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Old 4th May 2012, 18:17   #1
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Default My Suzuki Shogun

Quick Gun Shoooogun !!

It compliments my Yamaha 135 - 5 speed, hence compelled my brother Mahesh to buy a Shogun instead of another Yamaha so we could have the best of both worlds. He was in a dilemma to go for the 135 or 100, but I brainwashed him to Shogun.

1995 make, fabricated metal side panels and rear tail piece.
Rare OE shogun pistons luckily found (so bought all sizes, STD - 0.5 - 1.0).
With the NGK 8bphs.
Almost all parts tried to procure original.
Powdercoated rims, new Chain sproket, reed valve set, manifold, powerbox, stand, side stand, rear grab rail, oil pump, nuts bolts, etc etc... phew

Went a lot of hard-work and eating a lot of veteran guys heads for the rebuild but its paid off well.

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Anyone got a Shogun in a decent condition (strictly no modification) here in Bangalore? Let me know the make and expected price!!

Buddy 'the great', where did you source the TVS genuine parts from? I have seen a real big showroom in Coimbatore that deals with spares for all the two wheelers, but do not know much details of the same, anyone here from Kovai?
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Congratulations on a great effort and an awesome restoration! I remember riding this vehicle (one of my cousins had) when I was in college!! Still one of my favourite bikes.

Get more pics and the financial part of it coming!
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It's truely amazing to see OE vital spares sourced for the restoration. Excellent restoration. Good to see that you have both RX 5 speed and Shogun. I love Shogun when I was in school/college when it was released. Remember I took my friends' ride for a spin. It pulls awesome. Infact, I like the speedo console when lit, which is fascinating. Except for the headlight output, everything in this bike is perfect. Last but not the least.. the powerband roar is truely mezmerising.
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No one forgets the mighty shogun! I almost bought one. Its more rare than a pre 89 RX these days. There are a few bikes that do make a mark. This is one of them, Anyone that has spent time on this one would turn around to look at the source of the exhaust note as fans of the RD and the RX would. In the past 3 years I have just seen one Shogun. And it deserved a better owner!

Excellent effort on the restoration!
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Anyone got a Shogun in a decent condition (strictly no modification) here in Bangalore? Let me know the make and expected price!!

Buddy 'the great', where did you source the TVS genuine parts from? I have seen a real big showroom in Coimbatore that deals with spares for all the two wheelers, but do not know much details of the same, anyone here from Kovai?
All parts sourced from TVS dealer here in mumbai. We had to wait for a lot of parts after ordering them but it was worth the wait.


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Congratulations on a great effort and an awesome restoration! I remember riding this vehicle (one of my cousins had) when I was in college!! Still one of my favourite bikes.

Get more pics and the financial part of it coming!
Thank you sir for those kind words, it indeed is one of the gem of Indian biking.

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It's truely amazing to see OE vital spares sourced for the restoration. Excellent restoration. Good to see that you have both RX 5 speed and Shogun. I love Shogun when I was in school/college when it was released. Remember I took my friends' ride for a spin. It pulls awesome. Infact, I like the speedo console when lit, which is fascinating. Except for the headlight output, everything in this bike is perfect. Last but not the least.. the powerband roar is truely mezmerising.
Yes sir you were the real inspiration for me to be firm on installing genuine items like your Rx restoration.

The Shogun was always like a film star for us in those days.... everyone adored them but only a few owned them.... I had made up my mind to own this beauty once in my lifetime and thankfully I did.

As you know I used to have a Royal Enfield, and now I own a 5 speed Rx and a Shogun, but one bike that's been on the top of the craving list... for long now is the RD .

Thanks for the compliments sir !

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No one forgets the mighty shogun! I almost bought one. Its more rare than a pre 89 RX these days. There are a few bikes that do make a mark. This is one of them, Anyone that has spent time on this one would turn around to look at the source of the exhaust note as fans of the RD and the RX would. In the past 3 years I have just seen one Shogun. And it deserved a better owner!

Excellent effort on the restoration!
Thank you sir, truly said that this would always remain in the best top 10 list of Indian bikes of all time.
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No one forgets the mighty shogun! I almost bought one. Its more rare than a pre 89 RX these days. There are a few bikes that do make a mark. This is one of them, Anyone that has spent time on this one would turn around to look at the source of the exhaust note as fans of the RD and the RX would. In the past 3 years I have just seen one Shogun. And it deserved a better owner!

