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Hello all I am friends with Snorkelfork here in Austin, and he reminded me that I need to stop by here and say hey. So, "Hey."

I love old Japanese cafe bikes (from the '60s & '70s). I have had a few and have been building them for a little while now.

Snorkelfork said that some of you have seen a YouTube video ((www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH9wt6USU8g)) of a 1970 Suzuki t350 (2-stroke twin) that I built. It has been one of my daily drivers for about 4 years now. It was British Racing Green with silver checkers, but it got severely vandalized. Life goes on, and I am almost done re-restoring it. It now runs better than new, and I am almost finished painting it. Its sporting a handsome fire-ball orange and black with checkers paint job.

Here are two pictures of the gas tank which is about 90% finished. I still need to so the checkers on the other side of the tank and then shoot it down in clear coat.






I think the bike is finished well... or at least it was before it got banged up. Nevertheless, the detail work is still there and only the seat and tank were messed up. The gas tank is a modified 1978 Honda CX500 Silverwing tank. My stock, vintage Suzuki emblems now fit it nicely, and I modified the gas cap so it looks like the old-style Suzuki cap (I cut the Honda and Suzuki caps in half and brazened them together.) It looks quite sharp. The seat is a home-built fiberglass solo-racer seat hump constructed on the stock seat pan. The front drum is dialed in with modern compounds and will casually lift the rear wheel off the ground.

All in all this is a nice little bike and it is a ton-up, tarmac-eating, attention getting wheelie machine that is an absolute hoot to drive.

I'll post a pic or two of the bike when I am finished with the paint... hopefully some time later this week. Then I will only need to upholster the seat and finish a fell easy details. If any one really wants to see build or paint sequence pictures, I would post those too.

My other bikes are CB750s, all disassembled at the moment, including a "special one" that I am going to be finishing up next.... it is a '69 frame with a slightly breathed on motor that has been punched out to 900cc, with all the works. (it is currently waiting for me to button it back up.)

Peace and grease
-fang



'70 Suzuki T350
Download The Fang.mp3 HERE


Edited by - fang on Nov 12 2007 6:02:58 PM

Edited by - fang on Nov 12 2007 6:07:17 PM
 

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Hey Fang!

How have you been? Orange this time around? Didn't you start with orange on your T350? Glad to hear you've decided to keep it (for now anyway).

I found a Colorado company that can rewind your stator to allow you to run modern 55/60 bulbs in your dual headlights (you should post details on your set-up here as there are plenty of folks that would be interested)and still adequately charge your battery when you ride:

Kevin Mayer
[email protected]

Motorcycle Electrical Service
77 Hoosier Ct
Nederland, CO 80466
303-258-0213

I plan on sending a stator to him sometime over the winter so I can copy your dual headlight set-up on a T500....

Jim
 

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that tank has a following here. nice job. get us pics of the final results!

I credit that video of yours as an inspiration for my own work. I keep looking for a cheap 2stroke that will turn over...I love the smell of burning castor oil...
 

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Hi Jim, It is good to see you again. I hope you are doing well. Still smoking, I see? My dual lights are currently wired so only one is on at a time. The left is a 55w and the right is a 100w. I know the stock was 35w.... So far, so good, because I have not had any electric problems. I updated much of that wiring. Maybe that helped.

I should do a seperarte post on the details. It really is nothing too fancy. I think the lights are old, chromed off-orad or tractor lights. I am sure I must have paid less than $20 for the pair new. But they work GREAT, and I think it all looks pretty good.

I need to go over there and visit those Sundial 2-strokers.

borzwazie,
Thank you also for the kind words. I got this 1970 t350 as a trade for an old snowboard. It is my experience that there are pleanty of cheap old Suzuki 2-strokes out there. They're just hiding. I guess it helps that I am already driving an attention getter becuase I regularily will have folks come over and ask about it or share a story about the old Kawasaki or Suzuki they had 25 or 30 years ago... and many of them have an old clunker in the garage that they would let go cheap, provided it went to a good home. If you really want one you should start regularily posting a wanted ad in your local CraigsList.org listings. Good luck.

peace and grease
-fang

'70 Suzuki T350
Download The Fang.mp3 HERE
 

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now thats what im talking about. glad to see there is someone else here whos not afraid to lite it up for fun!!! although my cb550 wont wheelie for shit.

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I've actually been wondering about that. Anyone know if you can wheelie a stock cb450? I have to admit I've tried dozens of times, never so much as gotten the front wheel off the ground.

My brother was telling me you can wheelie a stock 350/4... he knows because when he bought his first bike he went with a buddy to pick it up, and the guy was pulling wheelies by his car the whole way home.

Who's got the method?

A
 

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i can't even get my cb810 to do it. but then again i think my clutch is holding me back. she's starting to slip when i crank her down.
soft front fork springs and soft rears help i'm sure. but put the rpms in the meat of the powerband. gas it, let off and then gas it again while sitting far back and if needed give a slight pull on the bars.
I'm going to weld a 12'oclock bar to my cb!
http://www.servinitup.com/images/lucky/siu5trailer1.wmv


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Edited by - pampadori on Nov 12 2007 10:04:07 PM
 

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a stiffer rear will get it up faster. i can wheelie the cb350 racer. chris claims he never got the front wheel of his off the ground. dumping the clutch into 2nd will get the front back up. i can do it on every single bike ive ever owned but the 550. but it does awesome burnouts.

