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1981 Suzuki GS 450 Cafe Racer Build Thread

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Iron_HawK, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

    Aug 15, 2008
    Dakota Territories.
    I like the build. But I would go another direction on the pin striping, you gave it a go, it didn't work. To call it vintage has pin stripers of years past rolling over in their graves. :D Just my opinion, not meant to piss anyone off.
  2. Bravo21

    Bravo21 Been here awhile

    Jun 16, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    And that's all that matters; that YOU are pleased with what you have going. Build for your satisfaction and to what looks good to your eye, and no one else's. If YOU like what's going on, that's all that matters. Damn the critics.

    I say this from several decades of building to please contest judges and people "positioned" in the hobby. It eventually sucked all the creative joy out of a build.

    I just wish I had an XS450 to rebuild just now.

    Keep going.
  3. Iron_HawK

    Iron_HawK Farkle Enthusiast

    Jul 23, 2011
    Southern Indiana (Evansville)
    Thanks for the input but my biggest focus is the budget. I've been building this through college so I have not had a vast income to spend on the bike. I apologize to call it vintage but at least I tried it. I would argue that the "pin striping" wasn't a fail. It did exactly what I wanted it to do. I did the tank for $2.13. This is a barn built bike that I am the one builder of the whole bike. I'm not outsourcing to shops to have "professional" work done on it. I find more pleasure trying my hand at the entire build. I am using the resources that are available to me. Thanks Bravo21, I'm glad you understand. I know I will never build something everyone will love. I'm doing it because I love it and that resurrecting an old bike is so much more valuable to me than all this polished billet chrome choppers and streetbikes. I have $275 total in this bike right now and it shouldn't take much more to finish it.

    You say I failed, I say I learned
  4. blbiker56

    blbiker56 Adventurer

    Jan 15, 2009
    Rocky Mountains
    Hey, Any updates on this bike? looking to pick one up possibly this weekend if the price is right :) would definitely do a cafe!
  5. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

    Jun 25, 2009
    Michigan, USA

    The OP hasn't signed on in almost two years. If he isn't subscribed to the thread the chances you'll be getting an answer are pretty slim...
  6. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

    May 11, 2007
    Garland, Texas
    maybe he came to his senses