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    I think like the original looking one much better :| that bastardized one looks butt ugly. In fact I think that is what I would name it 'Butt Ugly'
    That's a freakin awesome name for it! Call PipeBurn immediately, maybe they can do a feature on it! The Smoking Pipe Butt-Ugly Suzuki
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    In what way would an inverted front end be an upgrade on this bike?
    I can give you 2 reasons:
    Would make it far more attractive to motorcycle thieves.
    Is lighter by one steering lock.

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    The image quote: "My Race Tech Suspension is awesome on my AHRMA GT550! The engine makes 70hp and the stock suspension was totally overwhelmed. I had Matt set me up with G3-S shocks and full fork setup, my bike became rideable and lap times dropped by 5 seconds!"



    https://motorcyclephotooftheday.com/...-suzuki-gt550/
    I thought that a cafe racer was a custom that you could do whatever you wanted and there is no right or wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaTacL1sm View Post
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    Looks nice but; What's going on with those front brakes :/ looks like only half the pad is touching.

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    That is a beautiful 550!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Looks nice but; What's going on with those front brakes :/ looks like only half the pad is touching.
    good point, didn't notice that.

    Either get a bigger caliper or get a disc that's been lightened even more
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    I thought that a cafe racer was a custom that you could do whatever you wanted and there is no right or wrong.

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    Guess that's why he needs 2 discs




    ... I know a santa claus looking guy from down under who has experience making better calliper mounts then those!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Looks nice but; What's going on with those front brakes :/ looks like only half the pad is touching.
    Yep - the witness lines tell the story....
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillsy View Post
    Yep - the witness lines tell the story....
    Easy enough to fix with a correctly shaped bracket but as it sits that wouldn't even make it past mechanical certification up here.

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    Have you thought about a GT750 front end? You get dual discs and rebuilt with cartridge emulators can probably be made to work pretty well. If you really want USD forks there may be a set that will work but custom triple trees will really open up your options.

    Is the reasoning for replacing the swing arm just to get a disc brake or are they know to be flimsy? I bet the stock drum is well up to task for what you seem to have in mind.

    I know what I would do if it were mine and ran as good as it looks. Rebuild front and rear suspension, go through the brakes, add a set of expansion chambers, get some lower bars and rear sets, install modern tires and a good cleaning. Would make for a nice, fun, classy bike and wouldn't hurt the value too much.
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