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Post #1 by ronajon » Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:46 pm

so, some months ago i decided to sell my cbr1000 and buy some nice old bike to build my own tracker style.
After looking at some cb750's, xs650's and other 'small engine' bikes i stumbled upon a picture of a GL1000 and was sold. The boxer engine and the 1000cc made the bike look much 'fatter' than those 750's and 650's. and being 1.95cm and 105kg a gl seemed to fit much better :8)

i looked around alot, read alot, and finally bought one for not to much euro's. i got it home on a trailer, it rode, but i didn't feel like riding 150km in the rain.
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some hours later, the fairing was gone, other bars and mufflers were mounted and she lookup much more appealing (to me at least ;) )
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after riding it for some days, all of a sudden the engine locked up and wouldn't run one single meter anymore (at least not without pushingit. 5km pushing a 260kg bike home in 30 deg. celcius was NO fun at all).
I asked around on this forum, and after trying all good suggestions nothing worked so i finally had to buy another engine.
It took me some time to swap the engines, but a could of weeks ago i finally had the time, and switched engines.

Wow, she rode again, and also much better than with the previous engine! (the new engine is the one in the back)
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got around 140psi on all four cylinders

at this time, i need to change one gasket, it is leaking a little bit of oil on the fuel pump side. It should be in the air right now from the US to the Netherlands.
meanwhile i'm changing the rear fender: shopped the old one up, i'm making a custom seat and added some other mufflers.

here's how she is looking at the moment.
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so what still needs to be done?
- align the front wheel, it has some vertical travel
- finish the seat
- mount another front fender
- put other bars on
- i ordered a pair of beston grips
- mount steel brake lines

so in the weeks to come i will be asking alot more questions :mrgreen:
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Re: Tracker style

Post #2 by Neil » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:06 pm

That's coming along nicely action1

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Post #3 by Oldewing » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:17 pm

Very nice, good work. Looks like you are getting it where you want it. action1
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Re: Tracker style

Post #4 by Hal » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:38 pm

Hi from further down...bike's looking good already.

Did you ever find out what was wrong with the original engine?
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Post #5 by ronajon » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:41 pm

Hal wrote:Hi from further down...bike's looking good already.

Did you ever find out what was wrong with the original engine?


not yet. my guess at the moment is the primary chain got stuck or broke. when i have the time (after i am satified with the current look and feel of the bike) i plan to look into it. but with enough projects waiting, it could be some time :P

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Re: Tracker style

Post #6 by Roady » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:34 pm

She's coming along nicely. Keep at it and you'll get closer to the vision you have of it.

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Post #7 by Shadow » Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:04 am

I'd like to know about those finned valve covers on the engine to the lower right in the photo...I want some!

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Post #8 by Bert » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:53 am

The pictures tell the story of a lot of work...It will be an awesome ride when you are done.
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Post #9 by ronajon » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:31 pm

Shadow wrote:I'd like to know about those finned valve covers on the engine to the lower right in the photo...I want some!

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i thought they were standard on gl1000's?

i just looked, and the other engine has a pair also, even better looking.
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Post #10 by Roady » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:08 pm

He's asking about the valve covers, not the timing belt covers.

I'm curious too.

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Post #11 by robin1731 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:22 pm

Roady wrote:He's asking about the valve covers, not the timing belt covers.

I'm curious too.



I've never seen those before either. I have seen them for the clutch cover, points cover, and dyno cover for a Kawasaki KZ900/1000. But never on a GL engine.
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Post #12 by northwood » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:33 am

*Raising hand* OH OH OH, me too! I like those extra cooling portions of the valve covers. I have never seen them before and would like a pair.

Shadow wrote:I'd like to know about those finned valve covers on the engine to the lower right in the photo...I want some!

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Re: Tracker style

Post #13 by ronajon » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:53 am

never noticed the difference in the valve covers. actually i like the smoother ones better, also because those have the little honda plate still intact and the finned ones don't

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Post #14 by Track T 2411 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:19 pm

I thought I read somewhere that Mickey Thompson made finned covers for a short time... I might be dreaming, too...
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Post #15 by sunnbobb » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:53 pm

Nice machine, and I like those valve covers!
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