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My first bike was a 2007 Suzuki SV650s, I really loved the engine of this torqy 2 cylinder which gave the bike a huge fun factor. But there where a lot of things I did not like: It had an awful riding position, sloppy suspension, simply no brake power at all and the looks never satisfied me. So when I stumbled upon this Suzuki SV650 Café Racer on the Bikeshed, I fell of my chair.

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer

Nick Gravely from ClayMoto is a well known designer who works with clay modelling. This SV650 Café Racer was his first project of building a “real” bike. His mission was very simple: building a relatively light single-seater, with around 60 to 80hp, predictable handling and an amazing design.

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 2

Nick worked on his project in a lot of stolen hours in the evening and the weekends. The motto of the bike was to have “fun under a ton”: a bike that is a lot fun to ride, without losing your drivers license.

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 3

As I mentioned, the SV has a sloppy stock suspension and poor stopping power. To upgrade these essential parts, Nick used a complete GSXR750 K5 front with a KTM 125 Duke headlight. Not only great for handling and braking, since these gold USD forks always look good. The rear shock is an adjustable Öhlins.

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 4

As designing is in his blood, Nick created an awesome bodywork, shaped with clay, to form the fiberglass body parts.

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 5

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 6

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 7

And of course Nick worked with clay modeling:

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 8

Suzuki SV650 Café Racer 9

Cool timelapse video of the building process:

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Custom Suzuki SV650 build timelapse from Nick Graveley on Vimeo.

If I new this was possible with my SV, I probably never sold it…

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By Published On: December 21, 2015Categories: Cafe Racer0 Comments on Suzuki SV650 Café RacerTags: 1.9 min readViews: 1357

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About the Author: Ron Betist

Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.

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