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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 01-26-2009, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default 1997 GSXR 750. Blackheart.

Alrighty folks. I was planning on holding out with my build thread, knowing how much you all love a finished bike. However, in favor of constructive criticism I think I'll go ahead and put her up now. Plus, it'd be nice to actually contribute something. (Looking over a lot of the latest projects on here, it's funny how popular the CBR1k tail has gotten since I started this project last year)

Anyways! Enough stalling, here she is!

Last year I bought my first motorcycle from a friend of mine. A 1997 Suzuki GSXR750. The bike had been dumped a few times; the plastics were pretty rough, and combined with a flat black rattle-can paint job, it was apparent that some work was going to be needed.

Here she is the first day back;


To make it a more fun ride for the summer, I rattle-canned all of the plastics in the commonly available "Universal Black Metallic". I also painted the air ducts with a red-metallic anodized color, and purchased chrome stock "GSXR" decals for the fairings.

Here she is after the initial clean-up;


After a fun summer of riding, it was time for a project, and the motorcycle was the logical candidate. I've always been a fan of the streetfighters, but I'd never undertaken a so fabrication-intensive project before, so I was a little worried about all the work that would go into it, however... I've got the whole winter, so what the hey?

Any ways, I began with a few quick sketches and photochops of what I was thinking I'd like to accomplish. As of right now, the profile has changed quite a bit from the initial drawings, but that's the nature of any project like this, right?





With the general idea in place it was time to begin work. I began by stripping off all of the unnecessary fairings and removing the old bubble-butt subframe.





Already things are looking better! The next move was the tuck the bulky wiring harnesses from the left side of the bike in order to clean things up, and get them out of the way.

The original wiring harness;


Tucked to the right side of the tank. Wrapped in heat-reflective tape. When finally set, the tank will almost completely hide the wires.


Things are coming along nicely at this point. The next move was to cut the Pit-Eck muffler down from it's original length. It's a relatively simple process. I used a hack-saw to cut through the carbon fiber, and pop rivets to affix everything.

Considerably shorter than before;


Consistant with my original idea, I purchased a GSXR1000 headlight and welded up a bracket upon which it could sit.

The original mock-up of the headlight;


The bracket mocked-up;


The assembly is ready for mounting up, I think I've changed my mind however since initially, however, and currently the bike is sporting two 3 1/2" round lights mounted to the forks.

Headlight aside, I finally decided on the tail I wanted. Originally I was going to use the Suzuki GSF-1200 tail fairing. However, I finally settled on the more aggressive Honda CBR1000RR tail fairing. It's pointier and shorter. In addition, the sides of it offer plenty of room to tuck in my coolant bottle and rectifier.

Mocking the new tail up;


Obviously, in order to mount the new tail, I'm going to need a new subframe. The only option is to build a custom subframe to accommodate the Honda tail on the Suzuki frame.

The new subframe, welded up from steel stock;


Before going any farther I needed a compatible seat for the project. I opted for a 2001 GSXR600 seat. It's far more comfy than the 1997 seat, and looks better with the sharper angles of this new incarnation.

Mocking up the new seat;


To accommodate the battery, ECU, rectifier and fuses, I needed to build a tray to fit the new subframe.

I used paper to give me an idea of the dimensions;


The tray was built out of 22g sheet steel, bent and welded together.

Here it is with the battery and other components put in it for a test run;


The tray enameled black. I used velcro to affix everything in it. The upside; it's held solidly but I can easily take it out. And if I need to replace it I can just go to the store and get more. I used 3m Dual Lock to attach the rectifier on the outside of the tray. This stuff is tough! I am not worried at all about the rectifier falling off.


Here is me actually working on the bike; proof that I actually have a role in the build!


My custom Mountain Dew coolant canister; aluminum and sealed with epoxy and silicon:


My new undertail! The initial design mocked up using a "Beware of Dog" sign.


The new undertail. I dig the color.


New undertail along with a new CBR1000RR taillight.


New headlights; preliminary setup.


Far more compact than before. I like the 'no-bubble-butt' approach.



continued in next post...
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 01-26-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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Finished slapping bondo on the tail; ready to be sanded and formed:


Finished sanding the tank (after A LOT of sandblasting, sanding, aircraft paint stripper, so on and so forth)


Got a little overzealous with the sander, and polished the tank. I'll be looking into doing some custom paint to compliment the polished look. Also, finished priming, painting and clearcoating the tail. The solo cowl needs to be stripped and done again. There is a bit of orange peel in it;


Put on my third (and hopefully final) headlamp. I'm a little dubious as to whether the light output will be adequate, but I guess we'll see.


As it sits as of 01/26/09. Cleaning everything up, and getting ready to shoot the frame, tank, and remove the swingarm for paint.


