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GS500F Naked Bike Conversion

Going to be turning my bike into a naked bike pretty soon and doing a few upgrades at the same time.

I will be taking the fairings off and making a custom headlight bracket.


Thinking about throwing one of these on my bike. Anyone have any input? It has a baffle on it.



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I think its cool that you want to re do the bike, my opinion those bikes once you take the farings off look wimpy the forks are too skinny and to much rake. If you upgrade to a new beefier looking frontend it may be nice looking

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I think its cool that you want to re do the bike, my opinion those bikes once you take the farings off look wimpy the forks are too skinny and to much rake. If you upgrade to a new beefier looking frontend it may be nice looking

Good luck
It's my first street legal bike and im somewhat mechanically inclined so I think it would be cool to make it my own.

I feel the same way about the fork. Luckily I live next to a motorcycle junk yard. I wanna see what can fit or i dont mind re cutting/ welding to change the angle of the fork tube to make it have a more "supermoto feel".

The front suspension stock is very very soft and worthless.lol

Thanks for the feedback.

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You don't have to make custom stuff for it. The GS500E is the naked version of the bike and all the brackets and such just bolt right up. It is even the same frame!

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Same bike as a cafe racer!
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if you google gsf500 streetfighter theres some nice looking conversions out there, different tail sections ect.. have fun with the project.

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Thanks for the input. Found some great ideas.

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yea, they made a "naked version" alongside the faired version... My girlfriend actually has this same bike and I had planned on making it naked as well but then she decided she liked it better with the plastics on...
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yea, they made a "naked version" alongside the faired version... My girlfriend actually has this same bike and I had planned on making it naked as well but then she decided she liked it better with the plastics on...
I'm aware of the "E" model. I want more of a "sporty" look.

This is pretty close to what I want. I like how he has the aftermarket handle bars and headlight brackets.


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If that pic of the vacuum cleaner attachment is supposed to replace your muffler, please don't use that. It's likely going to be louder than Satan farting and will just piss off your neighbors. A quiet bike keeps everyone happy.

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If that pic of the vacuum cleaner attachment is supposed to replace your muffler, please don't use that. It's likely going to be louder than Satan farting and will just piss off your neighbors. A quiet bike keeps everyone happy.
It actually has a baffle on it and is suppose to be 105db's. Still looking for a genuine shorty pipe.

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http://www.dimecitycycles.com/satin-...y-muffler.html

Check these guys out DCC has lots of cafe/street fighter stuff

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It actually has a baffle on it and is suppose to be 105db's. Still looking for a genuine shorty pipe.
Ummmm.... 101dB is the threshold for immediate aural pain. That's 4dB more than that. A freight train horn is only about 102dB.

PERMANENT hearing damage at 104dB begins after 1 minute 52 seconds of exposure per the World Health Organization, IIRC.

You might want to avoid that thing.

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It actually has a baffle on it and is suppose to be 105db's. Still looking for a genuine shorty pipe.
Also, be realistic with what you're looking for... An aftermarket pipe is most likely just going to make it sound like a racey four wheeler... not that there's anything wrong with that... I've seen quite a few people put pipes on twins expecting them to sound like an inline 4 rocket and then complain that the pipe sounds like shit... I'm really a fan of the twin noise, and I'd honestly be curious to see what that shorty pipe sounds like, but only if it was $20 on eBay and then I'd throw it in the garbage afterwards or put it on my lawnmower...

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Ummmm.... 101dB is the threshold for immediate aural pain. That's 4dB more than that. A freight train horn is only about 102dB.

PERMANENT hearing damage at 104dB begins after 1 minute 52 seconds of exposure per the World Health Organization, IIRC.

You might want to avoid that thing.
This guy is on the right track (see what I did there?). 105db is loud as f#%$. There's nothing wrong with a stock exhaust, but an aftermarket pipe has the potential to be pretty detrimental due to a number of factors, not the least of which is hearing loss. Less noise lets your brain focus on all the other important facets of riding as stimuli bombard you. It won't annoy drivers, who only notice you for the wrong reasons if you have a loud pipe. It's less stressful than the constant wail or drone of a loud pipe, so you can ride longer without losing focus. The only thing a more open exhaust does, in most cases, is create more sound.

