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Old 20-06-2018, 07:32 PM   #1
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My GSX 650F ( First Bike )

Im currently doing my Direct access and being impatient I couldn't wait until I had passed before buying a bike.

I was seriously considering a PCP on a new bike, then this one came up locally and considering its my first ever bike I thought it probably made more sense to start of with a used bike. Its a cracking bike though, the guy I bought it from bought the bike from West Coast Harley just under a year ago, very tidy next to no miles and FSH

Picked the bike up last night, can't take it on the road yet but can still detail it

Got a good few mods and maintenance items planned but so far just a good clean and quick polish to brighten up the paint





Definitely don't need a big drying towel for this !

Check out this mess





After single pass with 105 MF system the 205 Rupes White pad






Wiped down with IPA and Sealed up with my favourite Fusso Coat and cleaned up the exhaust with some Autosol




Looking much better !




Tucked back up in the garage waiting for me to get my licence

Not sure how easy keeping the paint good on this will be, the tank will inevitably get marked, could get a tank bag. Im considering having the bike resprayed satin gunmetal ( to match my helmet ). I know it could effect resale value etc but its just a cheap bike anyway.

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Old 22-06-2018, 09:26 AM   #2
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Excellent choice for a 1st bike. Acf 50 is your friend if you're planning to ride in all weathers.
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Old 22-06-2018, 09:47 AM   #3
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Superb work, very nice job.

The Solvol works well, I used to use so much of that stuff on metal parts on my bikes, especially the polished alloys, I found it a little too abrasive on chrome and would wear the chrome plating away on the Japanese bikes of the time.

Really impressed on how you have turned the body work around.
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Old 04-07-2018, 01:30 PM   #4
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Mod 1 Passed this morning ! Clean sweep with no minors

Bike is getting picked up on Saturday For MOT and to get the restricter removed so will be all good to go for when I have passed Mod 2, hopefully not long to go now
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looks good, well done on passing your test, now the real learning begins....

as said, if you're going to use it all year, give it a coat of ACF50... get the panels off and get it in about the engine etc... everywhere except brakes and tyres...

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A great paint refresh - looks superb.

I love the GSX - one of my favourite bikes with the 650 being a really good balance between usability and power.
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:32 PM   #7
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Just had a search of the site and stumbled across your post Mark.

I did my direct access and passed 23rd May this year and I bought myself a GSX650F in black... Mine is all black, black screen, Yoshi exhaust and im in love with it.

I really need to learn how to detail... wash and a basic polish im okay with. I now have 2 black cars and a black bike! Was this polished by and or machine? Ill post a picture up of mine later when im not on a work PC
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As promised when I wasn’t at work here’s my beauty


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remember to get the important bits cleaned as well.... I.e. the brakes and especially the calipers and caliper pots.

I strip and clean mine once a month, doesn't take too long to get the pads out and give the inside of the brakes a good clean.... also ensure your front disc bobbins are free to turn and allow the disc to 'float'

also make sure that your forks are nice and clean too... I've seen far too many bikes with dirty chrome legs which leads to damaged oil seals...

I would always suggest having nice and clean components like brakes, forks and chain/sprockets rather than plastic covers...

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Very nice bike mate !

I just got mine back from its MOT and service, Passed with flying colours and had its restrictor removed . So everything is good to go now just need the licence !

On that note I haven't even got my licence yet and I have never been on the road with my bike yet I can't keep off the computer looking for what my next bike will be !!!

The MT-10 and GSXR 1000 will definitely be getting test driven once I have some experience under my belt
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