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Author Topic: '72 cafe T500  (Read 10779 times)

Offline Cafe-XV750

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #10 on: Aug 23, 2010, 17:56:11 »
I haven't done anything with this bike other than parts gather ... too many other projects on-going right now.

50gary - thanks for the info!
'82 Yamaha XV750 - cafe conversion
'72 Suzuki T500 - rough, but going cafe
'79 Honda XL185 - dirt bomber
'85 Kawasaki ZX900 - resto

Offline jlgace

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #11 on: Sep 30, 2010, 01:07:40 »
Looking forward to this one when you get to it.  Something that occurred to me, you mentioned wondering if you should premix and I thought you should know these bikes have oil running to the bearings.  Mods are required (drilling oil holes?) to run premix or she won't like it.  Good luck with it.

Offline teazer

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #12 on: Sep 30, 2010, 01:49:48 »
A few random thoughts.  Keep the oil tank and pump and check it works. pre-mix is not a good idea for many reasons, paramount among which is what JLgace referred to.  The mains are not designed to be lubed that way - quite a different system to Yamaha.

Front brake really is not too strong but new linings can help.  GT750 front end is a better idea, but get a pair of lighter disks.

Old porting ideas are fun to read and collect, but 2 stroke technology has marched on since then. If you want more power, a set of JEMCo pipes are a good place to start.  Get Eric at Sundial to do the porting.

Fun bikes and that one is a good place to start.

Offline crazypj

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #13 on: Sep 30, 2010, 02:12:44 »
You could fit GT500 or GS750 front end and have single or dual disc.
 Personally, I would fit Katana front end as they are easily available cheap and axle size is same as GS/GT.
 They are also 41mm so plenty stiff.
 You will need to do something with swingarm though, it's a bit flexy
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Offline Cafe-XV750

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #14 on: Sep 30, 2010, 12:52:33 »
Thank again for the tips ... this project just sits while I'm trying to finish others.

I don't mind keeping oil injection (as long as the pump works), but not a fan of the stock oil tank - easily changed though.
'82 Yamaha XV750 - cafe conversion
'72 Suzuki T500 - rough, but going cafe
'79 Honda XL185 - dirt bomber
'85 Kawasaki ZX900 - resto

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #15 on: Sep 30, 2010, 14:07:12 »
For the oil tank there are a number of alternatives.  You could put a tank in the seat hump like a TD2 or under the seat hump like early TR500.

US Plastics do a number of suitable small tanks.  we used one in the Phat Trakka.

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23334&catid=578

Offline Titan performance

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #16 on: Nov 21, 2010, 10:52:33 »
Take a look at our UK site...www.classic2strokesuzuki.com. You might get some ideas for your build. We have developed a system for disposing of the standard side panels, as we think they look a bit poo too. We can supply a small polished, cylindrical oil tank, which looks very tidy......you can then de-lug the frame, and move the battery and electrics back under the seat hump.

Good luck with it !

Paul and Tim....Titan Performance.
« Last Edit: Nov 29, 2010, 05:19:38 by Titan performance »

Offline Cafe-XV750

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #17 on: Jul 24, 2018, 14:08:30 »
FINALLY - Movement after almost 9 years!

My now 17yo son (Lochlanndd on here ... hasn't posted yet so encourage him ;)) has taken interest in this bike - has a personal goal to get it 'ready' this year.  When he's not working for $, he's cleaning, painting and wrenching ... with guidance from Dad of course  ;D

- Engine/trans and carbs are ready - was in decent shape overall, now just need to decide which ignition system installing
- Frame has been torn down, de-tabbed, added braces, re-worked rear (for a café seat pan) and in paint
- Fuel tank cleaned out, stripped and primed - some minor dents to fill, but otherwise in great shape
- Exhaust header pipes and mufflers cleaned up
- Wheels in the middle of cleaning and ready for new tubes/tires
- Forks and shocks in the middle of refurb
- Jr Clubmans getting new or refurb'd controls and bar-end mirrors
- Rear-set plan in-process
- All new wiring and all LED lighting plan in-process

He drawn-up the final paint and emblem scheme ... this thing might actually be done in within my 10 years of ownership!

Will try to get him to post-up progress pics ...
'82 Yamaha XV750 - cafe conversion
'72 Suzuki T500 - rough, but going cafe
'79 Honda XL185 - dirt bomber
'85 Kawasaki ZX900 - resto

Offline pidjones

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #18 on: Jul 24, 2018, 15:14:49 »
Love to see the smokers brought back to life!
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Offline 50gary

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Re: '72 cafe T500
« Reply #19 on: Jul 24, 2018, 23:39:50 »
9 years, humm.. how time flies.  Ann Arbor, I'm in Saginaw.  Keep at it bit by bit.  I also have a T-500 now as well.  I'd mentioned some years back that my Brother had one (still does)  I used a complete front end from a Katana 600 41 mm and cheap.
  Cheers, 50gary
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