Excellent effort on the restoration!
I deeply regret wasting my chance of owning a completely original silver colored '95 model Shogun . Just started my job and already had a RX135. Owning 2 out-of-production bikes was not practical at that time.
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All parts sourced from TVS dealer here in mumbai. We had to wait for a lot of parts after ordering them but it was worth the wait.
Are you serious? The dealer here despite much persistance from me told me that no Shogun spares are available with the company, so no use even ordering. The best I was told that can be ordered were things like oil pipes, cables, spark plug, some rubber parts and stuff, but no engine parts... not even indicators, tank, fairing or the like. I heard of the same thing elsewhere. Are you absolutely sure your dealer ordered them directly from TVS? Please do let me know.
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What a sight! Now this was a bike which stole the show from Yamaha RX-100. The only sole purpose for making this bike was to beat the mighty RX. And TVS did manage to do that.

I still regret selling my dear bike - although I did sell to buy an RD - I should have kept both!
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Good memories.I still remember, the feeling the bike was about to run off from under me when I used to take off from a traffic signal.
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Are you serious? The dealer here despite much persistance from me told me that no Shogun spares are available with the company, so no use even ordering. The best I was told that can be ordered were things like oil pipes, cables, spark plug, some rubber parts and stuff, but no engine parts... not even indicators, tank, fairing or the like. I heard of the same thing elsewhere. Are you absolutely sure your dealer ordered them directly from TVS? Please do let me know.
Yes I am dead serious, I got all my stuff from authorised TVS outlet here in mumbai.
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Though I had never owned/ ridden the shogun but still the mighty exhaust sound is saved in my ears. Because those were when I learned to ride a bike (my first ridden was RX100), when shogun introduced in market. Mighty 14BHP came out from 110 cc displacement. Bike was titled as 'THE BOSS'.

Congratulations for ride.

Your one is white or black?

Lock set & petrol tank lid is really hard to find for a 'out of production' bike.

Please share the rebuild process & parts procurement cost.
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Though I had never owned/ ridden the shogun but still the mighty exhaust sound is saved in my ears. Because those were when I learned to ride a bike (my first ridden was RX100), when shogun introduced in market. Mighty 14BHP came out from 110 cc displacement. Bike was titled as 'THE BOSS'.

Congratulations for ride.

Your one is white or black?

Lock set & petrol tank lid is really hard to find for a 'out of production' bike.

Please share the rebuild process & parts procurement cost.
Thanks for the compliments sir.. The bike was black before the rebuild and then it was given a Pearl White paint job. Powder coated Rims, Handlebar and Exhaust.

Most of the parts were bought from the TVS showroom @ MRP but certain parts were bought at a premium from some really helpful guys. I would avoid the price discussions because the cost of total rebuild was insane.

We have responsibilities towards our family and all of us work hard daily for that.... but this is a hobby, a little something we do for ourselves. I really enjoyed my Bullet, Kinetic, Yamaha and Shogun rebuilds.... and don't care if people think otherwise.... all in all it makes me happy and that's what matters the most.
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Yes I am dead serious, I got all my stuff from authorised TVS outlet here in mumbai.
You are dead lucky. Do you think it might help to write to TVS Suzuki for sourcing parts? Btw, whats the approx., latest manufacturing year on the parts? I'm sure most will be quite old?
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You are dead lucky. Do you think it might help to write to TVS Suzuki for sourcing parts? Btw, whats the approx., latest manufacturing year on the parts? I'm sure most will be quite old?
No use writing to Hosur TVS, they are not keen on answering anything related to Shoguns or any other discontinued bikes parts. We called them many times but the answers were really not that what we want to hear.

In my opinion its better to source parts from your local dealer (whatever available is a "buy on sight").... or from the forum members or members in FB community who are having these parts stocked (you will have to pay a little extra over the MRP but believe me its worth it to spend a little more than to hunt for parts in TVS). I dont know how good or bad my opinion on this is, but the current senario is such that if you want your beloved bike to run like original then some sacrifices are to be made for the good.

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