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Members: Introduce yourself / Re: New Member from Fort Collins, Colorado
« Last post by Steve Swan on Yesterday at 10:25:54 PM »
Oops!  i did not mean to quote my original thread so i deleted it.  Sorry!  or maybe the admin can delete this post...
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Members: Introduce yourself / New Member from Fort Collins, Colorado
« Last post by Steve Swan on Yesterday at 09:29:15 PM »
Hello Folks,

I’ve posted a couple times and perhaps you may remember I purchased a 1968 GTR from Richard Hapke, back in March….. 

Well, 81 days later, the bike arrived and I could not be more thrilled!  I am 66 years old; motorcycles have owned me since I was 14, I grew up in rural NE Nebraska.  My third bike was a BS175, I remember it as a great bike, I quickly out grew it, and when we went down to the implement dealer Dad bought he 175 from to trade it in on a 350 GTR, the dealer had quit handling Bridgestones.  Needless to say, we were both disappointed, definitely me more than Dad, and the short version is I never saw a GTR until this morning when the bike was rolled out of the semi-trailer.  Wow, is all I can say, what a fantastic moment I have been waiting for, for 50 years……  Sheesh, how time flies! 

Anyway, I could not be any more happier with the bike than I am right now!  Although the bike left Richard’s on April, 20, and I didn’t get it today, it started the 1st kick!  Thank you, Richard!  I was definitely pleased and surprised!  Rode it a little over 30 miles, had to turn the idle up a hair, I am at 5,000 feet altitude, and Richard is in New Hampshire so I will guess the bike has lived its life at around 500 feet altitude.  I think it will need some rejetting, as the acceleration really slows down at 5,000 rpm and has to work hard to get above 5,000 rpm, so I am guessing is getting more gas than it needs.  I have a buddy who has been around 2 strokes for over 50 years, I’m going to have him ride it and get his opinion. 

Anyway, really happy to finally have a GTR!  A big thank you to Richard Clark for selling me a nice LH side cover!  I am going to enjoy the bike as is, and this winter begin giving it a major service, i.e., disassemble, deep clean, new grease in steering head/swing arm and all other pivot joints such as brake fulcrum pins, etc.  I do not see myself ever restoring the bike, it would take the fun out of riding it, were it a restoration. 

I do think I will start saving up nos parts though, as whoever has the bike after I do, may want to restore it, and the old fellow definitely deserves the best.  Will look forward to hearing from you, I have been following this site for several months, and there is a lot of very knowledgeable passionate Bridgestone owners here!  I do intend to continue following the threads and contribute some.  Anyway, take care and safe riding this Summer!

Sincerely,

Steve Swan

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General Discussion / Re: 90 vs. Chibi Levers
« Last post by moonpup on Yesterday at 05:25:32 PM »
Thanks Karl.

Here's what I know so far....

1 - the 50/60/90 & 100's all have the same part numbers for those 2 levers.
2 - the Chibi's used the BS 60 engine

I know this means nothing, but it's the best I got!  ;D  :o  ;D
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General Discussion / Re: 90 vs. Chibi Levers
« Last post by OldSwartout on Yesterday at 04:41:38 PM »
The Parts Price manual has the cross references for those parts which have a newer number assigned. The cross reference for the old BS numbers are in the front of the price manual.  The Chibi/Taka/Tora numbers start on Page 36.  If there is a BS part that is the same, the number is shown.  However, those numbers show a substitution of 115-34301-202 and 114-1301-202 respectively , which I think means they were improved/modified at some time, but are not the same as 90/100 levers.  That doesn't necessarily mean the 90/100 levers wouldn't fit, though.  Maybe someone else has experience along those lines.

Hmmm...  just realized this site doesn't have the Rockford Parts Price manual.  Go to Scott's site http://www.bridgestonemotorcycle.com/index2.html  to download it.
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General Discussion / Re: 90 vs. Chibi Levers
« Last post by moonpup on Yesterday at 03:20:40 PM »
Are the part numbers the same? I recall the Chibi lever being shorter but that's a 45 year old memory.

No, the Chibi parts manual uses a different numbering system and has the levers listed as such...

brake lever - 115-34301-200
clutch lever - 114-34301-200

Need these numbers converted to see if they match the 90/100 levers.

I think I remember reading somewhere about a part number conversion list...  need to do more snooping, but thought someone here might have a quick answer.
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General Discussion / Re: 90 vs. Chibi Levers
« Last post by paul on Yesterday at 02:45:54 PM »
Are the part numbers the same? I recall the Chibi lever being shorter but that's a 45 year old memory.
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / Re: 1965 Surfrider 90
« Last post by paul on Yesterday at 02:43:38 PM »
Thanks Jeff for sharing Richards article. I remember Monty Hall giving away a small BS or a Surfrider on Lets Make a Deal once. I wonder if there is a  list of all the prizes Monty gave out?  I could check my long term memory. Richard mentioned he was a factory Rockford  racer. Has he written about that?
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / Re: 1965 Surfrider 90
« Last post by Jeff Bar on Yesterday at 01:52:41 PM »
Some info on this topic

Richard wrote a GREAT ARTICLE on this subject:  Jeff Bar

http://bridgestonemotorcycleparts.com/index.php?topic=150.0
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / Re: 1965 Surfrider 90
« Last post by paul on Yesterday at 01:23:47 PM »
Surfriders. A Bridgestone , without the BS?  From watching this web sight over the years and what I recall from growing up in the 1960s and 70s. Surfriders were rebadged , styled slightly different  versions of the  BS7  Sporster 50, the  BS 60 sport and the  BS  90  standard. I think they were listed for sale in the S & H green stamp catalog. Some regional retail stores or other catalog stores may have sold them. I don't know if  they were sold thru the BS. Dealer network. I never saw one there. Like most details of BS Rockford distribution, only Lew Emory knows for sure
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General Discussion / Re: 90 vs. Chibi Levers
« Last post by moonpup on Yesterday at 01:08:40 PM »
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