This featured motorcycle is what finally turned talk into action and resulted in Retro Write Up’s existence. We often spoke about the lack of international visibility of South African built custom motorcycles and how we should do something to rectify the matter. Talk is cheap over a few beers. In October 2012 this motorcycle was featured on Return of the Cafe Racers, an Australian website. It was the first South African creation that we had ever seen featured beyond our borders. Marnitz decided to start the blog and asked me to join him in sharing our passion and our country’s custom motorcycles with the world.
The Suzuki GS450 sold in volumes in 1980 in South Africa. It was a boom year for all motorcycle sales and the GS450 had very little competition in the light commuter twin cylinder class. Other Japanese manufacturers were making smaller capacity twins, more suited to delivery use, or bigger four cylinder motorcycles. The GS pumped out 44hp and was capable of accelerating rapidly to a top speed in excess of 160 km/h. Although very popular back then, they were never perceived as objects of beauty or desire – people like Michelle and the crew at V Custom Cycles have changed that perception.