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Suzuki Cafe Racers

1980 Suzuki GS850 Cafe Racer Brat Custom


  • 1980 Suzuki GS850 Cafe Racer Brat Custom
  • 1980 Suzuki GS850 Cafe Racer Brat Custom
  • 1980 Suzuki GS850 Cafe Racer Brat Custom
  • 1980 Suzuki GS850 Cafe Racer Brat Custom
Description
Price : USD1,500 (Auction)
Date : August 20, 2018
Condition : Used
Year : 1980
Model : GS
Bike Type : Café Racer
Mileage : 350
Engine Size : 850
VIN : GS850123745
Shipping to : United States
Location :Salem, Arkansas, United States

1980 Suzuki GS 1980 Suzuki GS 1980 Suzuki GS850 1980 Suzuki GS850 Cafe Racer Brat Custom Full Custom Restoration/Build 21,550 miles (Before Build/Restoration) Less than 500 after build VIN:  GS850123745 HISTORY OF THE BIKE: My grandfather gave me this bike about six months ago to use as my next bike build.  He owned it for the last 15 years or so.  A good friend of his who bought it new left it to him after he passed away.  It has been kept in incredible condition, always garaged and when I got it, it was all original except for an added windshield.  My grandfather (who has been a mechanic for over 50 years and used to race motorcycles) rode this bike at least once a week since he owned it.   BUILD PROCESS AND SPECIFICS  I usually work with Honda CB750s so this was new territory for me.  I was unsure of the direction I wanted to go but the first step was a complete teardown.  I painted the frame and stripped and painted the engine matte black with a high temperature epoxy/ceramic coating.  I re-wired the bike because bikes of this age can have some cracking of the wire casings and connection corrosion.  I used the original hand controls, clutch, and brake lever.  I did add a new throttle and grips with aluminum bar-end mirrors. ///   All four carburetors were rebuilt, polished (brushed finish) and synched. ///   With the tank I was unsure of what I wanted to do.  The first step was to strip the paint.  During that process I got an idea:  On the third pass of removing the factory paint chemically I noticed that there was a very cool “patina” developing.  I quickly cleaned the solvent and got lucky enough to save what was left of the original striping and a few accents of the maroon color.  I love happy accidents.  I cleaned, polished, and put three matte clear coats on the tank to preserve the look.  It turned out awesome and I’ve personally never seen a finish quite like it. ///    I added new headlight, hand grips, LED turn signals, and LED taillight.  The rear turn signals are built into the taillight.   ///    I resealed the front forks, added some boots, and replaced the rear shocks with new shorter ones.  I then dropped the front to add an aggressive stance.   ///    I added new brake pads and rebuilt the front and rear master cylinders. ///    The dual mufflers came from a newer Suzuki and sound great.  I used the original four into two pipes and wrapped them in titanium color fiberglass exhaust wrap.  This keeps the temperature down and actually adds a bit of horsepower at the same time.  Plus, it looks great. ///    I decided to go with a brat style rear seat pan, tail hoop and seats.  I ordered a seat and then built a custom pan, battery box, inner rear fender, and tail hoop to match the size and style of that seat.  I also designed a simple two bolt seat attachment system that makes removing the seat very simple.  You only need a size 6 allen wrench. ///    I stripped the front fender to match the style of the tank and cut it down to fit the new brat/cafe style.  At first I planned on fabricating some side covers and matching the finish of the tank as well, but as I moved along with the build I just couldn’t settle on that direction.  I decided to just leave the area exposed.  I actually really like this look.  It lends to the overall ascetic of the rat rod feel I was going for.  It’s function over form and there’s nothing there that isn’t absolutely needed.   For the person that does buy this bike I left the factory side cover mounting points on the frame instead of cutting them off.  I can’t imagine anyone wanting to put them on but if that is the case it can easily be done.  This would allow for some bad weather riding (serious rain) and I assume that would be the only reason to do that.  Although this type of bike is mainly used to just cruse about town.  You know, like a good ole’ rat rod….   ///    I finished out the build with some drag bars mounted upon a simple riser made out of angle iron.  I didn’t add gauges or indicator lights.  This may seem odd but I just didn’t want to clutter up the tree/bar area.  When I rode the bike once completed I simply  mounted my iPhone to the bars and used a speedometer app.  It worked great and I love the simplicity it achieves. ///    Many, many hours went into this build.  It starts right up.  These old four-carbureted bikes are always a bit cold-natured but this Suzuki is much better than the Hondas that I’ve built in the past.  Much easier to start and warm up.  Just a bit of choke and it’s ready to go.  It’s a solid, road-worthy bike, and it is a blast to ride.  I believe the design is a one of a kind (as much as this style can be) and promises to bring it’s new owner a lot of looks and questions when they gas it up.  It’s comfortable and has plenty of zip.  It corners well and with the reliability of the shaft driven system this bike will last many years with little upkeep.   *I added a few pictures of the bike before I started the build and a few during.

*Included with the bike are all the original parts including the speedo and tach.   -Vehicle sold as is and with no warranty.   Please ask any questions.  I will get back to you asap.   I can assist with setting up shipping with UShip if needed. Thanks!! -Justin H.   Listing and template services provided by inkFrog

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