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Restored 1980 Xj650 (4k0)

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    Restored to stock, except for exhaust mufflers.
    Restored from two old and wrecked bikes. Really enjoyed doing it.
  1. taptapindustries
    Beautiful Resto!
      Gregory70 and David Gaunt like this.
  2. Kalikiano Kalei
    That's a beautiful restoration! I had a 1982 XJ750 (black) with only 44K miles on the clock. Like a FOOL, I sold it and have regretted doing so ever since. Your restored 650 is a jewel!
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    1. David Gaunt
      Thanks, I enjoyed the restoration process and riding it is as much fun as I remembered back in the early 80’s
      David Gaunt, Apr 28, 2020
  3. Chal
    Wow, that's a really beautiful looking bike. Inspiring but you've really set the bar high.
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  4. Pizzaman
    That's beautiful. Nice work. Lot of effort put into that one
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  5. Connor Bunch
    Wow, that's one classy bike
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  6. Simmy
    Also your chrome parts look awesome. Did you get things re-plated?
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    1. David Gaunt
      Hi, yes got the headers rechromed and bought new gauge surrounds.
      David Gaunt, Oct 22, 2019
  7. Simmy
    I'm curious to know what paint schemes you got in Australia with the 650?
    In Canada we got silver bikes with non-YICS motors or the red like yours with YICS motors.
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    1. David Gaunt
      We only ever got non YICS models, I think they were available in blue silver and red. My side cover badges are Seca 650 which are not correct, I just couldn’t find the 650 only badges.
      David Gaunt, Oct 22, 2019
  8. Brian Harris
    How’d you manage to make the exhaust look new when the header pipes were rusty off the original bike? Beautiful work
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    1. David Gaunt
      Hi, I had them re-chromed.
      David Gaunt, Oct 21, 2019
  9. dkavanagh
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    2. David Gaunt
      That thing is kicking my ass, give me a bike to restore any day ;)
      David Gaunt, Mar 13, 2020
    3. Ozhammer
      Hi David, first up great looking bike mate, it's a stunner for sure and I am just so glad that you didn't go down the cafe/brat/bobber route, which so many of these great bikes seem to be afflicted by.

      I have just bought myself a project 4K1 over here on the east coast of Oz and am looking forward to trying to get close to what you have achieved with your bike. Would it be OK if I picked your brains once in a while, as my experience is mainly with two stroke restos?

      Ozhammer, Sep 14, 2020
    4. Ozhammer
      I will be painting mine the same colour as yours, which is the pick of the bunch imho. My bike is rough but pretty complete and it was reasonably priced, so I have some headroom to put some money into it, which as we know, is always more that we budget for!
      Ozhammer, Sep 14, 2020
  10. Old_School_Rock
    Very nice! I'm doing a 1982 Seca 650. What did you do to clean up the wheels? Thanks.
    1. David Gaunt
      Hi, just elbow grease and some paint.
      David Gaunt, Jul 14, 2020