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Sérgio Teixeira’s Suzuki GSX 750 – “Saudade”

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 25 comments

If you took yr average 1950s cafe racer and ground it up in a giant sausage maker, what do you think would come out the other end? For those of you who answered a ‘bunch of ground metal with small pieces of rubber, vinyl and glass, all coated in a nice oily sauce,’ then technically you’d be right. Smart arses. But what I was alluding to was more of a distillation of the bike’s Raison d’être in to something pure and unadulterated. In a traditional cafe racer’s case, I’m guessing that what you’d get is a kind of ‘essence of honest speed.’ A substance that would characterise the scene’s key traits of going as fast as bloody possible on a working-class, post-war English budget. Think those days are long gone? Think again, for as the GFC bites hard in Western Europe, there are still guys who want maximum bang-for-their-buck for as little buck as possible, and what they are coming up with still stirs the soul like their 50 year-old brethren. Here’s one of them; Sérgio Teixeria’s Suzuki GSX 750 cafe racer.

Here’s Sergio. “Saudade! It’s a Portuguese word… some say it’s the only word in all languages of the world that defines the feeling of missing someone or something! I can’t think of a better word for this bike. It was a wrecked Suzuki GSX 750 when I (Sérgio ‘Thunderbird’ Teixeira, an active member of the Portuguese forum Cafe Racer 351) bought it. After 10 months of work, Saudade was born.”

“Why Saudade? My goal was to create a motorcycle to honour my late grandfather. I thought of making a muscle bike, a scary bike, and I think I pretty much did it!”

“The tank is from a Yamaha XJR1200 with a racing cap. For the instrumentation, I chose an Acewell Computer. Rear sets, clip on’s, new shock absorbers, polished motor covers, bicycle tape instead of normal grips, custom aluminium side panels and a Megatron exhaust… she sounds great! She sounds scary! And it’s awesome to ride!”

“I only had a small budget for the build. The recession is bad, and I couldn’t afford to buy top notch items! But it still is a head turn bike!”

“All of my life has been related with motorcycles. My father is a mechanic for over 40 years. He taught me everything I know about motorcycles. He made me a motorcycle when I was 4 years old and everything started there… the smell, the feeling of the wind in my face! It was love at the first throttle! I knew that motorcycles will be my life!”

“Nowadays, I spend my days in at my ‘LA Motos,’ a small family based shop in Santo Tirso, a little, but beautiful town in Portugal, with my father, selling, repairing and customizing motorcycles.”

  • arnold

    Yep, turned my head. No more than three times around, though. I see an honest budget rider, well done.

  • “Nowadays, I spend my days in at my ‘LA Motos,’ a small family
    based shop in Santo Tirso, a little, but beautiful town in Portugal…”

    I thought LA was in California.

    It’s like I’ve said before; not EVERY bike has to be ground breaking to be good. Sometimes cutting an old pattern from old cloth is fine, quite nice actually. This would be one of those time. I appreciate why he built it and I like the results. Nice color, too. The last pic feels like he’s “hanging on.” That’s a sweet feeling. Good job, Sergio.

    Andrew – “Raison d’être” Isn’t that like grape juice or something?

    • It’s French for deterring raisins.

      • Raisons CAN be upstarts. Living in California, I know this first hand.

        • itsmefool

          So that explains it.

  • Tiger

    What year bike is that?

  • Joao Marques

    hey great job, im also from Portugal

  • Nice Inazuma Cafe-racer !
    Full throttle #7

  • This is a great example of a fairly modern bike with a retro cafe look using production parts. The tank really makes it for me and I was fooled into thinking this was an 80’s bike. And it doesn’t look like a budget build at all – it looks like a factory cafe bike. I was thinking you could do something similar with an early Triumph Speed Triple.

    • I too was fooled. Losing the plastic tail also makes it much better (and older) looking. The high ass end and plastic drop down plate hanger on newer bikes (aside from maybe purpose built street fighters) I can DEFINITELY do without.

  • revdub

    Very very cool. Looks vintage for sure. I agree on the tank, it makes the bike. Great job, man.

  • adien

    cool bro..

  • tmcsp

    Certainly a cool bike. It looks like a blast to ride, plenty of power and properly sorted suspension (rather than the typical undersprung Suzuki factory units) I’d love to blast down a canyon road on it. The tank looks good with the lines of the bike, as does the tail unit. It gives some character to a fairly standard looking bike.

    Personally I think it would really pop with a unified paint scheme. The tank, tail, fender, and side covers are all sort of competing for attention. And with so dark of a frame and motor, and the brightly polished forks and engine covers, a complete scheme would really help bring this beast together. Call me crazy, but I think this thing would rock in yellow with a single black line through the body work.

    Either way kudos for taking a bike that was wrecked into a head turner.

  • Luke

    “essence of honest speed”? I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t stand that dishonest speed.

  • Sergio Teixeira

    Many thanks to all of you!

  • Brutal é o que posso dizer,a cor,o formato do depósito,a suspensão traseira e como a moto acaba,muito bom mesmo,espero um dia conseguir construir uma que chegue perto dessa.
    Tuga style.

  • Vertex Appliance Parts

    Especially the old KX250 rear mudguard wohoo

  • daniel peters

    I think that you have done a great job just what a bike should look like I own a1200cc Suzuki inazuma in standard trim except for the engine which has gxr cams no airbox and kn filters to me your bike looks very much like a 750 inazuma especially with those rear shocks and tank dan

  • Brian Ravenscroft

    Hi. We live in South West Australia My son and I really like what you have made and we wanted a shed project to work on so we have just purchased an 85 GSX750 as a start. We are hoping you may be able to help…we have located a XJR1200 tank. Do we need new tank mounts or does this tank fit the GSX750 mount points. Best regards Brian