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    Saga of the GL650I carport find

    As some of you may remember, about two years ago I spied a GL650I sitting (rotting) in a carport on my work route. Poor thing was half buried in boxes and assorted trash. Stopped and knocked on the door and no one was home. left a not indicating I was interested in his Honda. Never heard a word back. A few weeks to a month later I had a delivery at that address and spoke to the owner.
    No dice, not for sale, it's my winter project. Don't go away mad just go away... SHIT!

    Bike continues to sit for months, then a year. I'm thinking what winter is this a-hole going to fix her up?? More months and another year passes. NADA not even moved.

    So one day I notice the carport is cleaned up, trash and boxes gone. Hmm. Figure said owner may be getting his shit together. Continued to watch but could never catch anyone at home. Very curious at this point but bike never moves.

    On Monday last week, I'm coming around the corner headed to a customers pick up and I see 3-4 guys loading the bike on a trailer... Double shit! On go the 4way flashers and I stop in the middle of the road. Jump out to find out status, My gut in my mouth!
    Turns out the original owner and his girl friend were renting the house. One night they just took off leaving everything behind. 2 bikes 3 cars (including a Jag) and all their earthly possessions in the house. House gets sold (never a sign for sale) including all personal possessions left behind.

    Turns out new owners clears all titles and has an auction, advertised in the local paper. Who reads the paper anymore esp. the classified ad?? WTF was he thinking. The buyer of the GL tells me he was the only bidder and got the bike for $100. I about pooped my pants right there. Told him he could follow me to the bank and Id give him $300 on the spot, knowing I had some wiggle room to spare. He thought long and hard and his wife was egging him on to take it. I would have put it in the back of my FedEx truck right there. Piss on FedEx policy.

    He finally say naw but give me your name and number and we parts ways.

    Two days later I get a text stating he has hot wired the bike (no key of course) and it started but the carbs are in need of a clean (no shit Sherlock). Offers the bike at $500. Tell him I got clear w/ the boss on $500. next day with a clear head I politely decline. Minutes later he is will to take the original $300 as he want it out of his garage. SCORE!

    Picked her up today in all her dirty, greasy, lock front brakes glory. Had to pull the calipers on the front to get it out of the trailer by my self. The new project begins.....
    To be continued.
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    83 GLI650 carport find

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    Pretty slick. And here I was about to ask if you still had that stash of old "snake oil". Guess the answer is no.
    Looks to be in decent nick for the most part.
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    think I burned all my snake oil on this one. She needs a ton of work but I was running out of projects other than honey-do's. Guess I better get on that bath room remodel. Mama-san is still at work and hasn't seen the latest addition yet.
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    83 GLI650 carport find

    1982 GL500i Daily rider
    1982 GL500 Father/Son winter project. The green hornet! Alive and well!

    Mike Nixon's carb book
    Larry Cargill's carb book
    Factory service Manual

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    Reminds me of when I got my GL650 the owner said it ran okay but wouldn't go any more.
    I paid $850. for that one.
    Turns out the front brakes were almost froze.
    Well, it runs and goes good NOW.
    Just came in from the garage, put different bars on it for this year.
    Like the silver ones.
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    Looks like a good project. The real question that can't be answered is what was wrong with it that the original owner wanted to fix.
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    That is yet to be determined. need to get a key made and a battery for starters. Lots of diag. to be done. W/ 60k on the clock I am assuming it need a quad bypass? We shall see soon
    Quote Originally Posted by Blindstitch View Post
    Looks like a good project. The real question that can't be answered is what was wrong with it that the original owner wanted to fix.
    83 GLI650 carport find

    1982 GL500i Daily rider
    1982 GL500 Father/Son winter project. The green hornet! Alive and well!

    Mike Nixon's carb book
    Larry Cargill's carb book
    Factory service Manual

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    Oh no quintuple bypass. (Stator, cam chain, mechanical seal, carb rebuild, and tires.)
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    Add brakes front and rear, New lines in front, MC, fluids all around. Not sure about forks yet but add em to...
    83 GLI650 carport find

    1982 GL500i Daily rider
    1982 GL500 Father/Son winter project. The green hornet! Alive and well!

    Mike Nixon's carb book
    Larry Cargill's carb book
    Factory service Manual

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    Persistence pays off! Congrats on getting it!


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    !!!! man, I never saw that listed anywhere! Who reads the paper anymore?
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