Lean and Inexperienced: A slick Suzuki GS500 from Slovakia


Earth Bikes solely popped up on our radar inside the final two years, however the Slovakian store has already made their presence recognized. With only a handful of builds to their title to this point, they’ve managed to determine a robust signature model. Their vibe is low-key stylish, with bikes which are restrained, slick and completely proportioned.

It’s a mode that this classic Suzuki GS500E wears extraordinarily nicely. First launched in 1979, the GS500E was the youthful sibling of the extra generally recognized GS550. Constructed particularly for international locations the place rules favored sub-500 cc bikes, it used a re-sleeved model of the GS550’s four-cylinder energy plant.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
This specific GS500E is a 1979 mannequin, and was nicely and actually exhibiting its age when its proprietor rolled it into Earth Bikes’ workshop. “The bike was a wreck, unused for a years,” says Aleš Tomis, who runs the store alongside Vladimir Dinga. (Aleš is the resident wrench, whereas Vlad takes care of the corporate’s design and advertising.)

The client initially wished one thing flat tracker-esque, however was in the end pleased for Aleš and Vlad to take the undertaking in any route they wished to. With an open transient, they envisioned a stripped-down every day runner with the compact proportions of a avenue tracker, however a extra conventional aesthetic.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
Aleš notably favored the thought of perching a slender, tapered gas tank—the kind you’d discover on a flat tracker—above the GS500E’s broad inline-four motor. So he rummaged by means of the store, and located a 2,4 gallon unit of undetermined origin that match the invoice. With a little bit of encouragement, the tank finally match the Suzuki’s body.

“I’ve all the time wished to construct a motorbike with such a slender tank, in order that I might see the perimeters of the four-cylinder engine whereas using,” says Aleš. “Additionally, the moderately small 500 cc engine seems to be a lot greater now.”

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
Subsequent, Aleš lopped off the Suzuki’s subframe, to eradicate the ‘dip’ within the bike’s silhouette. He then fabricated a brand new subframe to exchange it, leveling out the transition from the tank’s baseline to the seat’s. The seat itself can also be a one-off, upholstered in a pretend leather-based material.

If the thought of open house beneath a {custom} motorbike’s seat leaves you apoplectic with rage, look away now. The one seen element right here is the rear brake’s upgraded grasp cylinder; Aleš went to nice lengths to tuck every part else away. Hiding beneath the seat are a Motogadget mo.unit Blue controller and a tiny Lithium battery from Aliant.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
Transferring to the chassis, Earth Bikes saved the GS500E’s star-shaped wheels—however powder coated them black. They’re not the prettiest inventory wheels on the market, however with a contemporary coat of powder, and inside the context of this construct, they really look nice. Avon Roadrider II tires add trendy ranges of grip.

Aleš managed to sneak in some suspension upgrades too. The forks are from the newer (and larger) 1994 Suzuki GS1100. They’re a few inches shorter now, and are held by the yokes from an excellent newer Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
A tiny entrance fender sits on a brand new fork brace, which Aleš constituted of 10 mm metal for optimum rigidity. “The unique forks had been so weak,” he tells us, “that I might simply twist the entrance wheel about 30 levels away from the handlebars.”

The Royal Enfield additionally donated its rear shocks, however the zinc-plated bits had been stripped down and chromed as a substitute. Aleš overhauled the inventory brakes, and fabricated a pair of brackets to match the calipers to the GS1100 forks. He additionally put in new Venhill hoses, banjo bolts and bleeders.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
As for the bike’s 43-year-old engine, it now seems to be clear sufficient to eat off. Earth Bikes handled it to a full rebuild, with some even handed vapor blasting for a better-than-factory end. Look carefully, and also you’ll spot the perimeters of the contemporary seals and gaskets; it’s hardly been run in.

The inventory carbs had been upgraded with greater jets, and tuned to compensate for the pod filters and new chrome steel exhaust mufflers. The blokes saved the inventory headers, however Cerakoted them black.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
Aleš took care of modernizing the cockpit too, with a mix analog/digital Daytona speedo, new Biltwell Inc. grips, micro switches and neat Discacciati levers. The LED flip alerts are from Highsider, mounted in CNC-machined aluminum brackets up entrance, and on a custom-made license plate holder out again. (As an added contact, the wiring for the rear LEDs runs by means of the tubes of the license plate holder.)

Curiously, the brand new headlight makes use of a great quaint H4 bulb, regardless of the variety of good LED choices presently in the marketplace. “The client stated ‘no LED, I need to have the ability to change the bulb alone’,” explains Aleš.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
That was one in every of only some requests that he made. One other was the colour scheme; a easy coat of British Racing Inexperienced, with successful of brown on the seat. Good for a good-looking avenue tracker designed to amble round city on.

The undertaking wasn’t with out its hiccups although. Earlier than Earth Bikes might button it up, the consumer’s monetary scenario modified, and he couldn’t proceed funding it. So the fellows organized to purchase the donor bike from him, and obtained it over the end line on their very own dime.

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles
Aleš and Vlad are stoked with the way it turned out in the long run, and have already snuck in just a few take a look at rides. “The bike may be very mild and really simple to trip,” says Aleš. “The sound is fantastic, not too loud, and it’s a pleasure to shift by means of the gears.”

He’s not getting too hooked up although, as a result of this Suzuki GS500E is now on the market. events, please type an orderly queue.

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Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles



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