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    1981 Suzuki GS850 Cafe Racer

    Hi guys,
    Im a Medical student, whos been into motorcycles for a long time.
    I wanted to share my first light hearted cafe attempt with the experts on this forum.
    My current bikes are - 1977 suzuki gs550, 2002 ducati monster 620, 1981 suzuki gs850.
    Heres my 850 when i bought it. Grubby and Greasy.

    After a weeks worth of polishing and touch on the engine alone...here is what i came up with :

    Now i dont mean to deceive anyone...the parts are not polished aluminum...some are...but the look i acheived mainly by some clean coats of silver spray paint. Being a student doctor i dont have the time to actually grind-polish the aluminum.
    For some cafe touches i added clubman handlebars and some nice chrome bar-end mirrors. I know cafe culture...and that clip ons are for the true.BUT-- I am hair deep in student loans and cant afford the serious mods...so go easy on me. Heres how it looks after removing the home depot flat-rat bars.
    I even messed around with a paint can on the tank..teardrop on the tank instead of the knee recess..literally messed around and ruined lol. BUT i know its going to get a serious coat of paint when i come back home for vaction, so what the heck!

    I KNOW it needs a new bumstop seat- so dont pick on me haha! I will teach myself how to do fiberglass or grab one off the net. New rear pirelli and new stator bit a chunk out of my budget so...now things are slow. I also got a chrome front fender - cuz i just like nice chrome on some parts.
    Thanks for lookin, and let me know if u have any advice.
    Last edited by anup_vince; 05-14-2013 at 08:07 PM.
    1977 Suzuki Gs550 + parts bike, 1981 Suzuki Gs 850, 1983 BMW R80,1984 BMW K75, BMW K1100, 1973 Honda CB360t, 1969 honda 305 Dream,1966 honda 305 Dream, 1963 Honda 305 dream, 2003 Suzuki SV650s (5k miles), 2003 SV650s (7k miles), 2003 Buell Firebolt XB9R, 1981 Honda CBX six, Royal Enfield Bullet 500, 1972 Yamaha DS7, 2003 Anniversary HD Sportster 1200C.

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    It doesn't look bad. It runs so it's cool with me. Ditch the highway bars though. What do the other bikes look like?
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    It doesn't look bad. It runs so it's cool with me. Ditch the highway bars though. What do the other bikes look like?
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    Hey, welcome. You seem like a real nice guy and your heart's in the right place. You asked for advice and...well, let me put it this way:

    You're a med student, right? You're in residency? You know how the senior residents and docs are real hard and abusive on the new residents? How its kind of a baptism-in-fire sort of thing until you prove yourself?

    Yeah. You might get a little bit of that here.

    There are definitely some pros on this board and when they flame a new guy, they are not being typical know-it-all internet pricks who simply sit around and pass judgment. These folks ride, race and most importantly build their own bikes; from the wheels up. They know their shit. Thoroughly.

    That said,

    Put. The. Rattle. Can. Aluminum. Down.

    I know money's tight. I built a bike in grad school too. But painting carbs is a no-no.

    The ergonomics are all wrong for clubmans too. You appear to be somewhat tall. Your seat is low, your handlebars are low and your footpegs are high. Aside from an apparent lack of clearance between your hands and the tank (which diminishes turning radius) the position of your bars can bind your arms in quick turning situations and severely strain your wrists and lower back on long rides. Consider a return to the drag bars or save up for some adjustable clip-ons. This has to do with control on a heavy, powerful bike (with a kind of tire I personally consider at best unpleasant--at worst downright dangerous--on the front).

    All I'm saying is that this is whole thing is about making a fast, nimble, stripped-down and tuned bike that allows you to get on it, feel right at home and ride hard.

    Oh, and in its purest form it means doing it with little to no money.

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    Hey, welcome. You seem like a real nice guy and your heart's in the right place. You asked for advice and...well, let me put it this way:

    You're a med student, right? You're in residency? You know how the senior residents and docs are real hard and abusive on the new residents? How its kind of a baptism-in-fire sort of thing until you prove yourself?

