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1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« on: November 30, 2011, 09:57:08 PM »
I decided that due to a lack of sunshine and warm weather I would really tear in to my bike. I want to give it a little bit of of love n' money and really try to turn it into a show piece. I'm going to fab up some rearset mounts and remove unnused tabs, then a quick trip to the powder coaters, I'm thinking a flat copper color. I'm leaning towards buying a custom fiberglass dunstall style tank. The wiring is going to be tackled by Dan at Dans moto works, it's going to be simplified and hidden the best we can. I'm going try to keep my home made bump stop and my ebay front 1/4 fairing. All body work will get a flat black and titanium two tone. Rim's and all hardware will also get the powder coat treatment. As far as paint i'll need to find a pro painter with cafe expierence, if only there was a Rick on this site who fit the bill.

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 10:38:51 PM »
A couple of pics of how it was before it got cafe'd.

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011, 08:55:07 AM »
What? I did not know any Ricks were here...ahahahahahahaha

Looking forward to seeing this project take shape! Keep the pics coming.

Oh, and if I run across any Ricks that have painting skills, I will let you know  :))
79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
74' Yamaha RD350 "The Little Hot Rod"
02' Aprilia Capo Nord "The Mighty Ape"
93' Kawasaki KZ1000 Police project "Snoopy"
79' Suzuki GS1000 project "Zook"

Have a good and Godly day, for what lasting value is a good day if it is not also a Godly day?

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011, 04:05:03 PM »

When i first bought it.


My first long ride after i got it running. :))

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011, 04:34:18 PM »
In its current caffeinated form.


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As a bonus I think ive got posting pictures down. ^-^

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2011, 02:03:51 PM »
I recieved the first new addition to the bike. Rearsets and linkage!


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Next step is fabricating and welding some mounts. Then i'll get linkage and controls figured out. If anyone has done this before I would appreciate the help.
I was also thinking of welding a new hoop where the seat sits and a couple plates underneath for better mounting. A quick detabbing of the frame and it will be time for powdercoating.

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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2011, 04:08:56 PM »
Here are the brackets I made for my Daytona Special, I used 1/2" T-6 aluminum plate, readily available at Pacific Steel on River Road. I made the pattern out of thin plastic, the cut out the aluminum in my shop. After I made the brackets and installed them with the foot pegs and shift/brake arm, I was able to figure out exactly what I needed for linkage.





When figuring out the placement of where I wanted the pegs, I put a string line from axle to axle (wheels) for the height of the pegs, I sat on the bike and moved my feet around til I found just the right spot. Then it was pretty easy making the pattern just using the stock foot peg mounting tabs. For my current KZ project, I had to make new mounting tabs (well, Amos made me some cool ones on the water jet machine), and weld them to the frame, still using the same method to find the right position.

Does this make sense?
79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
74' Yamaha RD350 "The Little Hot Rod"
02' Aprilia Capo Nord "The Mighty Ape"
93' Kawasaki KZ1000 Police project "Snoopy"
79' Suzuki GS1000 project "Zook"

Have a good and Godly day, for what lasting value is a good day if it is not also a Godly day?

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2011, 04:11:20 PM »
The best part about making stuff like this, is that it is for YOU, and nobody else. There are no rules, so you can make it however you want  O0 .......and have fun!
79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
74' Yamaha RD350 "The Little Hot Rod"
02' Aprilia Capo Nord "The Mighty Ape"
93' Kawasaki KZ1000 Police project "Snoopy"
79' Suzuki GS1000 project "Zook"

Have a good and Godly day, for what lasting value is a good day if it is not also a Godly day?

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2011, 03:47:19 PM »
The good news is that I finally got a shop and I no longer have to worry about the weather. The bad news is I am over my head when it comes to getting the rearsets figured out.

Outside

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Inside.

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The brake is going to be tricky.

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I think the shifter is going to be a little easier with it already having linkage.

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An older 550 with rearsets.

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Rick I was wondering if you would be able to give me a hand, I would be more than willing to supply beer, food, or hero worship.
I lack a few of the specialty tools wich makes things a little more difficult. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

And thanks to everyone for checking out this project.

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2011, 05:02:07 PM »
I will more than happy to help out. It looks like you cut part of the frame off that held the foot peg mounts? Anyways, I'll have to take a look at it person, but you might have to do something like I did with my KZ project. Like I said, I needed to weld on some new tabs to mount brackets to:

Like so:


That pic of the other GS has Tarrozi rear sets, if you look at their site and see what shape the Tarrozi brackets are, it might help out a little:
http://www.fastfromthepast.com/servlet/the-Rearsets-cln-Suzuki/Categories

Give me a call, and we can set up a time that we can tinker with it a bit. I really dont think it will be that hard at all to set up  8)
79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
74' Yamaha RD350 "The Little Hot Rod"
02' Aprilia Capo Nord "The Mighty Ape"
93' Kawasaki KZ1000 Police project "Snoopy"
79' Suzuki GS1000 project "Zook"

Have a good and Godly day, for what lasting value is a good day if it is not also a Godly day?

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2011, 08:18:15 PM »
Just a quick update, I purchased 18'' of half inch t6 aluminum plate for rearset brakets and ordered a tarozzi brake arm to replace my stock one. Tomorrow morning I'm heading to a friends house to get a little welding done. As soon as my part arrives and with Ricks help I'll start trying to fab brakets and get the rearsets mounted. Ill post picks of progress as soon as there is any.

One of the things I would like to weld up is a rear loop. I've got 1 inch dom tubing. Any ideas on how to bend it or someone that could bend it for me?

Thanks.

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2011, 08:53:20 PM »
I posted in your other thread in the mech zone, but I have a buddy that has a fab shop. Piece o cake  ;)
79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
74' Yamaha RD350 "The Little Hot Rod"
02' Aprilia Capo Nord "The Mighty Ape"
93' Kawasaki KZ1000 Police project "Snoopy"
79' Suzuki GS1000 project "Zook"

Have a good and Godly day, for what lasting value is a good day if it is not also a Godly day?

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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2011, 10:42:19 PM »
I called Scotty's muffler and All metals fab and they said they weren't sure if they could, I guess they are used to working with bigger tubing. Your buddy with a fab shop sounds great. Number? Thanks Rick.

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2011, 07:29:43 PM »
Pm with Jeff's # sent to ya Ken  8)
79' Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special "The Daytona"
74' Yamaha RD350 "The Little Hot Rod"
02' Aprilia Capo Nord "The Mighty Ape"
93' Kawasaki KZ1000 Police project "Snoopy"
79' Suzuki GS1000 project "Zook"

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Re: 1980 SUZUKI GS550 CAFE RACER
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2011, 08:45:34 PM »
Xmas was very good to me! My lovely wife got a few things off my wish list and here they are in all their glory.


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New ABS front fender .
New chrome throttle and tube.
New Gran turismo grips.
New speedo to replace my very large cluster.
New set of vise grips to replace the ones she borrowed and lost.

These should keep me busy well into the new year.

Have a happy new year!