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#1 garyahouse

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:13 PM

I came across this thread on AVRider today, and spent a couple hours reading it. What a fascinating story, with dozens, maybe a hundred pictures: something like 23 pages long. This fella describes buying a powder coating outfit and using it to do the most amazing work on an early 70's Kawasaki 500 triple. He did an incredible job rebuilding the engine and trannie, and then attempted to refabricate a 92 Suzuki GSXR to receive the engine, tank, and side covers. He ended up changing directions and grafting parts of the Suzuki to a strengthened and improved stock frame. It was a fascinating read. I especially enjoyed watching him fight with broken, missing or corroded parts. Just thinking... you can get the pipes chromed or anodized in any color ya like... Wouldn't they look incredible anodized in gold? Anyway, check it out... CLICKY

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:16 PM

Thanks for the great post. What a cool bike and story.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:55 PM

The last time i looked at this "journey" was late last summer. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. If you've not seen it, check out the link above. You'll really enjoy this: over 20 pages of some really impressive workmanship.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:43 PM

Extremely Cool! The write up is addicting, can't quit, ttyl, gotta get back to page 9. Thanks for the linky.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

Damn! Another hour of my life gone :rolleyes:
Thanks Gary.

Just realized that this bike is in Revelstoke, BC - just up the road.
Might be a good NAFO ride. Show up at his house - buy him a beer :drinks:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:01 PM

Kamal,

Oh my soul... if you EVER meet this guy, I'LL BUY HIM AN FJR... just so he'll join THIS forum. Reading his posts is extremely entertaining. Did ya read about the "extension" he put on the oven door so he could cook up extra large powder coated parts? Or the part where he cut up a bicycle frame for steel tubing to fabricate parts for his frame?
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:44 AM

Very, very cool... kinda makes my humble fussing with my 78 Yam triple seem extremely amateur :dribble:


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:16 AM

That lad would be a star at back fire moto. Awesome work ....

http://www.backfiremoto.com/

I'm not a Adv member so I can't tell him about it but that bike would be a star there.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:34 AM

Very, very cool... kinda makes my humble fussing with my 78 Yam triple seem extremely amateur :dribble:


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Don't feel bad... he far out paces my skills as well. I haven't welded anything since high school, and that was 40 years ago next year. I'd love to just hang out and watch. Geez. The only thing going on in my neighborhood is clunkers being towed up and down the street by rednecks. Needless to say, my little one car garage is maxed out just holding my FJR and a shop vac and tool box. Oh what I wouldn't give for some garage space and some FJR forum neighbors.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:35 AM

That lad would be a star at back fire moto. Awesome work ....

http://www.backfiremoto.com/

I'm not a Adv member so I can't tell him about it but that bike would be a star there.

Hey Nei,
How do you get into that website? I tried to go in and look around, but ??

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

Gary, On the top of the page: Main/Pictures/Video/Posters and Art/Shirts and Hoodies For Sale/Forum/Links/Blog/Submissions and Contact Form

It's a lot of fun. Everything from well restored bikes to rat bikes. And all makes and models, not just one gender.

http://www.backfirem...tted-video.html

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:13 PM

Was just checking this link out again. Oh yeah....

 

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