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Posted September 12, 2016
Would you mind me asking how much you paid for yours? It looks like its in amazing condition. I bought one that I just did a lot of mechanical tune up on, but probably need to do more. I'd like to restore it completely. I will post a pic, its bad, someone spray painted it black. I want to eventually have it looking like yours. Did you do any work on it? I'm wondering if its better to buy new plastics or just use plastic paint stripper to strip all the plastics. I'm not sure how much that would save. I see full plastics on ebay for $229. I just don't want to sink a bunch of money in a bike that isn't worth the trouble. I'd like to know what the resale would be if I did get it in tip-top condition like yours. Not looking to make money, I'm going to keep it, but I don't want to go overboard. Thanks!
I paid $1,100 for it on eBay. I was fortunate that the bike & engine was a low hour machine. The engine was on the original piston so it didn't need bored although I honed it and replaced the piston/rings. That and replacing the crank seals and clutch were the only other engine repairs. The 1980/81 rear fenders are not available as reproductions so I sanded and polished it back to new condition. All the other plastic was available new from Suzuki. The OEM carbs are junk on these bikes so I recommend buying a new Mikuni to replace it, they are available and fit without modification. I was also lucky that the original exhaust pipe and muffler were in excellent shape. Unfortunately, no one seems willing to pay anything close to what it costs to restore one of these bikes but I recouped about 1/2 of my restoration costs ($1200+) when I sold it, not counting labor. Wonderful bike to ride, the engine is very powerful for a 175 but I didn't want to tear it up as many of the parts are hard to find. My bike went into a private museum of sorts so I'm glad it will be preserved.