CAFE RACER Suzuki – Ugly Motors


INNER ZOOMER. Ugly Motors’ Lightning Fast Suzuki GSX1200 Racer
Posted on August 2, 2017 by Andrew,

‘Inazuma’. It means ‘Lightning’ in Japanese. But it’s a little more complex than that. It’s also the first name of a legendary Sumo Wrestler from the 19th Century, A Japanese battleship and a famous 1950s Japanese film about the search for personal happiness. No coincidence, then, that Suzuki also attached the name to a bike like this. Being a fast, powerful fighter that’s put a smile on more than a few dials, the name seems perfectly suited to both the factory bike and this little reworking of a ‘00 Suzuki GSX1200 Inazuma by Poland’s Ugly Motors.
Ugly Motors is run by 31-year-old builder and IT specialist Jakub Beker, who’s clearly found his passion in real steel 70’s and 80’s motorcycles. Currently occupying a first floor workshop that requires him to use a home-made crane to get bikes in and out, he’s  planning to move his workshop to the ground floor and invest in some new equipment. “For future projects, I’d like to try some metal shaping. That’s why I’ve recently invested in an English wheel,” he says.
The donor bike was found close by in Poland. It was sourced by a friend of Jakub’s brother, who’s also managed to ride dozens of bikes during his motorcycle career. “He was still shocked as to just how happily this 17-year-old Suzi could reach 200km/h in a blink of an eye”.
“I’m in love with the old ’60s and ’70s race bikes, but I knew their prices were crazy and just how precious the real bikes are. So I said, ’let’s build a classic bike based on modern technology’. That was the vision. I knew the donor bike had to have a huge power plant. There were few models based on classic frames with huge engines: Honda’s big CB1100, the mighty Yamaha XJR1200 & 1300 and Suzuki’s GSX1200 & 1400. All these are very good bikes but as soon as I saw the Inazuma tank, I knew that this was the bike I wanted”.
Jakub started the build by mounting the front end, brakes and rim from a GSXR1000 K4. Next, he came across some RME triple clamps and mounted them with custom parts made by his local lathe magician. “I’ve tested the setup and it’s changed everything from the stock bike. My average speed increased drastically. But when I caught a high-speed shimmy, I knew there had to be some steering dampening. The one I eventually chose is a WP unit off a Ducati 999 project of mine”.
Then Jakub bought the bike’s fairing, along with a whole bunch of hassle. “It came from a Honda CB750 and it was styled from late ‘70s and early ’80s racers. It was really hard to fit this thing onto the bike. Even the frame that holds the fairing in place took weeks to get right”. But as a kind of ying to the fairing’s yang, the rear end pretty much fell into place on the bike and seemed perfectly matched to the tank’s beautifully flowing lines along with those of the fairing itself.
“Next I bought a Spark slip-on muffler and a custom-made dB killer. I must say that the short Spark Exhaust products are my favourites on the market at the moment”. On the intake side of things, mounting the K&Ns created some seriously lean carbs, so they had to be rejetted with bigger mains and secondaries. “Now it’s running just a little bit rich and it makes this lovely rumbling sound during off-throttle overruns”.
“A challenge equal to the fairing was the racer’s paint job, which I decided had to match the big letter ‘S’ formed from the combination of the lines in the tank and the fairing”. As anyone who’s tried it will tell you, getting the perfect curves in paint on an already curvy body and then doing it all over again in reverse on the other side can be hellishly difficult. “As a plus, I also managed to brand the bike a little with my logo near the headlamp and an ‘Ugly Motors’ logo near the engine”.
 “I’m proud of this racer project,” says Jakub, now with a smile on his own dial. “It was the most engaging project of mine so far, especially with its design. I’m happy with the results of hours of measuring and I think it’s always good to set your goals high. The Suzuki was almost finished after I did the fork swap and made the rear. I could have added a round headlight and been done with it. But now, with a bit more effort, it’s a racing tribute to all those vintage racing fans around the world”.
Like what you see? Well you could soon be doing more than reading about the bike, as Jakub has informed us that the bike is now for sale. Interested in riding the lightning for yourself? Check it our here in the Bikeshed’s classifieds.



- Tell us about you/your shop.

I plan to move my workshop to the ground and I’ll try to buy more professional tools to improve my future projects. I’d like to try some metal shaping, that’s why I’ve invested in english wheel and some other sheet metal shaping tools.

