Month: July 2010

Nice CX500 Turbo Resto…. from the Land of Disco!


 Mike Skelton sends in another beauty.

He Writes:

Steve,
This is a 1982 CX500 Turbo my restoration buddy Ed @ Cycle Treasures just finished. It was running when he got it, but just barely. A full service, some fuel injection foibles repaired and fresh paint were in order to arrive at the finish you see here.

The unit has less than 12000 miles on it.

Brother Ed is also quite skilled at polishing and painting with a 12oz spray can. He has taught me a few tricks using a rattle can and a secret process to make $6.00 worth of paint really look good!

A few Ebay bits here and there, and viola! Fini!

Reader Submittal. Outstanding suzuki GT750 Restomod.


Ken Fontenot of Cyclesports Houston sends in their latest masterpiece.  one of these days I’m going to have to buy myself a nice GT.  They’re starting to grow on me.

 Ken writes:

Here is a custom restoration we did on a ’72 Suzuki GT750. The bike came in to us all apart in boxes and had been that way for several years. Actually there were two frames and parts from two different bikes, a ’72 and a ’73.

Instructions from the owner were that he hated chrome and wanted a nice bike that looked like a stock one but with nice mods that would make it a better bike, no outrageous custom, wanted to keep it very conservative looking, using the ’72 frame.

We did a complete inspection of all the parts and pulled all the best stuff out and started the project. First off we took ALL the chrome peices and sent them to the powdercoaters for a nice aluminum coating, fenders and all. We also sent the ’72 frame, electrical box, side & center stands and had them coated in gloss black. In lue of the chrome rims we ordered a set of aluminum excell rims and stainless spokes from Buchanan’s, the hubs were also aluminum coated. We had Jemco exhaust systems right down the street from us build a set of there 3 into one nickel plated chambers. All the painted items were stripped and painted aqua Blue, same as the stock color for ’72 but left off all the stripes. The instruments were sent off and were completely refurbished. We also ordered a set of black XR750 flat track bars from Flanders.

We had two engines so we took both completely apart and used all the best parts to make one. Crankshaft was sent to Bill Bune Enterprises for a complete rebuild and truing with all new bearings and seals. We also got new first over pistons & rings, bored the cylinders and painted the cases satin black. All the engine covers were either polished or painted hi-gloss black. All fasteners were replaced with polished stainless allens.

Carbs were also stripped and painted, bodies satin black, covers & bowls hi-gloss black and rejetted for the chambers and K&N pod style air filters instead of the stock airbox. All cables, hoses & fuel lines were replaced with new.

We had a ’73 disc front bake setup as well as the ’72 Double leading Drum. We knew the Disc would probably work better but just couldn’t get away from the cool good looks of the Double leading setup, all new shoes and bearings of course.

New Footpeg rubber, seat, front fork boots, as well as grips were aquired and installed. New tapered roller bearings on the steering stem, progressive springs and new progresive shocks and bronze swingarm bushings renewed the suspension and worked much better than the stock componets. For tires we found a set of new K-70 dunlops for that retro look.

The bike has won awards at local shows and is ridden by its owner Greg Owen every chance he gets. The bike really handles great, is very comfortable, and runs exceptionally well. Those Jemco Chambers give it a very nice growl and sitting there at idle its music to the ears! We love the old Two strokes!

Thanks for Your consideration!

Ken Fontenot
Cycle Sports Ltd of Houston
9802 Clay Rd
Houston, Texas 77080
713-690-9802
www.cyclesportshouston.com

Thanks for the great pics Ken!

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Reader Ride. One BADA$$ Yamaha XT500 Vintage MX’er!


John From North Texas Writes in:

Not all Yamaha XT500’s are destined to become flat track racers or street trackers.

I race this bike with the local vintage MX club here in North Texas. http://www.tvrc.org

Damm John, that looks like a heluva good time! Thanks Much!