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    Default New '82 GS450T Owner, My First Bike

    Hi Everyone! I have always been a fan of classic Japanese bikes and over the winter finally caught the bug to give owning my own a shot. My dad has ridden for a while now and kept suggesting I get a motorcycle to ride with him, so I'm looking forward to learning and joining him on the road.

    I quickly got the feeling that I was looking for a stock bike in decent shape a few years too late. A lot of what I was finding were half-complete hack jobs or ones that needed a full restoration. I'm pretty handy and can follow directions if something goes wrong, but I wasn't looking to take apart an engine from the get go. There was a very clean Honda CB550F that I liked a lot, but the engine had some chatter that gave me pause. Turned out for the best because I continued looking and found this 1982 GS450T:

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    Great condition, starts right up, and runs no problem. As far as I can tell the bike is pretty close to stock and I plan to keep it that way. It has been sitting for a couple years so it needs new tires and brakes plus a general once over, but it clearly has been taken care of so I'm hoping there aren't many if any surprises waiting for me.

    This looks like a great forum with a lot of information. While I'm not usually the most active member on message boards I'll share what I can to add my experiences to the conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VGplay View Post
    ...found this 1982 GS450T:

    vg_gs450t.jpg
    It has been sitting for a couple years so it needs new tires and brakes plus a general once over...
    Not just 'brakes', but brake lines. Stock were rubber that were supposed to be replaced every two years!

    You want braided Stainless Steel that not only last much longer, but immediately improve brake performance.

    What does your dad ride?
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    VG,

    Welcome to TheGSR.
    Good intro post with a good picture even.
    Now that you have posted picture, forum members are then allowed to provide technical assistance. har har har

    Good to hear that you appreciate the bike in original condition.

    Are a few other central-Ohio members.

    Your first bike, you say: I will recommend you find a MSF class in your area.
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    Great looking motorcycle 👍 I'm over here in the Youngstown area, if you need a hand with anything or want to meet up for a ride just give me a message. I'll keep my eyes open for a blue 450T when I'm over your way.🌞
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    Spittin' image of mine! You'll probably notice as you start to dig in that there's a few variations of the 450t, there's a tx and also a txz. Check the VIN plate on the neck, I'm betting your's is the txz based on the color and wire wheels. The shocks don't have an air valve in the top and the brake drum size in the rear is larger than the other two versions, good to know when shopping for new brake shoes.

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    Welcome. Great looking bike. Enjoy.

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    Welcome to the mad house!

    Whilst you're doing brake lines & pads it's also pretty simple to upgrade to a twinpot caliper & CBR rotor on that model bike.

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    Nice lookin' "T". Welcome!

    Post pics of your "T" here:

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    Thanks everyone! Glad to see some other Ohioans here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    Not just 'brakes', but brake lines. Stock were rubber that were supposed to be replaced every two years!

    You want braided Stainless Steel that not only last much longer, but immediately improve brake performance.

    What does your dad ride?
    I appreciate the advice. The Earl's lines look pretty easy to assemble, I think I'll go with those.

    My dad recently bought a Harley Street Glide after riding a Yamaha V-Star 1100 for almost 10 years.

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