1975 Suzuki T500M Titan Cafe Racer

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This 1975 Suzuki T500M Titan was purchased as a project by the seller five years ago and subsequently rebuilt in the style of a period cafe racer. Power is from a 492cc 2-stroke twin featuring oil injection and a 5-speed transmission. The body wears a modified Yamaha XS750 fuel tank, aluminum seat, clip-on handlebars, and rearset foot pegs, while engine work included an overbore as well as installation of new Wiseco pistons, an electronic ignition, and custom stainless expansion chambers. This Titan is sold with records and a clean Wisconsin title in the seller’s name. The fuel tank was sourced from a Yamaha XS750, modified with dual Pingel petcocks, and finished in lime green metal flake and metallic charcoal grey with pearl white accents. The stripes, number plates, and Suzuki logos on the tank were hand-painted by a local artist. The frame was reportedly stripped, de-tabbed, and braced with 3/4” DOM tubing before being powder coated silver. Remaining surfaces were polished or rechromed throughout. RK Excel wheels were fitted with new spokes and Avon Roadrider II tires. The axles and bearings were replaced, and the front and rear drum brakes feature new cables and EBC shoes. The rear swingarm was upgraded with ball bearings and brass bushings. The forks incorporate exposed springs, a chromed headlight bucket, and clip-on handlebars with upgraded controls. Instrumentation has been removed, but 4,500 miles were reportedly indicated when the bike was purchased and the seller estimates that 300 miles have been added since completion of the build. The seat was made from aluminum and upholstered in black vinyl with contrast stitching. X-Arc Duo rear lights use yellow and red lamps and function as running, stop and turn signal lights in one. The 492cc 2-stroke twin produced 47 horsepower in stock form and features oil injection. The engine was split, overbored, vapor blasted, polished, and fitted with new Wiseco +1 pistons as well as an electronic ignition, and a NOS oil injection pump and lines were fitted. A custom wiring harness was fabricated and new gears were installed in the 5-speed transmission. The stainless steel expansion chambers were custom-made by Higgspeed in the UK, and the polished billet aluminum rearsets are from Titan Performance. A video detailing the features of the bike is provided above, while a cold start is demonstrated in another clip here. The bike was also recently featured on Silodrome.

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