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jbird7262
05-29-2015, 04:02 AM
Opinion Poll
There are many members that have grasped hold of building a "cafe" style bike, and from the short time I have been on the site I have seen many different builds from the U.S. and abroad and most seem to be of good quality and are not just thrown together.
This would be a continuous thread where people of like mind could post their builds or ideas, find other members, make connections, start new friendships , all based around a chosen style of bike that was popular overseas in the UK, The Ace Cafe, though these were a majority...British bikes, soon the Honda became the bike to build into the "cafe" racer, now people are using all major brands.
Lets see if this will continue to draw a crowd. We are all GS supporters however we decide to reincarnate these vintage machines.

G-3
05-29-2015, 04:27 AM
I'm a newbie to the site, and I recently got a 78 gs 750.
I decide to get this bike because of the bulletproof reputation of the motor!
I have gotten so much enjoyment out of modifying this motorcycle to meet my vision of a café racer!
As Gs owner's we are so fortunate to have the resources of the site for all our mechanical issues!
I look forward to continuing to modify my motorcycle, and being able to bounce my ideas on other GS owners!
If you are modifying a GS, I will gladly try and weigh in on any ideas or questions you have!
There is a wealth of information on the site and you should use it to get your GS properly running before trying any mods!
Remember measure twice and ask questions three times before chopping have fun!

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=39930&stc=1

jbird7262
05-30-2015, 07:12 PM
http://www.tuffside.com/ (http://www.tuffside.com/) or http://caferacerseats.co.uk/seats (http://caferacerseats.co.uk/seats) or http://slipstreamcycle.com/seats (http://slipstreamcycle.com/seats) or http://dimecitycycles.com

G-3
05-30-2015, 07:53 PM
finally got the balls up to "try" putting on my pods:rolleyes:
0 to 3/4 feeling strong, WOT **** jets to big!
O well 3ed times the charm, i hope:mad:
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=39947&stc=1
After i clean up the wiring she'l be looking good!

GS-cafe
05-31-2015, 08:47 AM
hey,. im in..:D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/stang72/DSC_0004_zpswnx9ymm5.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/stang72/media/DSC_0004_zpswnx9ymm5.jpg.html)

80suzukigs850
06-01-2015, 10:30 PM
Im in i have caught the bug am on my way to buying the bike i am gunna turn into a cafe

http://wichita.craigslist.org/mcy/5027489339.html

What do u guys think
Was sitting for a while the 5 years ago the owner got it back running and has been riding it for the last 5 years

tkent02
06-01-2015, 10:36 PM
Way overpriced for a bike with a lot of wrong parts or missing parts. I have a better GS 1000 I could sell a lot cheaper.

80suzukigs850
06-01-2015, 11:04 PM
What all is missing and are wrong parts and he said he would take 1000 for the bike

G-3
06-01-2015, 11:12 PM
Looks ok to me, long as it runs good.

80suzukigs850
06-01-2015, 11:19 PM
Thats what im thinking g3 im in the middle of kansas and its slim pickins. Yea it runs and rides.

G-3
06-01-2015, 11:44 PM
If that mileage is correct I say go for it, but that might be hard to figure out!

80suzukigs850
06-01-2015, 11:54 PM
Well hes got the duplicate title on the way and unless he pulled a fast one over the tag office i believe its the correct miles it was sitting from 84 due to the previous owner wrecking his other motorcycle and this one sat up until 5 years ago and the current owner has been riding it for the last 5 years is there anyway to check what the true miles are like a bike fox or something

G-3
06-02-2015, 12:43 AM
I do like, you don't see a lot of 78 gs1000 with spoke rims!

80suzukigs850
06-02-2015, 08:35 AM
Yea thats what i liked about it too

spyug
06-02-2015, 09:40 AM
Well I guess another section isn't going to hurt anything and those that aren't interested can ignore it. Personally, I think the "café" thing is done to death like the "chopper" but I do enjoy the builds and some are done very well. Most ,unfortunately, are total crap and strictly speaking don't follow the true "café" format, especially those built from inline 4s.

The wonderful thing about living in the western world is we all pretty much have freedom of choice and we can build crap if we want to so go to it I say. I can ignore it if I want.

recycled64
06-02-2015, 10:10 AM
They really were elegant wheels, many don't realize that they had aluminum rims, forget whether they were DIDs' or Enkeis', put a set of take-offs on my '78 750C,
ruined 'em running over road trash. (Car brake drum left in the road)

G-3
06-02-2015, 07:22 PM
Cleaned up the wiring a bit, looking better, getting the pod jetting dialed in feeling pretty good!
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40020&stc=1

GS-cafe
06-03-2015, 11:52 AM
@G-3,

thats a clean bike!! nice...

dorkburger
06-03-2015, 03:16 PM
Saw this (Honda) at the job today. I think this is a fine example, and I love the modern touches of USD forks, big brakes, and Ohlins shocks.

gordinho80
06-03-2015, 03:21 PM
That's a sweet bike, Glen. Where was this?

dorkburger
06-03-2015, 03:42 PM
Amazon distrubution center in Robbinsville......In the cycle parking area:cool: No sign of the owner though. There was also a bone stock and weathered CB 900 custom nearby.

dorkburger
06-03-2015, 08:52 PM
Another view. LOVE the Yoshi tag grafted onto the homebuilt muffler....I love the attention to detail on this bike.
http:// (http://<a href=&quot;http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/dorkburger/media/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg.html&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a590/dorkburger/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg</a>)http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a590/dorkburger/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/dorkburger/media/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg.html)

8ball
06-03-2015, 09:30 PM
Another view. LOVE the Yoshi tag grafted onto the homebuilt muffler....I love the attention to detail on this bike.
http:// (http://<a href=&quot;http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/dorkburger/media/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg.html&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a590/dorkburger/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg</a>)http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a590/dorkburger/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/dorkburger/media/20150603_144722_zpsroayvf2x.jpg.html)


....not to mention the Ohlins stickers on the RFY shocks!!!!

dorkburger
06-03-2015, 09:51 PM
I never would have known.....I hate this bike now......:p

8ball
06-03-2015, 10:36 PM
LOL. I have RFY's, that's how I knew. They can be made to work OK with some modification and a rebuild, but out of the box they are crap. (Not completely full of oil, and very inconsistent N2 charge). I just find it amusing. Over all, it isn't a bad effort, but if he mis-branded the exhaust and the shocks, what else is there? It makes me look closer. The front end looks like it came off a TL1000S.....gawd I hated the front end, on that bike! V-stacks (even with a screen) suggest it isn't ridden much. ....but he does have an inner rear fender. That's good....specially without air filters. I'd be curious why such a large rear brake......

