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dwestly
12-12-2009, 07:51 PM
We just got our fun bike back from its rebuild/hop-up...not a Beemer, but it turns heads:

1990 GB500, XR600 RFVC Head, R90S fairing up front, Works Air Shocks, steel lines, D.I.D. aluminum rims. Now also sporting a 102.5mm 10.5:1 CR Piston with overbore and hone, all new internals, courtesy of XRs Only, Hesperia, CA.

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pYlMImZ9LHyFkP-1Hse17obfMOfaQYvmr6gIYtPpkbjs4CRg-rLJ091RZzMhttHPsw_tziUAahfv7THwfJEJxJQ/DSC02065.JPG

JAMESDUNN
12-12-2009, 07:57 PM
Nice. A real collector's item. I can see why it would turn heads.

Paul_F
12-12-2009, 08:32 PM
Sweet!:thumb

108625
12-12-2009, 08:53 PM
I've always liked those GB500s, and yours looks great :thumb

177195
12-12-2009, 10:20 PM
Perfect!:thumb:thumb

Semper_Fi
12-12-2009, 10:37 PM
Looks great! Nice Job

Post some more views if you can

wezul
12-12-2009, 10:39 PM
What is it about that R90S fairing? Really grabs me. :thumb

kbasa
12-12-2009, 11:18 PM
Suh. Weeeeeeeeeeet.

RTRyder
12-13-2009, 01:12 AM
Nice GB! I'd like to pick one up myself, but they don't come up for sale very often.

There is something about the big singles, don't know what it is, but they're huge fun to ride. This is my current 500 thumper...

ALIENHITCHHIKER
12-13-2009, 02:00 AM
We just got our fun bike back from its rebuild/hop-up...not a Beemer, but it turns heads: 1990 GB500,


I've had the hots for a GB500 ever since I saw one on the Blue Ridge Parkway years ago.

Show us some more, please (I'm such a voyeur).

bobs98
12-13-2009, 02:06 AM
Very Cool!

dwestly
12-13-2009, 12:27 PM
The GB's Story: We found this bike, pretty much as is, in a vintage bike shop in Richmond VA back in 2001. It was one of two GBs, tucked into the back of a small shop/warehouse, in between a bunch of Nortons, Vincents, etc. My wife fell in love with it. So while she was gone for three weeks on an overseas business trip, I went down and bought the bike for her, and surprised her with it when she returned.
We know some of the corporate Honda folks in Torrance, CA. The story from Honda is that when the GB was released in the U.S. it was overpriced and didn't find an enthusiastic market for retro-cafe style bikes. Basically, they couldn't give them away. They only sold the bike in the States for two years (1989-90), then quit. Most of the bikes ended up on the West Coast doing motorcycle messenger jobs, and were beat to death as a result. This one was bought by an enthusiast, who did the initial mods with the intent to go vintage racing, but never did. That's the reason for the XR600 head (a popular mod at the time, as the 600 head is a direct bolt-on to the GB engine), as well as the other mods. This bike only has 12k original miles and is immaculate. Finding a GB in this condition today is almost impossible.

The reason for the hop-up is she started running rough a couple of months ago, for no apparent reason. I discovered a little piece of the air filter foam missing. It had torn loose and gotten sucked into the air intake. The carb on the GB is an aftermarket, and a real bear to work on, so we took her in to our local BMW shop. They fell all over her.. Anway, after some checking, we realized we also had a bent valve guide in her, so it was time for a rebuild...

For all that, she's not a garage queen. We had her up on the Dragon this past Spring, and she's going to the track in January for a few laps and a photo shoot.

http://azrijw.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pDn5DIT1d50KqFK2LxVU-I3dVtoeTju4mGz12Tn_9u8psEcrD_ST1GnvHl9mM79EVTGauKS dCr8IuHKO2W8Hn0CSC9NEP4PMu/DSC01260.JPG

http://azrijw.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pXw0UnbuFvT5VFbYAdvfWaRG-L8Xl0MdrbvuqCRnqdqepLywrfEzS5lbXlLbI3kQXD3w6N4WJhd TpN95ea1crz1SKRmtugj2o/DSC01272.JPG

http://azrijw.bay.livefilestore.com/y1ppC_YABAZpHRFum_u3cKjy84yEC-6YxVxqyKfmsoUaifu_DpZrrUJZH-6lnNe1gjGTgX5QLjREZSJDuppWITeA31F70taEJ7I/GBdragon1.jpg

http://azrijw.bay.livefilestore.com/y1psif9tEM4rC9OuTTOKbQNh9sj8aI7RwchXFLY62_SykLF2SL KxqaXvC_1apV902jwiwMO15f69Kd7tn64gVrmgG9zhQU7EI42/GBdragon2.jpg

BUBBAZANETTI
12-13-2009, 04:55 PM
very cool! i got a chance to ride one a few years ago and at 6'5" i looked like the bear on the circus bike. :laugh

i had seriously considered getting one for a while, but after that ride i realized they were too small for me.

swall
12-13-2009, 05:14 PM
What is the red coating on the cylinder base?

dwestly
12-13-2009, 05:23 PM
The previous owner had painted the cylinder and swingarm red. It looks cool, so we kept it that way...

m1aspring
12-14-2009, 03:33 AM
that is way cool, didnt know that bike even made. thank you for sharing:usa

mika
12-14-2009, 03:52 AM
:thumb:thumb

dwestly
12-14-2009, 11:10 AM
Thanks for the kind comments. We're going to tweak her just a little more, then she's going to be entered into the Vintage Motorcycle Concours in St. Augustine in May 2010.

