Quick pick-and-mix wheel fix

Grumpy up­dates the GSX’S rolling stock via his per­sonal Suzuki used parts ware­house

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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

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