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If it's your first bike, I'd ride it like it is for a while because you may want to upgrade to something else.

I have a 2009 GS500F and it's really a nice bike as it is. I put higher bars on it and that's about it. The 500cc parallel twin air cooled engine is old tech and pretty much bullet proof, so will run forever with just regular maintenance. They are awesome starter bikes and pretty fun to ride.

It will never be a screamer and the twin won't sound that great unless you put a high quality exhaust or duals on it. You also will need to rejet the carbs with that shorty exhaust or it will run too lean (they are set lean stock) and that could result in engine damage. You can go down the path of doing all the things to get it to run right but will have a bunch of time and money into it...I wouldn't go that route.

Turning the bike into a naked fighter will likely reduce the resale value particularly if you customize it to your own taste.

My point is consider how much you put into it...that really nice 919 may be around the corner

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105 db?! Holy cow, listen to these guys! Unless you want to become deaf. And not in a good way.

There are also some solid advice about keeping it stock and riding it. Focus on your riding skills and spend time riding, not things you broke in the name of learning to mod.

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Thanks for the advice guys. I'm looking for a decent Oem pipe off another bike, I just want a shorter pipe.

As far as resale I dont really care about that. The bike was cheap as is.


Also I took the fairings off last night and made a custom headlight bracket with new turn signals. Total money spent was about $20


This isn't the final products still need to go back and clean up the headlight with the dremel a bit more and possible paint the fork and rear fairing.

Thinking about ordering new bars like the bike posted above. I want them taller and wider for a more upright feel.


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Start a new build thread and take lots of pictures. Lol I love reading build threads it passes the boring parts of the day at work.

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It would make a cool Cafe' racer!

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Did some work to the bike over the past week.

I wanted to paint the fairing so I did some research on a good way to do it.



I first removed the fairing and took off the decals. Then used "Goo gone" to remove the sticker residue.

Also made a youtube Tutorial on how to do this.



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-Sand the paint down with 320 grit sandpaper.
-Make sure the paint is no longer glossy (you want to make sure you remove all the clearcoat.
-Rinse off and prep the surface.
-Wipe down with lint free cloth. (I used rubbing alcohol)




I made a little ghetto paint booth.
-Spray 2-3 even coats of primer and let it dry.



-Apply 2-3 coats of paint after the primer after let it sit for about 30min between coats.
-It was about 85 degrees in my garage so the process was quicker.


Next apply the clear coat
-4 coats should be good enough.
-Evenly apply them. After let it sit for about a day.




As you can tell the paint is kinda shiny. You get most of your shine from wet sanding and buffing.

Wet sand with 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
-You want to get most of the "orange peel" off. (Dimples in paint)
-Move on to 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. This will bring the paint to a smooth finish. You will begin to notice the paint becoming very smooth and have a dull shine to it.


I forgot to take a picture of this part but I did take a video which I would upload to my channel soon.

After cleaning up the fairing the next step is to use a rubbing compound. Be careful not to burn the paint or if performing by hand not to spend too much time on one area.





Next step wax the fairing.

-Its just like waxing your car.
-Follow the instructions and wax away.
-I did 2 coats. 1 off the bike and another on it.





I apologize for the grammatical errors. I don't proof read forum posts. lol

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Final Product. The picture doesn't show how shiny it really is




Sexy beast is coming along




Let me know what you guys think.

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Looks like its coming together nicely


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Thanks guys.

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Good job keep updating it looks good.

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Trying to source a stock exhaust off a gsxr or something small and compact.

Also thinking about painting the motor black.



Made a little edit for fun.


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That is kinda fun! Is your dog carrying your books to school for you?

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After seeing the headlight, I thought of this old chestnut:


Horse walks into a bar.
Bartender asks "Hey, why the long face?"

Good luck with the project.

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Painted the motor with High Temp Paint.

Don't know how I feel about it yet.



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