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CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:17:05 PM »
Ok so i bought my Suzuki gs 500 (2000 model) for 450 as a nice project for me. Bike runs fine (at the moment) time to get chopping!!! Any ideas/suggestions are more than welcome.

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 02:18:29 PM »
Rear break pads, oil and oil filter first.

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 02:47:18 PM »
Sweet!  more pics!  Cant wait to see what you come up with.  Are you going to make it project or going to ride it and work on it at the same time?
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 07:43:18 PM »
Sweet!  more pics!  Cant wait to see what you come up with.  Are you going to make it project or going to ride it and work on it at the same time?
Want to ride and work at the same time...still working on my lisence too so ive got plenty of time to work on it before i can even ride It legally.


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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2017, 03:41:54 AM »
Congrats on the purchase. Excited to see what you do to her.  :cheers:
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2017, 11:33:38 AM »
Ok so just got some bits in that i needed...60 for all 3...i think its not too bad...theyre not perfect but a bit of paint should make them look better. Got the handle bar bit so i can put normal handle bars on...any suggestions for the handlebars? Thanks.

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2017, 05:28:05 PM »
Handlebars may be the most personal choice on a motorcycle. Since you do not have a fairing, I suggest something reasonably low. I find that higher bars, unless there is some sort of windshield, make the arms tired because the rider is always fighting the wind. On the other hand, lower bars have the rider leaning into the wind. No matter what, whatever works for you is the right choice. It took me a while to get used to the stock bars on my GS500f, but I really like them now.

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2017, 08:22:06 PM »
I am beginning to think all the GS500 's in the world have engine side covers like that. I put carbon fibre over mine because they were so scratched.
Renthal ultralows bars have the advantage of absorbing vibration to some extent.
Rear brakes also seem to be a GS thing. Though mine had one pad completely missing and had eaten the rear disc.
I await developments.
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2017, 08:52:04 PM »
Handlebars may be the most personal choice on a motorcycle. Since you do not have a fairing, I suggest something reasonably low. I find that higher bars, unless there is some sort of windshield, make the arms tired because the rider is always fighting the wind. On the other hand, lower bars have the rider leaning into the wind. No matter what, whatever works for you is the right choice. It took me a while to get used to the stock bars on my GS500f, but I really like them now.
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 08:53:00 PM »
I am beginning to think all the GS500 's in the world have engine side covers like that. I put carbon fibre over mine because they were so scratched.
Renthal ultralows bars have the advantage of absorbing vibration to some extent.
Rear brakes also seem to be a GS thing. Though mine had one pad completely missing and had eaten the rear disc.
I await developments.
Have fun!
Should be fine when i Paint It...not looking for "perfect" anyway.

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2017, 12:27:07 PM »
As far as handlebar suggestions go, like ajensen said, its really a personal preference thing. How do you like to ride? If you want a more relaxed ride, get something more upright. If you want a sportier feel, get something lower. I have the Bikemaster Superbike bars, and I really like them.

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2017, 02:01:55 PM »
As far as handlebar suggestions go, like ajensen said, its really a personal preference thing. How do you like to ride? If you want a more relaxed ride, get something more upright. If you want a sportier feel, get something lower. I have the Bikemaster Superbike bars, and I really like them.
Yeah not sure yet...wont be doing much travelling so looking for It look nice rather than being practical 😂😂😂


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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2017, 06:43:19 PM »
Cafe Racer style seat arrived today for when i chop the back end...only 30 and i think It will do the job fine...and probably wont find anything cheaper!!!

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2017, 02:23:38 AM »
oh sweet I'm also in the process of building a cafe/scrambler from a 2007 gs500f with a blown engine.  I'm taking my time with it, working on rust repair, cleaning/lubricating bearings, powdercoating a few parts myself, and keeping my eye out for an engine before I start chopping. :thumb:
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2017, 06:23:42 AM »
oh sweet I'm also in the process of building a cafe/scrambler from a 2007 gs500f with a blown engine.  I'm taking my time with it, working on rust repair, cleaning/lubricating bearings, powdercoating a few parts myself, and keeping my eye out for an engine before I start chopping. :thumb:
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2017, 03:00:11 PM »
The only way you're getting the GS bars far back enough for a proper upright comfortable position in my opinion, is by getting blocks to raise the bars and getting bars that are further back, but will require longer brake lines and clutch cables, and throttle cable, and choke. a real PITA, my advice for more comfort on the GS, is to actually make the bars lower. maybe it's just my oddly long torso though.
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2017, 06:50:58 AM »
So I've been through 5 different types of handle bars on my GS by now (original, clip-ons, superbike, dragbar, mx bars), and for my riding style the mx bars are the best.

It's something most people don't even consider, but I'd give it a try.
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2017, 09:45:05 AM »
So I've been through 5 different types of handle bars on my GS by now (original, clip-ons, superbike, dragbar, mx bars), and for my riding style the mx bars are the best.

It's something most people don't even consider, but I'd give it a try.
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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2017, 07:51:19 PM »
So I've been through 5 different types of handle bars on my GS by now (original, clip-ons, superbike, dragbar, mx bars), and for my riding style the mx bars are the best.

It's something most people don't even consider, but I'd give it a try.

I have KX-bend MX bars on my bike, aluminum, they're pretty fab. It's the third handlebar I've tried. It all depends largely on your body type, how long your arms and torso are, etc. This isn't really about appearance.

I might not mind if they were 1/2" or 1" taller. But they're pretty close to perfect.

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Re: CAFE RACER/SCRAMBLER PROJECT
« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2017, 04:19:49 PM »
Just sold my 2001 Kawasaki kx 250 so new bits will be on the way pretty soon!

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