Look for more updates in the near future!

If you would like to view the full album, check it out here for many more pictures! http://s489.photobucket.com/albums/r...ghter%20Build/

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 01-26-2009, 08:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1997 GSXR 750. Blackheart.

I initially posted this thread on WRXModders.com, so here are a few quotes from that thread with updates;

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UPDATE 11/11/08

I took Black Heart out for a little ride today for the first time since the conversion to a streetfighter, just to get a feeling for the new way in which it rides. First of all; the seat is higher than the old seat, which I love! While I'm practically on my tiptoes (even though the bike is lowered and needs to be raised), the higher body position makes the bike feel far more agile and easier to maneuver, even though it's a pretty heavy bike.

Now for the problem. Rode the bike about a mile from my garage and everything is okay (glad I didn't get pulled over; no plate, no mirrors, no signals). All of a sudden she starts sputtering badly. Great. So I pull into the first parking lot I encounter which happens to be a Jehovah's Witness church. I pull in, and try to get it started again, to no avail. I call my girlfriend who is at my house and she comes out to get me. I'm a little nervous since the Jehovah's Witnesses around here are crazy (my apologies to any who may be on this forum). Just as she pulls in, the 'witness peeping toms roll into the parking lot. I push my bike into a dark corner so I can go home and get some tools. Still; I'm not too comfortable leaving it there. Who knows what they may do. It's only one guy in a pickup though; I don't think he could get my 400lbs 'fighter into the bed of his truck by himself. So we drive off and hurry back to the garage. This guy leaves the lot right behind us. I quickly grab some tools, jumpers and gas. When we get back the bike is untouched; I hurry my ass up and throw some more gas in it, then jumped it. Seemed to be okay. I'm a moron! First time to ever run out of gas! Sad Anyways, we got out of there quick as this same pickup and another car pull into the lot. I didn't want to hang around to see what they had plans of doing. Crazy people...

Anyways! The bike is alive! Runs kind of rough, rides well, but it needs a rebuild and an idle adjustment. If I let it sit it'll just die.
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UPDATE 11/16/08

Took the 'fighter out for another quick ride today; I limited it to my block though and got a quick little video. I like the way the exhaust sounds. It fits the bike pretty well; though I may angle the muffler upwards a bit more. Anyways, here's a few quick vids. Taken complimentary of my girlfriend:

http://s489.photobucket.com/albums/r...0-0001_MVI.flv

http://s489.photobucket.com/albums/r...0-0003_MVI.flv

Can't wait for some new paint! Do Work!
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So what can you expect in the future? Here is what we have planned;

Phase One;
repair the tail fairing
completely strip the paint off of the tank
build solo cowl for the space just behind the seat.
purchase late-model GSXR rearsets
trim the front wheel fairing to a more aggressive angle
send the front fairing, tail, and tank out for black paint
new fuel cap
new front and rear sprockets and 520 chain; all gold.
drag bars with risers
new brass-knuckle heel guards

Phase Two;
Engine rebuild
Paint engine black
Strip frame down, paint frame black
new GSXR1000 front forks; gold
clean swingarm and paint black
adjust exhaust
custom airbrushed tank; brass knuckles

Additional plans will be updates as they come.

Acknowledgments;
Thank you very much to;
My girlfriend for being so understanding about my project and my need to tinker thus far.
My buddy Ryan for his welding skills and help with fabrication work.
Thanks to the folks at www.gixxer.com and www.customfighters.com for the technical assistance and ideas for the build.
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Default Re: 1997 GSXR 750. Blackheart.

Alright! That's all so far! It's been quite a ride so far. I can't wait to get it done and take it out when riding season rolls around! Look for updates soon hopefully (depends when I get my orbital sander back)
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Cool progress man the bikes gonna look ace, can't wait for more progress

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Cool progress man the bikes gonna look ace, can't wait for more progress
Thanks Tim! I masked the frame today. I think I'll be priming the tank tomorrow. Looking forward to the new look!
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Default Re: 1997 GSXR 750. Blackheart.

Lookin good man! Build progress is really coming along. Im glad you opted away from the dual round lights, ive never liked them mounted like that. Only way i think they look good is touching, or vertically. Otherwise, I think they look like some sort of bug.


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epic first post! really digging the tail section, good use of an OEM part. looking forward to seeing it finished! you've gone through about as many headlights as me haha

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Default Re: 1997 GSXR 750. Blackheart.

Tight work man cant wait to see it finished...I gota cbr1000 tail on my 99 project 2 it totally changes tha look of the bike
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I kinda cheated tho and just made some brackets to make the cbr sub fit but i loves some hand fabbed parts
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