I think for the most part we like em as close to stock as possible. Every now and then though someone will tinker with something just enough that you pause and think to yourself, ” hmm, that is what that bike needed”.
I think we have such an example here. It is a very tastefully upgraded/updated 1992 GSF400 Bandit. For those scratching their heads, think slightly detuned GSXR400R engine in a naked bike package. We Americans didn’t embrace them and they only lasted two years here.
It’s had a lot of loving attention paid to it, I’ll let the seller explain.
Black powder coated frame, chrome powder coated swingarm, with lift mounts, $850.00 custom YSS rear shock, Reworked front forks with chromate finish, re-engineered brakes-front &rear, premium tires, custom brake lines, custom engineered rear cowl & seat, all new engine electrics including the ECU, coils, regulator, pick-up coil, and the list goes on and on.
What’s been done to the engine you ask?
Complete engine over-haul – new pistons & rings, valves, bearings, trans bearing/shafts, new engine side covers, a complete carb rebuild & re-engineering/jetting, new head gaskets engineered by my shop & Cometic Gasket in Ohio, heads ported, all deck surfaces remachine
The rebuilt carbs.
The upgraded rear end and front brakes. As a budget minded bike it originally had very basic suspension and brakes.
What do you guys think? Did the seller get it right? I sure think so. A little tweak here and there with great attention detail and I think you have a winner. I just wonder about price. The fact is, no matter how nice a 90′s era 400cc bike is, they don’t draw high dollars. Even the last few sellers of the much more exotic NC30′s on Ebay had to lower their expectations.