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:
UPDATE:For more on this bike go HERE
In honor of the Kawasaki Triples 2 stroke gathering in Deals Gap this weekend (which unfortunately I can’t make this year) I’ll be a little heavy on the 2 stroke posting this week. So with that in mind here’s another fine bike from our roving correspondent Charles Lathe
I’m attaching a couple of shots of a Suzuki I saw at a European bike get together in Raleigh.
We nipped into Florida on 17 before turning north on 95 headed to St. Mary’s, Georgia for Easter and enjoyed the best weather we’d seen for a while. Spring is threatening to establish itself here, but it is dragging its feet this year.
I love these sorts of builds. “Radicalized” 2-strokes!
From: “Mark McCord”
Here’s my gt550 I got in high school brand new.2008 gsxr front end.2006 sv 650 swingarm.2006 kawasaki 636 rear shock.busa rearsets.RSD pro pipes.Bored .30 over.Carbon fiber headlight and fender.Everything is powder coated.This was a home garage build.5 months from start to finish.
Sorry. Been a little hit and miss this week. Been chasing electrical gremlins on the DR650. All sorted out now. Who would imagine a battery going bad after sitting in a cold garage for six months. 😛
Getting her set up for some traveling this spring to assorted shows and may even turn her into a full time commuter if the price of gas keeps going the way it has. 35-38mpg (Yes I’m a bit “harsh” with the throttle) sure beats my truck.
Anyhow… here’s another victim of the spam filter.
Feb 15 (13 days ago)
A few of my brother’s bikes over the years. He was a 2-stroke guy with his RD400’s but then became a BMW kinda guy, first with R65LS’s, three to date, and later with R100GS’s, he’s on his second. The latest one he’s made into an R65LS lookalike since he never rides off-road. The gold RD400 was very highly modified with DG heads, pipes and swingarm, Lectron carbs, home made rear sets and seat, fork brace, braided steel brake lines, Tomasselli clip-ons and a custom made (by me) wiring harness which allowed the whole front part, fairing, headlight and all instruments and controls to be disconnected and removed with one massive multi-wire connection (from a car) for ease of maintenance which there was always a lot. In one racing weekend he changed three left pistons due to a crankcase seal air leak. Good times and they aren’t over yet.
’82 GS1100L/California Sidecar, ’02 GSXR1000, ’86 Fazer, ’92 DR650, ’92 FZR600, ’00 DR400Z, ’00 TTR225
Mike sent me a link to his Flickr site and I grabbed these two! Nice Stuff!
His original E-mail about the CR500
This is my CR500 AFC Supermoto 79RWHP. I mostly run it on the street but for fun I took it to the drag strip and ran a 12.4 @ 101.4mph 1/4mile. It didn’t have a soft enough tire to launch hard but still fun beating Vrods and cbr600s!
It’s a crazy fun bike. Street titled and all led lights.
This will be up for sale soon to fund a Kawasaki H1 drag bike 🙂 the wheelie bar on it is from the H1 project haha
And a nicely modded GT!
for more on the bike and the background check out this thread over on 2 Stroke World. Where they declared it (very deservingly) their “Bike of the Month” If you’re at all familiar with these bike you’ll appreciate all the work that went into it.
That Dry clutch is serious lust material.
HT to Tim Werder from the comments and Roadkill.net
Just gorgeous! Thanks to Trevor Denning.
Here is two of what I consider the best two strokes ever made. The GT I have owned for 26 yrs the RG for 18 yrs. Neither are standard.
UPDATE (from the comments, Thanks Viv): A link to the inner workings on the Twingles
This one is for my buddy Doug who has a real thing for these oddly engineered bikes. I actually know the brother of the gentlemen who restored this bike and from what I heard it was a remarkable effort to get it this nice.