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  • #31
    Man, I just went through this whole thread! I got an idea of what my bike will entail. Elbow Grease. Lots of it. Looks great. I lusted after one of those bikes back in the day. I loved the sound and simplicity of them.
    79 F

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    • #32
      XS11 Friends,
      Now one step closer to my original '78.....

      Using an original '78 brochure as a guide, I've installed all the graphics. I had the side cover decals custom made by DIYLettering.com. The side cover decals are very CLOSE to original but not really perfect, I doubt many will notice the slight difference. I found that PARTSHACK (recommended by Marty) was able to provide the OEM "YAMAHA" decals for the tank and rear fin. I purchased 3m gold reflective pinstripe from Amazon for the stripe as it is no longer available from Yamaha, there is also a slight tone difference of the 3M Gold vs. the OEM "Yamaha" Gold. Again, I hope few will notice the tone variation.

      I aske a few people on FakeBook to held with placement measurements. Unfortunately, it seems few know how to use a ruler as the measurements I received were clearly wrong based on the brochure. I had to "Wing It" a little and tried to use the brochure as a reference.






      Before photos are earlier in the thread




      I'm pretty happy with the final product.

      This ole' girl is BEGGING to be taken for a ride but I'm still waiting for the custom brake lines to arrive. No brakes means no riding..

      Kurt
      Kurt Boehringer
      Peachtree City, Georgia

      1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
      1978 - SR500 - Thumper
      1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
      1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
      1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
      1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
      1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
      1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
      1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
      1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
      1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
      2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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      • #33
        That paint job and decals are beautiful.

        I know you're glad you picked 'red'.

        Looks like you did clear coat over the decals?
        -Mike
        _________
        '79 XS1100SF 20k miles
        '80 XS1100SG 42k miles
        '81 XS1100H Venturer 35k miles
        '79 XS750SF 20k miles
        '85 Honda V65 Magna ~7k miles
        '84 Honda V65 Magna 48k miles (parts bike)
        '86 Yamaha VMAX 7k miles

        Previous: '68 Motoguzzi 600cc + '79 XS750SF 22k miles +'84 Honda V65

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Radioguylogs View Post
          That paint job and decals are beautiful.
          I know you're glad you picked 'red'.
          Looks like you did clear coat over the decals?
          Thanks Mike!

          YES, I am happy with the red. Not too much of a fan of Black vehicles.
          I've haven't applied a clear coat on these YET, the extra shine you may see is from the original cut & buff of the paint. I'll likely clear the tank to protect the decals from fuel spills. Not sure I will do the rest.


          Kurt Boehringer
          Peachtree City, Georgia

          1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
          1978 - SR500 - Thumper
          1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
          1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
          1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
          1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
          1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
          1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
          1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
          1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
          1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
          2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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          • #35
            Really nice looking Kurt. I’d love to find one of those bikes. I think it would be perfect for an old feller like me to putt around town.
            79 F

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            • #36
              Finally able to drive the bike.....New brake lines finally arrived from LEN at XJbikes. They are perfect!

              This thing is a BLAST to ride.
              But you better use the compression release properly to get her going or kicking this thing can be dangerous. It will BITE BACK HARD!! There is no electric start on an SR500!

              The SR 500 came with a rear disc in only 1978 & 79 so none of the regular retailers offer a rear line. Len made it custom for me and they are available now for anyone that wants one.

              In keeping with the "OEM" theme I should have gone with the black stainless..... Oh well. They are definitely safe to use just don't look OEM.

              Front got new lines too.



              Basically done!
              Replacement seat cover has been installed to finish the look of OEM original.





              The bike is wearing the plate from my last year in High School (1981) from my original 1978 SR500!!! (Yes. I save everything car or motorcycle related).




              NOTE: Frame Powder Coating..... Not sure I will have the time to get this done in time for the Vintage Yamaha Rally. Gonna think about it for a day or two then decide. If I miss getting this done for the VYR I can get it done later. Biggest concern is the internal frame oil reservoir and if there will be a problem getting it powder coated as a result....



              Kurt Boehringer
              Peachtree City, Georgia

              1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
              1978 - SR500 - Thumper
              1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
              1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
              1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
              1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
              1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
              1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
              1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
              1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
              1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
              2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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              • #37
                Looks great!
                I miss the old yellow PA tags.
                1979 XS1100 Special
                1980 XS1100 Std parts bucket
                1987 ZL1000 Eliminator
                1976 XS750D Project in waiting

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                • #38
                  Last Major Chore Before the Vintage Yamaha Rally.....

                  Although I have one or two small items to accomplish, the last "Biggie" was to finally do a complete rebuild on the front forks. The lowers had been beat up pretty good and required a good bit of work with scotch-brites on a die grinder to get all the big gashes smoothed out. I would have preferred the dull finish of OEM. However, the only way to smooth out all the big gouges and gashes was to polish them up.

                  Some of the parts for this ole' machine aren't too hard to come by new. A few pieces had to be special ordered and took quite a while to receive. With new fork seals and dust seals in hand, I was finally able to give the forks a proper rebuild. The front end is a bit "Mushy" after only 25k miles and I believe the springs are not OEM. In order to attempt to solidify the front end a bit I went with 15# oil vs. the stock 10#. Let's see if that accomplishes the desired result.......or at least firms it up a little bit.









                  I took her for a ride the other night and found none of the display illumination bulbs work in the tach and only one works in the speedo.... Last chore may be to get those all replaced.

                  Kurt Boehringer
                  Peachtree City, Georgia

                  1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
                  1978 - SR500 - Thumper
                  1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
                  1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
                  1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
                  1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
                  1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
                  1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
                  1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
                  1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
                  1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
                  2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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                  • #39
                    Ohhhhh yeah! Looking sexy.

                    -Mike
                    _________
                    '79 XS1100SF 20k miles
                    '80 XS1100SG 42k miles
                    '81 XS1100H Venturer 35k miles
                    '79 XS750SF 20k miles
                    '85 Honda V65 Magna ~7k miles
                    '84 Honda V65 Magna 48k miles (parts bike)
                    '86 Yamaha VMAX 7k miles

                    Previous: '68 Motoguzzi 600cc + '79 XS750SF 22k miles +'84 Honda V65

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                    • #40
                      Wow-- You did a beautiful job! Well done!
                      79 F
                      Previously owned: (among others)
                      1969 Harley- Davidson Rapido 125 (Aermacchi)
                      1967 Suzuki X6 Hustler
                      1973 Suzuki TM 125
                      1979 XS1100 F
                      2005 Kaw. Vulcan VN800
                      1991 BMW K75

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                      • #41
                        awesome job Kurt. I know the OEM look is what you were after but polishing them looks great. Did you apply some type of finish to them to preserve the polished finish? I know you store all your bikes inside your man cave so that may not be an issue for you.
                        2 - 80 LGs bought one new
                        81 LH
                        02 FXSTB Nighttrain
                        Jim

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by cajun31 View Post
                          Did you apply some type of finish to them to preserve the polished finish?
                          Cajun,
                          No, I didn't apply anything like a clear coat or similar. I've thought about that in the past but assumed it would yellow and degrade over time and probably much quicker than the factory coating. I've done this polishing to all my other bikes except the SECA 650, that machine is very close to factory stock and the lowers were not beat to heck like most of my bikes. Just a touch or Mother's Mag & Aluminum polish on a soft rag and they all shine right back up.

                          KURT
                          Kurt Boehringer
                          Peachtree City, Georgia

                          1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
                          1978 - SR500 - Thumper
                          1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
                          1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
                          1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
                          1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
                          1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
                          1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
                          1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
                          1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
                          1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
                          2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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