Updates on the Suzuki T250

So, since my Suzuki T250 1972 was waaayyy too loud I had to fabricate some silencers for the bastard. I looked high and low on the internets but found nothing that was of any use in terms of drawings and such. So I had to just do something from the top of my head instead, I winged it from start to finish so I haven’t got a clue as to if it’s correct or not. I started out with some sheet metal (as always) and bent it around a pipe (our fancy sheet metal roller that was used for fabricating the expansion chambers as well). Some ends and flanges were cut from the same sheet and the pieces are on the table in the picture above.
Here the silencers are mostly done and on the floor in front of the bike, they are nothing fancy but considering they were practically free (the fiberglass filling was the only thing that cost me anything and it was only 135 Swedish Kronor, that’s about 20 bucks or something) and were really easy to make I’m quite pleased with the result. Hopefully they don’t take too much of the effect out of the expansion chambers.

I mounted the exhaust pipes with the new silencers on the bike and also fitted the tail light, now I just have to connect the wiring to the light and mount the brake switch for the brake light. There’s not that much left to be done on the bike as it is now, secure the seat a little better, mount the license plate, connect the license plate light and fix a leak in the fuel tap and it should be almost finished for now (if everything works ok it’s going to get a real paint job and other small cosmetic upgrades).
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Of course I had to start the bike and see if the new silencers actually took the noise down. THEY DID! I’m amazed at how effective they actually are, my ears didn’t even hurt after starting the bike in the garage! Since I didn’t have any plans or measurements to go by I have to say that I’m really happy with the result.

Until next time -=/Anders

Suzuki T250 1972 first start after rebuild.

This is not going to be a long and winding post. I just wanted to share a little video that Smeden filmed when I started the Suzuki for the first time with the new expansion chambers, of course I had to take it out for a short spin when I got it running.
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As you can surely hear it’s extremely loud! Even with the helmet on and sitting on the bike my ears hurt, I really have to get some silencers for this thing before I damage my hearing. Something has to be built, and soon.

-=/Anders

Mods VS. Rockers 2011

Finally I got around to sort the photos I took during the 3rd of September 2011 when Mods VS. Rockers was held in Stockholm, Sweden. It was a really nice day with lots of cool bikes, scooters and awesome people. The two “sides” met on two different locations in Stockholm in the morning and met up on opposite sides of the bridge S:t Eriksbron. A bit of heckling and shouting profanities went on for a while, then Mods and Rockers passed each other and obscene hand signs commenced. The two sides drove around the block and met up a few minutes later and cruised through the town of Stockholm together out to Vinterviken where a tug of war was held (oddly enough the Mods won!).
Everyone got a chance to walk around and have a look at all the great bikes and scooters and sit down for a coffee before we all drove in to town and Nytorget, after that some people went on ride-outs and others went home to get ready for the party later that evening.
You can see all the pictures in the gallery below, leave a comment if you like them and also please like Piston Cult on facebook.

Mods VS. Rockers Stockholm 2011 Photo Album

Have to get the bike ready soon, the spring is here and I want to ride!

-=/Anders

Tires and video

Since I haven’t been able to go to the garage today I have been surfing the net for some inspiration and just to see what’s on blogs everywhere.

I also slipped and ordered tires for the T250, I really can’t afford them right now but hopefully I can get a loan during the next week and my finances will be a little more above the surface than they are at the moment. You see the tires here and they are called Michelin T63, I ordered the same size for both rear and front (110/80-18), mainly because they didn’t have any narrower versions for the front in 18″. Hopefully it won’t look stupid once they are on the bike.

To end this ranting I would like to share this video showing the guys from Blitz Motorcycles in France and some other guys having a really nice European road trip, can’t wait enough for the summer! Have a look at their blog “riding september” at ridingseptember.blogspot.com

-=/Anders

T250 at Mods vs. Rockers


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.)

-=/Anders