After reading the untimely news of Patrick it prompted me finish the GS 500F project that he inspired me to do.
First I have to dig into my memory files to thank all that had something to do with this project.
1.) Weedahoe for the F fairings and headlamp housing
2.) Chuck81 for the 2 custom side case covers and front fork brace
3.) ADIDASGUY for the inspiration!!! and following items...
A.) Custom GS500, stainless steel chain guard
B.) 1989 low rise hanle bars and fork mount
C.) lower headlamp and harness
D.) aluminum rear brake resivor cover with susuki S on it
E.) suggesting to put on Gimbel rear sets
F.) guiding me to the people who make the GS500f rim stickes from United kingdom
G.) many misc. braces and brackets
H.) suggesting to replace rear shock with the right one to improve performance and match the red theme of the bike
I.) AND FOR ALL THE KINDNESS AND GUIDANCE THAT ONLY HE COULD PROVIDE SO SELFLESSLY!!!!!!!!!!
For all that are unfamiliar with this bike let me go back a little...
It started to out to be a naked gs500e. I then replaced the frame with a 2007 f frame and sandblasted it and repainted and cleare coated it. Bought new gas tank to replace the old rusted out one. After that I stripped the engine paint and repainted it. Installed performance cams and had carbs flow jetted and polished. Respringed and installed dampening valves in front forks. Replaced rear shock with R6 shock. Replaced side case covers with chuck81 billett aluminum S covers. Also got S billett aluminum front fork brace from chuck81. Replaced rear view mirrors with a sleeker style and smaller turnsignals. Installed German Gimble rear sets with red accents. Updated chain guard with patrick style stainless steel one. Installed zero gravity tinted front windshield. Replaced high rise handle bars with 1989 low rise ones compliments also of Patrick. GS500F rim decals from United Kingdom and new faing decals. I pain stakingly stripped and painted every square inch of this bike including every nut bolt,sprockets,hubs and front brake rotor. Many parts had to powder coated to withstand the heat in certain areas. All fuel lines and brake lines have been replaced along with new wheel bearings and brake pads. Also replaced all wrist pin bearings in swing arm and shock mounts. The shock mount has also been replaced with solid aluminum one instead od stamped steel one. I,m sure there are many things I have forgotten to mention but I,ve covered the most of it. I,ve been through a lot of personal things in the past year and this project got put on the back burner until a month ago when I learned of Patrick .... I have to say that if I had not heard of his early departure I probably would not have finished what he inspired me to start. His attention to detail is what I was shooting for only because he set the bar so high for all of us.... That is why I call this bike My Tribute To Addias Guy! Thank you so much Patrick for everything you did for me and so many others.... We will miss ya always....