Old description: (I’m 31 year old IT specialist who found his passion in real steel 70’s and 80’s motorcycles. I got lovely and very patient wife and 2 kids. I work alone. In my extra time because I need day job to cure home finances. Workshop is semi professional. I got some cool stuff there because I work on a bikes for over 3 years, but on the other hand I finance it all by myself. Workshop is placed in a building on a 1st floor so the bikes are pulled up by a self made crane thru the window smiley It was extreme for the first time! )

- What make, model and year of bike is it?

It’s fairly rare in the ocean of Suzuki Bandits, Suzuki GSX1200 Inazuma from year 2000.

- What was your inspiration for the build?

It is my favorite way of doing things. When I was young I’ve dreamed of owning a BMW e39 3.0i, I was lucky enough to fulfill this dream. Than I was in love with old 60 and 70 race bikes but I knew the prices and how precious the bikes are. So I said “let’s build a classic bike based on modern technology.” That was the vision. When I looked for the donor bike I knew it had to be a huge power plant. There were few models based on a classic frame with huge engines. Honda Big One CB1100, mighty Yamaha XJR both 1200 and 1300 and Suzuki GSX 1200, GSX1400. All donors are very good bikes and I know I’ll made more in the future but when I looked at Inazuma tank I knew it was it! Later I found that Holographic Hammer which I’m a big fan of made few visualizations of Inazuma’s while they were building their TZAR project. I’ve got nothing more to say their projects are flawless…

- Where did you find the bike? What year was it originally made?

Donor bike was found here in Poland by my brothers friend who rides dozens of bikes during his motorcycle career. He was shocked how happy this 17 year old Suzi was reaching 200km/h in a blink of an eye. I’ve bought the bike in capitol of Polish cartoons – Pacanów smiley

- Can you run us through the build process?

I’ve bought the bike year ago to know how it work stock. First I was a little worried about the 1.2 engine but it was riding pleasure I must say. Knowing the overall vision of the bike I’ve stated build with swaping front end, breaks, rim from GSXR1000 K4. But it couldn’t be that easy so I’ve came across this custom RME triple clamps and mounted it with custom made triple clamp rod made by my lathe magician. I’ve tested the setup. It changed everything from the stock bike. My avg speed increased drastically smiley When I cought a high speed shimmy I knew there’s has to be some steering damping. I’ve came across this cool Ducati 999 projector and bought it with WP steering damper from the same model. Than I’ve bought the hardest part to fit. The fairing. It came from Honda CB750 styled for 70-80 racer. It was really hard to fit this thing on this project. Rear end wasn’t that hard it matched the tank flawless with stylish and delicate curved line which expands from the tank right to the tail section. Later I bought Spark slip on muffler and custom made DB-killer. I must say the short Spark Exhaust products are my favorites exhausts on the market. Mounting K&N’s made some serious problems to the engine with lean carbs so they had to be re-jeted with new, bigger main and secondary jet. Now it’s a little bit rich and make this lovely rumble while reducing the throttle.

- What was the hardest part of the build?

I was surprised how good the bike is according to technical problems. It runs flawlessly with little scent of oil whet it gets heat up and it just works every single time. Hardest part here was the design with the fairing. I wanted to match the smooth lines with lovely tank and make the fairing look good and not fall off with 80km/h speed… It was weeks of measuring and making the front frame just for the fairing. Than the paint job which has to be done right to match the big reverse “S” letter from tank to fairing. Plus I’ve manage to brand the bike a little with my logo near headlamp and “Ugly Motors” near engine.

- What do you like best about the finished bike?

I’m proud of this project. It was the most engaging project so far. Both finance and design way. I’m happy with the result of hours of measuring, and I think it’s good to set up goals high. The bike was basically finished when I did the fork swap and made the rear. I could make round headlight and it would be a sweet fairly easy project. But now it’s a racing tribute to all the vintage races fans around the world.

- Do you have a name for the bike?

This project is #Ugly 06 but I like to call it Suzi. We all know why smiley

- What style of bike is it? (cafe? scrambler? other?)

It’s café racer with some serious power and reliability. Is there something better that money can buy smiley?

I’d like to say that this project is for sale and will contribute to my ever developing workshop and future projects.

photos by: Bartosz Mokrzycki