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?
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.
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.
- Both the clutch and brake levers
- Electric starter button on right handle bar
- Foot peg rubbers
- Headlight assembly, possibly including bezel
- “S” Suzuki emblem on right side of tank
- Right exhaust pipe and muffler
- Air Box
- Numerous rusty fasteners
…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.
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.
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.”
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.