Quick pick-and-mix wheel fix
Grumpy updates the GSX’S rolling stock via his personal Suzuki used parts warehouse
here are lots of reasons I love Suzukis, particularly the big oil and air-cooled bikes, and the ability to mix and match parts to make what you want is one of them. For the home modifier, they’re an absolute dream to improve on because it’s very rarely you need any machining help to make big changes – you can achieve more for less money.
I don’t want to go too nuts on the GSX – it’s been nice having a standard bike that just works and I can easily use every day. I’ve got enough modified bikes around – this is the one I can just throw on a lid, and head out on, knowing it’ll work and won’t be any grief.
But I have treated it to a pair of 17-inch wheels – to make it easier to fit decent tyres to and modernize the look a bit. It’s easy, not expensive and doesn’t affect usability, so it’s a no-brainer.
I chose a Bandit 600 front wheel (£30), Teapot discs (£80) and speedo drive (£25), a GSX-R750K rear wheel (£80) and caliper carrier (£20), GS500E caliper (£45), Bandit 1200 disc (£20), GS500E sprocket carrier (£30). I had a pair of Continental part-worns in a 120/160 combination in the loft, and rattle-
Bandit 6 wheel, Teapot discs and some old Nissin four-pots do the job neatly and (best of all) cheaply