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    Well its been a bit....
    Last year was my worst ever for time spent riding and to make things worse my insurance ran out last August. The first tine since I started riding streetbikes in '92.... With much going on, I never got my S together and the GS just sat. By the time late fall rolled around I figured it'd be smart to drain the carbs. Good thing, because the fuel was pretty funky. Hopefully l got it out in time....
    As Winter dragged on the bike just sat some more, and I had no interest in touching it. We spent some long overdue time cleaning out the basement and whenever old bedding was discarded, it was tossed over the bike for covering to the point that by spring, a garage collapse probably wouldn't have damaged it.

    A few weeks ago, I uncovered it. It was nice to see my old friend.

    Last Saturday with f**k all to do, I began cleaning the garage and I came across the old Team Dinosaur mid panel that was tucked away which sent me into a fit of nostalgia mixed with low grade frustration.
    The fairing, gauge cluster, and all of its trim have never fit just so due to its harsh past. Its always bothered me.

    With no real plan in mind I pulled the parts bike fairing stay down. Despite the parts bike's outdoor storage, the stay was quite nice and not rusty. I gave it a wipe down and it actually shined. I spent a good chunk of last Sunday tinkering. Off came the fairing and related trim.
    Off came the gauge cluster. It seems that its mounting bracket was bent possibly the cause of it sitting off center. I opened the cluster to remove the bent bracket and found a JB Weld repair that I have little recollection of. While that was open I removed a relic of the past - the low battery electrolyte warning bulb. I cleaned it up and reassembled it with the best of three brackets.

    The spare stay seems to fit better and lined up nicely with its mounting holes. The bracket that supports the upper half was definitely bent and probably why the windscreen always listed to one side. Swapped that as well.
    Before installing the fairing, I sprayed the inside black to cover the factory overspray, reason being that I may leave off or trim down the big ugly cover. Not quite sure yet though.

    I've spent a bit of time each evening this week tinkering and fighting with damaged mid panel brackets trying to get them to allow proper mounting of the mid panels. When one of my good and matching candy alpine blue panels broke off a post a few years ago, I threw in the towel and just removed them and the brackets.
    http://GS parts by Glen Brenner, on Flickr

    http://GS parts by Glen Brenner, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    The chain is lighter but on a 500lb motorcycle does that really matter. There are a few other benefits though.
    Isn't it that the engine torque is pulling a lighter load as much as the dead weight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkburger View Post
    Well its been a bit.....

    I've spent a bit of time each evening this week ......

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    Good to get back to it, eh.

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    Yes, it's a nice escape especially since there's some room in the garage now.

    The lower bracket fitment is frustrating as I expected it would be, but the minsetat the moment is just put things down when they start to annoy me. Unfortunately the parts bike didn't have the lower brackets so I'm forced to deal with what I have.

    When consulting the magic 8 ball for advice, one must first ask it "will your answers be accurate?"

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    -Rusty old scooter.
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    Nice to see you posting here.....

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    Hey Charlie!
    Haven't seen you around here in a while. Hope all is well.

    When consulting the magic 8 ball for advice, one must first ask it "will your answers be accurate?"

    Glen
    -85 1150 es - Plus size supermodel.
    -Rusty old scooter.
    Other things I like to photograph.....instagram.com/gs_junkie
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/152267...7713345317771/

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    After some consideration, I've decided to ditch the cover panel. It does cover up some ugly stuff, but at the same time I like seeing the mechanical parts. It also makes access to the wiring, etc easier. I also discovered that the main wiring bundle to the cluster was rubbing on the brake line splitter and the cooling fins on the splitter wore the harness wrap off of the bundle. Recovered it and secured the wiring. I still have to get back to sorting the mid panel brackets.

    I pulled the fairing off again yesterday to respray the inside. There were a few ugly runs.
    http://GS by Glen Brenner, on Flickr

    When consulting the magic 8 ball for advice, one must first ask it "will your answers be accurate?"

    Glen
    -85 1150 es - Plus size supermodel.
    -Rusty old scooter.
    Other things I like to photograph.....instagram.com/gs_junkie
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/152267...7713345317771/

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    After much manipulating of the brackets with sometines large presuaders and questoning why bother, I got the answer.
    For the first time in a awhile I peeked into to garage before bed to have a look and smiled.
    http://Untitled by Glen Brenner, on Flickr

    When consulting the magic 8 ball for advice, one must first ask it "will your answers be accurate?"

    Glen
    -85 1150 es - Plus size supermodel.
    -Rusty old scooter.
    Other things I like to photograph.....instagram.com/gs_junkie
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/152267...7713345317771/

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    Minor elective surgery.
    As noted, I've never been a big fan of the inside fairing cover. Out of the three sun faded tatty ones I have, I took the worst of three and began trimming away, following the line of the trim piece on the mid panel. The original follows the contour of the tank, hiding part of it and the rider's view of the top of the engine. I like seeing that stuff. It also surrounds the gauge cluster.
    The screen still lists to one side, but that may be changing too.

    I read on Iconic Motorbikes site (a good site to ogle and dream) that faded plastic can sometimes be restored by slathering it with petroleum jelly and letting it stand for a few days. The fairing trim is gray and chalky so I goobered it up. It seems to have worked well on a couple of other less faded parts I tried it on last week, but I suppose the real test will be sunlight and weather exposure.

    I like the opened up look.
    http://GS fairing trim by Glen Brenner, on Flickr

    When consulting the magic 8 ball for advice, one must first ask it "will your answers be accurate?"

    Glen
    -85 1150 es - Plus size supermodel.
    -Rusty old scooter.
    Other things I like to photograph.....instagram.com/gs_junkie
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/152267...7713345317771/

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