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I cannot resist 70's vintage multi-cylinder 2 stroke street bikes. They call to me to buy them, build them, save them, ride them, or just stare at them in my garage. Here is my latest...

 

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The great Barry White said "Your Sweetness is My Weakness" but in any case, I understand. Fully.

One possible cure is to move away from Japanese bikes and look at Eastern Block 2 strokes. That should cure you right away!

The Japanese 2 strokes are epic though!
 

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The great Barry White said "Your Sweetness is My Weakness" but in any case, I understand. Fully.

One possible cure is to move away from Japanese bikes and look at Eastern Block 2 strokes. That should cure you right away!

The Japanese 2 strokes are epic though!
Ha ha. Well put! :)

This old girl had a loving owner since 1979. She's a '76 GT380. She runs, rides, and smoked up my neighborhood tonight. I scored her for such a cheap price it's incredible. The old man said to me "It's not about the money. I like talking to you."

She needs a fair amount of work to meet my standards, but it's a nice solid platform.
 

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I have never seen a 380 with the tall handle bars in person; in fact this may be the first example I see even in a photo. It could be many owners switched to clip ons, I don't know. I like the colour and the bike looks very, very nice. Congrats!
 

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I have never seen a 380 with the tall handle bars in person; in fact this may be the first example I see even in a photo. It could be many owners switched to clip ons, I don't know. I like the colour and the bike looks very, very nice. Congrats!
That is actually something I would like to change. The bars, seat and emblems are incorrect. If they have to be incorrect, these wouldn't be my choice. I think she may get sticky tires, a mild cafe seat, euro bars and a 3 into 1 chamber. She just needs to be a little more sporty.
 

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That would change the bike dramatically and give it much more of a widow-maker look. I like how you're thinking. Hopefully the $ makes sense too, and you'll have yourself a class ride.
 

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That would change the bike dramatically and give it much more of a widow-maker look. I like how you're thinking. Hopefully the $ makes sense too, and you'll have yourself a class ride.
I'm normally wired to either bring them back to stock or wildly modify. This one I think I'll try a compromise.

She has a fair amount of small rigs on her. Like previously mentioned the seat is atrocious and the bars are horrible. Grips with tassles belong on Harleys. Cromed pegs with rubber stripes belong on Harleys. He has the incorrect emblems on the tank, and the ram air emblems are missing. The rear grab bar is missing which really sucks. Good luck finding one of them. I knocked the left front signal off last night but realized it was rigged on there. I don't think I'll do a complete resto, but she needs to get torn down, cleaned, inspected, painted and reassembled.
 

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what is the allure of the "multi cylinder, 2-stroke" engines of these bikes?
 

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what is the allure of the "multi cylinder, 2-stroke" engines of these bikes?
That is something that is very hard to explain.

They were loud, obnoxious, smoky, and for the most part unreliable. They made good power (for the day) from small displacement. They were incredibly simple to work on, and parts were cheap. Even with their shortcomings they turned the motorcycling world upside down in the 70's until the EPA put a cork in them. Once the US government shunned them, the rest of the world followed suit. Most were tossed in the garbage, left behind barns and garages, raced, beat up, chopped up and forgotten about. They have now become extremely collectible and sought after.

It really boils down to this. Some people get it, some don't. The only way to know is to swing your leg over one and smoke up the neighborhood with the front wheel in the air. If you come back smitten, your hooked.

This is just music to my ears -

GT380 Piper - YouTube
 

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Not sure what it is about it but Im glad your changing out the tires.. They look a little dual purpose to me and that baby screams gorgeous cafe style bike IMHO.
 

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That looks & sounds pretty sweet.
 
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