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About Uitenhage

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  1. Uitenhage

    Another oil cooler question

    Thank you! Now it is starting to make sense. Any idea how many rows a std 750 J cooler suppose to have then?
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    Another oil cooler question

    I have reported earlier that one of my current projects is the restoration of an 750 J , which will be used as an track bike until the 'J' race bike project is complete. In my quest to source the appropriate oil cooler for the 'J', I came across three different ones, posing the question of "how many rows did the original 'J' oil cooler have?" The distance from the top mounting hole to the bottom frame support on the 'J' frame is 235 mm, and 2 of the three oil coolers I have are short of the bottom frame support by around 20 mm, give or take. The first pic is a substantially bent curved cooler, possibly later 750 or 1100, the fact that it is bent being the reason it is shy of the bottom frame supports. The second pic seems to be a presling cooler as I had to make a adapter to attach it, and the third one seems to be a older 1100 sling?
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    GSXR 750 J Forks

    Thank you so much Toni!
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    VJ23 in a box

    LOL. I too have already asked the wifey how many bikes can I 'display' in the house . I even suggested to build one - sort-of - in the kitchen one winter. Lets just say the answer was no on that one. Yes, cut back on the projects. Apart from the titled ones noted above, I still have some projects. Wishful thinking hey . I took my wife by surprise the other day by selling off three projects. It was like she saw a ghost!
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    VJ23 in a box

    Busa, I can soo relate to this! Like you, my family have between myself (13), my wife (5), and my kids (4) (still at home), quite a few bikes lurking in our garage. Besides all the time, and resources needed to maintain all the bikes, there is the question of the yearly licencing fees, as all of theme are titled. . So, there is a point there your hobby can start to dominate your life. My one neighbor the other day was very surprised to learn that I do not run a bike shop from my home, and that all the bikes are there for our pleasure. .
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    GSXR 750 J Forks

    I have reported earlier that one of my current projects is the restoration of an 750 J destined to be a future track bike. Last night I realized I do not know what weight oil, nor the amount of oil needed for these 'J' forks. Can someone help me with this info?
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    Needle valve

    Forgive me for barging in, but doesn't that carb body look cracked in the centre??
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    Show us your Slingy

    My old 1100 N. Currently I have three works in progress, A 750 L, a 750 J and a 750 J race bike. What I have learned from both my slabby 1100 J as well as my slingy 1100 N is that personally I prefer the smaller 750 versions.
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    A good match

    Thank you Gary55. It was loads of fun to ride. The precision of placement of this bike was unreal.
  10. When I started my racing career in 1986, I started with a 1984 TZ 250 L frame we converted to a Suzuki by transplanting it's heart with a 1986 RM 250 single. The engine remained standard except for the RM 80 ignition and hand made exhaust chamber. It made for a very tractable motor. The bike was dribbled with other nice things like Marvic 16" magnesium wheels for the (then) generation slicks, loads of titanium and magnesium bits. The result was a bike that was very capably on the shorter , car park, street and go kart regional circuits we raced on half of the time in the super mono championship in the '80's and '90's. On the longer circuits, the bike did loose out a bit over the big bore 4 stroke singles.
  11. WOW, this is really neat! The RF base is actually very good, with loads of potential. Very well done.
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    Slabbies and why we need them....

    Ooo can I also play? Undoubtedly the bike that I had the most fun on, and contributed the most to my riding skill was that first 750 F (old number 2). At that time, and before I started closed circuit racing, we used to race in the mountain passes in the north eastern part of South Africa, close to the Kruger National Park. At the time my main weapon was a Harris F1 with a Moriwaki motor. It was an animal that demanded a lot of input and concentration. When I got the 750 it all fell in place. Later I upgraded to the 1100 J, but essentially it was a step backwards. Riding aggressively, it literally lunched its back tire in less than 200 km, thus I had to carefully choose who to take on and how aggressive to do it. A few years back I got a 750 F again, and restored it. More so in remembrance of old number 2. Alas she does not see much action, and when she does she must think she is on her way to the church . Let's just say she does not need to work so hard for her lunch as poor old number 2 needed to do.
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    RAU GS1000 Trickframe Racer

    Now here is a built to my heart. Real oldskool. There happen to be a set of 18" Astralites lurking in my garage (shed). They are destined to be used in the resurrection of another small slice of period motorcycling history, from here in South Africa.
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    Suzuki GSXR 750 L build.

    Thank you guys for the responses, I appreciate it. I forgot about the US California spec 'L' using the 36mm carbs, thanks you colinworth79. At this point it seems the only plausible solution is to stick to the 38's, as I don't think the US spec 'L' rubbers will be easily obtainable is SA. My thought was that perhaps some bandit rubbers could possibly do the trick.
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    Suzuki GSXR 750 L build.

    I have been restoring / rebuilding a 750 L since the end of last year. The bike was a Japanese import around a decade ago but it seems it had a hard life here. I bought it as a complete bike with a broken engine. The bike is almost finish, only requiring its carbs and body work with a few other small items. I decided not to use the 38mm standard carbs for this model but to convert it to the 36mm slingshot carbs, based on the advise from this forum. I have converted all the different parts to make it work, but now I need some advise guys to complete this conversion. I was hoping that a set of slingshot dot head carb inlet rubbers will work, but they do not match the 'L' inlet rubbers. What model inlet carb rubber will match the GSXR 'L' model port shape, and fit the 36mm slingshot carb? Is there someone that has done this conversion, and what rubbers did they use?