1976 Suzuki GS400 Cafe Racer

by Steve Long
(Moncton N.B. Canada)

1976 Suzuki gs400

1976 Suzuki gs400

I'm a musician and I'm continuously surfing the internet for instruments, equipment or ideas and while doing so one morning I stumbled on some Cafe' Racers. I've always loved the big V twins but I never had the cash available or time available to do a custom build But when I seen some of those Cafe' Racers I figured I could build one fairly cheap without eating up to many seasons and losing interest before it's complete.

I went shopping and I found a 1976 GS 400 in an old barn. One of the guys I work with had it for 30yrs, blew a head gasket in 1987 and never put it back on the road. It was a match made in heaven and I'm looking forward to putting it together (or stripping it a part as the case may be) this summer.

The pictures I've got here are not of my bike but a picture of the stock 400 and a couple of cafe's I'd like to get close to on my build.

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Nov 02, 2014
continuing on
by: Steve Long

The bikes now at home and she's not seized.

She's got no fire because the points are completely shot. So I have to spend some time to get her running before I do a strip down.

Today I hope to get the carbs off and clean them up.

I used warm water, soap and cider vinegar to clean up the gas tank. Nothing seems to be coming out of it now and I can't see any rust in it.

I picked up a beautiful 18'' front rim with a drum brake yesterday from a local salvage. It's from a Honda CB 400 and if I get it to work, which looks fairly strait forward, I'll be able to put those cool reverse levers and a set of drag bars on it.

Jan 28, 2014
Very nice
by: Dave

I have never been in to the Suzuki or Honda but when some one puts it all together the way they were in that time back then you cant beat the look. I have built custom choppers for some time. My last one is a red Trike on this page. 5 stars to you.

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