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1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« on: August 21, 2016, 06:27:10 PM »
Hello all,
Another GS500E fell into my lap, more or less. Looking to part it out or unload the whole thing.


TLDR warning.
This bike was sitting at my apartment complex when I moved in, and I finally got ahold of the guy a few days ago. He bought the bike new after his Norton needed expensive repairs, and put 22k miles on it in 4 years of riding in NM and CA. In 1994 a fork seal started leaking really badly and he parked the bike because of that. He brought it up to MN when he moved, and stored it indoors since. Never been crashed, although it was tipped over during loading into a trailer, thus the bent brake lever. No title, I have a bill of sale from him, and could do the same to a buyer.

 I drained the old oil, put fresh in, spun it for a few seconds a bunch of times, then let it sit, and cranked for 15-20 seconds a couple times with a break in between. Didn't catch on starting spray yet, but I did have weak sparks on a new plug set against the fins. Might throw fresh plugs in and see what we have. May get carbs pulled and check out tank interior also.

Chain and sprockets are shot
Front master cylinder has no resistance, haven't checked that out yet.
Tires are obviously bad
Front wheel is kinda dirty, but cleaned up nicely.
Paint on rear wheel is coming off a bit, good candidate for a respray.
I'll head back out there in a few minutes and check out lights, etc.

Flickr album here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/35465757@N05/albums/72157671802563242

He's got an eye on another GS locally, so if we do alright with parting it he might get back in the saddle so to speak. Any special wants? Wait until I check things out more thoroughly?

Thanks,
Mark

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2016, 12:49:03 AM »
How do the carbs look?

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016, 10:55:11 PM »
Hi gsbnb,
I can pull them out and look, perhaps tomorrow evening. Was warned they weren't drained or anything when the bike was parked, so they might be full of surprises.


Update for anyone: All lights work, good deal.

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 10:28:18 PM »
Carbs were pretty crusty after sitting so long, but so far have cleaned up well. I haven't completely finished going through them yet, probably another evening.

Put fresh spark plugs in, and now it starts on spray really easily. Would like to get carbs finished and put back on, then actually try running the engine for more than a few seconds at a time.



I must not be Turing Complete, because it usually requires several tries to get the verification letters correct to prove I'm a meatsack. Hmm.

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 07:54:06 PM »
Hey, just over a year. This project is rocketing along.

Finally dug it out of the garage, finished carb assembly and installation, and gave it a shot. Starts nicely with a little bit of choke and runs fairly decently on gas. I shifted through the gears while running on the centerstand and it seemed fine. No weird noises or clunks from the engine, but I'd guess a valve adjustment and checking the timing chain tensioner are in order. Right cylinder is working a bit harder than the left, and I haven't done a carb balance or mixture tuning. Both cylinders do fire, so it appears pickup, ignition box, and coils are all functioning.

I'll take a few more pictures, maybe a video of startup and running if I can find my potato. Any special requests?

Would like to get the garage space yet. Will cut a deal for someone who takes a bunch of parts off my hands.

I also have a 1 Gen SV650 that's a similar story, working on getting engine running and then parting out. If anyone is interested in parts off of that let me know.

Have fun,
Mark

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2017, 03:54:51 PM »
Would you part out the headlight assembly and ship to TX?

Thanks

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 08:33:00 PM »
Hello TooMuchDog,
Sorry I didn't see this sooner, need to change forum settings apparently.

Certainly, what parts do you want? Need close up photos?

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2017, 05:07:10 PM »
I need the fuel tank

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2017, 09:18:23 PM »
Hello Wiesel42,
That should be doable. I can take more pictures tomorrow for you. Fair warning, I don't believe the key I have works in the tank, and thus I haven't seen the inside of it. Could ship exactly as it is, or do some exploratory work and let you make a later decision. Your call.

Thanks,
Mark

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2017, 10:24:13 PM »
Either way buddy.....Iíd appreciate if you could remove the cap so I can just transfer mine over.

Thanks for the reply and let me know.

Shane

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2017, 09:26:43 PM »
Hello Shane,
Drilled out the gas cap, relatively drama free. About 1.5 gallons of dark fuel came out, and it's obvious the tank has been sitting. A friend who has cleaned out a bunch of tanks said that's probably good news, and I'll be snagging a couple gallons of vinegar tomorrow. I don't want to make cleaning it my life's work, but will confirm general usability for you.

