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Suzuki GS250 cafe project/paging JohnnyB

All the recent postings of classic 70's and 80's bike projects made me want to do one too! I had a buddy with a clapped out 1981 Suzuki GS250 sitting around for the last 7 or 8 years. I told him I wanted the bike and he gave it to me!!

Anyway, I looked into doing a full restoration on the bike, but the cost outweighs the benefit. So I decided to go another route. I saw a post on the GS forums where a guy turned this bike into a nice little cafe/street racer. I am starting out from $0 so I figure a budget of $1000 total and I will have a nice little bike to ride on Sunday mornings or whenever.

Here is what it looked like when I unloaded it;





Pretty 80's-tastic! Here is what I am aiming for, only with nicer paint and better details;





So, any experts on vintage racing (JohnnyB, etc.) post up your thoughts or ideas on the subject. Am I crazy, or whatever.

Looking forward to the list of pros/cons....

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Awesome...! I can't wait to see it done.

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Awesome...! I can't wait to see it done.
+1. That should make an excellent project.

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Looks like a fun transformation!
Should be interesting to watch how you do it.
We need pictures.
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Go for it! Looks like a fun project!

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Clubmans, rear sets, solo seat and tail section, exhaust, custom cafe paint job(british racing green with gold striping), and you are on your way.

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Awesome...! I can't wait to see it done.
Me either!

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+1. That should make an excellent project.
I hope. Most of the guys doing cafe projects are going the CB, or Brit bike route. Like I say though, for the $$$, this should be a cheap project.

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Looks like a fun transformation!
Should be interesting to watch how you do it.
We need pictures.
Pics will be coming, as soon as I make some progress. I have the bike in the basement now to clean and mock up what I have in mind. Today it was like 60 degrees, go figure. I should have left it in the garage where I can do something with it.

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Go for it! Looks like a fun project!
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Clubmans, rear sets, solo seat and tail section, exhaust, custom cafe paint job(british racing green with gold striping), and you are on your way.
Sounds good. Rearsets... Don't know about. It has a drum rear brake. That is why I am looking for some expert vintage racers/builders who might have some ideas. I'm thinking Maybe a Ducati yellow, with a black stripe, and yellow frame. I am thinking about blacking out the motor as well. I don't know if the yellow frame will be too much or not? Maybe I'll go with a darker color... Don't know yet.

Thanks for all the encouragement people.

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It's really fun. I thought I was done and still find myself pecking away this morning on my project bike. And yes, restoration is not cost effective. What I am finding is you still get a cheap bike they you'll love. Have fun post lots of pictures.

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It's really fun. I thought I was done and still find myself pecking away this morning on my project bike. And yes, restoration is not cost effective. What I am finding is you still get a cheap bike they you'll love. Have fun post lots of pictures.
True words. Don't go into it with a cost in mind, just try to get the bike as cheap as you can (which Fehren has already done). I'm halfway thru my project, and I can see what Simpson is saying. I've got ideas for next winter now, so it will probably continue to evolve. And this from a guy who always bought new and kept everything pretty much stock.

I figured if I got it to a point mechanically I was comfortable with then I would have lots of time later on to hack. But some hacks are easier/better along the way.

I think you'll enjoy what you're doing. Have fun.

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I LOVE IT.... dont stop!

When your done... I'll buy it!
Sure.. The good thing is it will be sized just right for you.

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True words. Don't go into it with a cost in mind, just try to get the bike as cheap as you can (which Fehren has already done). I'm halfway thru my project, and I can see what Simpson is saying. I've got ideas for next winter now, so it will probably continue to evolve. And this from a guy who always bought new and kept everything pretty much stock.

I figured if I got it to a point mechanically I was comfortable with then I would have lots of time later on to hack. But some hacks are easier/better along the way.

I think you'll enjoy what you're doing. Have fun.
You guys are both right. I'm trying to keep a budget, but I can already see it getting away from me and I haven't even really started. I should have done some more cleaning on it tonight. I went riding instead. I couldn't resist, riding at 8:00 at night in January in 65 degree weather in Ohio... Crazy.

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