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Author Topic: '72 cafe T500  (Read 10771 times)

Offline Cafe-XV750

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'72 cafe T500
« on: Sep 07, 2009, 11:27:54 »
1972 Suzuki T500 Titan - 500cc two-stroke twin.

Not even halfway done on my cafe XV750 and I buy another bike!  This was a craigslist deal that was too good to pass up.  Rough and ratty, but salvageable.  Previous owner had rebuild the engine and says it ran great and is quick.  Very stiff racing style clutch.  As you can see, he started to cafe it - will continue with it.

As-purchased 9/4/09




The clubmans are now on my XV750 ... will likely get another set for this bike.  Haven't decided yet if I'm going to use the oil tank (all there) or premix.  Exhaust will likely get replaced with chambers and I need to fab up some rearsets.

Now in-process of just gathering up the obvious parts and coming up with my plan to start the build.

Updates to follow ... let me know what you think.
'82 Yamaha XV750 - cafe conversion
'72 Suzuki T500 - rough, but going cafe
'79 Honda XL185 - dirt bomber
'85 Kawasaki ZX900 - resto

Offline rjz5400

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #1 on: Sep 07, 2009, 11:37:32 »
sweet score dont see many zuki's i probably miss them as i browse for honda under 1000$ on the CL
sweet score how does it run?

Offline Cafe-XV750

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #2 on: Sep 07, 2009, 11:42:21 »
I stumbled on it doing a search for 'clubman' because I was looking for parts for my XV750 build ... the deal on this bike was just too good to pass on!

We tried starting it, but the tank was nearly dry (petcock is leaking) and the battery was hooked up to a charger - couldn't get it fired.  Doesn't matter as I'll go completely thru the bike.  He said he had it running well earlier this year around his yard though - was going to drag race it.
'82 Yamaha XV750 - cafe conversion
'72 Suzuki T500 - rough, but going cafe
'79 Honda XL185 - dirt bomber
'85 Kawasaki ZX900 - resto

Offline manchestermichael

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #3 on: Sep 07, 2009, 17:13:45 »
dam thats my dream bike   i would do anything to own a t500   cant wate to  see it cafed   post lots of pics along the way    :)

Offline boingk

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #4 on: Sep 08, 2009, 23:31:03 »
Awesome, nice find! You gonna go all out on it performance-wise, or keep it with the stock 50 ponies? I know I'd be tempted to get some large spannies made, as well as head and porting jobs hahaha...

Be keen to see how this comes out - boingk
Current:'14 CB125e, '77 TS185, '90 XR600R, '00 VTR1000FPast: CBR1000F, GSX-1100EF, CBR250R, CBR125R, GS850G, RS125, DR-Z400E

Offline Cafe-XV750

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #5 on: Sep 09, 2009, 08:15:45 »
Found an old article yesterday on how to duplicate the factory Daytona mods - decking, porting, carbs, and chambers ... we'll see!
'82 Yamaha XV750 - cafe conversion
'72 Suzuki T500 - rough, but going cafe
'79 Honda XL185 - dirt bomber
'85 Kawasaki ZX900 - resto

Offline bradj

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #6 on: Sep 09, 2009, 12:21:17 »
how does it feel to know your 72 t500 is faster than ANY H.D.. You got a great bike

Offline Cafe-XV750

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #7 on: Sep 11, 2009, 09:46:17 »
Opinions wanted ...

Even thought I really like the look of it, I keep reading that the front drum brake is marginal at best.  Could maybe get the shoes relined with a better and more modern material (common in the car restoration world) for improved performance.

Or considering changeover to a front disc - a 1-year ('77) option on a T500 or adapt from another model.  Let me know what you think ... single or dual?
'82 Yamaha XV750 - cafe conversion
'72 Suzuki T500 - rough, but going cafe
'79 Honda XL185 - dirt bomber
'85 Kawasaki ZX900 - resto

Offline t5001971

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #8 on: Aug 22, 2010, 22:59:52 »
that looks good, have you done anything new

Offline 50gary

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #9 on: Aug 22, 2010, 23:45:18 »
Here's a combo that works for the T-500 front end.  find some GT-750 water Buffalo forks they are larger and aluminum. Put in race tech springs and emulators if money permits. Then Find some early 80s' GSX calipers they bolt up, use some good pads I would choose EBC.  Drill the dual rotors do not chamfer the holes. Use S//S dual brake lines (I prefer Galfer) and fit an Avon A22 (I think that's the correct tire A23 for the rear?  That will be vintage race front end. Oh and lace up an aluminum rim WR3 front 18"  WR4 rear 18"  There is also a  virtually standard weld in chassis brace.  A one inch tube on each side starting just above the swingarm point and running forward on an angle to just under the gas tank.  Make sure it clears the air filters.  I love the T-500 my brother has one we are slowly race prepping.
  Cheers, 50gary
« Last Edit: Jul 24, 2018, 23:30:15 by 50gary »
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