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    Default Bought a GS 150 from a PakWheeler. Now help me turn this bike into awesomeness

    Alhumdulillah.

    Got meself a new bike: a 2011 model GS 150.

    I saw the ad on PakWheels, and after some back-and-forth with the fine gentleman, I bought the bike for 70,000 rupees (is that a fair price? Don't tell me if it is not abb tau khareed lya hai bhai jee) ...

    I had a basic idea of what I wanted: I wanted a bike to go from point a to point b. And also a bike that can afford me a tour once in a while.

    It seems there is a group of GS 150's here in Lahore, and I have already met one of the members: Zahoor sb, who own a bike repair shop as well!!

    Anyways, here are the pictures as the Bike currently stands:

    Bought a GS 150 from a PakWheeler Now help me turn this bike into awesomeness -1398191Bought a GS 150 from a PakWheeler Now help me turn this bike into awesomeness -1398192Bought a GS 150 from a PakWheeler Now help me turn this bike into awesomeness -1398194Bought a GS 150 from a PakWheeler Now help me turn this bike into awesomeness -1398196

    I hate the red color.

    But here are the "modifications" that I have planned for this bike. Reason for modifications: To make the bike as comfortable as possible on city-wide *and* longer rides. I do plan to show this baby the entire length of KKH in Pakistan. InshAllah. Also, I am big about the mobile lifestyle as far as work is concerned: so I will definitely want some charging for devices (the phone at least).

    There are about six things that I have listed that need work BEFORE any mods. Here they are:

    1. Possibly replace the battery. Electric Starter sometimes - but just sometimes - take two or three presses to start the bike. The battery is still the original one, so get that checked. As I will need to install some electric load to this, the battery needs to perform a bit more than normally required.

    2. The "gararee-set" at the rear tire has been judged to be breathing its last. This is as per the mechanic (Zahoor sb). I, as always, have no idea what I'm doing.

    3. The rear-brake needs an overhaul.

    4. The front shocks need work: the bike rides at a tilt. My first concern was that the chassis is bent. The seller was honest enough to tell me that he did hit the bike, and the front light is already a bit skewed. So I guess the front shocks also took a hit. They are not as soft as they should be. So:
    4(a) front shocks need repairing themselves.
    4(b) either the shocks need alignment, or the whole chassis. I am assured that both can easily be done by an experienced denter. As per my friends with bikes, this is not a big problem to solve. Happiness. Alhumdulillah.

    5. The disc breaks need work: the breaks are worse than drum breaks at the moment. But the brakes are not leaking from anywhere, and is deemed fixable within "reasonable" cost. Allah khair karay.

    6. Oil change. Zahoor sb was adamant that I should replace the fuel "even if I changed the oil fuel and filter (this bike has an oil filter!!) one day ago!!". I then received a lecture on how the 150 engine is one of the most stable engines in the market IF one makes sure the oil and the carbeurator are working smooth. "Honda would sell the same bike for at least 250,000," I was told. Zahoor sb is, interestingly enough, associated as an electrician with Honda motorcycles (yet owns a gs 150 cc). I like him.

    I use the bike almost daily... and want to now get it ready for a "weekend trip" to them mountains perhaps. InshAllah.

    Special Note: Part of the reason I bought this bike is because of the awesome community comments here at PakWheels. Also, the inspiring mods done by the likes of @12gauge give me the confidence that this is a bike that one can "make his own". Allah khair karay
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12gauge View Post
    @momekh

    Bro, congratulations on acquiring a beautiful workhorse at a reasonable price. Its a good thing that you opted for a bike that already has a disk brake installed. you can get it serviced by any experienced mechanic. it may require a brake caliper kit and some new pads. as far as the front shocks are concerned, you should get them serviced as well. put in new STP power steering fluid and a pair of shock seals and they will function like new.

    if you want to make this bike super comfortable, try to increase the height of the bike by atleast two inches from the front. this will lower the strain on your shoulders and arms. how to go about it? well...just add spacers on top of the front shocks. an experienced machinist can do it in no time.

    as far as a charger/power outlet is concerned, I believe its a "must have" for anybody who is considering using this bike for touring purposes. I am afraid you will not be able to find any in the local market but you can always buy'em online (pretty inexpensive) or you can always salvage a car lighter (also pretty darn inexpensive) and turn it into a power outlet. no matter what way you decide, do remember to install a fuse (no more than 5A) with it.

