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    New member in the West

    Hi All,
    Just joined forum and have coming this weekend a GS650G 1982. Hasn't run for >18mths and don't know what else I'm going to find but looking forward to it! Looking forward to get some good access to people who can support and provide guidance. I'm Perth based>Attachment 5935

    Update addition as I hadn't posted intro to this section originally-
    Bike is now stripped bare and starting to list what's needed to rebuild> where's the best suppliers as I'm in Freo>
    Welcome any guidance >>
    Dean

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    Welcome Dean! You've come to the right place, plenty of knowledgeable folk around here.
    1984 Katana 7/11 - done at last!

    1982 GS450E - not quite stock

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    Senior Member NSW Nick Kakasiouris's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Kat house Dean.
    Nick
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    Welcome Dean, glad to see another 650 owner here. Let me know what you may need as i have a donor bike so i may have something to help you with.
    Previous Rides - 1981 650 Katana, 1988 GPz750R
    Current Rides - 1981 650 Katana, 1982 650 Katana, 1983 650 Katana, 2 x 1984 750 Katana (Darkside), 1985 750 Katana (Darkside), 1983 1100 Katana
    Donor bike 1981 650 Katana

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    Welcome Dean,
    Thats a good start.
    Most of us vouch for Mick Hone Suzuki in Melbourne. Set up an online account with them and Steve there will be a never ending source of help.
    Let them know you're on the group for a 5% discount.
    Boogieman (NBT, NSRL, ATMUPN, ROK)
    I wish I had as many cc's as posts!

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    Senior Member WA ThomasJ's Avatar
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    Hi Dean and welcome.

    I have found from personal experience that the only place to get parts in Western Australia is Mick Hone in Melbourne. They can quote, source (if they do not have) and deliver quicker than any local shop can be bothered to check and price. And they are very reasonable on freight. The discount also helps offset your freight charges as well.

    Is this a bike from Donnybrook? Looks familiar.

    Heaps of support on this site.

    Tom
    Preservation before restoration - they are only original once

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    Senior Member WA ThomasJ's Avatar
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    Preservation before restoration - they are only original once

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    Welcome Dean, I too have Kat 650 that will be on the road soon. It's in original condition and the engine runs, but she has sat for 16 years unused. New tyres and handlebars arrived today. Got new shocks and all the bits to rebuild the brakes. Haven't decided to do a full resto or keep has the commuter scooter/patina Katana. Post your pics!

    Daz
    Darryl in E27-land


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    Hi guys, that was a big welcome and appreciated 👌
    Tom, Yes it is the Donnybrook bike and wanted something that I could relate to from my youth in the UK! As have only dabbled with a few bikes since then!
    Superdreams, ninja 600, DRZ !
    Project Kitty 🐱
    Frame waiting to go and get sand blasted and powder coated locally, unless you have any better options?
    Engine quandary as I cannot get as clean would like! So looking to strip head, barrel and side covers for vapour blasting and paint main engine casing.
    Hi Minus, will message you as looking for side stand! But I'm sure there's more I will find!

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    Sandblasting/powdercoating for the frame sounds good Dean, but with the engine if the plan is just to clean it and not paint it again, I'd recommend wet blasting as opposed to vapour blasting, unless of course you mean the same thing... for me it gets a little confusing.

    I took my 450 cylinders and head to this guy and the result is excellent:

    http://wetblasting.net/

    I'm assuming there would be someone in WA you can get it to but he has bits coming from everywhere also.

    Basically this process is non-abrasive, so it's safe for things like bearing surfaces and so forth as it doesn't affect the clearances or surface. I'm assuming anyone else doing this will have the same requirements which is degrease everything first and remove soft things like gasket material. Being a non-abrasive process means it won't remove soft material like that.

    If your plan is to paint the motor, you could still do that process or you could clean it and prep it yourself, and the VHT brand of engine paint seems to get a good wrap for good results, planning on using that once I get to that point on my Kat.
    1984 Katana 7/11 - done at last!

    1982 GS450E - not quite stock

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