There's a long road ahead but you've got start somewhere, so here we go...
I'm starting the project here in late October and plan to have it up and running by late Springtime 2014 (if the world doesn't decide to end first). I decided to do this project in early October when I found the bike for sale on Craigslist. I guess the project officially began the day I bought the bike, 10 October, but since then all I've done is some thinking, planning and I've bought some parts off of Ebay and from manufacturers.
My GSF400 is a bit on the rough side cosmetically, it's a 1993 that is registered on a Salvage Title since being (gently) wrecked by either the first or second owner. Mechanically it seems to be pretty okay, and that includes the engine. I wonder if the bike didn't spend a lot of its 20 years just sitting in somebody's garage awaiting repairs. The odometer shows just short of 20,000 miles (but I don't put too much faith in the odometer readings on used vehicles).
Today, 24 October, was the first day I did actual work on anything so I'm counting it as "Day 1" of my project. And the item that kicked off the festivities was the arrival of a fuel tank I purchased off of Ebay.
Anybody recognize it? (I know the Bandit 400 community is pretty small)
It has some light rust both inside and outside so I'm going to send it out to a shop that will do a complete recondition job on it, but before I could do that I needed to make a couple of little dremel cuts to open up the petcock orifice a bit.
This will allow me to mount a Pingle Fuel Injection manifold in place of the bike's original petcock. The fuel injection manifold has two tubes, an outflow and an inflow. I plan to use a Honda TRX420 Rancher ATV external fuel pump and it needs to be able to return excess fuel to the fuel tank.
Now the tank is ready to be reconditioned and primed for painting, so it's all boxed up and ready to ship.
There it is, the first post of my GSF400FI Bandit project.