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    Yesterday I picked up my new bike, something to keep me out of trouble over the winter



    1977 Suzuki GS750. Non runner, US import not registered in the UK

    I always liked the GS but never actually got one when they were widely available. This one was on ebay and I stuck a bid on it with 5 seconds to go and won it. It's a bit scruffy but in decent enough condition at first glance, especially given Suzuki's reputation for poor finish. Chrome is worse for wear but the alloy is ok for a 36 year old bike.





    When I bought it the plan was to build a cafe racer (another long held ambition) but I'm wondering whether to rebuild it as a standard spec bike Anyway, there's plenty of time to decide.

    First job is to strip it, drop the engine out and strip that so I can clean it properly and replace any worn parts. Speedo reads 18775 but I'd be surprised if that was true.
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    Default Re: Suzuki GS750 Project

    Looks good in its present style.

    As a cafe racer, it would look a bit generic.

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    Standard is best. The later ones will alloy wheels had twin disk but I think you would need the whole front end for that upgrade. Reg/Rec are made of cheese. GSXR600 ones wire in just fine.

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    Bollocks to standard. Concurse/show bikes are useless for anything other than admiring. Building them is dull too.You end up with a shinier version of what you have sitting there.

    Build a Cafe Racer. You'll be on voyage of discovery. Working out where to relocate stuff, measuring, cutting, making new old things fit. Full on involvement and a ridable bike that will bring more enjoyment than a show bike eve will.

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    I wouldn't build it to a style (cafe, bobber, etc..), but I would upgrade parts so that it keeps you happy and wanting to ride it.

    for-instance, if you find the brakes lacking, then upgrade the front end, it doesn't have to be USD GSXR forks, but maybe RWU's from a more modern bike, yes they're not original so you'll not win a concours comp, but then they're not blingy either and it becomes something that you can actually use.

    Build the bike you want.

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    Default Re: Suzuki GS750 Project

    Strip it right down, get some clip on's and cafe racer it.

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    Caff it, and fund by selling the standard bits to the classic jap boys.

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    I had one of those and also the 850 good bikes shit brakes carbs can be a pain to set up, good project though. I have a clutch basket for one sitting in my shed if you need one, free but you pay the post This site will be of great use I would think.
    FICHE

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    Quote Originally Posted by maccecht View Post
    carbs can be a pain to set up,
    I thought the early slide were supposed to be better than the CV ones.

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    Why oh why has nobody suggested a way cool old school chopper bobber lowrider hardtail gooseneck!

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    Strip it down, put it in boxes and leave at the back of the garage for years.

    (or is that just me)

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    Default Re: Suzuki GS750 Project

    I've had one of these, a 1978 model - the EX model with the twin discs and Ally wheels
    I must say it was a shed, but I only paid a $NZ300 for it in the early 90's.

    Mine felt a lot livelier after a top end rebuild (well reground valves and new seals) and a carb overhaul.

    Handling is dire on dead suspension. I'd go for a modern front end and decent shocks as well as bearings.

    There's a lot of weight to be lost from them too

    For inspiration, Here's a GSX1100 with a GS1000 tank From the Yamaha XS Thread: Heron Colours are just too cool for skool


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    Goodluckmonkey (Matt) did an old Katana - but "updated it" with relaced rims to fit modern tyres, uprated/graded suspension, head work and so on. Not sure how far he ever got with it but it would have left a standard (ish) looking bike, which went, stopped and handled a bit better than it originally did. Looks wise, it is up to you.

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    Default Re: Suzuki GS750 Project

    love old gs's looking forward to see what you do with it

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