Parts & par­cel: a break­erís guide

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - BREAKING BAD -

Hard to nd parts

Fuel tanks are get­ting tougher to source, es­pe­cially those that haven't had his­tor­i­cal re­pairs. In­ter­nal rust and seams that have blown are com­mon sights on GPz900R tanks. The only glim­mer of hope is that with a model run of around 10 years you can use a late model tank on the ear­lier ma­chines. Stan­dard ex­hausts are back in fash­ion for GPz900R re­stor­ers; sadly there aren't too many to go around. Hand­books and tool­kits are be­com­ing de­sir­able for those restor­ing back to orig­i­nal. They add value and smiles to any re­fur­bished GPz900R. Han­dle­bar switch gear in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion are hard to find. The black plas­tic bod­ies are prone to fad­ing so a set of fresh look­ing black ones will al­ways be in de­mand.

Canít give em away parts

Wheels are only worth sav­ing if in very good orig­i­nal con­di­tion. Re­painted wheels are hard to shift. Frames are cheap, once the sub-frame, swingarm, foot-rest plates are re­moved it's ac­tu­ally a very cool and small de­sign. This doesn't add any­thing to its worth. For years tired GPz900Rs have been raided for parts, the frames are of­ten the last thing to sell. Ra­di­a­tors are all too of­ten fes­tered to the point where the mount­ing points sim­ply turn to pow­der! The cores are also a weak spot. Any 900R that runs hot­ter than nor­mal could be in dire need of a new ra­di­a­tor. Used ones that even look okay are usu­ally mask­ing misery.

What to pay!

Fuel tank in great orig­i­nal con­di­tion will top £200 if it is re­pair free and in­ter­nally clean. En­gines vary mas­sively; they are of­ten touted around with op­ti­mistic price tags but the re­al­ity is £300 will buy you a low mileage item. Carbs are get­ting tougher to find. UK bikes had ex­tra plumb­ing to avoid carb ic­ing. £150 isn't out of the way for a bank of carbs from a run­ning bike. Pay less for any untested items.

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