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Suzuki GS550 Café Racer

Posted on June 7, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments


This 1978 Suzuki GS550 was picked up by Jason from Vintage Customs in Florida for $500. It wasn’t running but some simple tuning plus a rebuild of the carbs and he got this classic back to life. “The frame was cleaned up, all of the extraneous stuff removed, and painted in a metallic charcoal” Jason explains. “I found a new-old-stock 4 into 1 header which really sounded nice. I kept the stock tank and the rear fairing, built a seatpan out of aluminum which held the rear fairing piece and upholstered it in a black vinyl” he says. Jason recently quit his graphic design job to follow his dream of building custom vintage styled café racers and bobbers under the name Vintage Customs. His website isn’t up and running yet but you can view some of his other projects on his Flickr page.


  • Know what?
    I have exactly the same dream!
    But didn’t quit my web engineer job yet…
    Anyway, i wish him the very best.

    Greetings from France.

  • Anton

    As a graphic designer and total vintage bike aficionado myself, I often daydream about what it would be like to quit my day job and completely dive into the world of vintage and custom bike building. It’s good to see someone actually did it and used his talents to build an awesome bike. Love the older Suzukis. Keep up the great work. Look forward to the site when it’s completed.

  • J Bell

    I'm building a 1980 GS 550e and had a few questions for the owner. If it is possible that we could email that would be a great help. The bike looks amazing!

  • Andrew

    How I wish I could live in America. Whilst we enjoy bikes here in the UK, there is no market for custom building like you have.
    Anyhoo, if I can attach it here is my rebuild of a GS550 recently done to see if I could, turned around in about 3 weeks. (Lots of polishing!)

  • Andrew

    I didn’t like my stock plastic instruments, so dismantled, re-decalled, with signature (who knows, I may be famous one day), and wrapped in aluminium (that’s aluminium, not aloominum!!, sorry, I can’t help being British)

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