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The Cafe Racer’s Not Dead: Eastern Spirit’s Suzuki GS550

The Cafe Racer’s Not Dead: Eastern Spirit’s Suzuki GS550

Eastern Spirit's Suzuki GS550 cafe racer
Whether you’re looking at new releases from manufacturers, or the custom scene, there’s an overwhelming bias towards scramblers right now. But a well-executed cafe racer still revs our motors—and this classy Suzuki GS550 from Eastern Spirit Garage just sent us into overdrive.

So far, we’ve only seen cafe racers from the Polish workshop. But Eastern Spirit teammates Lukas and Sylwester are totally fine with that.

Eastern Spirit's Suzuki GS550 cafe racer
“This Suzuki GS550 is very similar in form to our previous Honda CB550 and Suzuki GS750,” they tell us. “Many will probably accuse us of copying these projects—but it doesn’t make sense to change something that’s good.”

Those are bold words, but their work leaves little room for argument. This late-70s GS550 is extremely well-balanced—following all the traditional cafe racer cues without feeling stale.…

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