As the season came to a close, the bike was finally put away. She was grumpy, especially in the cold. The choke seemed to be nonfunctional, and coldstarts often ended up running on the left cylinder only until warm when the right would finally if reluctantly kick in.
The initial plan was simply to take the bike apart and clean it up, replace what was worn and go from there. As I'm sure many of you know, the itch to modify is not satisfied by a simple clean, repair, and replace plan. I happened across a dual disk setup online for a great price and jumped on it. Let the modifications begin!
With the new front end came the removal of, well..... everything.
Off with the old forks,
On with the new.
This obviously meant that the oil leaks needed to be addressed,
So out with the Motor.
Which meant a strip down and a need for a (soon to come) Electric fan conversion
That meant the bike was pretty naked. What do we do with a naked GL500? Well, we do what we SWORE to our Dad we wouldn't
And then we find ourselves with a completely stripped frame in need of a hoop, new seat, rearsets, lights, exhaust, etc.... etc..... etc.....
And that is how she sits. In as many pieces as I can count with a growing parts list. The thought of what is to come is somewhat daunting, but I'm pretty methodical in the things I do. Every part has been tracked and accounted for. Those that will return are set aside waiting, while those that will not have been packed away carefully.
The ultimate goal is to retain the ability to have a pillion while also having a unique bike that is an amalgamation of a Brat/Cafe/Bobber. I'm not following a style so much as a vision.
Future projects will entail welding in a hoop, and repainting the frame and rear swing arm (if I can ever find the tool to remove the locknut!) New lights front and rear. A custom seat and exhaust. Reseal the motor. Rebuild the carbs and get it all back together.
The goal is to have it on the road before April 1st..... but I'm probably being optimistic! Stay tuned for more to come!