Suzuki 400cc single - model name? (not savage or LS400)

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by TMack, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. TMack

    TMack Guest

    A while ago there was reference in ukrm or in ukrmc to a suzuki 400cc single
    that appeared to use the same engine as the LS400 but in a kind of "cafe
    racer" type frame. Can anyone remember what the name or model number of the
    damned thing is?
    TMack, Sep 24, 2006
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    WavyDavy Guest

    Sure you don't mean the 350 Goose?

    Other than that I haven't a clue...

    HTH :)

    WavyDavy, Sep 24, 2006
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    TMack Guest

    Nope - I'm sure had the LS400 / LS650 savage type engine and it was
    definitely 400cc (unless I dreamed it course).
    TMack, Sep 24, 2006
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    TMack Guest

    OK - found it. It was the "Tempter"
    TMack, Sep 24, 2006
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    TMack Guest

    TMack, Sep 24, 2006

  6. Suzuki also made a 650 twin with that name (aka the GR650), in the early
    1980s. It had a sort of split centrifugal flywheel - at low revs all the
    flywheel weight was engaged, for plonkability, and then at high revs the
    weights disengaged for revviness.

    Sounds a good idea, but nobody seems to have copied it, and the bike
    itself wasn't too solid, so....

    I actually rode one in Sweden, in, erm, erm, summer 1983. It was a sort
    of semi-cruiser thing. A bit soft and soggy, IIRC. Like an oversized
    GS450, to be honest.

    It as on that same trip that I rode the first ever DOHC watercooled
    16-valve four that Japan ever produced and no, it wasn't the GPZ900R,
    like so many people (including the Yanks, so I've X-posted this to
    reeky, to enlighten them) think it was.

    A virtual pint to whoever works out the model (and it is rather
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 24, 2006
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    TMack Guest

    Honda Sabre V4?
    TMack, Sep 24, 2006
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    Pip Luscher Guest

    On Sun, 24 Sep 2006 20:18:01 +0100,

    Another of my brilliant ideas that someone else built years ago.

    And didn't work.
    Pip Luscher, Sep 24, 2006
  9. I did, actually, yes.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 24, 2006
  10. Never despair. Crap ideas have a habit of resurfacing every so often.
    Ford recently launched the idea as the Dual-Mass Flywheel and it didn't
    work either.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Sep 25, 2006
  11. Seriously? Didn't know that.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 25, 2006
  12. I doubt that Ford didn't do enough testing; I suspect they didn't have
    enough ham-fisted, lead-footed cunts on the test team.

    Cost them ooh... millions, I suppose, on warranty work. Indeed, it's
    normal for a DMF to be replaced with a solid flywheel now. Not all
    models had them; just some Mondys and some Trannys, but those ones sold
    a lot.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Sep 25, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    DO NOT GO THERE: 800 squid lighter after an 'out-of-warranty'*
    experience with a Sharan/Alhambra (Galaxy TD engine). Couldn't believe
    my ears: "the flywheel's broken sir."



    *6 weeks out of warranty.
    Guest, Sep 25, 2006
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    platypus Guest

    I'd be tempted to make representations to the manufacturer, after gathering
    a plethora of corroborating evidence. Get the gutter press involved, that
    sort of thing.
    platypus, Sep 25, 2006
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    Pip Luscher Guest

    It's at times like these that I'm glad I'm a lazy bugger who never
    develops his ideas.
    Pip Luscher, Sep 26, 2006
  16. TMack

    Guest Guest

    I did complain to Seat, and have the barely-polite letter on file. I
    won't be a repeat customer - the thing's been a total money pit.


    Guest, Sep 27, 2006
  17. At least you're spared the finger-pointing and the chorus of 'it's all
    your fault'.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Sep 27, 2006
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