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I don't want to be snooty, but if you cannot wheelie your motorcycle, there probably is something wrong with you or the motorcycle. Nothing personal. The power-to weight ratio on all bikes, whether the bike is a crappy Honda MB5 ((http://www.geocities.com/mb5racer/kliff.html)), or a Honda Goldwing (http://www.davesgoldwing.com/unknown.html), You should be able to pop the clutch and flip almost any bike, and if not flip it, at least get the front wheel off the ground. The little bikes might require a little body English, but if running correctly they will do it too. the only exceptions I can think of are the small automatic transmission bikes and scooters.

Just my $0.02.

-fang

'70 Suzuki T350
Download The Fang.mp3 HERE
 

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quote:
I used to wheelie my Hodaka Ace 100B, not known as a powerhouse (9 hp?)

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My CB450 project:
http://www.caferacer.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2827
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Actually your Hodaka should have make a ground shaking.............Wait for it.................











.................................Wait for it...............12 H.P.!!!!


At the CRANK no less!

Yeah,that's right mess with some Hodaka fire and some Bitches are bound to get burnt!!<img src=icon_smile_evil.gif border=0 align=middle>





Edited by - coolatula on Nov 17 2007 10:50:37 AM
 

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Whoop! I finished the bike this evening -- I finally finished the seat, a hand-built solo race seat upholstered in some cool old leather.... The paint is done... everything is done and the bike is running perfect. Pictures soon to follow.
-Fang

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Whoop! I finished the bike this evening -- I finally finished the seat, a hand-built solo race seat upholstered in some cool old leather.... The paint is done... everything is done and the bike is running perfect. Pictures soon to follow.
-Fang

'70 Suzuki T350
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Fang - Did you post a link for a place to buy the checker tape awhile back? I remember seeing something with a good price, but I can't find it. I am repainting my cafe BMW this winter and going checker. This will likely get me booted from the Wanker Racing Group since I am not going wanker stripe, but I like the look of the checker flag on the airheads.

This is basically what I am going for.
http://www.rockerboxer.com/albums/album_image/1575651/426601.htm

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Fang - Did you post a link for a place to buy the checker tape awhile back? I remember seeing something with a good price, but I can't find it. I am repainting my cafe BMW this winter and going checker. This will likely get me booted from the Wanker Racing Group since I am not going wanker stripe, but I like the look of the checker flag on the airheads.

This is basically what I am going for.
http://www.rockerboxer.com/albums/album_image/1575651/426601.htm

Yeller'
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Ask not what the wanker can do for you, but what you can do for your wanker!
 

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Pete, HERE is a link to that earlier conversation about checkered tape.... I don't like using that sort of pre-printed crap on my bikes for a number of reasons. Aside from it it being crap, it also looks like crap on a bike -- the vinyl tape is flat, but bikes and helmets are round. When flat and round get together they always fight; or at least they make wrinkles.

I prefer to make my checkers by hand. CLICK HERE to read an older walk-through I wrote on laying checkers:


The advantage of applying lots of little squares as opposed to a big piece of flat tape is on the round areas you can slightly adjust each little square to give the illusion of symmetry.

In the past I used to always paint on my checkers -- you cut out squares to mask off a tank, paint them, then remove them. But you need to be good at what you are doing or else the paint will creep up under the tape and ruin your work, or you will botch it all up when you remove the square masking. However, for this last job I cut out squares, applied them to the tank, seat, helmet, etc, and then shot clear over those. It turned out really nice.

I am cleaning out the garage so it doesn't embarrass me when I take pictures of the bike. It is monsoon season down here in Austin, but it should stop raining tonight for a good ride tomorrow.

peace and grease
-fang

'70 Suzuki T350
Download The Fang.mp3 HERE


Edited by - fang on Dec 14 2007 3:38:06 PM
 

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Pete, HERE is a link to that earlier conversation about checkered tape.... I don't like using that sort of pre-printed crap on my bikes for a number of reasons. Aside from it it being crap, it also looks like crap on a bike -- the vinyl tape is flat, but bikes and helmets are round. When flat and round get together they always fight; or at least they make wrinkles.

I prefer to make my checkers by hand. CLICK HERE to read an older walk-through I wrote on laying checkers:


The advantage of applying lots of little squares as opposed to a big piece of flat tape is on the round areas you can slightly adjust each little square to give the illusion of symmetry.

In the past I used to always paint on my checkers -- you cut out squares to mask off a tank, paint them, then remove them. But you need to be good at what you are doing or else the paint will creep up under the tape and ruin your work, or you will botch it all up when you remove the square masking. However, for this last job I cut out squares, applied them to the tank, seat, helmet, etc, and then shot clear over those. It turned out really nice.

I am cleaning out the garage so it doesn't embarrass me when I take pictures of the bike. It is monsoon season down here in Austin, but it should stop raining tonight for a good ride tomorrow.

peace and grease
-fang

'70 Suzuki T350
Download The Fang.mp3 HERE


Edited by - fang on Dec 14 2007 3:38:06 PM
 
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