When former NASA engineer Casey Stevenson was in the market for a light, economical and enjoyable motorcycle to cruise the LA streets on, he came to find that there are no such bikes being currently made. So he considered turning a Suzuki S40 into a café racer and ended up creating the Ryca CS-1, a 650cc, air-cooled, single cylinder cafe racer prototype. Later, he thought at a way of turning his idea into money, so he founded Ryca Motors, the shop where they turn any Suzuki S40 or Savage model into veritable café racers.
The production version of the Ryca CS-1 features the middleweight single-cylinder engine and a five-speed tranny and returns 60 mpg. Café racer goodies such as the custom low profile tank with integrated keyswitch / indicator panel, fiberglass seat and side covers as well as rearsets with custom mounting bracket and hardware and aluminum clip-ons give the bike its unique look.
Because the original bike’s engine and chassis don’t require significant changes, Ryca Motors also offers a custom parts and accessories kit that owners can buy and install themselves. Click past the break to read about the four different possibilities of getting yourself on one of these and also what the kit includes.
Ryca can build you a CS-1 from a new or used motorcycle, or you can build your own from our kit. If you already have a Suzuki S40, we can convert it into something lean and mean. Here are some options:
Everything is factory fresh. All custom components are new. The engine and chassis are from a brand new bike with zero miles.
All custom components are new. The engine and chassis are from a low-mileage used bike in excellent condition.
You bring us your S40. We make it awesome.
The kit is for the do-it-yourself home builder and includes the custom parts made by Ryca. All components can be attached at existing mounting points. No welding required.
Parts are primed and ready for paint: $3200
Parts are painted and clearcoated: $3600
- Low profile tank and indicator panel
- Tank mounts
- Fiberglass seat and seat mount assembly
- Rearset bracket
- Battery box
- Fiberglass side covers
- Mini tach and speedo mounting brackets
- Belt guard
- Sidestand relocation mount
- Decompression lever rod and linkage