A new member of the family

Despite being absolutely mad for motorcycles from the 70’s and 80’s, I recently decided to look at something more modern as I’ve found myself needing a more reliable machine for the crazy mileage I do.

The decision to look for a new bike came as a result of my Super Dream having intermittent problems which I can’t seem to diagnose and my main concern was about having a reliable bike I can trust for taking to Italy this year’s Stella Alpina Rally.

Having been riding for a number of years now, I’ve been looking at slightly bigger motorcycles so a few weeks ago I went to look at a 2005 Suzuki GS500 K5 for sale in my local area. It was just what I was looking for; a tidy, well looked-after example with just 9,000 miles on the clock and within my budget too!

I won’t bore you with the rest of the details, but as you probably guessed I ended up buying the GS and collected it only a week after I first went to see it.

Before I ride my new mean machine, there’s some work that I felt needed doing beforehand.
Firstly, I noticed that the rear mudguard stops just above the swinging arm with a small extender piece below the swinging arm. (You might be able to see this in the picture below)

This gap means that all the road muck from the rear tyre has covered the swinging arm and consequently caused loss of paint and a little rust. What I’ve started doing here is stripping the back end down so I can remove the swinging arm, clean off the loose paint and rust, treat it and re-paint it.

Other work I’m planning is:
  • Re-pack/grease the swinging arm needle-roller bearings and all the needle-roller bearings in the suspension linkage arms.
  • Treat and re-paint battery tray and frame (due to someone fitting an incorrect battery with the breather on the wrong side and consequently allowing battery acid residue to contaminate the frame and battery tray)
  • Fit a longer breather tube to reach the other side of the battery
  • Paint exhaust downpipes section
  • Drain oil, remove sump plate and clean internal gauze filter
  • Replace paper oil filter
  • Replace brake fluid, both rear and front
  • Check balance of the carburettors
  • Replace spark plugs
  • Check valve clearances
  • Replace air filter
  • Fit recently purchased SW Motech engine bars and Renntec rear carrier
  • Any other general service checks
I’m guessing I won’t ride my GS for a month or so since I only have 1 or 2 days a week to work in the garage, but at least it’ll give me the opportunity to get to know this bike a little more before I start racking up the miles on it.