But all that is just because I look at a bike from a perspective of function over form, and it is all a personal opinion. G-3's GS-750 isn't as typical....or pretty, but I like its functionality a lot!

dorkburger
06-03-2015, 10:50 PM
Agreed. I took the Yoshi tag as a spoof. And after the initial impression of seeing the bike, I also took note of the open stacks and minimal protection from junk flinging off of the back wheel. id have to assume its a fair weather flier.

G-3
06-03-2015, 10:52 PM
LOL. I have RFY's, that's how I knew. They can be made to work OK with some modification and a rebuild, but out of the box they are crap. (Not completely full of oil, and very inconsistent N2 charge). I just find it amusing. Over all, it isn't a bad effort, but if he mis-branded the exhaust and the shocks, what else is there? It makes me look closer. The front end looks like it came off a TL1000S.....gawd I hated the front end, on that bike! V-stacks (even with a screen) suggest it isn't ridden much. ....but he does have an inner rear fender. That's good....specially without air filters. I'd be curious why such a large rear brake......

But all that is just because I look at a bike from a perspective of function over form, and it is all a personal opinion. G-3's GS-750 isn't as typical....or pretty, but I like its functionality a lot!

Thanks, i think! ;)

8ball
06-03-2015, 11:00 PM
No really. I like your bike. I even like the aesthetics. It is more true to the superbike era than trying to make it look like it was supposed to be from the 50's.

G-3
06-03-2015, 11:12 PM
I was just joking, it's really cool you like my bike. Thank you

G-3
06-05-2015, 03:32 PM
Haters can hate, but I turned this
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40074&stc=1

G-3
06-05-2015, 03:33 PM
To this, I like it better!
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40075&stc=1

GSXR7ED
06-05-2015, 06:39 PM
^^I like it better, too!

Ed

G-3
06-05-2015, 07:11 PM
^^I like it better, too!

Ed
thanks Bro:)

8ball
06-05-2015, 08:19 PM
Im in i have caught the bug am on my way to buying the bike i am gunna turn into a cafe

http://wichita.craigslist.org/mcy/5027489339.html

What do u guys think
Was sitting for a while the 5 years ago the owner got it back running and has been riding it for the last 5 years


GS1000 makes a poor cafe racer..... Maybe less cafe, and more Superbike.

http://www.rzrd500.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=235&sid=da173a211a701c145dbc9cd0ef79d608

...or for inspiration, this:
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/asp/membersonly/museum/images/b37/classnov_600.jpg

8ball
06-05-2015, 08:24 PM
G-3, I would suggest two things to consider on your bike:
1. an inner rear fender of some sort to keep your rear tire from shooting dirt and crap right at your filters.
2. Rear sets wold make the riding position more natural and comfortable with the low bars

Charlie G
06-05-2015, 08:30 PM
To this, I like it better!
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40075&stc=1


G-3, just curious....have you rejetted the bike for the alterations to the intake and exhaust yet?

80suzukigs850
06-05-2015, 08:42 PM
Yea 8 ball ive gone from cafe racer theme to a hybrid cafe racer/superbike

G-3
06-05-2015, 08:51 PM
of course, 17.5 pilot, two notches richer on needle started at 117.5 main now down to 110 but i am at 6000ft on 0-3\4 is great, still working on wot, scared to go any leaner. waiting on oem gasket to check valve clearance, then vac sync carb and start chop test.

G-3
06-05-2015, 08:56 PM
G-3, I would suggest two things to consider on your bike:
1. an inner rear fender of some sort to keep your rear tire from shooting dirt and crap right at your filters.
2. Rear sets wold make the riding position more natural and comfortable with the low bars
maybe a temp or removable inner would be ok, I do want to do rear set, but it pretty comfy, think the bar raiser on the front so i could lower it made the piston more natural!

G-3
06-05-2015, 09:03 PM
@ 8ball, i think that's a great idea it will be bad ass!

Rob S.
06-05-2015, 09:30 PM
http://www.rzrd500.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=235&sid=da173a211a701c145dbc9cd0ef79d608


There's that old-style fork brace again!

8ball
06-05-2015, 10:02 PM
The inner fender could be just a piece of sheet metal. It wouldn't even need to be that noticeable.

GSXR7ED
06-05-2015, 10:33 PM
There's that old-style fork brace again!

Rob, you and them dern Fork Braces!

Ed

G-3
06-05-2015, 10:42 PM
The inner fender could be just a piece of sheet metal. It wouldn't even need to be that noticeable.
Tru, i could pant it black, maybe try and find a piece of mettle with those raised vent holes!

G-3
06-05-2015, 10:52 PM
kinda like this
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40078&stc=1

Charlie G
06-05-2015, 11:38 PM
of course, 17.5 pilot, two notches richer on needle started at 117.5 main now down to 110 but i am at 6000ft on 0-3\4 is great, still working on wot, scared to go any leaner. waiting on oem gasket to check valve clearance, then vac sync carb and start chop test.

Keep up the fine work.

cg

G-3
06-06-2015, 03:41 AM
I try to read and listen to the people that know what the **** there talking about, thank you and all the skilled GS'es before you!

jeffgs
06-07-2015, 12:17 AM
Ok, i am in.

80suzukigs850
06-07-2015, 10:17 AM
Hey g3 there called louvers and i believe they make some hammer dies to make ur own panels ive seen them somewhere

G-3
06-07-2015, 01:54 PM
Hey g3 there called louvers and i believe they make some hammer dies to make ur own panels ive seen them somewhere

Nice, thank you!

sven77
06-10-2015, 02:08 PM
Hey,

somebody told me this could be the right place to present my ride again after my introduction thread.
So, here is my ride. GS 550E (modified a little bit :cool: ). It lives in Germany (like me too).

Greets
Sven

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40161&d=1433884456

Charlie G
06-10-2015, 02:45 PM
Very nice Sven! You should tell us a bit about what you have done to your bike. What special components, parts and modifications you've completed.

cg

jeffgs
06-10-2015, 03:09 PM
Hey,

somebody told me this could be the right place to present my ride again after my introduction thread.
So, here is my ride. GS 550E (modified a little bit :cool: ). It lives in Germany (like me too).

