Suzuki GT750 Phat Trakka 2 


Somewhere in the middle of the Phat Trakka (1) build, it became increasingly obvious that there was just a touch of "mission creep".  What started out as a simple build was slowly taking over my life and there was an ever increasing pile of discarded parts.

That's when I finally realized that I was trying to build two different bikes with different styles. That's fine as long as there are two bikes to be built, but I had one!

But let's pause for a moment and remember the idea was to create a bike with ATTITUDE. 
This Japanese Kawasaki H2 comes close and has that In-Your-Face attitude
Roland Sands of RSD created a few interesting show bike.  This one, called No Regrets, has that Attitude I was looking for but I'm not interested in trying to copy his designs.
Most Streetfighters are almost show bikes and have, in the main, lost the attitude that started the movement a decade or so ago.  I reckon my old Gran had more attitude than some of the so called Streetfighters being pushed out today. 

This German bike, however, has attitude in spades. 

Of course, what I really wanted to do was to capture the essence of Form Follows Function that bikes like the timeless XR750 embodied.

OK, so we have the concept clearly in mind again. So all I needed was a frame (with paperwork) and a few small parts, and we'd be good to go.

In an impetuous moment, I put out the call for a frame with legal paperwork (a valid title) and John Fry in Michigan offered one at just the right price (free). I arranged my work schedule so that I finished meetings at lunchtime already half way around Chicago. The van was packed with tools (in case of a breakdown.  Don't look like that.  The van has almost 250,000 miles on it) and change of clothes and a cool box stuffed with fruit and veggies for the trip.

Got to John's place and he showed me around.  We talked about his bikes and all the challenges he'd had with GT750s, and we worked through a few possible solutions or at least ways to work out what was really wrong, and then loaded the van with a 76 frame, title, and battery box.  I also scrounged a 75 tank which I much prefer the shape of to the bread box shaped 76 and 77 tanks. 

A mere 5 hours later and I was unloading the van and planning the next steps. 


And what did we start with? This.  A bare frame and a pile of surplus parts. 

Just like a Classified Ad.  You can almost see the advert.  Suzuki GT750, used to run.  Some parts missing.  Some assembly required.......  

On went a swingarm and rear wheel to start working out what I was missing and needed to be added to the shopping list. 


I couldn't find a swingarm spindle but I know there is at least one of them here somewhere. The rear wheel came off the L that started all this nonsense and the rear axle and plated parts came from the 76 A project I rebuilt back in 2005/2006 - I basically plated every part I could find that was usable from the A and from the L so there was a huge pile of good plated parts leftover. And this was the perfect opportunity too use some of them up.


From the left side, the tank doesn't look too bad, apart from a minor dent at the lower front corner of the tank.

On the right side, the rust bubbles are a little more visible, but from a distance it looks like it might work. Yes? 

Part 2 - Tanked

Part 3 - Well I'll be Forked (P3a updated Sep 13, 2009)

Part 4 - Rear ended

Part 5 - Brakes

Part 6 - Frame up

Part 7 - The middle

Part 8 - Please be seated

Part 9 - Rear lights