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    Greetings... New member and first time posting so I figured I might as well jump in the deep end and start a complete restoration!!!! I've been around bikes for 25+ years, racing and riding, but this is my first attempt at a restoration. I figured I watch enough shows on Velocity it's time to get my hands dirty!! I started looking for something interesting to work on and came across the Baby Katana and this site. After reading the history I became intrigued, I liked the look of the bike and the fact that is seems to be somewhat rare in the states. Luck have it I came across a listing in NH on Craigslist and am now the proud owner of a 1982 GS550M basket case!!!! Lol. She's a mess but only has 9,300 miles on it! I grabbed it for $300.00 which I thought was fair... So here we go!

    Here's the bike when I brought it home:









    The wiring is a mess, parts are missing, bolts are rusted.... but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel... I look forward to being a PITA to all of you with a lot of questions throughout this build! and yes I will search first!!!

    Thanks for looking... this should be fun!!!!

    Mike

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    Welcome aboard, Mike.
    Nice first post.
    All Kats are kool.
    2@ \'78 GS1000

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    Welcome, I have a few extra parts should you have a need,

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    Quote Originally Posted by gustovh View Post
    Welcome, I have a few extra parts should you have a need,

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    Thank you for the welcome everyone!

    I definitely need parts! Things I can think of right now...

    - Airbox
    - Side covers
    - Left / Right handlebar switches
    - Mirrors

    I'm sure I'll need more though... I just started decon!

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    Welcome to the nut house Mike.

    I did a restoration on a baby Kat a few years ago, got mine after it had stood in the Seattle rain for 15 years! Somehow, I kinda doubt yours is any worse and I can tell you she'll come around and turn out nice in the end...



    Keep your eye on ebay, parts (including body panels) come up at reasonable cost from time to time usually in batches when a machine bites the dust. Hope you don't need a tank though, they're like hen's teeth.
    It's smoke that make electronic components work.
    Every time I've let the smoke out by mistake, they never work again.
    '80 GS250T... long gone... And back!
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    Wallowgreen your bike looks great! I've been scouring eBay and already have parts enroute... my tank is rusted inside and has some dents but I think it's salvageable... I've been reading on here about cleaning and sealing it...

    One silly thing I am having trouble locating are the back reflectors and spacers... MA requires them for a legal inspection and I want to put it back to as close to stock as possible...
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    Here's a few more shots from when I brought it home. I've started tearing the front end apart and cataloging what I have vs. what I don't.





    When I removed the calipers I found a nice mix of fluid and rusty water since the line at the master cylinder was disconnected... Hopefully a clean, rebuild and repaint will save them!



    Rats nest of wiring... ugh... I can see some tampering which should be fun to decipher and correct.

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    Welcome. Good luck with the project.
    If you become frustrated you can always shoot it up with Nerf darts, then resume work with no harm to the bike

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

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    Welcome to the site! Looks like a great bike to restore. I found this site 5 years ago when I was doing my first resurrection, I am now addicted.

    I am not too far from you and will be happy to help in any way I can. However, I am a little concerned with your location, as I see several firearms that are not on the MA Approved Firearms Roster.

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    Way to go you guys.
    This thread will be in the Vortex before the end of the day. haha.

    I am surprised that rear wheel turned at all looking at that caliper.
    2@ \'78 GS1000

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