Suzuki GSXR 750 Cafe Fighter

I've always loved Suzuki's GSXR. I was there when they introduced the bike to the streets. I loved the powerful engine and the aluminum cast frame. I also have a soft spot for carburetor engines which made this particular GSXR the perfect basis for my build. It was, however, a very challenging bike to work on. Its shapes are really odd and the layout of its major components make it very difficult to create a flowing line.

 

Believe it or not, this was also what made the GSXR so attractive to me because I really wanted to create something uncommon and different.

 

When building bikes, I'm very intuitive. I almost never do any sketching or concept designs. As a result, I spend a lot of time staring at the bike, looking for how they talk to me. With the GSXR I started with the idea of building a cafe racer, after that it evolved naturally into what I call my 'Cafe Fighter'. Influences during the build came from many different sources. The wood, for instance, is a nod to the work of Maxwell Hazan and the styling was a direct result of studying the vehicles in Mad Max movies.

 

I'm very happy with the final result, especially the handmade parts such as the cowling and headlight bracket. And of course, the final shape of the bike, that looks terrifying in the flesh!

BUILD SHEET:

 

  • Rebuilt subframe (short and narrow)

  • Electronics and Lithium battery relocated to rear cowl

  • Handmade rear cowling with wood lining

  • Handmade tail light

  • Custom solo seat

  • Custom footpegs brackets

  • Paint stripped for a raw metal surface

  • Wood details, hand laid calligraphy and custom transfer details

  • Clip-ons with bar end mirrors

  • BMW GS800 headlight with handmade cover

  • Conical filters and Black Widow exhaust

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