New Bike

My last post talked a little bit about my current motorcycle project, and how I decided to start tearing down the running bike I have, in order to build the other one. I decided that instead of going this year without a bike to ride, I would pick up a new one. I wanted some contrast to the classic cafe style I will be going with for the GS. My buddy had this motorcycle for sale for a while, and I remember loving it from the first time I saw it, so I picked it up.

So, my new bike is a 1997 Suzuki GSX-R 750. It’s definitely something different than what I would normally go for but there is just something about this one that I am drawn to. I can’t figure out exactly what it is. Maybe it’s the color combo, and the style of the livery? Maybe it’s just the shape of the bike? It just works, and I wanted it.

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I also know the bike is pretty damn quick. Going for rides with my friends, the GS1000 just couldn’t keep up. Not even close. I can push about 110MPH on the GS, and this bike would pass me like I was standing still. Honestly, it has a higher top speed than I ever care to reach, but it’s nice to have the acceleration it offers, when I want it.

There are a couple small, dress-up things I would like to do to it in the near future, but for the most part, this bike will remain as you see it here for as long as I own it.

Here it is next to the current cafe project. I think it’s kind of cool that the project is a mix of the two running motorcycles that I now own. Notice the GS frame, paired with the GSX-R front end. The wheel looks wonky because I still need to swap out the bearing to allow for the GSX-R axle to mount it for real. For now, it is just sitting there as a visual reference.

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My plan, at this point, is to use the GSX-R as my every day bike for commuting to work during nice weather, and cruising with my friends. When the cafe build is complete, I will be using that as my show bike, and weekend toy to take out to meets or grabbing food and what not. Both bikes will be fun in different ways and I’m super excited for riding this year!

I hope you all think this bike is as beautiful as I do!

– Dustin

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