old rusty fittings with stainless where possible.

Although it’s not original I like the paint work, thinking im going to get it re done properly.

I need a new rear shock, Hagon list one for a GK71F; don’t suppose you know it will fit do you? If not I’m going to have to get one mage.

I also need replace the brake lines (they are currently original emoticon ).

The exhaust looks salvageable but the end can is badly dented.

Wheels need powder coating and im guessing the bearings will also need replacing.

I shall keep you posted on the progress.

Right, off to eBay....
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I'm not 100% sure but I don't think the 71F shock will fit. Be worth chatting to hagon though as I reckon they could supply you with an appropriate shock.

One of the first things I do with my bikes is replace all the Japanese cheesium screws with s/s socket head screws. Whenever I take a bolt or screw off the bike a stainless one goes back in its place.

As far as end cans go, the originals are difficult to find. I replaced mine with a ]FreeFlow, which are unbadged Beowulf cans. Runs well with it and sounds much nicer too, without being offensively loud. Very well made in s/s and a damn good price.

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