My objective was to have a bike with an engine that was tuned for the race track but detuned just enough for street use. Thus the 1967 Suzuki T-20 Street Racer was born.
I wanted a bike that no one else would have. It had to be a 2-Stroke bike and it had to be fast for its size.
I felt the Suzuki with its 250cc twin and 6 speed gear box was the perfect starting point.
I think the over all plan of making a small vintage bike into a street racer the most creative thing.
If I had to pick just one creative design item on the bike I would pick the Expansion Chambers that were made for the bike. The guy that did the engine work designed the pipes to compliment the extensive porting in the engine. This design was then given to another to fabricate and fit to the bike.
The end result is just what I wanted it to look like.
I am most proud of the aluminum work that I personally put into the bike. Some will think this is a simple matter but the whole project of fabrication and cutting took a lot of time.
The front and rear Brake Plates were opened up for cooling. Yes it looks cool too. All surfaces are sanded and polished.
The engine too was not forgotten. It too has lightening slots cut into the polished casings.
I also fabricated small items like the Rearset Mounts and the new tachometer mount.
OMG! Can I hear it run? Absolutely I would love to start it for you!
How can you do that to such a desirable vintage bike? Well… the bike was a total wreck before I started the build. It was so bad that a restoration was out of the question. But as a custom build was the perfect doner bike.