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1980 GS550E - Cafe build

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I’m new to the forum and these bikes in general. Just picked up a ‘80 GS550E with 15k for $300. Looking to turn it into a cafe bike. I can do some mechanic work and have an idea of what I want to do but with little direction. Anyone who has started a build from an old worn bike have any guidance on where to start first? Plan to make it a project that’ll take some time. Any help is appreciated thank you!
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That thing looks pretty clean. I like the advice of using the early superbikes as inspiration and not the classic cafe racers and certainly not the current "cafe racer" unrideable crap that you see on exif each day.

Post up some pictures of bikes you want to emulate. In the mean time I'd fous on getting it running before tearing stuff apart. Get it titled if it doesn't already have one. Then once you know you have a useable bike you can get more serious about mods.

quarter fairing, solo tail, smaller front fender, lower bars, good to go. Well, of course there will also be new brake lines, tires, rebuilding the suspension and a bunch of other things, etc...
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