What would you like on price? Bottom gasket is intact, and it has the fuel fitting bolted to the bottom currently. Pictures show the tank external condition pretty well. Decent shape, but there are some blemishes on the top surface and the top text sticker is pretty beat.

TooMuchDog,
Lens and mounting ring are already off. Glass is fine, ring has pretty good chrome, some tiny pits on the outside, one rash spot on the front edge, and some light corrosion on the mounting flanges to the inside where it wouldn't show. If you want the housing too it looks good except for a small patch on the top between the clusters. Make an offer and get my enthusiasm up?

Anyone else care for parts? I'm mainly trying to get room in the garage back, but a little money for other bike projects would be good too. Glad to take pics, offers + actual shipping please. I might be able to arrange shipping from a business, which sometimes saves a bit. Shipping the engine on a small pallet isn't out of the question either, if it's really necessary.

Thanks,
Mark

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2017, 01:37:25 PM »
Iíd like to have it as is with fuel fitting if possible and as far as price how about 100 shipped if itís good in the inside.

Thank you!

Shane

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2017, 05:28:39 PM »
Have you decided anything? I really need a tank?


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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2017, 06:29:40 PM »
Hi Shane,
Yup, I sent a PM a couple days ago, was hoping you'd get back to me. Do you want the selector valve as well as the fitting? No extra charge, think that's kicking around somewhere. Any other parts?

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2017, 08:10:32 PM »
I just got your message and responded. Not sure why I hadnít received it.
I sent you my address and contact phone number.

Thank you for all your help

Shane

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2017, 09:58:37 PM »
Status and Paypal addy?

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2017, 03:14:13 PM »
Hey man can I get an update.......I sent the money via pypal

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2017, 04:47:32 PM »
How bout the fairings too? How much?

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2017, 11:00:27 PM »
Alright, Wiesel42 has tank, fuel tap assembly, fuel selector valve, side covers, grab bar and that little body colored plastic piece all en route. Everything else is still up for grabs. Any other doodads somebody wants?

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Re: 1991 GS500E partout in Minneapolis MN
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2017, 12:08:07 PM »
Good day everyone,
Bike is pretty much completely torn down, and uploaded some more pictures. There's a video of it starting and idling also. Sorry for the mess in the garage, more of a journey than a destination. I'll ship if necessary, but prefer local if possible obviously. Will consider parting out engine, but would like the whole thing gone in one shot. Prices are aggressively priced vs. eBay, and I'll still haggle if you'd like. Prices + actual shipping costs please.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/35465757@N05/albums/72157671802563242

Engine $300  22,2XX miles, ran well for about 30 minutes total of testing, including shifting through the gears while running on the center stand. Reverse doesn't work  :dunno_black: Some weeping around valve cover and tach output, besides that and a filthy front sprocket area it appears leak free. Currently has starter, clutch assembly, working signal generator, gear position switch, and uncracked intake boots installed. Scuffed left side cover, and valve cover and right side cover paint aren't in great shape.

Ignition box $35    Tested good
Coils w/ wires $30   Tested good
Wiring harness $25   Good shape, no cut wires or corrosion, everything but horn worked on the bike, and the horn itself was dead

Forks $125   Chrome good, some very minor dings above seal area, good paint. New seals required for use
Lower and upper clamps, handlebar plate/switch w/ key, handlebar risers $50

Carbs $50  Did a quick cleaning job to get it fired up, could definitely use some more attention before installation.

Front brake system $50  Bent lever, mushy brake feel, didn't diagnose beyond that

Rear brake system $30  Seemed to work fine

Front wheel $75  Bad tire, no scuffs or dents, decent paint
Rear wheel $50  Bad tire, no scuffs or dents, poor paint

Drive chain tensioners $15

Headlight assembly $25   Scuffs on housing, one scrape on bezel, glass good, high and low beam worked

Seat $40   Decent shape, couple scuffs and one small tear.

Side stand, center stand, airbox, swingarm, rear shock, full exhaust, controls, cables, sprocket cover, fork mounting brackets, pegs, passenger pegs, miscellaneous hardware, rear brake light housing, turn signals, brake pedal, shifter pedal, front fender, fender liner, chain guard, etc. Make offer

I have another tote of parts that I didn't dig out yet. If it's not listed below I probably have it.

Unavailable parts:
Frame
Chain
Sprockets
Tank
Fuel tap
Fuel selector valve
Side panels
Grab handle
Handlebars
Battery

Thanks everyone, I'll give this a couple days here then throw on CL also.
Take it easy,
Mark