Suzuki Motorcycles

Although Suzuki Motorcycles was a relative latecomer to the scene (1955), historic racing wins during the sixties and the decades that followed have established them as a global brand. Iconic models like the futuristic looking Katana and the groundbreaking GSX-R750 shook the motorcycling world during the 1980s. Then in 1999, they set a new standard in speed with the release of the 300kmh+ Suzuki Hayabusa.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Cosimo Comeback – Suzuki Inazuma cafe racer

Cosimo Comeback – Suzuki Inazuma cafe racer

It’s been a few years since I’ve heard from Cosimo at GiaMi Motorcycles in Italy. After being involved in a serious motorcycle accident on his Kawasaki ER6N cafe racer in 2013, he began a difficult healing process and his time in the workshop was reduced to a minimum. It was a long…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 2 Stroke Titan – Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer

2 Stroke Titan – Suzuki T500 Cafe Racer

Back in the late sixties when everyone was saying reliable, large capacity 2 strokes we implausible, Suzuki had an ace up their sleeve. The T500 Titan proved the naysayers wrong and was hailed for its reliability and bulletproof design. Unlike many of the overzealous, smaller capacity 2 strokes from other manufacturers, the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - First Round – Foundry MC Suzuki GSXR

First Round – Foundry MC Suzuki GSXR

“I’m 54 years old, nearly 55. My history with motorcycles began a long time ago, at age 16. I had no parental influence, none of my relatives or friends had bikes, nor any relationship with them. I was a motorcycle dreamer. I bought my first secondhand commuter without realising what was about to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

With 30 years of custom motorcycle building under his belt, Wolfgang Batz isn’t about to be influenced by other people’s ideals. As a graphic and industrial designer, he’s developed his own aesthetic and has the skills to conceptualize and fabricate his own components. His latest work is by no means your average, run of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Inline Raw – Zet73 Suzuki GSXR400

Inline Raw – Zet73 Suzuki GSXR400

Today’s bike is the masterful handiwork of brothers Maxim and Ivan Dozhdev of St. Petersburg’s ‘Steel Art’ workshop. Dubbed the ‘Zet73’, this sleek alloy machine started life as a 1994 Suzuki GSX-R400 before the brothers poured countless hours into the project over nearly two years.

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Honey Rider – Monotronomo Suzuki GS850G

Honey Rider – Monotronomo Suzuki GS850G

“I was looking for a Honda CB Bol D’or, Moto Guzzi or Kawasaki Z1000 after seeing many cool custom motorcycles based on these models.” recalls Mariano Rodriguez, owner-operator of ‘Monotronomo Cafe Racers’. “Then one day when I was picking up my kids from school I got talking with a friend on the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Built for Speed – Suzuki GS1000 Cafe Racer

Built for Speed – Suzuki GS1000 Cafe Racer

Recently I published our first custom motorcycle build by Mellow Motorcycles in Germany. While I was putting the story about their GS550 cafe racer together I happened across another great looking bike in their stable. It was built using an icon of 1970’s racing, a Suzuki made famous by Wes Cooley when…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Chill factor –  Suzuki GS550 Cafe Racer

Chill factor – Suzuki GS550 Cafe Racer

Roaring machines to escape from the madness. This is the mantra of newly formed ‘Mellow Motorcycles’ in the south of Germany. After running their own separate companies for several years workshop co-founders Flo Hubert and Amir Brajan combined their skills to form Mellow, taking a more relaxed approach to business than in their…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Sugar Kane – Suzuki GSX250 Cafe Racer

Sugar Kane – Suzuki GSX250 Cafe Racer

“We found this Suzuki GSX250 on a Greek island named Othonoi in the possession of a retired Lighthouse Keeper. Its journey to our workshop in Athens took 3 months instead of the normal 3 day journey, so it kind of stayed true to the island’s very history. Legend says that Othonoi was…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Guy Next Door – Kerkus Cycles Suzuki GS550

The Guy Next Door – Kerkus Cycles Suzuki GS550

When was the last time you talked to the guy next door? In Kuala Lumpur neighbors Azahar and Azree Zo discovered one another’s passion for cafe racers during a friendly neighborly chat. That discovery quickly developed into a strong friendship, which lead to the formation of their own custom motorcycle brand in…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - DIY Delight – Moto8ight cafe racer kit

DIY Delight – Moto8ight cafe racer kit

Let’s face it. We’re not all experienced mechanics, welders, fabricators or industrial designers. We don’t know how to model in CAD or have access to the latest CNC machinery. We’ve never mixed resin with a catalyst, don’t know anything about clay modeling and couldn’t explain the difference between mig, tig and stick…

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