    Regards.
    Thank you for posting a reply!! I have mad respect for what you've done with your bike (Especially the pure science that went behind putting up the windshield), that's mighty impressive (and it's something I would definitely want for this). InshAllah. soon.

    The guy who sold me the bike gave me two custom-machined spacers for the front shocks with the bike... he might have been advised by your input into this forum too!! You're pretty famous in these parts of town

    About the charger - I am getting one that has a lighter and a usb port!! The thought of a usb port on a bike, I still can't get over it. I hope it doesn't fuse out! I am thinking of buying online (Chinapost zindabad!?) .... But I need to check for the fuse (didn't occur to me that a fuse, especially for GS150, would be a no-brainer!)... thanks for going the extra mile with your advice. As always. MashAllah.

    I also want to change the color from red to black. I am advised against painting the body (even if it's oven-cooked), as it will diminish the "resale" value. Hmmm...

    And the top box that you have at the back. That's not a normal top box: your's very balanced with the bike. I have seen others and it just sits on top, looking like an alien part of the bike. A forced function. The one on your bike is a bit in line with the seat. HOW did you get that? And how much? That is just beautiful.

    Sorry for the questions: I've been meaning to get a hold of you even BEFORE I got the bike! Thanks again for the reply. Talk soon inshAllah.
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    What an Idea Sir G!
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    Nice bike.

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    As per @ABObobily STP power steering fluid is rubbish as he had tried it in his cg125 forks so don't go for that junk
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    Quote Originally Posted by SyedMoazzam View Post
    As per @ABObobily STP power steering fluid is rubbish as he had tried it in his cg125 forks so don't go for that junk
    Regards
    bro i beg to differ here. I have been using STP power steering fluid and it seems to work just fine.

    I would humbly request you to understand that a solutin that might work for one may not work for another.

    Regards.

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    congrats for the purchase and price is also reasonable .in my point of view, u should get rid of that 100/90 18 tyre and get a 90/90 18 tyre if u want a big one otherwise stock tyre is ok, as it is too heavy and many seniors recommend that it decreases the bike's mileage,top speed and engine life also.90/90 18 will not have any bad affect on ur bike engine and also looks fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noblerider View Post
    congrats for the purchase and price is also reasonable .in my point of view, u should get rid of that 100/90 18 tyre and get a 90/90 18 tyre if u want a big one otherwise stock tyre is ok, as it is too heavy and many seniors recommend that it decreases the bike's mileage,top speed and engine life also.90/90 18 will not have any bad affect on ur bike engine and also looks fine.
    Neither will 100/90 18. Yes, I agree top speed will decrease but it's a trade off. You have to give up one thing to achieve another. In this case, better road grip, better handling and better braking is achieved so one should not overlook the importance of a good tyre.

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    Congrats for the power horse.
    4 wheels move the body 2 wheels move the soul

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    Quote Originally Posted by momekh View Post
    About the charger - I am getting one that has a lighter and a usb port!! The thought of a usb port on a bike, I still can't get over it. I hope it doesn't fuse out! I am thinking of buying online (Chinapost zindabad!?) ....
    Try to get one with slightly higher price tag cause the cheaper ones will rust rather quickly and you'll be shocked to see its rubber seal (waterproof cap) literally turn into dust right in your hands. this is what happens when cheap rubber is used. spend a little more the first time and you'll be happy in the long run.

    don't worry about the fuse, any electrician can do it here in minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by momekh View Post
    And the top box that you have at the back. That's not a normal top box: your's very balanced with the bike. I have seen others and it just sits on top, looking like an alien part of the bike. A forced function. The one on your bike is a bit in line with the seat.
    like showbiz, the trick is to show just enough a$$. too much and its pornography, if too little then its BORING! lols!

    in other words, the rear trunk needs to be in-line just enough to be part of the the overall scheme and not stick out too much.

    its a fine line, if you blend in too much then it would simply disappear into the over all scheme of the bike.

    Regards.

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    can i ask the address of Mr Zahhor repair shop?

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