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'72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:11:41 PM »
 I finally got a new storage shed, cleaned out the shop, and can now get serious with the cafe race conversion on this monster!
I will hopefully post some pics soon to show the process.
The major parts are purchased for the conversion:
* Airtech Rickman CR fairing w/ Gustafson windshield,
* Omars 3into1 pipe (which are righteous sounding, by-the-way!),
* The Rick Barnes custom bum-stopper seat,
* Raask rear-set foot pegs and controls,
* Repro grips and fork gaiters,
* Omars adjustable cafe bars...

Things I would like to still get:
* Electronic ignition with nuclear boosted coils, to blow the 2-cycle oil from the plugs so I don't have to carry a 12-pack of spares,
* Reproduction Dunlop TT 100 tires,
* All new control cables.
Stay tuned...
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 09:28:30 PM »
Before picture.
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2011, 06:19:36 PM »
Ok, just to prove that I'm doing some thing as well, some pics of the fairing, seat, bars and rear-set's kinda hangin' on there to give an idea...




Today the break-apart began, finally, 6-months later.
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2011, 06:29:40 PM »
I have a buddy working on getting some more smilies up for us, and when we get them downloaded onto the forum, I am going to give this build a "thumbs up"  8) I am anxious to see this beast progress, and once again be smokin up the streets!
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 12:12:50 AM »
Now your giving me the ich to get started on mine
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2012, 05:36:19 PM »
After totally striping this bike down, I must say I've seen beefier frames on dirt bikes! No wonder so many died on these things.
I worked half of today extracting a broken bolt from the engine cylinder casting, and WITHOUT DAMAGING the aluminum! I am so happy.
Once I steal the camera back from my wife, I'll put up more pics.
Next steps are cleaning the engine, fab'ing the main fairing mount on the steering tube and sandblasting the frame.
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012, 06:12:49 PM »
Did you just say that you were going to clean the engine?  :o ha ha

Are you going to add bracing to the frame whilst you are at it?

79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
74' Yamaha RD350 "The Little Hot Rod"
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2012, 08:04:59 PM »
Did you just say that you were going to clean the engine?  :o ha ha

Are you going to add bracing to the frame whilst you are at it?


I know.... I'm breaking tradition, but the thing is a huge greaseball. I can't find some of the critical fasteners! It's also too slippery to pick up.

I am trying to keep from modifying the frame if at all possible.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2012, 08:12:33 PM by mechanista »
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2012, 10:01:07 AM »
Well, just an update on the "Filthy Beast".
I took some photos along the way during the final phases of the strip-down, sand blasting, and painting. My wifes camera seems to have erased them all.
My frame paint job turned out terrible, and after two attempts I decided to leave it. At least the battery area isn't rusty anymore.
I installed new swing arm bearings, and head-stock bearings.
Things have been progressing slowly due to other distractive projects, like the motorized bicycle that  my son built a copper tank for, fixing a few minor things on Cindy's Honda, etc.
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 05:52:05 PM »
My current distraction:


It is a late 30's Western Flyer made by the Mead Co.
I will have to change the placement of the exhaust muffler to alongside the rear wheel, and add a springer front end.
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012, 09:01:40 AM »
My current distraction:


It is a late 30's Western Flyer made by the Mead Co.
I will have to change the placement of the exhaust muffler to alongside the rear wheel, and add a springer front end.

sweet, dont just relocate-build a proper expansion chamber. i have some books or site links that have the calculations, i'm sure you could adjust the dimentions to suit the little motor
is it 50cc?

keep the pics coming
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2012, 11:58:16 AM »
It's a rolling chassis once again!

The '70's era rear-sets from Raask.

The front drum and screens for the double-leadingshoe brakes need a little more clean and polish...

The rebuilt battery box is in place. It was really corroded from acid despite the oily mess from the oil tank!
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2012, 02:19:39 PM »
Whoop whoop! It is lookin good! Are you going to stay with the knobbies or get some smooth tread tires?
79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2012, 07:26:15 PM »
I think I'll leave the knobs on for a while, just to be different. They feel really good on the road, plus you never know if you're gonna get run off the road or have to cross-country it to ditch the LEO's.
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Re: '72 Suzuki GT 750 LeMans "Waterbuffalo"
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2012, 07:16:01 PM »
I think we have painted our frames the same color... I'll try to get some photos up next week when I am home.