Restoration Project


Suzuki RE-5 1975

Presented by redbug2


Early Picture of complete bike with original carriers on.    2009-11-01 09:30:20 A beginning....   2009-10-24 12:30:27 Cover off, decided to powder coat turn signal stems.    2009-10-24 12:29:36 Front Forks.    2009-10-24 12:29:03 Right Side.    2009-10-24 12:27:54
Ouch! A mouse nest!   2009-10-24 12:31:19 Carb Cleaned enough to start it up on the primary, still need to fix accelerator pump channel...   2009-10-26 09:45:46 Cleaning mouse poop out of air filter.   2009-11-24 11:28:57 Air filter rehabbed after mouse nest, only a few more pop rivets to go.    2011-01-26 06:37:40 Mufflers a little rusty.    2009-10-24 12:28:45
Needs some cleaning   2009-10-24 12:27:29 Rear rack, it must come off...   2009-10-24 12:28:27 Rusty Fender Bottom   2011-01-10 10:49:32 Acid wash to halt the rusting.    2011-01-10 10:50:18 Re5 cover after 1500 grain paper and some aluminum polish    2011-01-13 08:37:43
Compressing the rear shock in the vise.    2011-01-26 06:35:34 Loosening the lock nut.    2011-01-26 06:35:54 Apart   2011-01-26 06:36:13 Sanding the spring   2011-01-26 06:36:32 Sanded, now, powder coat or cad plate?    2011-01-26 06:37:05
Chrome getting cleaned up.    2011-01-26 06:38:04 More chrome cleaning   2011-01-26 06:38:20 Tire off, lots of grease to remove.    2011-04-19 09:12:38 Rear of engine, still some more to go and painting to do.    2011-09-06 05:02:26 Batter box in great need of a coating. Used gloss black powder coat.    2011-04-19 09:13:48
Came out nice, happy with the results    2011-04-19 09:16:16 Battery box in bike.    2011-12-19 09:23:05 Still Cleaning.   2011-06-21 09:02:00 Cleaning up everything I can get to. This was black with grease, you could not see the color on the wires before cleaning.    2011-09-06 05:01:37 Kick Stand on... My first piece added after taking it apart!   2011-09-15 10:48:09
Fort pegs, on cleaned and cad plated and one not.    2011-11-27 08:39:58 Another View   2011-11-27 08:44:01 Cad plated hardware.   2011-11-27 08:42:27 Before Power Washing   2012-01-08 11:46:16 Engine after power washing.    2012-01-08 01:48:18
Left side as the assembly continues   2012-01-15 11:35:55 Right Side   2012-01-15 11:36:13 Radiator On   2012-01-19 09:42:17 Wiring and frame cleaned up.    2012-01-19 09:48:11 Radiator Painted   2012-01-23 10:27:51
Air Intake Polished   2012-01-23 10:28:14 Dry fit of the remaining parts.   2012-01-24 08:44:01 Guage unit painted   2012-01-30 08:07:01 Guage unit painted   2012-01-30 08:08:21 Re5-1   2012-02-01 06:51:51
RE5-2   2012-02-01 06:52:06 RE5-3   2012-02-01 06:52:16 RE5-4   2012-02-01 06:52:29 RE5-5   2012-02-01 06:52:41 RE5-6   2012-02-01 06:52:52
RE-5 7   2012-02-01 06:53:08 8   2012-02-01 06:53:19 9   2012-02-01 06:53:29 10   2012-02-01 06:53:37 11   2012-02-01 06:53:44
12   2012-02-01 06:53:52 Rim   2012-03-15 09:14:27 Replaced rim.    2012-02-05 08:56:13 Building Tire Truing stand 1   2012-02-06 08:11:22 Building Tire Truing stand 2   2012-02-06 08:11:50
Building Tire Truing stand 3   2012-02-06 08:12:15 New Cleaned up and cad coated shock   2012-02-06 08:12:53 New Horn   2012-02-06 08:17:43 Tire off of another RE5, spokes were better but needed a lot of cleanup.    2012-02-27 08:12:45 Ready for show.    2012-02-27 07:56:47
New Front and Rear tires on.    2012-02-27 07:58:51 In a show.    2012-03-07 02:06:10 Many People Admiring it at the show.    2012-03-09 12:10:08 Front view at show.   2012-03-09 12:13:00 In front of showroom.   2012-03-09 12:13:15
Old post on left. New posts from stainless steel.    2012-04-02 11:29:20 Back on the bike.    2012-04-02 11:29:43

Log Entries

Work Start Date: 2009-10-23  Work End Date 2009-10-23
Title: Unloaded Bike. Hours: 3 Cost: $0.00
Work Descrption:

After a few months of anticipation, the bike arrived. My brother-in-law and I decided to try and get it to run... Placed battery in machine and it did turn over.. Cleaned points and did get spark... Took off air filter cover and noticed that carb was home to a mouse.

Cleaned carb and also cleaned up front turn signals. Bike needs a lot of cleaning.. Hopefully cleaned carb will start it up...

Work Start Date: 2009-10-25  Work End Date 2009-10-25
Title: Got it running!Hours: 3 Cost: $0.00
Work Descrption:

Took carb off again and re-checked all ports after reading the manual... A few jets were clogged... Still have a clogged accelerator pump passage, unable to remove jet... Will have to come up with a solution... Let it run and drove it up and down the driveway, seems to run well, digital gear readout is working...

Work Start Date: 2009-11-11  Work End Date 2009-11-11
Title: Rebuilt purchased carbHours: 2 Cost: $0.00
Work Descrption: Rebuilt the carburetor I had purchased from ebay. It was not that bad, the usual hardened gas in the bowl. Soaked it in the carb cleaner bucket. Removed all of the jets first. After soaking blew out all of the ports. Just took the jets I had cleaned from my original carb and used those. It started up fine and ran OK. Still needs some tuning. Idles nice.Boy, it really runs hot, those pipes a super hot.

Work Start Date: 2009-11-15  Work End Date 2009-11-15
Title: Cleaned mouse nest from Air FilterHours: 2 Cost: $0.00
Work Descrption:

Had to dissasemble air filter by drilling out right side pop rivets... Was full of filler from mouse nest, also had a dead mouse inside.... Still cleaning...

 Tested oil injection pump by taking line off of carb and plugging carb hole. Started bike and the oil was pumping out, will stop running pre-mix. 

 Cleaned some more rust off of chrome. 

Work Start Date: 2009-11-22  Work End Date 2009-11-22
Title: Cleaned a little more.Hours: 1 Cost: $0.00
Work Descrption: Did some more cleaning. Also got bike running again, needs a lot of cleaning...

Title: Finish Air FilterHours: 3 Cost: $20.00
Work Descrption:

Cleaned and reassembled air filter.Purchased a great filter from Rotary Recycle. Bought new pop rivet gun to rivet cover back on.

To Do Entries

Total Cost: $20.00    Total Hours: 14

Parts Wanted
Desired Cost
Date Entered
Part Description

Parts Purchased

Date Entered
Part Description
CarburetorEngine$112.00 2009-10-28Ug, bought a carburetor...
BatteryElectrical$30.00 2009-10-28Purchased a lawn tractor battery, a little tight, but it does the job.

Total Cost: $142.00