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1998 Suzuki GS500E First, er... Second Bike

Discussion in 'Motorcycles' started by Z6CRX, May 30, 2008.

  1. Z6CRX

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    Picking it up tomorrow assuming the guy gets the inspection straight on it, has less than 6000 miles on it. Insurance will run me around $40 a month which is not too bad, but I need to get my full license still.
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    Is it wrong that I am already thinking about repainting that orange blue?
     
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    not bad my first street bike was a 1992 suzuki bandit looks just like that.
     
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    Stay orange. Good score ! Go full cafe racer, dual headlights, and cover up that rear seat with a tailbag or something.
     
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    Probably my favorite production bikes
     
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    Haha. that's insane. I'm looking at a gs500E right now too.

    I'll probably call the guy on monday, and see when I can pick it up. Of course, I've still got to get that whole license thing sorted out first........
     
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    well here in Pennsylvania its required to get 16 out of 20 questions right to get the permit..

    Restricts me to
    No Riding after dark
    No Passengers
    Must Wear a Helmet

    The last 2 I was planning on anyway

    Then for the full license either a safety course that takes 2 evenings or afternoons if i can get one, or a skills test. Regardless I'm taking the safety course even after i pass the skills test.
     
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    no helmet law out there ? nice. You fight for that right, even if you use a helmet. After helmets, it'll be jacket, and gloves, and finally they will ticket you for not wearing approved footwear. It always gets worse.
     
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    I like the fact that a helmet isn't required by law, kinda like a seat belt. However I will always be using both, I think it should be a personal choice. Hell I'll be wearing full gear at all times anyway.

    Seat belts are required by law here though.
     
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    I said the same thing :) Everyone develops their personal favorites, and I find that I wear a helmet for wind protection and noise altering. I look at a helmet and while it may work great at a lower speed, I have no clue how it would help at higher speeds (60 or more). Vigilance, bike control and good decision making is the key to staying alive.
     
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    are you serious?

    have you never watched the supersport bike races where the dudes dump at 150 and walk away? :bash:
    fucking squids
     
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    Different conditions. Observe: Racing helmets are not the best for the streets. Street helmets are not the best for the track. Pretty much same for the gear (I have track approved gloves, but the road use has worn them threadbare in about 10,000 miles)

    Crashes at the track are a totally different animal than on the street. The pavement is smooth, there is lots of grass on hand and tire / soft walls. real road conditions are FAR more abusive.
     
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    So far got about 100 miles on it, rides really nice on the freeway. Theres a good bit of wind since its a naked bike though, the guy gave me a front fairing that has a gash on it, and I'm just considering putting it on and repairing/painting it later.
     
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    Got the front fairing on it. I need to repair and paint it though. Opinions?

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    hoooo shit yeah, that's gashed.

    I used a plastic repair kit from autozone or whatever. It's a two tube epoxy, the flex agent is VERY good. That color shouldn't be hard to duplicate.

    Score though, looks great !
     
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    Well it looks like its made out of fiberglass. I rode it around today like this and it cuts down a lot of the wind on my chest. Should i actually go for the epoxy or just do fiberglass?
     
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    So it has no flex at all ? It'll snap if it's bent ?

    If so then the Bondo brand of fiberglass repair epoxy will be fine.
     
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    Helmet technology and construction increases with price. There isn't any difference for street vs. racing in the world of sport bikes. Arai makes a top end helmet for street and track. Its called the RX-7. Shoei makes another great one as well. Tell me you shouldn't wear this helmet and should wear a cheaper hjc, icon, or other garbage helmet.
     
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    Icons and Vegas are fine helmets. HJC and the other chinese brands are ok, the vents and shields are crap but they are ok keeping your head together in a crash on the road.
     
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    Any recommendations for paint? I have the fairing repaired and ready to go.
    so far I have this site ColorRite Touch-Up & Refinish Paints - ColorRite Z94 Aztec Orange

    I really don't have anywhere good to go around here to get this done, so i will likely be doing it.

    If I do find a place to do it, whats a fair price. I'm looking at around 60ish if i get the paint myself since I need to rattlecan it since I have no compressor here. How about painting the helmet the same color?
     
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