Greets
Sven

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40161&d=1433884456
Yeah I agree with the previous post; shame on you for not elling us more about this beauty! What a clasy bike man!

sven77
06-10-2015, 03:32 PM
Very nice Sven! You should tell us a bit about what you have done to your bike. What special components, parts and modifications you've completed.

cg

Sure.
Frame: GS 550E ('79), modified backframe (shorter)
Engine: GS 550E, K&N (further mods are in my head already)
Carbs: VM22
Fork: GSX-R1100 ('89) with diam. 43mm combined with ZZR1100 fork crowns (modified for GS steering tube)
Brakes front: GSX-R1100 ('89)
Brakes back: ZR750 Zephyr('96)
Swing arm: ZR750 Zephyr
Shocks: HD Sportster (Custom)
Front wheel: GSX 600F
Rear wheel: GSF600 Bandit
Seat: selfmade
Tank: GS 550E

Further facts:
back sight camera with 4"LCD
Wiring completely selfmade
Oil cooler
Tyres: Continental Sport Attack 2
front: 120/70 ZR17
rear: 160/60 ZR17

Better? :cool:

Greets

jbird7262
06-10-2015, 05:39 PM
Very nice build Sven, we can all see what a bit of thought and $$ can turn into. you've done a great job resurecting an old classic. Welcome to "The Cafe"

G-3
06-10-2015, 06:43 PM
Firkin beautiful, kinda the same look i was going for (but much, much better!) wow!!!! 7

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40200&stc=1

Charlie G
06-10-2015, 08:38 PM
Sure.
Frame: GS 550E ('79), modified backframe (shorter)
Engine: GS 550E, K&N (further mods are in my head already)
Carbs: VM22
Fork: GSX-R1100 ('89) with diam. 43mm combined with ZZR1100 fork crowns (modified for GS steering tube)
Brakes front: GSX-R1100 ('89)
Brakes back: ZR750 Zephyr('96)
Swing arm: ZR750 Zephyr
Shocks: HD Sportster (Custom)
Front wheel: GSX 600F
Rear wheel: GSF600 Bandit
Seat: selfmade
Tank: GS 550E

Further facts:
back sight camera with 4"LCD
Wiring completely selfmade
Oil cooler
Tyres: Continental Sport Attack 2
front: 120/70 ZR17
rear: 160/60 ZR17

Better? :cool:

Greets


Thanks alot. I think it's good to share your mods so folks have a better idea as to what goes into one of these bikes. There have been a couple of people on the forum who have taken a 550 and installed the pistons, cylinders and head of a 650 for a bike with a bit more HP. The 650 can put out from 68 to 73 HP depending who you believe. Nice work and thanks again.

cg


Firkin beautiful, kinda the same look i was going for (but much, much better!) wow!!!! 7

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40200&stc=1

G-3 I assume your bike is a 750 and I really can't remember for sure. Look up a fellow named Spiff, from Norway who did some mods similar to yours, but he has a 850 top end on it. I'm not that adventurous, just mentioning it.

GSXR7ED
06-10-2015, 09:10 PM
Hey,

somebody told me this could be the right place to present my ride again after my introduction thread.
So, here is my ride. GS 550E (modified a little bit :cool: ). It lives in Germany (like me too).

Greets
Sven

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40161&d=1433884456

That somebody was me!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful bike.


Ed

8ball
06-10-2015, 09:27 PM
That bike is done VERY well! I love the seat. Looks very nicely done. I have been wanting to modify my seat in a similar manner, but don't want to do it to my perfectly good seat, so I have been keeping an eye open for a beat up seat that I can modify.

BTW, I would suggest getting a shorter shift rod, so the actuating levers are more parallel to each other (or shortening the one you have). It will improve the shifting action.

Buffalo Bill
06-10-2015, 10:57 PM
Really nice, more race bike than cafe.
I dig the mini fenders.

G-3
06-11-2015, 12:07 AM
@CG "G-3 I assume your bike is a 750 and I really can't remember for sure. Look up a fellow named Spiff, from Norway who did some mods similar to yours, but he has a 850 top end on it. I'm not that adventurous, just mentioning it."

Yes it's a 750, if i get crazy enough this winter i'll contemplate doing some thing like that! But i was thinking about putting it up to the GSR for a vote, 850 stroke kit or dropping in an engine from a 78-79 gs1000 if i can find one? :confused: :devilish:

Crank
06-11-2015, 03:28 AM
Really nice machine! What tailpiece is that?

sven77
06-11-2015, 04:26 AM
Thanks alot. I think it's good to share your mods so folks have a better idea as to what goes into one of these bikes. There have been a couple of people on the forum who have taken a 550 and installed the pistons, cylinders and head of a 650 for a bike with a bit more HP. The 650 can put out from 68 to 73 HP depending who you believe. Nice work and thanks again.

That is my plan too.
I will try to get app. 80hp out of this little engine. Further I plan to tranfer the clutch system into a dry version (Ducati style).

@Crank
The tail is stock (GS 550E), lightly modified with a selfmade subframe and Kawasaki taillight.

greets
Sven

Lorenzo
06-14-2015, 03:19 PM
Sven your project if I may call it so is sweet, but, don't forget to sign up on to the "1 ounce%er" club
tkent might be able to shed more weight , hoops more light....

Buffalo Bill
06-14-2015, 05:05 PM
That is my plan too.
I will try to get app. 80hp out of this little engine. Further I plan to tranfer the clutch system into a dry version (Ducati style).

@Crank
The tail is stock (GS 550E), lightly modified with a selfmade subframe and Kawasaki taillight.

greets
Sven80hp out of a GS550 would challenge Yoshimura in his prime.
Having owned and tweaked a GS550, I'd have no issue finding a bigger GS, GSX or GSXR engine to swap in there.

sven77
06-15-2015, 02:44 PM
80hp out of a GS550 would challenge Yoshimura in his prime.
Having owned and tweaked a GS550, I'd have no issue finding a bigger GS, GSX or GSXR engine to swap in there.

I´ll try it even so. :cool: Pops would probably get a lot more out of it with todays possibilities in machining.
But I think with the 650 parts and some more modifications it should be possible. My mantra in that case: trail and error (or not ;)).

@Lorenzo
Without dreams and plans I would be dead... :)

greets
Sven

Lorenzo
06-16-2015, 04:33 AM
Do not you ever dream (eehm) to get me wrong!!
The important thing is, not taking ourselves too seriously, so I hope you too, come equipped with a fair dose of humor.:)

Buffalo Bill
06-21-2015, 06:02 PM
I´ll try it even so. :cool: Pops would probably get a lot more out of it with todays possibilities in machining.
But I think with the 650 parts and some more modifications it should be possible. My mantra in that case: trail and error (or not ;)).

