1997 Suzuki Savage LS 650 Head Gasket, Clutch, and general TLC
Last weekend I had the opportunity to buy this beauty. Its a 97 Suzuki Savage with 29k miles and a clear title. It needs a few things, but for the price I paid for it, I figured it will be a fun build. I don’t normally have any interest in cruisers whatsoever, but this may be fun to ride around on for a while and then put it up for sale.
First things first, it needs a head gasket. The previous owner made me aware of this before buying. I didn’t think that would be a big deal, but when I got a service manual for it, I was disappointed to find out that the motor has to be removed from the frame in order to remove the head.
Also, I was told that it needs a clutch. Well I assumed that meant it had “worn out” plates or a basket and not “the clutch assembly was stolen off the bike then the cover was put back on” So I have sourced a used clutch assembly and a few other things that are on the way.
Other items it needs are:
- Gaskets for the clutch cover, stator cover, head, valve cover, and cylinder
- Speedometer cable
- Starter solenoid
There are probably a few other things I am forgetting, but ill get to those later.
If anyone is interested in buying it when its complete and restored, contact me.
Edit: I lost interest in the project and sold it to a friend. He has finished it and you can see how it looks in the final picture. I think I will stick to dirt bikes!