View Full Version : 83 Suzuki gs650

08-09-2009, 1:31 PM
Hey everyone, my names Charles and I live in North Las Vegas. Been here about a year and a half from eastern NC. Due to a streak of bad luck since I got here, this has been my only transportation for the past 7-8 months. Good thing it doesnt rain much here but when it does I pay for that bobbed rear fender and no front fender. Anyway, heres a couple of pics. First bike build btw so dont expect much.


08-09-2009, 2:12 PM
sick job man. i got a kz650 thats similar style to yours and i really like what you did with it.

08-09-2009, 2:51 PM
hey thanks lobster, i appreciate it. Have any pics of yours?

08-09-2009, 2:53 PM
Looks killer! 1000% better than stock, good job. Mine is my first "build" as well, but it tends to feel more like I'm ripping it apart than bulding anything, hahahahaha

08-09-2009, 3:07 PM
Haha, yeah its amazing how many items came off and never went back on. I saw your bike in the "show your bike"? thread, sweet looking bike man. You are doing some awesome work

08-10-2009, 10:14 AM
hey thanks lobster, i appreciate it. Have any pics of yours?

no i dont. i really havent done much to it except new bars and a flat black spray paint job. im riding while i can and then this winter is when i will tear it apart.

08-10-2009, 5:51 PM
I started the same way, rocking just drag bars and flat black paint for a while. Ill be looking forward to some pics this winter then.

08-10-2009, 10:27 PM
hey Charles, Bike night @ the Paradise Cantina (across from Hard Rock) on Weds about 6pm. Majority of the Vegas guys on here show. bring out that GS

08-11-2009, 4:50 PM
hey Charles, Bike night @ the Paradise Cantina (across from Hard Rock) on Weds about 6pm. Majority of the Vegas guys on here show. bring out that GS

Sounds cool but Im out of town for vacation for the next 2 weds, ill try to go when I get back though. Didnt even know it was going on so thanks for mentioning it. I also plan on checking out that swap meet sept 6th.

08-11-2009, 7:01 PM
great work , Charles - clean and lean.

08-11-2009, 7:33 PM
Thanks kick. Your bike is sick! I just saw the pic in your profile and I like it a lot.

08-11-2009, 11:15 PM
hell yeah, i got a similar xj i'm working on. looking good

08-11-2009, 11:18 PM
do u have any closer pics of how that sporty tank is mounted. i'm having a bit of trouble with mine. especially in the back. i've already relocated the petcock to the side.

08-12-2009, 5:39 PM
thanx xharleyx .

As far as tank mounting, I dont have a picture but can easily describe how its done on mine. The front I just lucked out and had holes in the neck gusset that were pretty much where I wanted them so I just put some grommets in the tank mounting holes and ran a bolt thru with a nut. It holds the tunnel of the tank off the backbone about 1/4 inch. On the back I cut off the original mounting tabs that were there and shaped a piece of flat stock to the backbone. Then I welded that piece to the tank and fitted a grommet into a single hole facing straight down. Then just tapped a hole into the backbone and ran a bolt into it. Also, used a bit of threadlock on them. Not sure if the rubber grommets are ever needed but I figured it couldnt hurt anything. Hope that helps but if not feel free to ask and Ill try to get you a pic if needed.

08-16-2009, 3:56 PM
ok cool. i'm not very good at welding but i'm going to give it a shot. live and learn

08-16-2009, 9:08 PM
If your tank is like mine, should be a thicker piece of steel under that back side anyway, just weld the new piece onto that from under the tank. Then no one will see the weld and you wont have to worry much about burning a hole in the thinner walls of the tank.

04-24-2014, 12:25 PM
hey great bike man, i have a 81 650e that i messed with a little but the big bulky stock tank needs to go, do the coils fit up under the sporty tank you have on yours?

04-24-2014, 4:30 PM
Resurrected from the dead!

07-03-2014, 11:06 AM
I'd like to see a better picture of what you did with the rear. Suspension stock, front looks lower?