@Lorenzo
Without dreams and plans I would be dead... :)

greets
Sven
I just looked at my ole Clymer service manual for the GS550, had a full chapter in the back about how to upgrade the performance, suspension and engine. Listed cams and slugs from Yoshimura R&D. So his crew did put a lot of research into upgrading the 550.
Bummer is, the book was printed in 1978, so all that good stuff has long since been discontinued. :(

GS-cafe
06-23-2015, 09:50 AM
@ Sven, thats a great looking bike, i really like the look of it.. very nicely done!

and what a good idea it is to put up a list of the mods done to your bike,..

that can really help others and indeed give others an insight on what theres been done..

here's a list of mine

1980 GSX750L engine ,frame and swingarm
the frame has been modified with a rear hoop, a lot of brackets removed , the front tank mounts lowered .
as for the swing arm ,stock except welded on some bungs for the bobbins so i could use a rear stand.
engine ,stock
carbs, pods and a kit from Sigma6
exhaust, Laser 4 into 1 with custom muffler.
fork, 41mm GSX600F fork, i believe it was from a 1997 bike, its a straight forward swap. same bearings used ,same length bearings stem and same diameter front axle, new bushings/seals and oil.
brakes, Front SV650-'07 calipers stock discs and 14mm brake cylinder , homemade brackets for the calipers
rear disc/caliper stock, rear cylinder from a 1997 GSX600F
clutch perch/lever from accossato , has a different pull ratio, needs less effort to pull in the clutch
clip-ons,turn signals, rear light from Ebay
gauge from Acewell
wiring made by me from scratch
stock coils with new wires and Dynatek ignition
rear seat from fiberglass homemade, the side covers ,rear seat and tank cover made by me.
paint and goldleafing by me , the outlining on the goldleaf /lettering done by my buddy..
tires are continental TKV's

its almost done. already drove it, rides pretty decent, way different then my other bike, but very good..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/stang72/Suzuki%20GS/DSC_0076_zpsdaa6arr1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/stang72/media/Suzuki%20GS/DSC_0076_zpsdaa6arr1.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/stang72/Suzuki%20GS/DSC_0092_zpsyztacwjv.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/stang72/media/Suzuki%20GS/DSC_0092_zpsyztacwjv.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/stang72/Suzuki%20GS/DSC_0089_zpsq14obnac.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/stang72/media/Suzuki%20GS/DSC_0089_zpsq14obnac.jpg.html)

Lorenzo
06-24-2015, 08:46 AM
GS-cafe I like your bike;
good idea to list the mods;
has it got rear sets?
how confortable is it? See, last sunday I did a 500 km trip and, with the bike in standard trim, it was effortless, no aching wrists nor back strain.

I had to try the new Tommaselli bars, and they are better than the previous, lower and straighter ones. How this bike would manage in a similar venture? Your clip-ons what company are? Did you keep tha original lenght cables? Could you detail them (pics)?

The seat hump, doubles as some reservoir, tool box space and the likes?

What is the scalloped (seems) strip on tank and hump?
The dress I am thinking of stitching around the bike will contemplate one of this:

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e173/zacmayo/fair.png

Thanks

Buffalo Bill
06-24-2015, 09:01 AM
Nice work GS-cafe! Well engineered!
Seems like if they still make higher lift cams, you should have modded the top end for more power.
I like the retro photography too!!!

GS-cafe
06-24-2015, 11:40 AM
Hey Lorenzo,

i doubt if a 500km trip will be doable on this.. but so far its not bad at all.. maybe in the future i will use handlebars, but for now i like the looks of the clip-ons. i will make some detailed picture's of them
i used all stock cables, except for the brake lines, those are custom made.. there is some space under the hump, i still have to make a housing so i can put small stuff in it..

the pieces on the tank and hump are some piece's i made out of sheet metal, just for decoration,

and it has rearsets, i used some pegs from a KTM, and made the rest out of scrap metal,. the shift lever is from an TL1000S

@ Buffalo Bill,

thanks man!

i was playing around with my phone and found these options.. but for now i just hope this engine will keep itself together,.. i have not done anything with it, except cleaning,changing the oil and upgraded the ignition,.. i dont know how much miles there on it (presumably around 20.000 miles, what the stock ODOmeter reads) or what kind of life its have had..so fingers crossed there,.. it sounds pretty good, with now mechanical noises so far..

Lorenzo
06-24-2015, 03:23 PM
There must be a way to make this style of bike practical and gentle to the meniscus.
Our bikes, in the original guise, are confortable and make for excellent tour masters (I see them Gs'ers and imperial bikers,, delay the resumption of the trip, while stopping for a refuel or a cigar).

But, what bought me to the style many cafe racers are built in, was the sensation, I once had, while travelling on a ribbonless strip of tarmac, chin (helmet guard) flat on tthe tank, and the machine brisk;ly picking up, whitout throttle action, from 110Km/h -- 70mph to 140Km/h -- 90mph.

What would have taken in terms of engine mods, to match that improvement?

I do not mean to build a Burt Munro's replica, but improve aerodynamics, I think is defenetelly -->one<-- way to go.
oh and yes, with a fully reversible combo.

We'll get there.

Buffalo Bill
06-24-2015, 05:54 PM
OK, this was my 550T project, inspired by the Triumph Thruxton. Could not find a GS650 but a 550 turned up cheap so I went with that. A 650 project is still on my list of things undone.
There just happened to be a Thruxton at the local Honda dealership this week so I was able to sit on it, and it felt exactly like my GS550 cafe.
I named it after the Paul Newman movie: Paris Blues, I'm a big fan of jazz, the 1950s, ect.
It was not an engineering project, style only.
http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt277/BuffaloBill_1100G/Suzuki_GS550T_Cafe_1981/Paris%20Blues-4_zpshhncdwhw.jpg

GS-cafe
06-25-2015, 11:17 AM
looks good!!, really like the colors, its got that oldschool look to it..

robs
06-25-2015, 11:31 AM
The bike looks great. I really like the seat, is that designed like a removable cap on the back covering the seat?

Buffalo Bill
06-25-2015, 12:49 PM
The bike looks great. I really like the seat, is that designed like a removable cap on the back covering the seat?Yes it is, and could be used to store small stuff.
I'm afraid I choke about stripping off the OEM stuff like mirrors, fenders, signals, because it's so hard to come by.
I tried some bar end mirrors and dumped them because they make you look way down. I need to keep my eyes on the road in front.
I did this project 6 years ago, but when I posted the pics here I just got dead air, no comments. :confused: Cafe was considered gaffe around here then.
Glad this thread was started!

bonanzadave
06-28-2015, 11:55 AM
Just stopped by to see what you :)butchers:) are up to.....

Heres one that looks pretty thought out. Price seems a little high but thats typical for this shop/salvage yard. Plus there's plenty of parts and labor too.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/mcd/5061168718.html

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/Bonanzadave/cafe_zpsn31xcn8t.jpg

lbuwalda
06-29-2015, 01:24 PM
I love the transformations! Id love to meet more people with gs cafes! I just finished my Gs850c for cafe. Looks good everyone!http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40673&stc=1

dorkburger
06-29-2015, 05:00 PM
Apparently the guy that rides thishttp://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40680&stc=1

dorkburger
06-29-2015, 05:01 PM
Rides this as wellhttp://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40681&stc=1 saw this at the job today. Same helmet. I was amused. Beaters are cool!

lbuwalda
07-01-2015, 03:54 PM
Lost and side cover today :( wondering if anybody has some i can pick up. they would be for a 80' gs850g. Thank you! http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40712&stc=1

jbird7262
07-02-2015, 04:20 AM
Nice color choice on the 850, I was thinking of a pastel yellow when I redo the tank & seat pan

8ball
07-02-2015, 02:55 PM
I don't necessarily consider mine a "cafe"...at least not in the sense that the style has become, but in the sense that cafe racers originally emphasized improvements in performance and handling. (More emphasis on the "racer" part, I guess)

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae106/werwin/GS%20Cafe/OldBike1_zpsdc32d4ad.jpg

Buffalo Bill
07-02-2015, 03:38 PM
Lost and side cover today :( wondering if anybody has some i can pick up. they would be for a 80' gs850g. Thank you! http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40712&stc=1

Love the color, almost like mine. But your poor butt…torture padding there, looks as comfy as a church pew in Salem Mass.

