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Author Topic: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe  (Read 10768 times)

Offline DvoSpeed

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A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« on: May 18, 2011, 22:50:54 »

A few years ago my dad decided to pick up a '67 Suzuki X6 Scrambler project for a couple hundred bucks. After we dismantled it and got all the tins and the frame painted, a guy at a bike night said he had the same bike just rotting away in a barn. Dad picked that one up for free with the intent of using it for parts but it was too complete to tear it apart. After a day at the local shop, they got the new one up and running so it became my bike. Although they are the same basic model, mine is a '66 X6 Hustler. I went away to college and am now back home after a failed attempt to find work in DC.
 
  We decided that now is a better time than any to get the bikes back on the road and have some fun this summer. Dad has ridden for most of his life other than the past ten years or so. This will be my first bike and after having a few rides around a nearby parking lot as well as up and down the block, I feel comfy with the capabilities of the bike in my novice hands.


A few weeks ago we started working on them side by side -the '67 in parts being put back together and the '66 next to it just being cleaned and used as a general guide for finding where everything goes. That's when the cafe bug bit me, so along with getting the '67 an honest resto, the '66 is getting a mild cafe look.


Quick X6 facts.
-247cc inline twin
-2-stroke with a separate oil tank so automatic fuel mixing
-First mass produced motorcycle with a 6-speed!
-Also called TC250 and T20 in other markets
-Scrambler model has high exhausts and was thought of as an "off-roader"
-Hustler model has low pipes as a "street model"


Bad pics-


'67 frame



'67 Engine



Restored wheels/brakes leaning against '62 MGA (our previous project)



'67 Engine in frame



Carbs and breather tube are on



Rear fender is on



Carbs go to airbox behind oil tank




Rear wheel, hubs, brake and shocks/springs installed




Gas tank is on and it's really starting to look like a motorcycle





We just got the seat on earlier too and are waiting for the shop to redo the front shocks that we happened to bugger up. He's not happy with the tires or rear springs he has so we're gonna have to redo those at some point and i may inherit the springs. I've only got a few shots of the '66 so far since most of the work has been on the '67 but here goes




The tins are now all off the '66 and I'm painting them the same old english white as the MG. I've gotten rid of the rear fender and and mocking up plans for a rear light/lic. plate mount. Oh... I've gone with clubmans because i like the look.
'66 Suzuki X6 Hustler Cafe
'67 Suzuki X6 Scrambler Resto
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Offline DvoSpeed

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 22:55:13 »

Got the seat for the '66 all together . Started out as a generic ebay seat. The original seat had begun to rot away so i took its frame and cut it to fit the new seat. anyway, all painted and put together now.








Frame
'66 Suzuki X6 Hustler Cafe
'67 Suzuki X6 Scrambler Resto
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Offline stik70

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011, 11:45:22 »
Awesome!!
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Offline DvoSpeed

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2011, 19:35:24 »

The forks, front wheel and headlight are on the '67 and it runs!





and this is the '66 as it sits now, just engine, frame and electrics:


'66 Suzuki X6 Hustler Cafe
'67 Suzuki X6 Scrambler Resto
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Offline DvoSpeed

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 22:48:26 »
Waiting on new spokes for the '67. Dad's not happy with the ones he had put on earlier. That'll prob be the last step for that bike before it's got a plate and on the road so we're just waiting there. It has been a busy week for the '66 though.


 I've been busy painting pieces and taped the engine off to paint the frame.








Now that the gas and oil tanks are down to the metal, I bondo'd some dents. including a massive one on the top of the gas tank. I hope it was the previous owner's chin and i hope it hurt.  ;D





Last thing i got done was ordering a full set of rims and spokes from Thailand and removing the ones previously on the bike.





Anyway I feel this week was a big turning point for the '66 becausee now everything can start being put back together.




'66 Suzuki X6 Hustler Cafe
'67 Suzuki X6 Scrambler Resto
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Offline Maritime

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 21:58:07 »
this is very cool.  My dad hates bikes, so this was never a possibility for me, until now, I love bikes and i am a father of a boy who also loves his bikes.  We ride to school every sunny day on the bike and he already has his first project , a 50 cc to rebuild for riding in his grand dads (inlaws) fields.    He is only 6 so it will be a while before his first street bike but we will be building together when that happens.  Love to see this thread.

Cheers

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 13:41:40 »
GREAT resto!  I'm wanting to restore a Hustler, myself.
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Offline DvoSpeed

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2011, 17:16:07 »
Thanks guys! Maritime, it's great that you've got your son involved already. I wish I'd gotten involved with motorcycles earlier. No new pics yet but i'm pretty much just polishing and painting items still.
'66 Suzuki X6 Hustler Cafe
'67 Suzuki X6 Scrambler Resto
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Offline DvoSpeed

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #8 on: Jun 09, 2011, 18:28:04 »
1 step forward, 2 steps back update!


I've been polishing like a madman the past few weeks and the parts are coming out ok but the '66 was obviously beaten and neglected in it's previous life so it's bits and pieces aren't gonna turn out perfect.


The '67 was up and running just fine! for about 30 minutes. Then as we were adjusting the front brake cable it snapped. >:(  Oh well I had another new one for the '66 lying around so we were putting that on and snapped the piece of the brake lever that hold the end of the cable. The LEVER ITSELF! >:( 


To make the week even worse, We finally got the gas tank of the '66 looking like it was the right shape so I decided to clean up the inside too. One word:  KREEM! Never use this stuff! the inside of my tank looks like a cookies 'n cream bar. Only after i coated it did I then go read it's reviews online. It looks like i may have to get this one professionally looked at by the local shop


Any advice on getting KREEM out of the gas tank?


On a positive note, I just got rims and spokes in the mail and am going to try to lace them myself.


Also, I was bored the other night and decided that my brand-new Biltwell DOT helmet looked a little boring so I put some racing stripes on it and it actually turned out ok. Striped are the same Krylon Ivory Gloss I'm painting my '66 and I think they look pretty damn good on the matte metallic platinum the helmet came with.


Pics: (a la DOT vs novelty thread)














'66 Suzuki X6 Hustler Cafe
'67 Suzuki X6 Scrambler Resto
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Offline rjz5400

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Re: A pair of Suzuki X6's - 1 Resto, 1 Cafe
« Reply #9 on: Jun 12, 2011, 18:55:05 »
that same company, Kreem, makes and usually includes in the big kit, a remover for its own product. Not a good sighn if you ask me. Yes you need to prep and follow the directions very well with any liner but i have heard so many times about kreem separating. 


I have used a POR-15 kit on one tank with pinhole leaks and bad rust and it has held fine for over a year.


good luck and lookin good on the resto, better have those parts brake now in the garage than as you lean into a 60mph hairpin, Right?