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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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Here's a link to my '79 GS750E. It was a track bike that I made street legal. It's the easiest direction to go with what you've got.

Here's what I'd do if I were you:
-Full service according to the clymer manual/factory manual (Especially valve clearances)
-New braided steel brake lines
-New All Balls wheel bearings
-New tires ( I like Avon Roadriders, but there's a lot of good ones out there)
-New All Balls stem bearings
-Progressive front springs with heavier fork oil
-Fork brace
-Progressive or Hagon rear shocks
-Stock Carbs and airbox
-Muffled/baffled exhaust
-New throttle and clutch cables
-Dyna coils and ignition
-Superbike Bars
-New chain and sprockets

That will get you a bike that will run circles around a stock version... after that you could look at some spicier things like smoothbore carbs, box swingarm, cartridge emulators in the front forks etc.
Perfect advice I'd say. up till the smoothbore investment, Its a solid UJM.
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