Homebrew Cafe – 2005 Suzuki Ryca 650 CS-1

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Suzuki’s Boulevard S40, previously known as the LS650 Savage, is a simple, low-powered entry-level cruiser. A Los Angeles based company called Ryca saw a way to spice up the S40, with the Ryca 650 CS-1 kit. It takes a rather ugly semi-Sportster clone and turns it into a lithe cafe racer styled bike with some actual semblance of personality.

Ryca 650 - Front Right

With that said, we expect Ryca kit owners to customize the bikes a little further, but what’s nice about the kit is that almost everything can be done with basic hand tools. Donor bikes can easily be sourced for $1,500-$2,000, and the kit retails for around $2,800. The base bike produced 31 horsepower and 37 pound feet of torque via it’s 650cc single cylinder engine. Through a 5-speed transmission, the top speed was 85 miles per hour. The Ryca kit actually removes about 60 pounds of weight, so all the dynamic characteristics will improve. The only drawback? The low-profile fuel tank means your range drops to just 80 miles. Ryca got a lot of press a few years back, but this is actually the first we’ve seen in the wild. It seems that they’ve been successful, as they have since expanded into several model lines based on the Savage S40 – now the Cafe Racer is also simply known as the CS-1.

Ryca 650 - Left Side

This specific Ryca 650 has all the expected parts from the kit, but also includes an upgraded Progressive suspension in the rear and heavier fork oil in the front, a K&N air filter, and aluminum clip-ons. The whole kit has been painted black and is waiting for you to add finishing touches – maybe pinstripes are in your future?

Ryca 650 - Left Side2

Find this Ryca 650 Cafe Racer for sale here on ADVRider (registration required) for $5,900 in Louisville, Kentucky.