ALIENHITCHHIKER
12-15-2009, 12:05 AM
Concours? In May? In St.Augustine?

Please tell us more. This sounds like it might be a fun destination for a little ride.

mika
12-15-2009, 12:56 AM
I think this is what he is talking about:

http://ridingintohistory.org/

http://ridingintohistory.org/Index.jpg

GrumpyOldMan
12-15-2009, 02:04 AM
A real beauty. Enjoy!

dwestly
12-15-2009, 12:30 PM
Correct on the Riding Into History event. It is one of the biggest antique/vintage shows in the country. They do limit the number of bikes actually entered (I think its 400), award prizes, etc. If you want to see really cool old bikes, this is one of the really good events. Its held at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, which is a beautiful venue. Literally thousands show up for the event, to see just about every antique and vintage bike model around. We worked there last year representing MSTA, and while we were there wandering around we only saw two other GBs entered. Neither was anywhere close to the condition of ours, so that got us thinking about entering it in 2010. We just sent the entry paperwork in yesterday.

If you're an antique/vintage bike fan, you shouldn't miss this event!

LENRT1200ST
12-15-2009, 04:34 PM
We just got our fun bike back from its rebuild/hop-up...not a Beemer, but it turns heads:

1990 GB500, XR600 RFVC Head, R90S fairing up front, Works Air Shocks, steel lines, D.I.D. aluminum rims. Now also sporting a 102.5mm 10.5:1 CR Piston with overbore and hone, all new internals, courtesy of XRs Only, Hesperia, CA.

http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pYlMImZ9LHyFkP-1Hse17obfMOfaQYvmr6gIYtPpkbjs4CRg-rLJ091RZzMhttHPsw_tziUAahfv7THwfJEJxJQ/DSC02065.JPG

This fondly reminds me of my Yamaha SRX600 single! Thank you!:thumb

The SRX was bored to 605cc, ported, equipped w/ dual, roller-slide carbs, high compression piston, and a supertrap exhaust syatem. What a blast to ride. I often said, "if you can start it you can ride it!" to friends who ask for the key. Kick start only, and if you obey the ritual, it'd start and run like a demon.

I hope your are having as much fun on this thing as I once had on my single. It would embarrass sport bike of greater displacement on a crooked little back road!

Thanks for the fond memories,

Len

dwestly
12-15-2009, 04:50 PM
Not a lot of top end, but it weighs nothing and absolutely flicks around corners. Its a blast to ride and draws LOTS of attention...but we're just breaking in the new internals, so should have some more spunk once we get the break-in done!

ultracyclist
12-16-2009, 04:12 PM
Very, very, cool.
The contrarian in me likes the bike a bit more without the R90s fairing.
That is the first red cylinder that I have seen.
It sure looks like fun, and appears to be moving even when standing still.
Ride safe!

dwestly
12-16-2009, 05:49 PM
We have no idea why the previous owner painted the cylinder and swingarm red, but the bike looks cool with them, so we kept it that way. We had the cylinder repainted the same red when the top end was done, just to freshen it up.

I like the GBs without the fairing as well, but this one makes it unique. We've had more than one person ask us how we like our "Norton". That's when we point to the "Honda" on the tank... :laugh

DOINTHETON
12-24-2009, 02:37 AM
here's another cool honda that didn't take off. just sold it, 1989 model which were almost non-existent in the u.s due to the 1988's launch bombing....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/billpack/100_2028.jpg

ANDYVH
12-24-2009, 03:57 AM
Its no BMW, but that doesn't mean a thing, because that is one sweet looking cool bike! I have always liked the GB500 and thought it is one of the best looking Hondas ever made.

I have two singles. A 83 Honda XL600, my "dirt" bike, and a 81 Suzuki GN400 ice racing bike. Both a kick start only, no decomp lever on either one. So it takes some effort to fire them, but there is something satisfying about kick starting a big ol' single.

dwestly
12-26-2009, 12:30 PM
Nice NXs are like gold today! Cool bike, thanks!

Bud
12-26-2009, 01:46 PM
I think this is what he is talking about:

http://ridingintohistory.org/

http://ridingintohistory.org/Index.jpg


That poster is a work of art!!!

Way cool to have one on the wall.