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I am looking for a replacement emblem for the gas tank both sides and a speedometer. Anyone have any suggestions where I can find these?

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Best bet for an 85' would be a cycle salvage yard. You may have one closer, but here's one to check out. You can submit your inquiry/parts need right online and they will let you know if they have it and how much:
www.sportwheel.com

If they don't have it, you can just do an internet search on Motorcycle Salvage and should find a buch of them listed around the country.

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