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Last night I was checking out motorcycles on Craigslist, as I do several times a day when possible, in hopes of finding one of the "great deals" that I often read about. As I was perusing the posting title one happened to catch my eye: 1981 Sliver Wing parts bike 500cc $150. I chuckled to myself about the misspelling of the word Silver and clicked on the link. I was happy to find that the bike was in reasonably good condition as parts bikes go, but no key was available. Two phone numbers were listed, one was a message number and the other was a business number with the the hours listed. So I talked to my lovely bride about it and she said "if you want it buy it". I really love that woman. Wanting to talk to a person and not a machine, I waited until this morning to call. The guy selling the bike told me that it was still available. I asked if he would hold it for me until Monday as I will be out of town this weekend and I had some stuff to get done before we leave tomorrow afternoon. He informed me that it was a first come first served. So I made a call to a friend of mine and procured his utility van and set out on my 160 mile round trip to acquire a "new" parts bike. Several hours later (bad road conditions, we got hit by a big storm Tues night) I now have a decent parts bike. I plan to pull the carbs and prolink and rebuild them, put them on one of the running bikes and then rebuild the pulled ones for the other running bike. Total cost: Bike $150.00, Gas $50.00, Lunch $2.00 (Taco Bell), five hours of my time. I'm really happy about this bike because I really didn't want to use my wife's old bike as a parts bike as it is a running bike. It does have a stator problem, but with two other good bikes I can work on it at my leisure. The parts bike has a good rear cowl, although it does have a crack in it and a nice small trunk with a nifty little rack on the top as well as a good looking set of exhaust pipes. For less than $2500.00 we now have four bikes, three runners and a parts bike. This is less than what my friend paid for a 79' Harley for his wife as a birthday gift last year. Who says you can't bike on a budget? By the way, my wife told me today that she wants me to turn her old bike into a trike for her. So, after I get her new bike on the road, I will start planning the trike project.



















 

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Kinda funny thing happened to me today. I was at a CMA funtion and was talking to a guy I met there. He asked me about my bike and I told him it was an 82 GL 500 and asked if he was familiar with the bike. He said "yeah, a friend that lives next door has one. I called him the other day cause I saw a parts bike on CL". I said "yeah, it's in my garage". lol.
 

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Nice going Stubby. You interested in selling the fairing sitting in the background?
 

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Nice going Stubby. You interested in selling the fairing sitting in the background?


Sure Joel. I'm not sure what it is off of, but it is very lightweight. Shoot me a PM and we'll figure something out.
 

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I've got a bunch of parts off now. It's starting to look really bare now. My daughter came out to the garage today and when she saw the bike she said, "wow dad, that bike looks naked". I just chuckled and said "yeah, it's a parts bike so I'm stripping it". I have lost half of my garage to 4 bikes and the related parts!!!! I need to get some of it cleaned up and reclaim my garage.



















 

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Ha, you and me both! After the bike I bought on Saturday my wife said I've reached my limit.



I have a few more busy days at work then I can strip the CX parts bike and a Virago parts bike!



Have fun!



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It's a good experience for me. I don't have a lot of mechanical experience, so this is really building my confidence and I am learning how things work on the GLs. I love it!!!! lol.
 

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Well, I removed several more parts today including the radiator and all the controls on the left side. I decided to see if the engine would turn over and was very excited to find out that it turns over very nicely. I drained the oil today as well. Should I replace the oil for extended storage, or will it be o.k. as is?
 

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Yeah, I'd throw some new cheap oil in there, and crank it for 10-15 seconds several times. May as well throw some fogging spray down the intakes and spark plugs holes before you do that also. Put the old plugs back in with a smear of antiseize too. Then you'll have a pickled engine better than most, and shouldn't have any rude surprises when you get back to it. Wouldn't be a bad idea to stuff some rags in any exposed orifices either.
 
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