Retro-styled runabout from The Netherlands…
The Suzuki GR650 “Tempter” was an air-cooled parallel twin that drew comparison to the British twins of yore. The bike was relatively lightweight, with a low center of gravity. Reviewers praised the GR650’s torque, tossable nature, and stone-ax reliability.
Enter Michel Szozda of Cool Kid Customs — based in Haarlem, outside Amsterdam. Michel had long wanted to use the Tempter as a project base. The client had originally wanted a Yamaha XT500, but the lovable 500cc thumper just didn’t have the highway chops he needed for long-range cruising. The GR650 proved a great alternative, serving as the platform for a 70s-inspired retro scrambler.
Below, we get the full story on the build.
Suzuki Tempter Scrambler: Builder Interview
– Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I’m Michel Szozda owner of Cool Kid Customs stationed in Haarlem (near Amsterdam) in The Netherlands.
– What’s the make model and year of the bike?
It’s a Suzuki GR650 Tempter 1983
– Why was this bike built?
The customer wanted a Yamaha XT500, but it was too slow to drive it on the highway. I always wanted to use, a GR650 as base for a project, so we decided to use this 2 cylinder 650cc Suzuki and turn it into a 70’s looking offroad/scrambler bike.
– What custom work was done to the bike?
Rebuild the frame, rebuild the wheels and changed the wheel size, used a Honda tank, handmade 2in1 exhaust, raised aluminum fenders, custom leather seat, nice retro paint job, waterproof box for the pod filters, and lots more.
– How would you classify this bike?
– Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Painted the tank myself. Very happy with the end result