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Author Topic: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid  (Read 80765 times)

Offline peteGS

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #50 on: Apr 26, 2012, 16:08:32 »
...but YOU made it.

+1! I didn't intend to denigrate your work on the plug, I think it's great...
 
I love the satisfaction of making something for your bike and seeing it on there knowing noone else has one anything like it...
 
True. And I'm sure mine is lighter so its the racing version...

Yes indeed! I have no doubt :D
'82 Suzuki GS450E Scrambler - Back on the road after nearly 10 years!

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Offline massey65

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #51 on: Apr 26, 2012, 18:30:21 »
Yeah guys I know what you mean its like those things like I wish I had thought of that kinda thing or why didnt I think of that kinda thing. I guess you learn as you go. LATER.

Offline peteGS

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #52 on: Apr 27, 2012, 18:52:41 »
No worries, my comment has nothing to do with you denigrating the plug I made.
Without a bike salvage yard nearby to see parts in person, I rely on a lot of internet research.
Somehow it never occurred to me that Suzuki would make one themselves.
And it would have been much easier to research than the other stuff I had to figure out.

Yeah I know what you mean... when I first thought about the Acewell it was bugging me, then one of the other guys on the GSR posted up he plugged it with the later GS1100 one and provided part numbers so that made it easy :)
 
I still reckon your plug is a little classier though, looks well fabricated :D
 
Yeah guys I know what you mean its like those things like I wish I had thought of that kinda thing or why didnt I think of that kinda thing. I guess you learn as you go. LATER.

Yes indeed! At least a lot of stuff you can go back and correct later.
 
My breather catch tank is the perfect example, looked fine with just a breather filter on there but as soon as that filter gets a bit of oil in it, it starts dripping, and at speed those little tiny drips go everywhere... so on with the catch tank and no more drips to mess things up!
'82 Suzuki GS450E Scrambler - Back on the road after nearly 10 years!

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=28302.0

1949? Ducati Cucciolo T2

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37749.0

Offline miserygit

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #53 on: Apr 29, 2012, 17:41:35 »
I'd like to say thanks for the inspiration. Your attention to detail and workmanship is amazing.  ;D

I'm going the opposite way to you - converting a DR400s trailie into a cafe style bike, though that might change as I work my way through the build due to either design ethos or most likely cashflow.



You may recognise the tank. I've also grafted on a GN 400 swing arm (strangely wider than the DR frame) and moved the rear upper shock mount backwards to suit.

Offline miserygit

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #54 on: Apr 30, 2012, 07:29:53 »
Yes I used the GN swingarm for aesthetic reasons but after spending a lot of time on the net I realised that the swingarm had other benefits too.

As you mention a wider tyre can be used and despite the fact the GN swingarm is shorter than the DR one, the shock mount is further back. This allows me to use the now beefed-up seat mounting holes as the upper shock mounts, bringing the shocks about 10 degrees from the vertical and I have a greater choice of shocks because of the shortened distance between mounting points.

Overall the aesthetics are improved because the rear axle is closer to the frame and the shock position is similar to an old-school racer set-up.

I'm keeping the front forks from the DR but putting a spacer under the damper rod to reduce their length and travel.

Offline peteGS

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #55 on: Apr 30, 2012, 10:02:53 »
That'd be an 80 - 82 GS450E/S tank on there... ;)
'82 Suzuki GS450E Scrambler - Back on the road after nearly 10 years!

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=28302.0

1949? Ducati Cucciolo T2

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37749.0

Offline miserygit

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #56 on: May 01, 2012, 18:19:30 »
The Suzuki thumper makes a good base for a special.

Have you seen this one? - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110851687256

 ;D

Offline massey65

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #57 on: May 02, 2012, 19:06:06 »
that is definitely a nice bike

Offline Decken

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #58 on: May 09, 2012, 02:52:57 »
I would like to say very nice job on the build so far! I just picked up a gn400 myself and was curious if you are going to use a pod filter and run the stock cv carb?

Offline massey65

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Re: Suzuki GN400 Scrambler/Cafe Hybrid
« Reply #59 on: May 10, 2012, 10:14:47 »
Is that A newer model mikuni? Is it a direct replacement for the old model or does it need jetted?