Cafe Racer Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
585 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
So, now that resto thing is done and out of the way I can get on with this (the best T500 cafe racer yet :D). This was the result of a Easter Monday 650 mile return journey to London in the pouring rain.


Any suggestions on the front end? I was thinking of GSX USD forks and maybe a mono shock conversion. Has anyone already done this, as it's quite a narrow bike compared to modern standards. There might be a bit of machinig required with the swinging arm.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,731 Posts
Is that a T or a GT with the PEI ignition? USD's on the front of a T500 seem like overkill but they are short enough to fit nicely. For the rear swing-arm, look at the GS500 for a narrow mono-shock rear end or possibly a dirt bike like the DR350. If you want to keep the twin shocks, the 94-03 CB500 swing-arm looks narrow and beefy but it looks asymmetrical so fitting shocks might be a challenge.

There's a bunch of modified T500 pictures here to give you an idea of what's possible:

http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1874

and there is a scan of the factory manual posted here:

http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=151

There's a few specialists for the T500 on your side of the pond as well:

http://swarbrick-racing.co.uk/

http://www.classic2strokesuzuki.com/

http://www.tr500.co.uk/

Jim
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,583 Posts
If you want to keep with spoke wheels, a friend of mine put a twin disc GT750 front end on his. Looked good and stopped quite nicely.

For the rear, a T500 wheel will work with the GT front end (you could lace up a wider rim if you wanted).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,459 Posts
I have a gs500 if you need any pics or measurements. Right before the change to monoshock some dirtbikes have pretty awesome twinshock trailing arms.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
585 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Thanks for the tips guys, I'm obviously going to have to do some serious thinking before I start cutting anything.

Thanks for the links Jim and well spotted with the PEI, it is actually a GT.
I'd never considered dirt bike swing arms but that opens up a whole new avenue of options. I was hoping to get Akronts/Excell flanged spoked wheels so USD forks may be out of the question. I'm going to see what turns up at a good price as I'm not too strict on what I'm going to use as long as it's lighter than standard. I'll also be going for a mild porting tune for occasional road use.
It was running sweet before I helped the PO tear it down but he was determined to part it out. He got more for the tin ware alone than if he'd sold the bike as runner, he got £150 ($230) just for the headlight!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,937 Posts
Great basis for a neat project. GT750 disks are so heavy, butmodern light disks can be swapped in with decent calipers (SV650) at reasonable cost using stock GT750 hub and fork legs. http://pinkpossum.com/GT750/phattrakka2/p5brakes.htm

That page is years out of date and the later version used small aluminum adapters with another 25 buck set of SV calipers that came with a master cylinder.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top