Buffalo Bill
07-02-2015, 03:39 PM
Lost and side cover today :( wondering if anybody has some i can pick up. they would be for a 80' gs850g. Thank you! http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40712&stc=1

Love the color, almost like mine. But your poor butt! That's torture padding there, looks as comfy as a church pew in Salem Mass.

Charlie G
07-02-2015, 04:53 PM
I don't necessarily consider mine a "cafe"...at least not in the sense that the style has become, but in the sense that cafe racers originally emphasized improvements in performance and handling. (More emphasis on the "racer" part, I guess)

http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae106/werwin/GS%20Cafe/OldBike1_zpsdc32d4ad.jpg


Really nice photo and style 8ball!

GS-cafe
07-12-2015, 03:52 AM
nice pictures everyone , ,.. looks good, keep um coming!

heres my contribution
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v101/stang72/DSC_0100_zpsqqr0unk1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/stang72/media/DSC_0100_zpsqqr0unk1.jpg.html)

i just finished messing around with a dynojet kit, i already had a kit from Sigma6 in it, it ran good, but a slight stumble/hesistation at around 3500rpm , i was still using the stock needles, so ordered a kit from dynojet, put that in, now its all good, now it runs perfect from idle to the end of the rpm-range

still gonna swap the pod-filters to APE-ones, i had the china-ones on-off a couple of times now,.. well lets just say, you get what you pay for

GSCafe
07-12-2015, 06:51 AM
I like it! The exhaust wrap (in hand) and the shorty front fender are on my to-do list. I'm not sure what to do with my side covers. They are not so nice looking. Leaving them off would be pure cafe.

80GS850GBob
08-06-2015, 09:23 PM
G-3, Though I see you have a kick start{lucky dog- my '80 doesn't}, how'd you loose the battery...or did you? I love the clean thru look with it being gone from the oem location. I miss my H-2s, Rd, CBs and KZ-B that had kick.{no choice on the H-2s and RD-lol}
Nice ride!

G-3
08-06-2015, 11:09 PM
G-3, Though I see you have a kick start{lucky dog- my '80 doesn't}, how'd you loose the battery...or did you? I love the clean thru look with it being gone from the oem location. I miss my H-2s, Rd, CBs and KZ-B that had kick.{no choice on the H-2s and RD-lol}
Nice ride!

Thanks bro, battery still there it's a tiny lithium led type 1.25lb it's got all the power i need and can go a year without a charge. I got it off amazon for 100$

80GS850GBob
08-07-2015, 07:42 PM
Thanks bro, battery still there it's a tiny lithium led type 1.25lb it's got all the power i need and can go a year without a charge. I got it off amazon for 100$

Cool, my buddy is building a CB750 cafe and was wondering how to pull that off....I will convey the idea to him...now all he has to do is loose the huge oil reservoir that bike has.
Thanks!

Chuck78
09-02-2015, 05:25 PM
GS1000 makes a poor cafe racer..... Maybe less cafe, and more Superbike.

http://www.rzrd500.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=235&sid=da173a211a701c145dbc9cd0ef79d608

...or for inspiration, this:
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/asp/membersonly/museum/images/b37/classnov_600.jpg


The term cafe racer is pretty relative since the advent of japanese inline fours, as it's taken on an expanded meaning and medium. I've seen many fantastic "cafe racer" or other racer type builds out of our beloved vintage Japanese bikes, many of which have been on this forum. Unfortunately the expanded meaning of the cafe racer designation often includes things like cheap chinese shocks, mostly all cosmetic "alterations" including chopping the frame and learning to mig weld for the first time, making low quality zip tied on fiberglass seats that are too uncomfortable to race on even, installing GSXR/etc forks that are far too short, installing massively oversized rear brake rotors that are totally unnecessary even on a race bike...

Anyhow I'm somewhat numbed to the term, but heck, a well built/modded GS1000 with it's stiff frame that is far superior to old british and japanese frames can handle pretty darn well in tight corners, enough to call it a cafe racer I suppose. a lightweight twin could win a "cafe race" running like mad through tight city streets, making tons of 90 degree turns at tight intersections, whizzing in and out of cars, but in real world terms on a safer road like some tight twisties, a well built GS1000 would smoke any british twin cafe racer...

Chuck78
09-02-2015, 05:27 PM
Is that your GS1000 at the top? Those Fox Factory Shox are worth their weight in gold, well worth putting hundreds into restoring, mine ride incredibly (see below). My bike is built up with those in form similar to a vintage superbike but even with longer swinger handles incredibly well in tight turns thanks to updated geometry and awesome tires (Shinko 230/741, Pirelli, or RoadRiders usually).

GS1100E alloy swing arm, Fox Shox, Cartridge Emulators, Tarozzi fork brace, GS1150 rear caliper, 275mm (smaller than stock GS750) rear floating rotor off of a front GSX1100 Katana 1989-1991, CBR900RR rotors and Ninja 600 calipers modded to look like a factory bolt on, 3.50 and 2.75 Sun alloy 18" rims and s.s. Buchanan's Spokes, drilled Vortex countershaft sprocket, SuperSprox alloy rear sprocket with steel ring gear, 530 Hayabusa grade chain, minor head work and Serdi radiused seat valve job, MTC 920cc pistons, GS1000 carbs, K&N RC2222 dual oval plenum open filters, smaller/lighter GS400 gauges, drag bars, smaller GS1000L headlight, Tommaselli style headlight brackets, CB400 style turn signals,tiny 4 cell LiFEPO4 battery, starter delete, starter clutch and flywheel delete (kicker only), Dyna-S ignition, etc... Still a work in progress. Different head and MegaCycle or Web cams and springs next year. Usually only mu bud on a late model Ninja can keep up in the twisties, all the other vintage bikes and early Ninja, ZRX1100, etc... behind me, occasionally in the ditch, which led me to give bigger disclaimers on the "ride your own ride" and "don't try to keep up with me, I'll be waiting for you at stops and changes of direction." Not fun to have your friends on archaic handling vintage stockers or even newer sport bikes end up low siding or running off the road.


http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/20150801_1922002.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/20150801_1922002.jpg.html)


