Suzuki GS500 Solo Seat Installation

There has never been much in the way of custom bodywork available for a 1993 Suzuki GS500E, especially prior to Suzuki’s release of the fully faired GS500F. Back in 2003 I was building a custom Suzuki GS500. I had already installed an upgraded front and rear suspension and a set of Honda CBR rearsets and was eager to update the bodywork to match the evolving theme of the project.

At the time I was active on a number of motorcycle forums, most notably GSTwin where a member was making and selling custom carbon Kevlar solo seats for the Suzuki GS500. Fit and finish was a bit rough, as you might expect of one off bodywork made in a basement in Georgia, but the finished installation did look great.

The little Suzuki looks pretty tough with the new tail and it elevated the project to a point where people weren’t sure what it was. It’s a great conversation starter!

 

 

The seat came with everything needed for installation including Styrofoam blocks to provide a cushion between the seat and frame rails, zip ties to secure the foam to the frame, a crude aluminum seat bracket, and the solo seat. Due to stated manufacturing tolerances, nothing came pre-drilled.

The first step to making this all happen required the removal of the stock GS500 seat, seat clamp and related hardware, side luggage rails, seat lock, and tail. To further clean up the lines of the bike with the new bodywork I also cut off the factory passenger peg mounts and made a new exhaust hanger using scrap bar stock.

With everything removed I measured and drilled holes in the mounting bracket and bolted it down. Next I had to align, measure, and drill mounting holes in the Kevlar bodywork, which proved to be a bit more challenging. The new tail was designed to use the fuel tank retaining bracket bolts to hold in the front tabs, but it’s difficult to keep everything lined up and secure without damaging the Kevlar. I was able to make it all work using some longer bolts and soft washers. The rear mounting points were much easier to drill and secure.

The little Suzuki looks pretty tough with the new tail and it elevated the project to a point where people weren’t sure what it was. It’s a great conversation starter!

 

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