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View Poll Results: What should I do with this bike?
Choppers rule! 4 10.00%
Cafe racer fo sho! 29 72.50%
Leave it alone! Its an original 80s 30 hp beast! 7 17.50%
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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Ok motohouston, I just picked up a project bike and now I have to decide what to do with it.

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Its a 1982 Suzuki GS300L. Pretty clean as it sits. Needs a little carb tuning and a battery and would be a rider as is.

So my question is, where to go from here. I picked this up planning to do a full on old school chopper. Suicide clutch, jockey shift, hardtail, peanut tank, tall apes, the whole deal.

But now that I have it home I'm thinking its a good candidate for a cafe racer. Flat seat, clubman bars, cocktail shaker mufflers, etc.

Or, as clean as it turned out to be, what about a full on restoration? There weren't that many of these around to begin with, and this one is really clean as a pin. It qualifies for antique tags so maybe i should just restore it?

Anyway what is the motohouston take? Let me know what all of you think.

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:27 AM   #2
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Ha! I have that EXACT bike sitting in my garage....

4K on the clock.

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:47 AM   #3
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uncommon, pretty, clean, and complete....I'd restore, polish, and enjoy.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:48 AM   #4
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:55 AM   #5
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My vote is on restoring it.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:16 AM   #7
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Think I'm gonna add a poll - thanks to all you guys for your feedback
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Cafe racer, just cause I want one
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:31 AM   #9
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I'd go with a comfy cafe racer- don't drop the bars too much.

Which would you be more inclined to ride? Stock looks like , all the shenanigans with an old shool chopper just doesn't sound fun, but a well sorted cafe would handle well and be a hoot to ride.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:43 AM   #10
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Honestly the only reason I started thinking cafe is because it looks like one once you take that ridiculous seat off. Would probably take the least work to make it happen. That said it will never be a performer. Its a 500 lb 30 hp drum brake 30 year old bike. Its only gonna cruise around slow no matter what you do to it.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:49 AM   #11
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I think you really have 2 choices.
Chopper is out because a 300cc chopper seems kinda silly, they're supposed to be badass.

So that leaves resto or cafe.
While we sometimes think that old stuff should be preserved think about what you have. It's a 1980's toaster.
If it were ever going to have any collector value it would have shown some signs of that by now. Of course you could restore it just becasue you wanted an older, heavy, out of style 80's cruiser with no power, crappy suspension and weak brakes OR
you could turn it into something that weighs a LOT less, handles better (cuz it lost weight) and looks really cool. Upgrade brake pads, stainless lines, rebuild suspension, maybe some aftermarket shocks. Then add some nice sounding exhaust and top the whole thing off with cafe style tank and seat.
IMHO there's only 1 way to go...
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BTW my advice would be to avoid fiberglass tanks if at all possible. They tell you they are OK with modern fuels but in a couple of years you will wish for an aluminum tank.
I've been down this road and currently have a street tracker I built with a fiberglass tank. It doesn't run because the carbs need to be rebuilt, again. The resin in the glass is coming apart and it still looks good but has nearly ruined the bike.
Aluminum tanks are expensive but they wont give you trouble like this.
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bigger back tire, custom fenders, make it all black and chrome... and most importantly,, dont forget the ape hangers
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you could make a caff out of it, but, don't. sell or make a bobber, no chopper.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:33 AM   #16
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Just to clarify these are examples of the directions I'm leaning:

Cafe:

the other kawasaki z 460x0w

Chopper (Bobber):

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And that video from Schmidie is a beautifully done cafe.


Also yes I realize none of those are a GS or even a Suzuki but you get the general idea - they are small displacement Japanese paralell twins.
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:14 PM   #17
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The last two are both bobbers. I say Bob it ,but that cafe is pure class I love it, hard choice man.
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:19 PM   #18
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they are all cool. but since it is such great condition as it is, I vote for restoration.
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