DURING THE WINTER OF 2015, JONATHAN AKA MR. VIMS FOUND A REBUILT SUZUKI GSXR 750 IN FAIRLY GOOD CONDITION. THE BIKE ITSELF TELLS EVERYTHING ABOUT THE 80’S, BUT THE STORY BEHIND THE BIKE IS PRETTY UNUSUAL.
Patrick Orban, a former Belgian pilot and a friend of his always wanted to rebuild a GSXR like the ones they were racing in the middle-80’s. Unfortunately the friend suddenly died a couple of years ago before they could start the project. After a few months Patrick decided to start the rebuild the bike as a tribute to his lost friend. It took a few months of work with parts from different donors but Patrick always made sure to match the late 80’s GSXR. After assembling the bike stayed in his office for a few months before he decided to sell it to someone willing to ride it, since bikes are made for riding!
That’s when Jonathan enters the story! As an epicurean and lover of machines with a strong character he had been looking for a late 80’s GSXR for a while. He immediately loved the look of this one. Since he is the co-owner of Niyona, a workshop for hand-crafted leather as well as its flagship store Hello James, he’s not afraid of manually worked bikes. Au contraire! The deal was quickly set and the bike put on a trailer to bring it back home. As the winter was not over yet he could enjoy some more mechanics in the garage before trying to start the bike. The carbs needed some fixing, electricity needed to be finished and last but not least, brakes needed to be secured.
I followed Jonathan and his hours dedicated to mechanics and on the first sunny day we went out for a shooting in town.