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Post  Ewok1958 on Wed 24 Dec 2014, 8:25 am

Yamaha XZ550, from 1982/83.  My brother owned one in 1985 but I don't reckon I've seen one for sale in the last 30 years.  Shaft drive, V-twin.

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Post  madmax on Wed 24 Dec 2014, 8:47 am

Suzuki GT550

My old mans last motorcycle. His was a police version offered to the WA police that they chose not to adopt. I think they went for the Hondas instead.
Similar to this one here, his also had a huge front fairing and screen


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Post  Truck bandit on Wed 24 Dec 2014, 10:50 am

I only posted the other day about a number of bikes I used to own, namely:

GPZ250 '83. A belt drive Kawasaki!
RD350L ' 82. Not too many around these days!

They will live on in my memories!

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Post  paul on Wed 24 Dec 2014, 6:16 pm

@madmax wrote:Suzuki GT550

My old mans last motorcycle. His was a police version offered to the WA police that they chose not to adopt. I think they went for the Hondas instead.
Similar to this one here, his also had a huge front fairing and screen

I had the gs550e version 


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Post  Ewok1958 on Wed 24 Dec 2014, 10:08 pm

@Truck bandit wrote:I only posted the other day about a number of bikes I used to own, namely:

GPZ250 '83. A belt drive Kawasaki!
RD350L ' 82. Not too many around these days!

They will live on in my memories!

Yep, a belt-drive 250cc Kwaka - unheard of until you posted it truck.
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Post  spanna on Fri 26 Dec 2014, 7:41 pm

And then there is the vx800, 800cc V-twin, shaft drive sports tourer. Took it out for a test ride today and it really is a pleasure to ride, feels as light as a feather compared to the Bandit. I couldn't make myself head for home... 200km later I thought I'd better fill up as I really had no idea if the new setup was heavy on fuel. worked out to be 19km per litre, about the same as before I refurbished.
http://www.servimg.com/view/18815873/10

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Post  #Tag on Mon 29 Dec 2014, 12:06 am

@Ewok1958 wrote:
@Truck bandit wrote:I only posted the other day about a number of bikes I used to own, namely:

GPZ250 '83. A belt drive Kawasaki!
RD350L ' 82. Not too many around these days!

They will live on in my memories!

Yep, a belt-drive 250cc Kwaka - unheard of until you posted it truck.
The GPZ's still exist - a friend of mine in Melbourne did one up for his missus last year.
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forgotten kwakas

Post  Backonabandit on Fri 02 Jan 2015, 10:12 pm

i really liked the early 90s zephers..naked air cooled bare assed beast was the 1100...tried to find 1 recently..but the only 1 i could find was 15b grand on bikesales!
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Post  Ewok1958 on Fri 02 Jan 2015, 10:56 pm

I regularly check in to see what's on sale in Bikesales.  Not many bargains come up.  There is a brand new GPZ900 still in its crate for $25k!!!  That's why I've put a couple of oldies in the shed - fingers crossed they might become valuable!  drunken
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Post  spanna on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 4:29 pm

How about this '82 GS550M  Baby Katana.
I just bought it, in bits but all there.


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Post  madmax on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 5:19 pm

@spanna wrote:in bits but all there.

You hope! : Shocked

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Post  spanna on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 5:26 pm

That alright your bandit has more power than you require, perhaps I can hitch a tow to Parkes !
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Post  Ewok1958 on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 5:43 pm

That'll be a nice little project for you spanna.  It's a great feeling to breath life back into an oldie.  Err, perhaps I should rephrase that!
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Post  paul on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 6:37 pm

@Ewok1958 wrote:That'll be a nice little project for you spanna.  It's a great feeling to breath life back into an oldie.  Err, perhaps I should rephrase that!
 The first aid  guy at work said if I ever need the " kiss " of life ..............I'm going to die  Shocked Laughing

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Post  barry_mcki on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 7:37 pm

@paul wrote:
@Ewok1958 wrote:That'll be a nice little project for you spanna.  It's a great feeling to breath life back into an oldie.  Err, perhaps I should rephrase that!
 The first aid  guy at work said if I ever need the " kiss " of life ..............I'm going to die  Shocked Laughing

Was this you Paul ? Seen floundering in the waters off Glenelg..... had to be dragged to shore three times Very Happy


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Post  paul on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 9:04 pm

@barry_mcki wrote:
@paul wrote:
@Ewok1958 wrote:That'll be a nice little project for you spanna.  It's a great feeling to breath life back into an oldie.  Err, perhaps I should rephrase that!
 The first aid  guy at work said if I ever need the " kiss " of life ..............I'm going to die  Shocked Laughing

Was this you Paul ? Seen floundering in the waters off Glenelg..... had to be dragged to shore three times Very Happy

lol! lol! ............It was the one on the right who " really " revived me  cheers Laughing

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