We love the story behind this killer Icon KZ1000. Back in 1979 this humble bike started life as a police bike in Portland - but now 30 years later it's on the other side of the law, ready to cause some trouble. The build started by removing the stock swingarm and replacing it with the swingarm and rear wheel from a '92 GSX-R750. The KZ1000 frame was modified to accept a SV monoshock - not quite sure about the Redbull can shock cover but we have been told it's already been removed. The engine was given a 1075cc Wiseco big bore kit and the front end is off the same Suzuki SV1000. Considering the bike is a motorcycle mash-up we can't believe how stunning it turned out. It not only looks great but we bet it would be a whole lot of fun to ride this monster. To read a very humorous story about this KZ, visit the Icon Blog. [Spotted on HFL]
Entries in Suzuki (25)
This 1979 Suzuki GS1000S sat in a backyard in Washington USA for six years until Larry Pearson got his greasy hands on it. Larry is no stranger to motorbikes. He has been custom painting and restoring bikes for years (having 8 amazing bikes in his possession). About 14 months ago he started his dream of turning this GS into a tribute to Wes Cooley's Superbike. It all started with a beautiful original Yoshimura racing pipe. The engine only had 17K miles on it, and ran like new. He did a complete front end rebuild, all new seals, bearings. Same for the swing arm, and the entire brake system with the addition of stainless lines. Continental "Cont-Blyz" tires, '80 Suzuki rotors, "83 Honda CB1100F rear shocks and front fender. Tarozzi rear sets. He cut two inches off a 1980 GS seat foam bottom, and had it professionally upholstered. He wanted to build this bike for 30 years after seeing Wes Cooley, Eddy Lawson, and Freddie Spencer race Superbikes. Well, we think it was worth waiting for and we take our helmets off to you mate. Larry is about to embark on restoring and painting bikes for a living, so if you want him to build you a masterpiece contact us and we will give you his email. (We will post some more of Larry's creations in the following weeks).
This is a rare photo of Steve McQueen in Taiwan (even though some say Japan) on the set of 'The Sand Pebbles'. This was the only movie he received an Academy Award nomination (but didn't win). Apparently he had this Suzuki T20 (not a tr500 as first thought) with racing fairing shipped in so he could travel around Taiwan when not filming. I have also read lots of stories that McQueen raced Army officers from bar to bar with the loser having to buy the next round of drinks. Needless to say that McQueen didn't have to buy many rounds. Check out more pics of 'The king of cool' on this beautiful bike.
This historic Yoshimura GS1000 was Wes Cooley's superbike. He was the winner of 2 AMA Superbike Championships. It is now owned by Brian O’Shea of Enfield, Connecticut, whose collection has a number of the landmark bikes in Superbike racing history. This particular bike has a really interesting history. Especially the 1980 superbike title, it reads like a movie. You can read the whole story at The Motorcycle Museum. Just look at this machine sitting on the track. It wants to be ridden, and ridden fast like Wes rode it.
We all like it a bit rough and ready now and then. Sometimes I hate posting bikes that are too perfect. The soul of a cafe racer sometimes lives in the imperfections. Like a few scratches on the tank or a handmade seat that has a few random bolts. Like this awesome 1978 Suzuki GS750 I found on an old cafe racer thread (if you own it please let me know). There's a great article on McNews about how the GS750 back in it's day was the first Japanese superbike to get it right. The CB750 and Kawasaki Z900 both didn't handle as well as the GS750 (I'm sure some of you will disagree). Anyway, as you can see it's a great platform for a cafe racer. If you are looking to rip your arms off, check out this unique Nitrous Oxide running Dirt Drag GS750 for sale on Bikepoint.
We love discovering custom shops in our own backyard. These guys are called Speer Motorcycles and are based in Melbourne, Australia. They do a mixture of servicing, restoring and customizing of vintage, unique and performance bikes. Here's two of their latest projects, the first is a Suzuki T500 cafe racer. The second is a BSA B31 250cc hard tail. Both look like they were built to ride. Check out Speers Blog if you want to see more from this shop. [Thanks to MC Trader for finding this one]
This is the coolest looking Suzuki Volty I have ever seen. Heiwa has turned this newbie bike into one that i would want to steal. For all those people out there thinking that Sr400's, W650's and XS650's are the only bikes you can turn into sweet bobbers and cafe racers then maybe take a look at a Suzuki Volty (for a cheaper alternative).