View Full Version : Some dude from Tri-Cities area

04-08-2014, 06:52 PM
Hey everyone, StevieRides here. I'm just some dude from the Tri-Cities that is only just now getting into being on two wheels. I've loved motorcycles all my life, but understand that my family despises them, absolutely. So I had to hide my passion for the longest time. But! here I am, bought my first banger of a motorcycle for $500 and a rifle, and even though it does not run all the time (narrowed it down to fuel-feed issues and a dirty, dirty bank of carburetors) she's my baby. It's an '83 Kawasaki 550 LTD, and when I do manage to get the engine running, she sounds sweet as pie, even if the tachometer cable is busted.

I'm also battling youtube to get my channel name changed, as I wish to Moto-vlog with this screen name, but that's a long ways off. Other than that eh, I really ain't got all that much to say. Y'all should be able to figure out my name. And being a brand-new rider, I'm sure I'll have lots of questions. So, please be gentle (or not, sometimes I like it rough eh?)

04-08-2014, 07:20 PM
Welcome stevie post a picture of that ole cow......er the bike I mean.

04-08-2014, 07:24 PM
$500 for a non running 550... You need to haggle better lol. Serious note, welcome and those are pretty good cycles

04-08-2014, 08:30 PM
Welcome stevie post a picture of that ole cow......er the bike I mean.

It's definitely a bit of a cow, but it should be easy going and the riding position is comfortable. I did get it up the road a bit. I mean, I did have to push it back but that's progress in a sense, lol. I'll have to borrow a camera but yeah I'll post pics.

and Junky I sort of wanted a project bike, other than the issues I mentioned which shouldn't be difficult fixes other than the carbs, but I'm just going to remove 'em and take them to a shop for a rebuild, it's a very well looked after and clean bike, it just sat for a bit. You know, something to work on and bring back to life myself, since I want to try and be a mechanic in the future, as well.

04-08-2014, 08:35 PM

04-08-2014, 08:57 PM
Welcome! I remember the LTDs very well. Nice old bike and a good choice for a first bike.

04-08-2014, 09:45 PM
Welcome! I remember the LTDs very well. Nice old bike and a good choice for a first bike.

Welcome... Ultra Al remembers his STD's but recalls nothing associated with LTD's

Gas Man
04-08-2014, 10:16 PM


Bagger Dave
04-08-2014, 10:32 PM
Welcome :cheers:

04-08-2014, 11:06 PM
Welcome to TWM, I admire you passion to ride, keep at it, we're rooting for you, and some people here can actually help, LOL

04-08-2014, 11:28 PM
Welcome from Waterford!

04-08-2014, 11:51 PM
well than cool beans man. might wanna hurry up on the pic's, gas man is kinda anal about that LOL

04-09-2014, 01:28 AM
Jon is the man when it comes to those older rides. Post up some pics and start a build thread on here and if your like vid hell post one of those up too.

04-09-2014, 06:35 AM
Welcome and we all get your passion.

04-09-2014, 08:22 AM

04-09-2014, 11:13 AM
Welcome and best of luck with the rebuild. One thing I can tell you is when they have no fuel they dont run. Yes I know this.

04-09-2014, 12:49 PM
Thanks everyone. I will work on getting pics up, but since I don't own a camera I'll have to ask a bud for his.

I do have the pic from the seller, to tide y'all over.


04-09-2014, 02:37 PM
Welcome. Nice bike!

04-09-2014, 02:50 PM

Gas Man
04-09-2014, 11:16 PM
Great looking old school scoot.... how did you find us?

04-09-2014, 11:22 PM
Easy! I just googled "Michigan Motorcycle Forum" and you guys popped up first thing.

04-09-2014, 11:30 PM
dang that does look nice and cared for. it's nice some were cared for.

04-10-2014, 09:42 AM

Gas Man
04-10-2014, 11:24 AM
That's awesome to hear Steve. I also own that dot com.

04-11-2014, 03:27 PM
Ok, got some more pictures of the bike. Sorry for the quality, had to use a cell phone and they got funky.


Gas Man
04-11-2014, 10:08 PM
Looks clean!!