Unfortunate typical crappy "Cafe Racer" KZ550 behind mine. Too many builds like this are running around, and make me appreciate much more a very well crafted, well thought out, functionality-purpose built cafe or other racer styled bike. Modded with a terribly uncomfortable seat held on by zip ties and resting on a 2x4 screwed to the frame up front. built up by unbuilding it, deleting speedo tach functional turn signals fenders stock seat etc, add aftermarket headlight, clubmans, and a terribly seat. Call it a good runner because you can putz around under 1/4 throttle on it, but any big throttle twisting makes it cough and spit and sputter, because it needs a dynojet kit or adjustable needles and custom drilled (enlarged) jets for the unsupported TK22 carbs... Lucky for my friend, it came with Ikon/Koni 7610 shocks, and a Kerker 4:1, and he was able to get the missing parts minus the stock seat back with the transaction. Oh yeah, EMGO pods, airbox gone with the seat. Bonus, extra electrical tape X'd on the headlight for if you need any when you break down from not going through the entire wiring harness because you spent too much time doing silly cosmetic mods...
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/IMG_20150712_192003.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/IMG_20150712_192003.jpg.html)
We're going to be making something much nicer out of 'er soon. Rebuilt and jetted carbs, reshaped and recovered KZ550LTD seat, fork upgrade, maybe dual disc upgrade, gauges reinstalled, etc... GPz550 head and cams and a Wiseco (615cc?) piston kit are things I am trying to convince him to spring for.

Chuck78
09-02-2015, 05:39 PM
What I really want to build now more in cafe form minus the cafe seat treatment is this:
1979 Suzuki GS425
GS1100E, GS750, GS500, or Bandit 400 swingarm (bike is a wheellie machine mostly stock, needs more length)
custom JE 11:1 475cc pistons
modded/narrowed GS500 carbs
Japanese aftermarket KSY or MadMax upswept racing 2:1 exhaust
Lunchbox type air filter for GS500
Koni 76F alloy body vintage twin tube shocks rebuilt
GS500E fork in GS1100E alloy triples with AllBalls bearing conversion
RaceTech Gold Valves and chopped springs or aftermarket
custom CNC'd fork brace
DID alloy 3.50 and 2.50 18" rims on GS750/1000 spoke wheel hubs
Pirelli Sport Demon 130/70-18 rear and 110/80-18 front
520 chain
offset front sprocket
supersprox custom rear sprocket
37mm clip on bars
stock flat GS400 seat or recovered and shaved GS425 seat
stock GS tail section
kickstart only, manual cam chain tensioner to combat the high compression kickbacks on the kicker (found out the hard way on the 920cc 750, jumped time twice on failed kickstarts - have to stand on the bike to prevent the kickback)
Lithium Iron Phosphate 4 cell battery
Dyna S, Dyna 2000, C5, or custom GM HEI ignition module
center stand delete
possible turn signal delete if I can't find very small very bright running light turn signals
Tomaselli headlight brackets
LED or HID headlight conversion

Now that will be more in the form of a true cafe racer or true lightweight sport oriented vintage twin rather, but with a shaved down stock seat maybe looking like the Brat style but with a GS tail section. could go solo seat on this purpose built Appalachian hills corner burner, but space for a random passenger or saddlebags is always a plus

Larry "TheIronLung1976" is building a similar 449cc GS400. On hold temporarily, but lookout for him back on here this fall/winter.

Chuck78
09-02-2015, 05:46 PM
What else I really want to build is this:

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/Rickman_Frame_1-600x402.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/Rickman_Frame_1-600x402.jpg.html)

Rickman CR frame kit (mid 70's through early 80's, built for CB750/Z1/GS1000/etc)
big bore GS750 engine (894cc or maybe resleeved 850's with GS1100G sleeves and 1023cc?) or GS1150 engine
Honda VTR1000C SuperHawk forks, RaceTech springs
Fox Factory Shox or new YSS Piggyback's
Rickman repro aluminum stretched gas tank
Rickman dual seat? Maybe custom seat and GS tail section
3.50/2.50 DID alloy rims 18" on GS hubs
Pirelli Sport Demons 140/70-18 and 110/80-18
GS400 gauges or Dime City stainless steel mini gauges
clip ons
Rickman rearsets
Grimeca rear brake
CBR900RR 296mm front rotors, Honda SuperHawk or RC51 race calipers and pads
Marving flat collector upswept racer 4:1 exhaust

Now that will be the ultimate ultimate vintage racer styled bike, with the help of the big cc Zuk four and the incredible and rare Rickman frame. Trying to procure the frame this month. Long term project. 673cc GS550 engine build for the wife, maintenanace on her bike, head and cam work on my bike, house rehab...those all come first.



Below are two Rickman CR750 (CB750 engine and wiring, side covers, gauges) rolling chassis kits. CR is typically credited as being "Competition Replica," but even magazines from the 1970's reviewing them called them CR for Cafe Racer. CR900 was a Z1, CR1000 was a KZ1000, GS1000 or rare Predator GS1000 (also CB900F based Rickman Predators). The Rickman was a frame upgrade made from Reynolds 531 fillet brazed lightweight high strength tubing and nickel plated, with Lockheed and Grimeca brakes, Boranni rims or various racing mags, upgraded fork, etc.

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/rickman.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/rickman.jpg.html)

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/Rickman-Honda-CR750-1975.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/West%20Virginia%20and%20Hocking%20and%20Motorcycle %20Camping/Rickman-Honda-CR750-1975.jpg.html)

Chuck78
09-02-2015, 06:18 PM
Hey,
GS 550E (modified a little bit :cool: ). It lives in Germany (like me too).

Greets
Sven

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40161&d=1433884456

Great build, Sven! Wiseco used to make 716cc pistons for the GS650's. you can modify your GS550 crankcase to fit the 673cc 9.4:1 GS650 top end also, and maybe have some custom pistons made to be 716cc I think it was, 3mm oversized. GS650 had 73hp stock, and with rejetting, K&N's, and aftermarket exhaust, you could push near 80hp at the crankshaft. That would be one awesome bike!

The GS1000 with Fox Factory Shox I just noticed has Morris Mag wheels same as many Rickman's

sven77
09-05-2015, 12:24 PM
Great build, Sven! Wiseco used to make 716cc pistons for the GS650's. you can modify your GS550 crankcase to fit the 673cc 9.4:1 GS650 top end also, and maybe have some custom pistons made to be 716cc I think it was, 3mm oversized. GS650 had 73hp stock, and with rejetting, K&N's, and aftermarket exhaust, you could push near 80hp at the crankshaft. That would be one awesome bike!

