Satset Garage builds a red-hot two-stroke street tracker…
The Suzuki GT250 “Hustler” was originally introduced to the Japanese market in 1971 as an evolution of the best-selling T250 two-stroke twin. By the time it reached international shores in 1973, the bike featured Suzuki’s Ram Air cooling, a claimed power output of 31 bhp, and a top speed of 90+ mph. The bike was lauded as a solid, if slightly more conservative rival to the higher-strung Yamaha RD250:
“The Suzuki is significantly more comfortable, much quieter, a little heavier, taller, slower, steadier, stops better, and is more composed.” —Cycle, 1973
Testers noted the GT250’s “amazing smoothness” at highway speed (Cycle Guide, 1975) and that “the GT feels much lighter on its feet than the equivalent RD and far more agile than any KH250 Kawasaki or CB Honda” (Classic Motorbikes) — high praise for this oft-overlooked welterweight smoker!
The 1973 model you see here is the first build from Satset Garage of Jakarta, Indonesia. Shop owner Raka (@raka_vdp2604) says the bike came to them in original but very bad condition, necessitating a full rebuild. Given their love of vintage flat track machines, the crew decided to build this bike into an attention-grabbing two-stroke street tracker.
They dubbed it the “SS001” — “SS” for Satset, and “001” to signify their shop’s first public build, which we’re thrilled and honored to present here today. The bike is dripping with one-off bits fabricated in-house, including the bodywork, foot controls, airbox, front number plate, and even the kickstand.
The result is one of the baddest two-stroke street trackers we’ve seen — and one that spends time on the track, not just the street.
Below, we get the full details on the build from Raka himself, as well as more gorgeous shots from photographer Irwan Hardianto.
Suzuki Hustler Street Tracker: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Hello, my name Raka, I am one of the builders and the owner too of Satset Garage in Jakarta, Indonesia. The story of this bike was that it came to the garage in original but very bad condition.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the donor bike?
Suzuki GT250, 1973.
• Why was this bike built?
This bike, we built it because we like the old flat track models, and also we really like racing custom bikes.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The concept of this bike was purely our idea, and some “cheat and innovation” from some Japanese builders.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
We made all of our own bodywork. Most everything is custom besides the main frame and engine.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
The nickname of this bike is “SS001,” which means: SS (Satset) and 001 (the first motorcycle from our workshop).
• Can you tell us what it’s like to ride this bike?
This bike fits the rider very well. The engine power is very capable for the street and also fun to race — it certainly gets people’s attention, lol.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
Every single part of this bike that we built makes me proud, lol.