S32 Rescued?

Is there any hope for this ailing mini-beast?  I found this pic on a now apparently defunct blog.  The only thing I could glean from the post is that it was from some old junk yard in the San Francisco area.  No follow up as to whether it was restored.

There’re parts I could probably use on that thing.  I like the package rack.  I wonder if that was a factory option or an after-market thing?

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Humor before business tonight.

How about a little Q&A, friends?

Q: How do you stop a motorcycle owner on horseback?

A: Unplug the carousel. 

Q: How is a project motorcycle like an old dog?

A: They both like to ride in the back of pickup trucks.

HA!

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Ok, enough of the cheap shots at low hanging fruit.  I did a quick inventory tonight of the the parts that will need replaced.  Like any project, I’m sure there will be more, but this was an initial, visual inspection.

  1. Both the clutch and brake levers
  2. Electric starter button on right handle bar
  3. Foot peg rubbers
  4. Battery
  5. Headlight assembly, possibly including bezel
  6. “S” Suzuki emblem on right side of tank
  7. Right exhaust pipe and muffler
  8. Air Box
  9. Numerous rusty fasteners
  10. Paint

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Headlight Housing Damage

First Blood

…and I am sure this won’t be the last unintentional damage I inflict before this resurrection is over.

I had parked the bike on gravel, under cover overnight.  When I got home from work tonight I went out to wheel her into the house and found her laying on the ground.

ARGH!

After having owned and worked on quite a number of project cars, I know these things happen; I just hate it when they do!

I am now the “proud” owner of a broken clutch lever.

Onward!

Broken Clutch Lever

 

Interesting Info

I had read on another site that this bike was considered fast for its class at the time.  This excerpt from cmsnl.com expands on that a bit:

“Suzuki S32, also called Suzuki 150 was a delightful and rapid piston port air cooled two stroke twin.

The odd engine size put it in no particular class, but the 16hp @ 8000 rpm, made it faster than most European made 250’s of the time, and faster than the benchmark Honda CB160.

The styling however was a little ‘Japanese’ and not to western tastes, unlike the competition from Honda, the CB 160 having far more general appeal.

Today a rare and desirable classic, this able 115kg lightweight may not have enjoyed the sales success of its competitors, but could show them a clean pair of heels when it mattered, and with handling to match.”

The new project is delivered!

She’s a little rough but for a bike that’s almost 50 years old, she holds a lot of promise.

Behold the 1967 Suzuki S32-2.  A two-stroke, 150cc, 16hp mini-mite that was used as a cafe racer back in the day.  A rider could reach about 80 mph on her, unmodified.  Modified, there are stories of folks pegging the 100 mph speedo.

I will be moving this into my dining room tonight and going to work on it.  Stay tuned for updates as I go.