View Full Version : Hardtailed LS650 - Suzuki Savage

01-27-2011, 7:45 PM
Building this bike on the SUPER Cheap. My friend UnicornThumper on here decided he wanted to hack up his LS650. We had to rebuild the engine, as it had a blown headgasket. We also set the stance on the bike and lowered the forks (used to do this write-up here on the Cult - http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7129&highlight=LS650 )

The forks were lowered, that helped to set the stance we wanted.

Comparison of a stock leg to a lowered leg.

We chucked up the frame into the frame jig. We knew we wanted an easy tail section, and with these frames, its a tough thing to mess with. He wants to keep the stock fuel tank, which we will modify some, and he wanted to keep the stock carb and intake, which sticks up through the backbone into the belly of the tank. So we kept the stock front section of the frame. We also wanted to keep the stock wheels and tires, but change to a chain drive to accomodate the 3" stretch.

In the jig, before any cuts were made.


We cut those aweful seat horn things off the top of the frame, bent up some tubing, and put it all back together. The owner made the axle plates himself, and I think this thing is gonna turn out pretty sweet!


More to come, but for now, this bike is hiding in the back corner of the shop, awaiting UnicornThumper to bring me a seat, springs, and mod a fender to work. Quick, cheap, fun....

01-27-2011, 7:49 PM
awesome work as usual... looks like it will be a cool little scoot when shes done

01-27-2011, 9:34 PM
Finish it already! :)

04-04-2011, 8:18 AM
Its been a while since I've updated this, but this was more of a "Spare Time" build anyhow...

Its done for now, as riding season is here, and I'd rather see this bike on the road than sitting in the shop. Sure, it needs some paint and a patch panel on the tank, but its a rider for now.





While it isn't as finished as most would like to see, riding season is HERE! This winter we'll tear into is a lil more, paint the frame, make a patch panel for the tank (Gotta run that gas outta there before I weld it up!) and maybe do some porting to the head... Until then, you should see this lil' HotRod Savage hitting the roads and mountains around NC. Dino is a cool cat, so if you see him grinning from ear to ear on the road, throw him a thumbs up, because that's what it's all about.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E7Bds_FySm4/TZnQnRLsJTI/AAAAAAAAAJ4/9TdMN3Tq20w/s320/188232_545760929265_70402047_31655844_6365351_n.jp g

More about it on the blog thang - http://hughshandbuilt.blogspot.com/2011/04/dinos-savage-done-for-now.html

04-07-2011, 4:25 AM
damn! looks so great! nice line...

cheers from germany phill