Thank you.
That is exactly what I thought. ;)
Combined with a modified Duc 748 dry clutch this will be nice. :cool:

Greetz

Update:
Step 1 finished, got my 650 cylinders today (head will follow soon)
Step 2 will be to ask about different options to make 750s pistons fit
to be continued...

rudeman
11-06-2015, 03:10 PM
@CG "G-3 I assume your bike is a 750 and I really can't remember for sure. Look up a fellow named Spiff, from Norway who did some mods similar to yours, but he has a 850 top end on it. I'm not that adventurous, just mentioning it."

Yes it's a 750, if i get crazy enough this winter i'll contemplate doing some thing like that! But i was thinking about putting it up to the GSR for a vote, 850 stroke kit or dropping in an engine from a 78-79 gs1000 if i can find one? :confused: :devilish:

The 850 top end and pistons are virtually a drop-in on the 8V 750.

Weasel
11-18-2015, 06:25 PM
Great thread and cool bikes. Sven, I REALLY like the style of your bike. I just picked up a '78 GS750 yesterday and I plan to build some sort of cafe racer. Sounds like there are a few critics here but I guess that's no different than any other forum. Build whatever bike you like, as long as you enjoy it. I'm not a professional builder so I'll be building my bike to the best of my ability in the cafe style that I like. Will it be a true cafe racer? Whatever that means...who cares, I know I don't. I do know that my daughters and I will have fun and they will learn and know some things most men these days don't.

Cafes are over done like choppers? I guess my part of the country was immune from that. Or maybe I was out of the game too long. We had choppers everywhere but I can't honestly remember the last time I saw a cafe racer around here. But again, who cares. I think baggers are horrendous examples of a motorcycle but that is my opinion. But some people love them so more power to them. I'm building a cafe racer style bike because I love the look of them, not because it is or was trendy or cool.

sven77
11-19-2015, 01:06 PM
Sven, I REALLY like the style of your bike.

Thank you. :cool:


I just picked up a '78 GS750 yesterday and I plan to build some sort of cafe racer.

Nice choice.


Sounds like there are a few critics here but I guess that's no different than any other forum. Build whatever bike you like, as long as you enjoy it.

Build an ,,everbody's darling"-bike would be such a boring thing. Critics are only people with a different understanding of what a bike has to look like. And for me this is absolutely ok. If everbody would have the same style in bike-build... Oh, do not even think about it... :rolleyes:


I'm not a professional builder ...

Nor me.


I do know that my daughters and I will have fun and they will learn and know some things most men these days don't.

:clap:


I'm building a cafe racer style bike because I love the look of them, not because it is or was trendy or cool.

I started to build my ride 6years ago. In 2009 people thought my ride would use coffee instead of fuel if I told them about cafe racers. ;)

80GS850GBob
11-26-2015, 01:03 AM
Anyone ever try mounting an HD solo seat to a Suzi GS? Looks like it might work with a few mods...and some kind of tail piece.

Chuck78
11-26-2015, 01:59 AM
Step 2 will be to ask about different options to make 750s pistons fit
to be continued...


This has been tried before, and it has never worked out well. Way too high of compression even after serious reshaping of a hemi domed piston to fit a kidney-shaped close chambered head, runs far too hot from the high compression and thin cylinder walls, not a streetable combination. Best bet is to have JE Pistons, Wiseco Pistons, or Carrillo's CP Pistons custom make some forged pistons based on the original 650 cast slugs. Then you get deeper valve reliefs to run higher lift megacycle cams that will really boost performance...

Chuck78
11-26-2015, 02:06 AM
Also another method has been to reshape the head to fit the hemi piston, but that basically reverts an advanced modern high efficiency head design back to the stone age.

The best bet is stock 650 pistons on a slightly milled head and block, polished exhaust ports and lightly cleaned up intake ports, stock springs, back cut valves on a fresh valve job, and the base model hot street Megacycle cams that work well with stock pistons and springs. Then make the gs550 cam sprockets slotted, and degree the cams in to the desired performance range. 104-106 works best for the early 2 valve gs cams I have read. I know that with mine advanced a good but, my gs750 made monstrous mid range torque that I'd never felt before, but around 110 lobe centers, it would wake up like a rocketship at 6500-11000rpm. Everyone within 3 miles knew when I would get into it though! That's what's nice about a street engine with the cams timed fir more midrange, still very very powerful and fun but not necessary to rev it to the moon

80GS850GBob
12-15-2015, 06:29 PM
"Rear sets for early GS cycles".......are there any?.......adjustable would be better.

Gregory
03-05-2016, 08:39 AM
How did you make the wind deflector/speedo visor? I like it.... post a close up if you ever get a chance.



To this, I like it better!
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40075&stc=1

Buffalo Bill
03-05-2016, 09:13 AM
"Rear sets for early GS cycles".......are there any?.......adjustable would be better.
Yes they still make them for the G1000, maybe more, just google it. It ain't so hard to adapt rear sets from sport bikes too.

Steve
07-09-2016, 12:00 AM
Hi there. That screen. Where did you get it and can I get one please? Does it require any special mods? Thanks in advance.
Hi, I see you are new here, so http://www.st-owners.com/forums/images/smilies/welcome1.gif.

When you say "That screen", to which bike/poster are you referring?
Either ask someone by name or at least reference the post number.

.

kaufen
08-19-2016, 07:34 AM
Love the color, almost like mine.

Chuck78
09-07-2016, 05:17 PM
GS1000 makes a poor cafe racer..... Maybe less cafe, and more Superbike.

http://www.rzrd500.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=235&sid=da173a211a701c145dbc9cd0ef79d608

8Ball, is that your GS1000 in the picture with the Fox Factory Shox piggybacks? I'd like to know what front rotors those are (on Morris mags???) as I will likely be needing to find a source for semi-custom non-floating rotors in the next year or two as many vintage racing classes (most WERA classes) outlaw the use of floating rotors.

I'll be building a "non-cafe" racer 489cc 10.65:1 or so GS425 race bike starting this winter out of a stocker and spare engine that I have.
GS400 race bike pic a member on Caferacer.net had saved from a previous member's post a few years ago:
http://www.caferacer.net/forum/attachments/vintage-motorcycle-racing/28010d1473205907-fork-upgrades-1970-s-superbikes-will-fit-within-vintage-racing-rules-suz-400.jpg

I will also be building a Rickman CR900 modified for GS engine mounts vs Z1. 894cc or 920cc GS750 10.35:1. CR's are often mislabeled as CR for Cafe Racer, when in fact t Rickman sales literature shows it as being an acronym for Competition Replica. The Rickman CR750/900/1000/1100's of the 1970'S and early 80's still were frequently referred to even in 1970's magazine articles as Cafe Racers, however...
My current Rickman CR road racer project, so far missing the fiberglass tank cover and seat tail section. Yes it has RF900R 43mm forks and WERA Vintage 5 - outlawed CBR900RR (310mm) floating rotors and Hayabusa 6 piston calipers. Those 2 items will have to get swapped out if we start racing the Rickman in WERA V5.
Yoshimura Series 1 GS1000 exhaust was a nice score for this! Bday gift from the wifey thanks to my good buddy Grant at the Rice Paddy (great local vintage Japanese salvage/parts shop).
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/morris%20mag%20from%20Rickman%20purchase/2016-05-11%2020.52.21.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/morris%20mag%20from%20Rickman%20purchase/2016-05-11%2020.52.21.jpg.html)

I don't like the full Rickman fairings at all, but I do really like the quarter fairing. I may do one of these, ESPECIALLY if we race it.
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/rickman7.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/rickman7.jpg.html)

The GS425 489cc will more likely be the bike that gets raced, as I will build it to WERA Formula 500 spec, which will also allow it to race in Clubman and Vintage 4.

