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Classic Motorcycles: The Suzuki RG500

By the mid-1980s, it was the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers setting the pace in motorcycle design. Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki were all producing supremely capable sports bikes which no manufacturer in the West could match the speed, quality or reliability.

In the mid-1980s, many people felt that the future of motorcycling lay in the 500cc class. This was probably because whilst there was quite a choice of Superbikes at the time, Superbikes being anything from 750 to 1000cc, these big behemoths were often incredibly fast and powerful for their time, but lacked the handling prowess of their modern-day descendants. By contrast however, it was with the powerful and flickable middleweights that seemed to be where the future lay.

The Suzuki RG500 was launched as a complete 500GP race replica for the road. Indeed it looked exactly like the GP bike, but with the addition of indicators and lights. Although Yamaha had already launched their V4 RD500LC in 1984, there was something about the Suzuki that really got the crowd going when it was launched at the first International Motorcycle Show at the Birmingham NEC.

No one was to know it then but the RG500 was in fact to be the swansong of the large two-stroke machines. The engine that delivered a claimed 95 bhp at 9000rpm was an amazing 498cc square four two-stroke with disc valves. This was virtually identical to the track going bike, along with the aluminium box section frame. With Suzuki’s own monoshock, some interesting forks, and twin front discs with massive four pot calipers, the bike stood apart from other race replica 500 cc machines of the time. Read More »

Options For Adding Motorcycle Gel Seats to Your Bike

Riding on a motorcycle is usually not all that comfortable for long periods of time unless you have gotten a custom seat or pad to make the bike more comfortable. Depending on how much money you have available, you can either order a custom motorcycle gel seat or you can get a gel seat pad to put on top of the seat you already have.

The least expensive option to improve the comfort of your bike is to add a gel cover. AMC makes Comfort Max Gel Pads that cost between $70 and $125 depending on the size and cover material that you choose. If you choose a waterproof neoprene cover your gel seat cover will cost $20 less than if you choose a silver, tan, or black sheepskin cover. There are five sizes available: buddy (7″ wide by 11″ long), medium (12″ by 12″), large (14″ by 11″), jumbo (16″ by 12″), and ortho-deluxe (18″ wide by 17″ long by 8″ wide front).

For about $250 you can get the Suzuki Genuine Accessories Custom Gel Leather Seat, Pillow – C90T for Suzuki Boulevard motorcycles. This motorcycle gel seat equalizes the pressure of your body weight. It has a SaddleGel and foam inside and an outer cover made of leather/vinyl. Another option for riders of this type of motorcycle (as well as the (Intruder) is the Suzuki Genuine Accessories Gel Seat – Two Piece – Intruder LC. This option has gel inserts in both of the motorcycle seats so both riders will be comfortable. Read More »

Mustang Motorcycle Seats For Different Types of Motorcycles

The standard motorcycle seats that come with the bike are not always very long lasting or very comfortable, especially for long distance rides. Some people need a little more width or a little more padding or just a seat that is better made. One company that makes just these for bikes of various types (including Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Victory) is Mustang. These are known for holding their shape and remaining comfortable for a long time.

For about $413 you can get the Mustang One-Piece Regal Touring Seat – Vintage for FLHR, FLHX, FLTR, & FLHT ’08-up. These models for Harley Davidson bikes have soft pillow stuffing inside vinyl and are meant to give riders the fullest and most comfortable ride possible. These are lower sitting than stock seats, and measure 17 inches across for the front and 14 inches across for the rear.

The Mustang One-Piece with Backrest for 1100 Sabre, Spirit, Shadow & ACE/ACE Tourer Models-Wide Vintage for Honda motorcycles costs about $584. Consisting of a driver’s seat, a removable driver’s backrest, and a passenger seat, these models have added support in the form of steel support wings under the molded foam of the passenger seat. The front bucket for the driver is 15 inches across and the rear is 12 inches across. Read More »

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