    Yeah. You might get a little bit of that here.

    There are definitely some pros on this board and when they flame a new guy, they are not being typical know-it-all internet pricks who simply sit around and pass judgment. These folks ride, race and most importantly build their own bikes; from the wheels up. They know their shit. Thoroughly.

    That said,

    Put. The. Rattle. Can. Aluminum. Down.

    I know money's tight. I built a bike in grad school too. But painting carbs is a no-no.

    The ergonomics are all wrong for clubmans too. You appear to be somewhat tall. Your seat is low, your handlebars are low and your footpegs are high. Aside from an apparent lack of clearance between your hands and the tank (which diminishes turning radius) the position of your bars can bind your arms in quick turning situations and severely strain your wrists and lower back on long rides. Consider a return to the drag bars or save up for some adjustable clip-ons. This has to do with control on a heavy, powerful bike (with a kind of tire I personally consider at best unpleasant--at worst downright dangerous--on the front).

    All I'm saying is that this is whole thing is about making a fast, nimble, stripped-down and tuned bike that allows you to get on it, feel right at home and ride hard.

    Oh, and in its purest form it means doing it with little to no money.

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    That motor sure is pretty. Looks like you have some good potential with this bike.

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    That motor sure is pretty. Looks like you have some good potential with this bike.

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    you mean ditch the crash guard(which used to have the highway pegs)?
    I'll load some pics of the other bikes as well.
    Thanks for the feedback!
    1977 Suzuki Gs550 + parts bike, 1981 Suzuki Gs 850, 1983 BMW R80,1984 BMW K75, BMW K1100, 1973 Honda CB360t, 1969 honda 305 Dream,1966 honda 305 Dream, 1963 Honda 305 dream, 2003 Suzuki SV650s (5k miles), 2003 SV650s (7k miles), 2003 Buell Firebolt XB9R, 1981 Honda CBX six, Royal Enfield Bullet 500, 1972 Yamaha DS7, 2003 Anniversary HD Sportster 1200C.

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    you mean ditch the crash guard(which used to have the highway pegs)?
    I'll load some pics of the other bikes as well.
    Thanks for the feedback!
    1977 Suzuki Gs550 + parts bike, 1981 Suzuki Gs 850, 1983 BMW R80,1984 BMW K75, BMW K1100, 1973 Honda CB360t, 1969 honda 305 Dream,1966 honda 305 Dream, 1963 Honda 305 dream, 2003 Suzuki SV650s (5k miles), 2003 SV650s (7k miles), 2003 Buell Firebolt XB9R, 1981 Honda CBX six, Royal Enfield Bullet 500, 1972 Yamaha DS7, 2003 Anniversary HD Sportster 1200C.

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    Krapfever,
    Thanks for all the constructive advice! I knew coming to a forum like this would get me some good critique! I didnt even try to hide the fact that i painted parts of it. The carbs are a give away! I never try to fool pro's. My excuse was a really wierd oxidation/darkening that made them patchy. I swabbed them as clean as i could and sprayed and prayed.

    Ill be on the hunt for clipons. Any suggestions as far as rearsets to reposition my legs? Do they even make em for the 850? ive looked and looked (mabe in the wrong places) but not many turn ups for gs850 cafes. and YES--i hate the front tire too...but for now it keeps the bike off the ground till i go home and change it.
    Thanks sir.
    Anup
    1977 Suzuki Gs550 + parts bike, 1981 Suzuki Gs 850, 1983 BMW R80,1984 BMW K75, BMW K1100, 1973 Honda CB360t, 1969 honda 305 Dream,1966 honda 305 Dream, 1963 Honda 305 dream, 2003 Suzuki SV650s (5k miles), 2003 SV650s (7k miles), 2003 Buell Firebolt XB9R, 1981 Honda CBX six, Royal Enfield Bullet 500, 1972 Yamaha DS7, 2003 Anniversary HD Sportster 1200C.

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