On the morning of the 3rd of September 2011 I rushed to the garage and mounted some new handle bars from an old Husqvarna motocross to make it look more “tracker”. This morning was kind of special because it was Mods vs. Rockers in Stockholm.
M vs R is a meet where a lot of Cafe Racers (Rockers) and a lot of Scooters (Mods) face off on each side of a bridge and then pass each other screaming brutish heckles and showing various offensive hand signs. Both groups take a turn around the block and then everyone magically become best friends and cruise around Stockholm in a frenzy of fumes, noise and happiness. I wish I had more pictures right now but I guess I will have to post them another time when I have that backup available (there were a lot of really cool bikes and scooters out that day.)
The next incarnation of the T250 was the fitting of a Sportster gas tank. I got that tank from a fellow Piston Cultist, Smeden. At this point the only costs on the bike have been buying it ($150), oil and gas. There were a lot of plans and some of them got realized, but more on that in the next post.
The first thing I did with the Suzuki T250 was to strip all the stuff I didn’t want, my plan was to build a sort of a hybrid board tracker / cafe racer. I removed fenders and turn signals, and I moved the license plate to the side. Also, I changed the handle bars and installed an old break light from an Opel Record ca. 1955.
This is what it looked like (the pictures were taken on the 30th of July 2011):
I drove the bike like this for a while before I changed some stuff.
More to come in the next post…
-=/Anders (still testing the blog features, therefore the layout…)
Since I am home sick and can’t go to the garage today either I have uploaded two videos of the T250 to YouTube. They were shot on the 22nd of June 2011. I really need to get well now so I can fix the rest on the bike, spring is almost here and I just want to get riding again!
The first one is after I cleaned the contact points and adjusted them, and of course cleaned the spark plugs (didn’t have any new ones at the time). This is maybe five kicks and a few squirts of starting fluid later.
The second one is maybe ten minutes later, I just couldn’t help myself! I had to take it for a spin. A couple of days later I took it down to the vehicle inspection and it passed! Not too bad for a $150 yard find, is it?
Big thanks to Baron Von Evil for the excellent cinematography!
Oh, and I almost forgot… In the progress of uploading these videos I also got the Piston Cult YouTube Channel up and running, we will be posting more videos there shortly. www.youtube.com/user/PistonCult is the address.
After I bought the 1972 Suzuki T250 I took it to the Piston Cult Stockholm Garage and started to think about what to do with it. Here’s how it looked straight from that back yard…