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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:16 am 
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Hi sbaugz,

You could fit a race tacho like the Scitsu. These are powered by an internal re-chargeable battery and the pick-up/sensor wire is placed alongside the HT lead. They can also be powered by the bikes electrics if fitted or an external PP3 9v battery. Scitsu tacho's are a very common choice in the classic race world.

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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:06 pm 
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sbaugz wrote:
Hello everyone. I haven't been on this forum in ages. I am still loving my T500 cafe racer. I sorted it all out this past summer and can't wait for next driving season.

It looks fantastic. What bike is the tank off?


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:44 pm 
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sportston wrote:

It looks fantastic. What bike is the tank off?[/quote]


Its off a 1977-ish yamaha XS750.
I really love that particular tank. Its big (almost 5 gallons), and it has a great shape with knee dents built into tank. I also like that it has a HUGE tunnel, so it can fit over almost any frame backbone or engine. One more thing I like is that it has fuel outlets on both sides, so you can easily run one line to each carb without using a T fitting. Pingel makes an adaptor that works with this tank, allowing a simple gravity petcock to be used. Overall, I cannot say enough good things about these tanks. Oh, and they also make reproduction, brand-new gas caps for pretty cheap too.

Here is a before pic:

ImageIMG_2186 by sbaugz, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:46 pm 
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i used the same tank on a XS650 build a few years back too. It was easy to swap the mounts around and configure the XS750 tank to work with the XS650 frame.

ImageIMG_0553 by sbaugz, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0852 by sbaugz, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0852 by sbaugz, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:30 pm 
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Do you have pics of the tank mounts you used?

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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:39 pm 
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jabcb wrote:
Do you have pics of the tank mounts you used?



not really. I have some pics below but they don't really show the mount all that well.

The XS750 tank uses a cup piece on the tank and the rubber puck is on the frame.

All you need are two of these rubber pucks seen here: https://www.mikesxs.net/yamaha-xs650-fr ... 81-00.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

You then have to figure out a way to get those pucks mounted to the frame. In the case of the T500, it was pretty easy. The width of the frame happened to be the exact width between the mounting cups on the tank itself. All you have to do is mark where they should go. I then welded a steel rod to each side of frame. See first pic below. Then you place the rubber puck linked above onto the steel rod (see second pic) and the tank slides right on. Its hard to explain, but easy to figure out.

Take note of the location of the new mounts compared to the stock mounts which are still on the frame slightly in front or and below the new mounts.

ImageIMG_2451 by sbaugz, on Flickr

ImageIMG_2451 by sbaugz, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:01 pm 
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Aahh. I thought it might be from a Yamaha. I saw a similar tank on a Custom Triumph that came from a Yamaha. It looked great on that too.


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:14 am 
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FINAL UPDATE:

after enjoying this motorcycle for two years, I decided to let it go. I tried on ebay and craigslist with no success. Ultimately I listed it on bringatrailer and the response was overwhelmingly positive. When the "hammer fell", I walked away with $12,100 for the bike! I could not be more happy with the outcome. The bike will be going to New York to join a collection that includes a Yamaha RD and Kawasaki H1.

Thanks for all the help that everyone has provided here. I will be posting a bunch of T500 parts here in the upcoming days- including oil pump and lines, clutch basket, stock exhaust and headers, and a bunch of other parts.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1975-suzuki-t500m-titan/


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:08 am 
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Congrats. I would not have guessed anywhere near $12k.

Are you going to do another build?

How did you mount the shortened rear fender? I see the stock lower mount. But what did you do at the top?

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GT550 72 project & 75
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T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:13 pm 
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I used part of the stock rear fender. I cut about 1/2 of it off and mounted underneath frame rails.
Check out the pics from my bringatrailer auction above. There should be a pic taken from back of bike that shows underneath the seat pan.


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:07 am 
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Thanks. The pic shows a bolt at the top of the rear fender.

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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 Post subject: Re: My T500 cafe
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:02 am 
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A pity you had to part with such a lovely bike, but glad you got a decent price for it


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