I took advantage of the 4th of July holiday (Friday July 3rd) to get the state safety inspection done on the 1981 Suzuki GS650L. Of course it passed with no issue, so as I was riding the bike home I wondered about throwing an ad up on Craigslist and see what we would happen. I posted the ad on Friday afternoon and there seemed to be some solid interest right away. By Saturday morning it was sold for just over the asking price and it rolled away on Monday afternoon.
Since then I have been scouring other ads to find the next project bike, but there doesn’t appear to be much within the price range I was looking. I started searching by models rather than price to see what was out there. Then I found for sale the 2013 Suzuki SFV650 that I had traded-in in 2017 for the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200. They were asking way too much for it, but I had to try since it was my bike and I knew what I had already put into it.
We agreed on a price that was about 2/3 of their original asking price and the 2013 Suzuki SFV650 is back in my possession.
The bike now has 11,400 miles and I traded it in with almost 9,000, so it hasn’t gone too far in the past 3 years. Even the Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires that I installed just before trading it in still have very little wear.
Looks like there are only a few things that the recent owner did to the bike:
- Added the SW Motech saddle bags. Not something that I will need since the 2016 Ducati Multistrada fills that role, but a not inexpensive add to the bike.
- The headlight bulb was swapped out for an LED version. Not a bad upgrade, but the lack of neatness to the re-wiring for the transformer has caused some rubbing on the frame that will need to be cleaned up.
- And a minor upgrade of R&G Racing bar end sliders.
There are probably a few other items that I should check out knowing that I didn’t do them before trading the bike in and not sure what the most recent owner did. Replacement of the air cleaner and spark plugs is due. Engine coolant and brake fluid should also be replaced every two years. Valve clearance inspection will have a few thousand more miles before that is due.
Looking forward to continuing the updates to this bike. A few of the things that I have in mind are mostly appearance related:
- I would like to install a round headlight vs the strange headlight shape of the SFV650 and send the bike look in the direction of the classic Suzuki SV650.
- Clean up the rear end of the bike to eliminate the extended rear fender that doesn’t do much.
- Some painting of the body work.
But really, all I need to do is find time to ride!