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350 Talk / Re: Lowest surviving GTR VIN
« Last post by husker on Today at 08:14:36 AM »
Awesome! Best wishes for a smooth and trouble free restoration. This is an excellent forum for help and information.
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Members: Introduce yourself / Re: New Member from Fort Collins, Colorado
« Last post by Steve Swan on Yesterday at 10:52:04 PM »
I failed to take pics this last Saturday when i rode 77 miles round trip on the GTR to a AHRMA sanctioned vintage motocross; i didn't have my camera on me both times when i remembered i wanted to take pictures, so my apologies in advance!  On the other hand, what a great bike the GTR is!  i think it is pretty amazing how excellent the engine runs considering it's never been apart (as far as i know) since it left the factory.
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350 Talk / Re: Lowest surviving GTR VIN
« Last post by coxy on Yesterday at 09:41:30 PM »
To nice congratulations that is super cool


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350 Talk / Re: Lowest surviving GTR VIN
« Last post by fast idle on Yesterday at 09:01:24 PM »
Thanks Steve!
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / Re: BS 50 Find
« Last post by bsforever on Yesterday at 08:49:56 PM »
I agree , very nice find for sure. The 'Lock' at the steering head is a lock for the steering (anti-theft) so yes, it is okay that it is there . The other thing that i notice is the ignition switch is also not there ( the left side cover has a hole, that the switch has its face sticking out for the ignition key ) Good luck, and again great find!!!
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / Re: BS 50 Find
« Last post by rwgibbon on Yesterday at 08:04:21 PM »
Great find. Be sure to download a copy of the parts and service manuals that are free on this site.

Enjoy.

Randy
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / Re: BS 50 Find
« Last post by Cruzan80 on Yesterday at 07:42:31 PM »
Even more pics. Sorry for front-loading this.
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / Re: BS 50 Find
« Last post by Cruzan80 on Yesterday at 07:39:57 PM »
More walk around pics.
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50, 60, 90 & 100 Talk / BS 50 Find
« Last post by Cruzan80 on Yesterday at 07:38:10 PM »
Hello All,

Just joined, as I was at a yard sale last weekend, and found a beater of a bike. Started by me looking at a dirt-bike for my son, and the seller said he was trying to get rid of it for a friend. If it didn't sell, it was bound for the junkyard. So I threw out an extreme low-ball offer, which he accepted. So for the full price of $5, it followed me home. (The dirt-bike was also $5). I have his number, and he is going to talk to his friend to see about an official bill of sale/title/etc, so I can have the possibility of getting plates for it. I am in Colorado, so hitting the end of bike season anyway.

Trying to find any/all information about this, before I start to dig into it and accidentally break something hard to find. We just moved at the beginning of Sept, so my shop is all in pieces right now anyway. This will be a slow, longer term learning experience, as it is the first (of two) bikes I will be working on.

Things I Know (and things I know are broke):
It is a BS 50 Sport, based on the model/serial number.
Right now the kickstart moves about 2-3" before stopping.
The clutch handle has broken off.
The left side cover is missing.
One back taillight is broken.

Things I am unsure of:
Looks like there is a lock cylinder up by the top right of the fork. Is it supposed to be there?
If the gas tank has any rust holes
If the muffler has any rust holes
State of motor and transmission.
Overall age of the machine.

Attaching several walk-around pictures of the bike. Any information would be appreciated, both on what I have, what is missing, possible problem areas, etc. I know the service manual is on the site here, and plan on downloading that once I start taking things apart. I am guessing the motor/transmission would be the best starting place, as if it doesn't run, that is a LARGE issue!
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350 Talk / Re: Lowest surviving GTR VIN
« Last post by Steve Swan on Yesterday at 05:20:30 PM »
i truly respect your new-found appreciation for being the caretaker of the 38th frame and 23rd engine combination off the Bridgestone production assembly line! - "It's really cool to have the oldest known survivor but now it's also a responsibility. It has me re-thinking things. I was hoping to get by with a 90 percent restoration but this bike deserves better."

i am also glad you have experience restoring motorcycles!  Best of luck with the project and looking forward to hearing any nuances you discover making #38 distinct from later VIN's!
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