Before & After
When my friend Tim came to me talking about the Ossa motor transplant, and going on about websites like bikeexif and pipeburn, I got the bike “itch” again. I was nearing the end of a lengthy Land Rover project, a completely rotted bulkhead (firewall), and tub rebuild, and thought a bike would be something fun. So, the Ossa came into the shop and I went on a craigs list hunt to find a bike for myself……….one week and $610 later I had a 1979 Suzuki GS 750L, game on!
Stripped down, wheels powder coated, Avon Speedmasters ( I was under the Wrenchmonkees spell)
The stock tank sucked, the 750L’s were a chopper attempt by Suzuki with a little tear drop tank, ugly. I tried a nice square GS1100 tank found on ebay, but it was just too bulky and long. So, I located a Benelli Mojave tank, it didn’t fit worth a damn either.
Out came the backbone of the frame to get the tank to sit right
Welded up and trellised, now the tank sits perfectly
Gutted wiring harness and mocked up battery tray
Tabs welded to frame to support the stainless battery and electronics tray
Rear frame loop welded on
A wooden buck made to help form the aluminum tail. I built it in three sections, tig welded them together, then spent a lot of time grinding, filing, then polishing. The goal was an aluminum tail that looked nearly chrome and as if it were one piece.
The starting point for the tail
Mocked up tail pieces in tin……….just making sure the bends are right before annealing and bending up the 6061 aluminum
Center section formed and welded………a perfect fit over the battery and electrics
All three sections welded up………now the comes the smoothing, grinding, filing, and polishing
The tailpiece after a lot of work and first polishing
Cross drilled the rotors by using a rotary table on the old 1966 Bridgeport Mill
Engine out, painted, polished
Frame back from paint
The 2-day carb clean and re-jet
The re-assembly starts
Tank is painted Mini Cooper Royal Grey by the guys at Autobahn Body Works in South Burlington,VT (we flattened it just a touch), stainless lines from Z1 Enterprises, an ebay find 70’s vintage fork brace, and Tarozzi rearsets & clip-ons
Carb hose manifolds
Hand painted tank logo done by Charlie Decker of Bandit Pinstriping. Charlie travels the country striping and signing hot rods. I met up with Charlie at the Street Rod Nationals in Essex, VT, he took the GS 750s’ tank to his hotel for the night and came back to the show the next day with the tank all lettered up………….awesome, just doesn’t get any cooler!
More photos, some details, and a few of the completed bike
Me, the “Special”, and the “Merc”……….Zak, photographer from Rovers North came to the shop with a real camera and talent to get some good quality photos of the Special.