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1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

This is the latest example of the increasing number of immaculate cafe racers coming out of America. Called the Honduki, it's an award winning build based on a 1975 Suzuki GT550 but, as you can see, it looks nothing like the pudgy streetbike Japan intended it to be. It's made by Motohanger, a burgeoning custom bike shop specialising in cafe racers...

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petesturch

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petesturch says:

Absolutely awful,so out of proportion its not true,surely something a bit more Dunstall based would have been better !

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sack1

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sack1 says:

It does look too short in the bars to seat relationship. I think the frame under the seat was hacked too short? But perhaps the rider is a much smaller one?

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billysollocks

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Nice try, but it needs laid down twin shocks to properly capture the era to my mind. Sack1 is spot on - the frame has been hacked too short. Exhaust wrapping - nah, not right. Shows potential though, even if it's a no doubt over priced designer cafe racer, which our American cousins seem to have fallen in love with.

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vanmonkey

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vanmonkey says:

award winning build ? this is how to ruin a perfectly good GT550 ! a blind one armed cobbler could have done a better job ! zero proportion !!!!!!

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

GT550

Awful!  A complete waste of a classic bike. 

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RoadTrekker

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RoadTrekker says:

Cafe cock up!

The guy needs glasses What a waste of a great engine, since when did cafe racers ever have a single monoshock and alloy wheels. The proportions of the tank and seat are wrong it looks too high and flat handlbars.Doh!! Not sure where this guy gets his inspiration from but it must from smoking some strange shit. This is just another example of how the yanks take a great piece of European history and culture and screw with it, why can't they stay with thier own shit chopper style and leave the real masters of bike design alone.

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bryfor59

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bryfor59 says:

Sacriledge

The Suzuki GT 550 is a beautiful 70's Classic, what kind of comment is "it looks nothing like the pudgy streetbike Japan intended it to be", that cafe racer is an abomination, it would have been better to have spent the time and money in restoring it back to its former glory!!!!!!!!!

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preunit

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preunit says:

Feekin'

clueless.

"It's made by Motohanger"............LOL motoclanger more like.

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jackjones

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jackjones says:

spot on

You guys have said everything I wanted to say. Awful is the word that springs to mind and what a waste of a classic bike. That scotch tape on the exhausts is going to look nasty when they fire it up. Why put a standard tank on a cafe racer? Unfortunately I have seen other American efforts at cafe racers and they looked nearly as bad as this one. So there will probably be even more of them on the way. Oh dear.

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lewigimole

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lewigimole says:

....Burger?

I think this bike is a good example of a modern styled cafe racer. Don’t get me wrong I love a classic cafe racer, they usually have style, heritage and a strong following, but you all need to stop being bike hipsters and allow for a certain type of progression that sometimes strays from the basic formula. I like this bike with its odd silhouette and the alloy wheels.

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