Another serious Suzuki build! MAN that’s nice!
Ok, finally finished our ’75 Suzuki GT500 Cafe Racer. We used your Hand controls, master cylinder, brake light switch, and mirrors. Did a studio photoshoot this past weekend and here are some of the pics.
Here is a little info on the bike:
Another Unique Custom Cafe Racer from the build team at Cycle Sports Ltd of Houston:
We have a customer, Mr Terry Shields that really likes nice vintage motorcycles. He bought a used Suzuki GT500 on Ebay in really good condition, rode it around for a while and felt he wanted to convert it into a Cafe racer. He brought it in to us and we came up with a few ideas on how to make it all happen.
We stripped the bike down to the bare frame, sandblasted it and started removing unneeded tabs and modifying it to make it fit the part. We put the frame up on a lift and started construction. Everything that was put back on was either refurbished, refinished or replaced. All specialty hardware & fasteners that we reused were replated to look new.
We found an appropriate fiberglass tank, tail/seat, and Manx style front fender from Legendary Motorcycles out of New York. We went about getting all the mounting brackets made and installed these componets. We custom built a hinge to tilt the seat up. Engine was cleaned, Painted, and all covers sent to the chrome shop. We had Jemco Exhaust Systems here in Houston build a set of expansion chambers to fit and they, as usual, did a remarkable job! We also sent the pipes to the chromers as well as many other parts. We modified a set of Yamaha R1 foot controls and Moto-Bits pedals to make the rearsets, more chroming. Wheels were stripped, Hubs and assorted hardware also chromed. New Chrome rims, stainless spokes were aquired, relaced and Dunlop K71 retro tires were installed & balanced.
For instruments we installed a Koso unit with analog tach, digital speedo, tripmeters, idiot lights, and shift light. All hand controls and bar-end mirrors are from Joker Machine mounted to a set of superbike bars. We got a Dunstall 1/4 fairing from Air-tech and made custom mounts for it. All suspension componets were rebuilt and slightly longer piggyback gas shocks were installed. We sent all the cables to Barnett and had them all rebuilt and shortened, came back looking like new. We rebuilt the carbs, painted them to match the engine, rejetted them to the pipes and installed a set of K&N airfilters.
Frame, Tank, Fairing, Tail peice and several brackets were painted with House of Color Ice Blue which really comes alive under bright lighting or sunlight. Side covers were painted Satin Black to enhance the straight line under tank & Tailpiece.
The bike runs great and handles very well, quite a bit lighter than the stock original and quite striking in appearance. Our thanks to all our vendors and friends that helped in the build!
Photography by: Michael Valdez
The Cycle Sports Ltd of Houston Build team: