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custom suzuki sp370 | shed built bikes

one of the blogs i visit when i have a chance is run by a dude from holland named michiel. he had a cool bmw cafe-oriented blog that often showed many other bikes built by his hands, that he photographed, or simply struck his fancy. i went to see what he was up to yesterday and found he got off blogger and moved to a slick new site at shedbuiltbikes.com. i was going through the projects he’d built and found something i had never seen before.

1978 suzuki sp370 cafe racer | shed built bikes

a suzuki sp370 that i guess is a cafe but also looks like a street tracker. i like it because it’s hard to classify and has some nifty details.

i wrote michiel and asked if he’d mind sending some pix and info about the bike, to which he replied, “thanks for you interest! you’ve got a great website going on. i can relate to quite a lot of your political ideas. it would be great to see my little sp on there.”

1978 suzuki sp370 four-stroke single | shed built bikes

so here it is, man. thanks for the compliment. it’s nice to know i’m not the only one and i need to get off blogger and onto wordpress, too! congratulations on your move. i dig your new site a lot.

michiel told me he is “a bit addcited to working on bikes,” but as a student, his budget is always extremely tight. when he got the opportunity to buy the 1978 suzuki sp370 four-stroke single, he didn’t hesitate. he also wrote that he prefers to build choppers, but cafe racers are very fun to ride. this bike was intended to be a little thing to scoot around town.

custom suzuki sp370 | shed built bikes

everything on the bike is extremely low (or no) budget. michiel used parts he found in home supply stores and “found” materials, including a salad bowl for the headlamp cowl. the housing for the speedometer is a stainless steel drinking cup, and the handlebar grip wrapping is from a tennis racquet.

suzuki sp370 - in progress | shed built bikes

he re-used old parts such as the handlebars he found somewhere, cut up, and re-welded. he also made his own parts such as the rear sets, the wiring loom and the exhaust, which i really like. michiel made it out of car exhausts he got for free from the dumpster of a local auto repair shop.

suzuki sp370 cafe racer | shed built bikes

after the bike was done, he realized it was a bit small for even him to ride, as he is a relatively big guy, so he sold it shortly after it was built to buy a cb750 you can find here.

looking forward to your next “no/low budget build,” man. thank you most sincerely for the photos and info.

custom suzuki sp370 cafe racer | shed built bikes

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  1. Thanks man!

    Keep on blogging :)

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