Suzuki GS550E '78

Anmic

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Loving the GS mate, i just bought the little brother a GSX 250. I have gotten a heap of inspiration from this build!
 

SeanGSUK

Strength is measured in tolerance, not mass
Thanks Anmic, done a few more changes, pix will follow soon...
Good luck with your build ;)
 
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.
 

SeanGSUK

Strength is measured in tolerance, not mass
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.
 

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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!
 

SeanGSUK

Strength is measured in tolerance, not mass
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.
 

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SeanGSUK

Strength is measured in tolerance, not mass
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.
 

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Zookrocker

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Nice Sean. Are you using the stock gauge? I'm wanting to do something like that but kinda want to use a smaller speedo.
 

SeanGSUK

Strength is measured in tolerance, not mass
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...
 

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branumjb

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Nice GS! I have a 1980 GS550,hopefully I'll have mine done before it gets too cold to ride. Also looks like I have a lot of catching up to do.
 

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