Gs500 Cafe Racer

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Introduction: Gs500 Cafe Racer

About: I have a youtube channel and a Etsy shop I sell the things i make i also do craft shows and stuff like that. i am documenting my journey to help people do it yourself so steal my ideas and make some money!!

The year was 2007, my oldest son was born on the 5th of January and so was this motorcycle, feel free to tell me what was significant to you in the year 2007. After only 8000 or so miles this bike took a turn for the worse and was laid down and the pavement tore through the aluminum cover destroying the stator and the rotor. The Suzuki GS500F was deemed salvage and was put on the auction block. “100 going once 100 going twice sold to the man in the back”. The original plan for this bike was for the cover to be replace and put back up for sale. This may have been a great idea but we will never know.

I was given an opportunity to flip this bike. PIMP my ride!! I wanted to document this process to show you the whole process good and bad and hopefully the good out ways the bad. This bike will not make everyone happy. Trust me I posted some pictures in the GS facebook group to ask for suggestions. ONLY do this if you want to hear the worst of humanity has to offer and have very thick skin. I may have cried myself to sleep a couple times...

Step 1: Donor Bike

Every cafe racer starts with a donor bike, most are really cheap and the major reason for using them. The GS500 is a popular bike and a great first bike so there availability is high.

Step 2: Tear It Down

Demo Day as Chip Gaines would say my son joined me on this step and made it even funner we took everything that was not needed or looked bulky and took it off and put in a pile to sell on ebay.

Step 3: Fit the Seat

With the tank back on i place the seat on as well and mark everything to cut away. No turning back now i also removed the Stator and the regulator and 1 million pieces of magnets from the exploded regulator... So the first thought was that the cover just needed to be replace that was not the case the whole left side of the bike minus the crank had to be replaces.

Step 4: Front Fender

The front fender that came on the bike did not fit the style of the bike and to be honest neither does this one I have ordered a new one but with the current situation with the covid 19 crisis not sure when it will arrive .

so for this i marked out with a sharpie what i wanted the fender to look like and used a jig saw to cut it out it doesn't look terrible but it doesn't look great either.

Step 5: Hide the Electrical Components

I went to a metal distribution site and got some small thin gauge metal since i dont have a welder i was able to do this with rivits and bondo you will see more of this in the future steps.

i just place the metal where i wanted it and traced it out with a sharpie.

Using a grinder with cutting wheel cut out the shape i was going for.

Then using a grinding wheel i shaved off all the sharp edges

Step 6: Side Covers

the solid metal was to much for me so I made these using the same process but this time I used some decorative metal mesh. then painted it black.

Step 7: Fabricating the Tail End

The suzuki gs 500 frame is square tubing all the seat hoops are round tubing so this was a process especially with out a welder. I was able to gind a neighbor in to do some tack welds but he was not the greatest so hello bondo.

  1. I clamped everything into place and took it to my friends house to tack weld it into place i used a riviting gun to hold it in place and well.
  2. i then put multiple thin layers of bondo and sanded smooth this took 3 days to complete lot of work next time will pay to have it welded professionally but all in all I am pleased with the final result
  3. i added a video showing this more in detail

Step 8: Add Accessories

These add up fast 30 here and 30 there I added new headlight, seat, tail pipe, led lights, exhaust wrap, mirrors and tail light hoop. And of course these came in 1 box at a time driving my wife nuts.

Step 9: Color Choose and Powder Coating

This really made the bike pop and stand out. I put a vote on Instagram and facebook and the overwhelming winner was the yellow.

Step 10: Fix Mechanical Issues

I replace the stator and cover as well as the rotor. clean the carbs but it still wasn't running right so I bought a rebuild kit for the carburetors. I also had to replace the front breaks system.

Step 11: Enjoy!

Knowing that I save this bike from the scrap heap brings me joy I know its not perfect but its perfect to me! Wow that sounded cheesy but after spending this amount of time on one project and putting so much into it I feel cheesy about it! So thank you for taking the time to look at it!

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    25 Comments

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    lfoss
    lfoss

    1 year ago

    Totally freakin' awesome transformation!! Voted!! ^_^

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    thanks for the comment makes my day!! and thanks for the vote!!

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    thanks for the comment!! i enjoy all the feedback

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    E.C4
    E.C4

    1 year ago

    Nice work! What's the total amount of time it take you to do this project?

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    oh man well if i knew what i was doing it wouldn't be to bad... i clean the carbs 3 times before finally rebuilding them so that was tons of hours wasted i been working on it for 8 weekends to get it to this point. plus a little here and there on weeknights

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    ChiefInstructor
    ChiefInstructor

    1 year ago

    Well done. The cafe racer looks so much better. I am voting this project.

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    You have brightened my day thanks so much!! really apreciate the vote

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    rxj69
    rxj69

    1 year ago

    Love how you took an ordinary bike and made it yours. I did the same with an 82 Yamaha XJ550 Maxim. I think I've spent less than $100 modifying it so mine isn't as refined as yours but it's still fun to ride. Voted.

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    thanks for the vote!! the responses on this are reward enough! glad you like it and thanks again truly!!

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    photony
    photony

    1 year ago

    One tankful...just let me try ONE TANKFUL of gas through it...

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah buddy it’s all yours !!

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    DavidE276
    DavidE276

    1 year ago

    The GS500 was my first sports bike as a young man. I for one love the transformation. Would probably hate it when owned one yet as I grew older the Cafe style seems more appealing. Also nice to see some second generation there at work.

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah the purest hate me!! But that just makes it funnier

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks!!

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    carbonunit6
    carbonunit6

    1 year ago

    Very, very nice! This truly takes it back into the early 1970's as were two of my buddies who built a couple of these rockets back in the day! Two thumbs up!!!

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    It’s been a ton of work but really enjoyed it!!

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    mccanlessdesign
    mccanlessdesign

    1 year ago

    Wonderful father-son project!

    I just spent this beautiful Sunday in my shop with my son (19); me doing electrical and woodwork; he doing metal work. Couldn't be a nicer time - he's home from GA Tech due to the virus.

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    bpoulton
    bpoulton

    Reply 1 year ago

    I have 3 boys 7,10,and 13 I can’t get the 13 year old to help with any thing but the younger ones sure enjoy it