A GT500...nice. With my limited knowledge of the history of these Suzuki's, the GT5's added some nice evolution. The GT550's in my humble opinion (and it's just that----an opinion!!) are not as attractive visually. However...they being a triple adds a level of interest!
Is there a build thread up here on that one?
And ya...it would take a few tanks of gas to get here, but anytime you might be in the area....drop me a line.
The GT500 has slightly better forks with a 70's style disk brake (not very good). Some of the GT500's have more conservative porting and are slower. Other that that, I think they are pretty much the same bike other than paint and some trim.
These bikes were successful racers, with little modification from stock. They were fast for a 500 back in the day and they Kawi came out with the H1 and everything changed. Instead of trying to compete with the Kawi and also with the new Suzuki 550 (which was slower than the 500) they made the Titan slower didn't develop the bike any further. Back in the day I had a 72 and it was a bit faster than my buddies on the 72 and up CB750's. I later put chambers, 34mm carbs, flat bars, better tires and shocks on it and it handled the corners fairly well.
Bolted the tank onto the frame, and bolted the seat in.
Marked where to cut the rear frame rails with my high tech cut-mark-locator-a-trons
After the rough cuts
And after finishing up the cuts to smooth them over.
With the seat and tank set up on the frame, got around also to setting the line on the rear of the tankside where there'll be a paint color change....to line up with the the height of the seat's seating area.
Will now try to find some sort of way to plug those frame rail ends (they're a shade under 7/8" inside diameter) and get that frame painted up.
Overall a fantastic day then! I did the same as you thinking about something other than black for frame paint. I almost went with a metallic silver, decided to go with good old PJ1 gloss black epoxy frame paint. Now the fun begins for you! Keep up the good work.
I was poking around on some of your pics/posts----what rear sprocket did you end up finding for the T500? Need to find something for mine without turning the world upside down. I'm told a 70's-80's RM250 front will work on the T500 so that should be fairly easy/inexpensive to find. I have no real interest in modding the gearing all that much....maybe -1 in front, maybe +2ish in the back if I find something that suits.
I think once more bits are bolted on the black will be less "in my face"....with the front end back on it's already starting to take a back "seat".