I just picked up this 1981 Suzuki GS650L from Craigslist as a project bike. Everything is original equipement except for the handlebars and it needs some work before it can get back on the road again. I plan to do the work myself and document my progress here. You can see from the first photos that there is plenty of work to be done.
The guy that I bought this bike from has had it since 1991 and he was the third owner. His title for the bike indicates that it had 5,506 miles when he purchased it. The odometer now reads 26,896 miles which would be less than 1,000 miles per year. He rides a Vulcan 1500 now that has 70,000 miles on the odometer so I can’t believe that this bike only has 26,896 miles, but could it really be 126,896 miles? I would be surprised based on how everything looks from the outside. We will see when we start to look inside.
Here is where things stand on Day 1:
- The carburetors were removed for cleaning.
- The cam cover was removed for cleaning.
- Needs a new battery.
- Needs a new clutch cable.
- Front tire has a slow leak.
- There are no keys!
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