This is more what the Rickman CR900 920cc GS750 will look like, black and gold with this fiberglass. It will have the other version of the Rickman side covers however. Not the Z1 copies shown here. I may do some ECTA (East Coast Timing Association) "Ohio Mile" abandoned airport runway land speed record races on the Rickman however, which would require the quarter fairing most definitely. I would likely swap a GS1100E swingarm onto it for that and just let the shocks lay down more and drop the front end more as well.
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd299/chuck_lambert78/IMG_1188.jpg (http://s225.photobucket.com/user/chuck_lambert78/media/IMG_1188.jpg.html)

gordinho80
09-07-2016, 06:01 PM
Finally got around to cutting and painting my front fender to match the tank. I still plan on updating the rear of the bike while also eliminating the stock side covers. Moving electronics into a box I'll be building under the seat.

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T8erbug
09-12-2016, 01:17 PM
It's been a long build. I've taken a lot of time to do things to the best of my ability. Some of the modifications have seen multiple revisions because I've either made mistakes or found a better way. It's been a great learning experience and hopefully will translate into high quality builds (with fewer revisions!) in the future. There is also quite a bit of time in R&D, CAD, and machine work for the bike and its parts (this is where the majority of the time has been spent). I'm hoping to have the body work/paint and all of the fit/finish done by next year.

I started out wanting to build the PERFECT bike. My vision of the perfect bike has changed over the last three years as well as my definition of perfect. I realize now that "perfection" is unattainable. We can strive for it but it can never be truly realized. For one, our method of measurement will never be perfect, therefore how could we ever attain it? And so, we do the best we can.

Here is my best, with all of its imperfections that I've learned to honor as acceptable. That was tough for me as many of the things I considered "imperfect" were absolutely acceptable. And I've got to say, that has been my biggest takeaway from building this bike. Build your best, accept it if it truly is, and move on. If your best isn't good enough, have someone who's an expert help with that portion. Motorcycles are as imperfect as their human counterparts, even from the factory. Be accurate where it counts, and be creative where it doesn't.

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850 Combat
02-02-2017, 02:12 PM
Hey,

somebody told me this could be the right place to present my ride again after my introduction thread.
So, here is my ride. GS 550E (modified a little bit :cool: ). It lives in Germany (like me too).

Greets
Sven

http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=40161&d=1433884456

Now this, I like.

Chuck78
02-05-2017, 09:55 AM
My GS425 racer build just got a really nice cosmetic facelift currently in transit to me... the flat '77 GS400 seat and pristine stock black GS425E tank were very excellent choices, but I have been craving the GS450 sport tank for a while, & stumbled upon a good deal. The Giuliari seat was another item I was lusting after but could not justify on my 750 as that makes saddlebags not so practical. When I saw this 78 GS400 Giuliari seat after spotting the 450 tank, I knew I had to get both... They will look fantastic with the stock GS425 tail section, which I believe is required for WERA Formula 500 racing per the rule stating that the seat / fender / bodywork has to extend back enough to be even with the rear of the rear tire.

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/xGIAAOSwImRYkfeR/$_1.JPG http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/C-EAAOSwcLxYClOY/$_1.JPG

I think I may look for another of these for my GS550 project as well... classy Suzuki steel!

850 Combat
02-05-2017, 07:01 PM
I have a Giuliari seat like that for my 1000E. I just had the upholsterer refurbish it by adding an additional panel on the back where that wedge shaped panel is. Now I have two wedge shaped panels on the back, and the tear is gone. The Suzuki logo was saved. I'm thinking of some lower bars and a set of Raask rearsets, and calling it good, or maybe just keeping it stock and not using that seat.

thebrandonbeezy
02-09-2017, 07:37 PM
It's been a long build. I've taken a lot of time to do things to the best of my ability. Some of the modifications have seen multiple revisions because I've either made mistakes or found a better way. It's been a great learning experience and hopefully will translate into high quality builds (with fewer revisions!) in the future. There is also quite a bit of time in R&D, CAD, and machine work for the bike and its parts (this is where the majority of the time has been spent). I'm hoping to have the body work/paint and all of the fit/finish done by next year.

I started out wanting to build the PERFECT bike. My vision of the perfect bike has changed over the last three years as well as my definition of perfect. I realize now that "perfection" is unattainable. We can strive for it but it can never be truly realized. For one, our method of measurement will never be perfect, therefore how could we ever attain it? And so, we do the best we can.

Here is my best, with all of its imperfections that I've learned to honor as acceptable. That was tough for me as many of the things I considered "imperfect" were absolutely acceptable. And I've got to say, that has been my biggest takeaway from building this bike. Build your best, accept it if it truly is, and move on. If your best isn't good enough, have someone who's an expert help with that portion. Motorcycles are as imperfect as their human counterparts, even from the factory. Be accurate where it counts, and be creative where it doesn't.

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x365/t83rbug/temporary_zpsniu2q7lk.jpg (http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/t83rbug/media/temporary_zpsniu2q7lk.jpg.html)

Sexy bike that one

kaufen
02-17-2017, 01:29 PM
Keep up the fine work.

Martyn
07-22-2019, 09:27 AM
Hi there,

Not sure how active this tread still is but thought I'd share my pride and joy.
'83 GS650GT

58535

Lorenzo
07-22-2019, 10:00 AM
Very nice and 'clean' indeed!

Olefart64
09-06-2019, 02:49 PM
Let me throw my little 550e in also. My first non cruiser build!!!58903

Olefart64
09-06-2019, 02:52 PM
Martyn, Very sharp looking zook. Seat looks WAY more comfortable than mine!!!

GSXR7ED
09-06-2019, 08:45 PM
It's been a while...some nice Cafe Racers!

Ed

pattiwack
10-04-2019, 05:10 PM
I guess i'll post mine on here too.
59136

Longitudinal
09-02-2020, 10:28 AM
I haven't started yet, but I am seriously considering it. I am not deluded into thinking that I could build a legit cafe bike out of my 1100GL, but I might want to build a tribute to the era with my own non-cafe touches.

Here is my GL as it sits.