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TOPIC: 1980: To Restore or not to restore

1980: To Restore or not to restore 25 Jul 2019 09:42 #1

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I bought this super clean and original 1980 250 recently and I think it even has the original tires. Trip counter may have gone around twice? Maybe.

Pics here are as I bought it. I've since power washed it and I've been detailing it.

I've been thinking about taking the detailing to another level and perhaps do a few things to restore it to original condition.

I've wet sanded the rear fender scratches painted the rear part of the mono-shock that always gets stone chipped and rusty.
I need to remove the pipe and replace a broken spring mount and will put a new exhaust gasket in it.

I might just give the pipe (that has faded somewhat) a brightening with a micro fiber cloth and satin high heat paint.

The tank stripes are in pretty decent shape but have turned that ugly yellow.

What is the general opinion on restoring this bike?

It's so clean I'm tempted to leave it as is but my collection of older Japanese superbikes is made up of all restored bikes or Mint stock condition.

I know once you re-stripe it you can never put the old ones back on.

Is this bike best left as a survivor or should I re-stripe it, pull the pipe and professionaly re-paint it? I will probably keep the bike as a display piece in my shop but will no doubt sell it off one day. I can't be buried with them all.

1978 Kawasaki Z1-R
1979 Yamaha XS 1100E
1979 Honda CBX
1979 Kawasaki KZ1000 MKII
1980 Honda CBX
1982 Suzuki GS1100 Katana
1982 Kawasaki KZ1000 LTD
1984 Kawasaki GPZ900 Ninja
1984 Suzuki GSX-R 750
2005 Aprilia RSVR 1000

1980 Yamaha IT250
1980 Suzuki GS400E (project bike)

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 25 Jul 2019 12:47 #2

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Very nice original specimen. My experience is very limited, but my enthusiasm is there. I would say from looking at your pictures that it is a good candidate for a freshening, not a restoration. Wish it was in my stable!

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 25 Jul 2019 17:54 #3

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Would new stripes hurt its value? You can never put the old ones back on. But it would sure pop with new ones.

I’ve used 400, 600 and 800 grit and knocked out all the rear fender scratches. Next step will be buffing till I get it to shine with a cloth wheel. Unless someone has better tips. If I was to stripe it I’d lightly sand and buff the tank to brighten it up a notch.

Other than cosmetics The only thing I really want to fix is the spark arrestor. Owner made it real ugly removing it with pliers and hammering it back in. Will attempt to remove, repair and re-pack. Or if I could find a clean original part I’d go that way. The pipe itself is near perfect.

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 25 Jul 2019 18:23 #4

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I would ride it and enjoy it as is. It looks very nice and not abused. It's intended for a different environment than the super bikes. It was made and intended to get dirty. Think of it as a little diversity for your collection :likey

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 26 Jul 2019 00:55 #5

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Mmmmm good question,
It's definitely in good condition for a start and I'm a believer in if it's not broken don't fix it ,
I've stripped and rebuilt and restored quite a few bikes over the years and this one so long as she runs ok would probably do the bare minimum
decals etc can be cheap to replace but it's a preference thing at the end of day does it bug you it's a little faded to go out and buy more it's a dirt/trials bike built to get dirty and wash off think you need make you're own mind up on this one ,no disrespect to anyone

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 15 Aug 2019 20:38 #6

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She is quite a survivor,I would keep IT and ride IT into the sunset as is.

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1957 Cushman Eagle 1969 Honda 90 ATC 1969 Honda CB250
1973 Yamaha AT3 1974 Kawasaki KH440 1974 Honda XR75
1975 Suzuki TS75 1975 Kawasaki GreenStreak 90 1975 Suzuki GT550
1975 Suzuki TS250 1976 Suzuki GT550 1976 Indian Chief
1976 Yamaha YZ80 1978 Yamaha IT175 1980 Suzuki GS550
1982 Yamaha IT465J
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1980: To Restore or not to restore 15 Aug 2019 20:59 #7

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Wash it & Ride it as is....great lookin survivor....:OnFire
Would love to have that in my collection..

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 19 Aug 2019 22:39 #8

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if you ride a lot i’d just get on and ride it , if everything is working. you can always do a restoration later on if you clean and maintain it during your ownership

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 20 Aug 2019 15:07 #9

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This bike is such a nice original survivor, I would not do any restoration. Your plan is to display it, so detail it and show it for what it is. In 2019 there is more interest in originals than in the past. It's an off road bike, so you can be more tolerant of scratches and dings. People seeing this unrestored original survivor among your collection will definitely bring out interest.

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1980: To Restore or not to restore 20 Aug 2019 19:35 #10

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Leave it as is!

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