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Author Topic: Suzuki GS550E '78  (Read 16975 times)

Offline Anmic

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #40 on: Oct 20, 2013, 19:48:58 »
Loving the GS mate, i just bought the little brother a GSX 250. I have gotten a heap of inspiration from this build!
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RX100 Racer - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=65469.0

Suzuki GSX 250 Cafe - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=61634.0

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #41 on: Oct 24, 2013, 18:49:32 »
Thanks Anmic, done a few more changes, pix will follow soon...
Good luck with your build  ;)
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline andrewmac805

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #42 on: Oct 27, 2013, 16:49:27 »
Looking awesome Sean!  I love the spoked rims!  Really really makes the cafe racer look!  I really wanted spokes, but alas I have a shaft drive.  There is some talk about using a spoked shaft wheel off a suzuki boulevard thing, but I think it's too wide or something.  Too much fabricating for this project!

I see your bike in your little avatar, but you need to get some big photos up so we can enjoy it!

What master cylinder did you get?  I want to upgrade my front master cylinder.  Did you find it gave you anymore stopping power?  Mine is weak at best.
1980 Suzuki GS850 cafe project:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=54144.0

1981 Honda CB750F

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #43 on: Oct 27, 2013, 17:08:44 »
Thanks Andrew. Spokes were a bit of a pain really, but I do prefer the look. The back was the main problem, had to put a bracket under the swing arm, ditch the hydraulic brake and fab up some bracing for the torque arm. Took a bit of fettling to get the wheel spacers right too.
The master cylinder is a cheapie chinese copy from ebay. Looks good though and did the trick in improving the feel. It was only 15 incl postage from Hong Kong!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350634320359?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
I have braided hoses and new pads on there too.

I do have some more pix I need to add as I have cut off the original exhaust hangers and welded in a new one raising the height of the exhaust and also I have just moved the ignition key to under the tank, removed the gauge mounting points and cleaned up the top yoke for a cleaner look but haven't got around to taking pix of those changes yet.

Some more recent pix attached.


GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline andrewmac805

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #44 on: Oct 29, 2013, 00:16:47 »
Looking great Sean!  Looks like a beautiful classic bike!  Amazing that it started as a "classic" 80's looking bike, and now it's a real classic looking bike!
1980 Suzuki GS850 cafe project:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=54144.0

1981 Honda CB750F

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #45 on: Oct 30, 2013, 15:57:49 »
OK, I wasn't happy with the way the top yoke looked, so whilst the fork seals where being replaced I did some work on it.

I moved the ignition key by extending the wiring and fabbing a bracket to fix the ignition and attach the horn to the same bracket. There is a mounting point underneath the tank where the horn was mounted. I attached the new bracket to this mounting point.

I removed the original gauge mounting points off the top yoke and was able to move the current gauge closer to the yoke tidying it up a bit.
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #46 on: Oct 30, 2013, 15:59:15 »
Bracket and new position, sorry for the cr@p photos I will put some better ones up when I have  a front brake and can roll the bike out the garage.
« Last Edit: Oct 30, 2013, 16:45:06 by SeanGSUK »
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Zookrocker

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #47 on: Oct 30, 2013, 21:21:40 »
Nice Sean.  Are you using the stock gauge?  I'm wanting to do something like that but kinda want to use a smaller speedo. 

Offline SeanGSUK

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #48 on: Oct 31, 2013, 07:58:11 »
Hi Zoorocker, the gauge is from a Suzuki GZ125 marauder. Maybe it is a little large for some tastes. The smaller ones do look neater, I agree, but I quite like the big clocks they had on the Vincent Black Shadow bikes.
More pix of my yoke/key attached...
GS550 E thread:
www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39991.0

1978 Suzuki GS550 E, 1980 GS550 L, 2001 Suzuki GZ125

Offline taggat

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Re: Suzuki GS550E '78
« Reply #49 on: Oct 31, 2013, 11:48:07 »
i like the speedo got any pictures further back to get a feel for the size of that thing?
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