1983 Suzuki GR650 Tempter Cafe Racer Project

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1983 Suzuki GR650 Tempter Cafe Racer Project

Post  jfg75 on Mon 21 Sep - 21:04

This is my 1983 Suzuki GR 650 Tempter X. It was a piece of junk when I purchased it for 250 bucks. It is still a work in progress for sure but ill get there.








I have plans to remove all the blinkers and add custom taillights.
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Post  TinTin on Tue 22 Sep - 9:05

Ah, this is the one... (see member section for previous posting) lot's of work ahead but you're getting there!
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Post  650zed on Tue 22 Sep - 10:18

A good project. Good base, spoke wheels, nice.
There's a lot to do, but there is no doubt that you can create a beautifull cafe racer out of her!
Have fun, and keep us updated!

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Post  martyman5000 on Tue 22 Sep - 14:53

Yep, that could be a nice project bike...I'm working on removing black paint off my carbs right now.

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Post  650zed on Tue 22 Sep - 18:25

martyman5000 wrote:Yep, that could be a nice project bike...I'm working on removing black paint off my carbs right now.
If it works, let us know how you do this! Cos I've just tried everything I could to remove some (baked) black paint off my exhaust pipes and I gave it up...
Finally, I painted them black again, so that it looks at least a bit cleaner...
But I'd be curious to know how to remove this, for a next time... Without sanding of course, because of the chrome...

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Post  martyman5000 on Tue 22 Sep - 18:43

The paint on my carbs is flaking and falling off so its quite easy. you could try Acetone? after I finish I give it a rub with ...http://www.nevrdull.com/

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Post  650zed on Wed 23 Sep - 9:34

martyman5000 wrote:The paint on my carbs is flaking and falling off so its quite easy. you could try Acetone?
I did, but no result at all. The paint was really "bakked" on the pipes.
Impossible to remove it without sanding, which I didnot want to do, cos I was hoping to preserve the chrome...

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Post  martyman5000 on Wed 23 Sep - 15:55

If they are chrome underneath the black paint you could take a buffing wheel to them. Mine are so rusted I have to wire wheel or sand them.

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Post  650zed on Wed 23 Sep - 16:05

Well, that will be for a next time, now I just re-painted them black...
Thanx anyway!

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Post  jfg75 on Wed 23 Sep - 20:52

martyman5000 wrote:Yep, that could be a nice project bike...I'm working on removing black paint off my carbs right now.

I hear ya.... Carbs are a huge issue on these bikes they can be a major pain in the but. I have finally gotten mine worked out i believe.
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Post  jfg75 on Thu 24 Sep - 2:40

My carbs are not painted. My bike had a lot of dirt and rust. The motor came stock black. So I removed it and repainted it flat black. I then painted the rest of the bike flat black and added clubman handlebars. I am removing the blinkers. I soon will be building sidepanel covers out of diamond plate and start figuring out what I want to do for a taillight. Because I am a student cash as always tends to be at a low. So the rusted exhaust will have to wait a bit. This for now will be a cheap build with a flat black style. Because like most of you will prob understand..... I JUST WANT TO RIDE... I believe the style will suit me. The process will be slow but I will stay updated and hopefully the bike will still be a fun decent looking ride.
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Post  Toecutter on Thu 24 Sep - 21:02

In due time my friend , in due time... Very Happy

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Post  jfg75 on Mon 28 Sep - 5:39

Went for my first ride today after fixing my carbs, removing blinkers, fixing tail light, and recovering my seat. My bike ran great and very strong. I rode for around forty five minutes. Very enjoyable! I hope to have pics soon. I only have 290 dollars invested in the entire bike. The ride made all the work worth it.
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Post  Toecutter on Mon 28 Sep - 9:55

jfg75 wrote:Went for my first ride today after fixing my carbs, removing blinkers, fixing tail light, and recovering my seat. My bike ran great and very strong. I rode for around forty five minutes. Very enjoyable! I hope to have pics soon. I only have 290 dollars invested in the entire bike. The ride made all the work worth it.

Cool man , great to hear that, have fun with it Cool

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Re: 1983 Suzuki GR650 Tempter Cafe Racer Project

Post  jfg75 on Fri 4 Dec - 2:23





Im starting up my project again. I have now removed all the blinkers. I have also reupholstered the seat after reshaping it.

Future Plans
-build side panels
-rebuild new exhaust
-build a traditional cafe style rear fairing
-new taillights
-new blinkers

Does anyone have an opinion or know a good place on the web to research and purchase taillights styles and blinker styles?
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Post  650zed on Fri 4 Dec - 11:37

For parts, check our links, and especially our "Link Partners" page.
Maybe you'll find there what you're looking for...

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Re: 1983 Suzuki GR650 Tempter Cafe Racer Project

Post  jfg75 on Fri 25 Dec - 1:21



New Rubber for the front. Also I sanded the rim back to metal but I decided to leave the spokes black.




New matching rim and rubber for the rear.



Completed look. Still a lot more work to do.


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Post  jfg75 on Wed 6 Jan - 22:38

The plan for this build was to see how cheaply I could build a nice looking cafe. This is because I am a student in college at the moment and cash is at a minimum. I am now in the process of building my rear fender which will house a smoke led taillight with built in blinkers from a kawasaki ninja.

So far build cost......
Bike......................$250
Tires.....................$ 90
Headlight...............$ 25
Taillight..................$ 45
Fiberglass
Foam
Bondo...................$ 25

Total.....................$435

Block of foam


sculpted to shape


Fiberglass Fender with beginning stages of bondo


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Re: 1983 Suzuki GR650 Tempter Cafe Racer Project

Post  jfg75 on Tue 9 Feb - 4:54

New exhaust
Harley exhaust

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