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GSX 250 Cafe Racer

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' at netrider.net.au started by Jafu, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. A couple of months ago I purchased this little GSX from a mate.
    I had already be started down the cafe racer route so I will continue with my own ideas being put in place.
    The idea is to ride it around in the good months and do a complete strip down during the winter months. This will include engine overhaul, painting of the fuel tank and de-tagging of the frame. So hopefully by next summer it will be a new looking machine. Cafe Racer-0001.


     
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  2. So far the little bike has had a major overhaul of its electrics, mainly tucking things out of sight, re painting a bright yellow battery.
    I have replace the broken tacho cable, and the tacho instrument itself. It now matches the new speedo I installed, not because it was broken but it has telltale lights, good for old farts like me.

    I looked at many web pages till I found what I liked, but it was a combination of three different sets. Therefore cost prohibitive, being a pensioner and all.
    So off to the steel merchants for the material to make backing plates to move the pegs rearward, then to the aluminium place.
    I must admit I was a little worried what it would cost, but to my surprise I got a metre length of 6 x 40 mm flat for $11 and about 750 mm of 25 mm round stock for $7.
    I got a couple of bronze bushes for $16 20 x 26 x 12 flanged, things were looking good.
    Access to the lathe is easy, its my fathers so I have unlimited use.

    Now all I need is time and with it being the silly season, I find myself time poor.
     
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  3. Nice one Jafu, I like the GSX the tank and the way the engine sits make's the bike look like a real classic. I have a soft spot for the GSX as I own one myself I am preparing to respray the bike into it's original colour scheme.
    Watching with great interest.:geek:
     
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  4. The frame and engine on these older bikes was so simple and minimal looking. I was looking at a Suzuki TU250 and noticing it is the same. Simple round tube swing arm with a plate dropout for the axle, quite similar to a bicycle.
     
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  5. With the silly season gone, I got into the workshop and turned up the pegs for the rear sets, Happy with the result to a certain extent, I think a deeper knurling would look better, but its only a hobby lathe. Machined up the parts for the shift and brake levers and fitted together, didn't like certain bits , so revamped and did them again. Much happier with the results.
     

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  6. Those rear sets you've made up look quite good. You wanna make up a set for my TU250? :D
     
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  7. I was thinking exactly the same thing: I'll know where to go when I want rear-sets for my project. Could be a good little line of business, jafu!!!
     
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  8. Jafu, let us know if you do!
     
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  9. Looks good.
    Have you tried the brake?
    In the pic the angle looks wrong for the adjustable shaft to the actuating lever, (shaft to pedal angle look ok tho)
     
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  10. Oh it has all been tried and tested, too much pressure and the back wheel locks. The brake was the easy side to adjust, the gear selector took a bit of fiddling to get right. Both work well now.

    In regards to making up more, well at this stage I'm not sure. Maybe down the road a bit, it is a possibility
     
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