Fast, fun and still cheap. A whopping increase in comfort and power, it was a great highway bike. A single-disc front brake and drum rear were hardly exciting but were well paired and more than adequate to haul the 431- pound machine down to a stop in less than 125 feet, excellent performance for the day and still good today. Period testers considered the 650 a downsized 750 rather than an upsized 550 middleweight, heaping praise on its powerful engine and generally good handling. The Japlops on this bike are horrible. The front fork is excellent and mercifully devoid of air caps.
. The turn signal lights are touchy they work sometimes. The shape is also supposed to ensure better filling and combustion and therefore better fuel economy. My only quibbfe is that although the brakes work as well as — if not better than — most people would want, the lever has a squidgy, long-travel feel about it. You can sign up for e-mail notifications when other riders answer you. Serious inquires only, test rides require a motorcycle endorsement.
That's the only non-stock part on the bike. View comments, questions and answers at the. That's about ten kilograms 221b gone from the power unit. Together with their modest team they completed all of the following work in house aside from the final powdercoat, paint and polish, which they left up to talented and trusted associates. All three discs are gripped by these excellent devices that maintain the stopping power they left the factory with, and reduce maintenance to the occasional pad change and fluid replacement. By 1976, every one of the Big Four except Suzuki was producing a range of 4-stroke fours. Having a unique modern look but giving a nod to the classic café racer style customs that influenced me to get the bike.
Engine and transmission : 572. The smoothness is deceptive, though. We publish regular features on custom motorcycle builds, riding gear reviews, how to guides and event coverage from around the globe. Fuel consumption: the Suzuki is far more economical. It might be a little over the top on the styling front, but with a tiny 16-inch wheel holding the front end up it's always going to look a little odd.
You have to open it to get at the fuel tap underneath. Er, how shall I put this, I don't know. A whopping increase in comfort and power, it was a great highway bike. Couldn't tell that from the ads could you? He punched out the motor to 673cc and fitted fiberglass bodywork designed and manufactured by his company in-house. The suspension and ride matched the chassis nicely giving the reassuring impression that here was a motorcycle designed by and for motorcyclists, not by the marketing department.
While I'm moaning I'll have a go at the world's first designer fuel tap. True, its styling might have been somewhat subdued, but at a claimed 49hp it was no slouch, with quarter-mile times in the sub-14 second range. Unfortunately I had to sell it in 1980 as we had five children and we needed the extra money at the time. Basically, it had more of a cruiser look. One modification I had to make was switching the vacuum petcock to a standard gravity feed. I took to revving it into the red from time to time, something my mechanical sensibilities rarely let me do. Brakes: both excellent with the Kawsaki just shading it.
I got it back to the garage, got it running, rode it, checked the engine over and started with 3 points in my build book. Side mounting holes are threaded 13. The exhaust system helps deliver a nice smooth power curve right through the range while the muffler keeps your ears from ringing and delivers a great note from a smaller capacity engine. It was very comfortable, good in curves, great looking and the most reliable bike I had ever ridden. And I was impressed with the performance 'n' all. About Tom My purpose throughout this endeavor has been delivering the build experience to those who otherwise may not have ever had the chance.
Features a pivoting mounting base bracket. Assembled ready to mount, hook up the 3 wires and ride! Unfortunately, constant oil leaks from the gearshift lever made me re-think Suzuki. Right down the bottom of the rev range the Suzuki is incredibly smooth. Includes running light, brake light and tag light functions. Roaring machines to escape from the madness.