The Suzuki DR 800 S Fine is the form of bike no one would construct these days. It was as soon as the thumper to rule all thumpers, with a whopping 779 cc single-cylinder motor, prolonged-mosey back and forth suspension, a huge entrance wheel and rally styling. That intended it was as soon as a little ridiculous, but vogue of cool on the identical time.
Counting to your standpoint, the DR Fine’s leisurely 80s to early 90s styling is both retro-exceptional, or hasn’t dated successfully. And whereas it has something of a cult following, it’s now no longer regarded as as untouchable as, relate, a mint situation BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar.
So when this 1991 mannequin Suzuki DR Fine was as soon as dropped off at Unik Model’s workshop in Moscavide, shut to Lisbon, shop founders Tiago Gonçalves and Luis Gonçalves (now no longer linked) weren’t too necessary about reducing into it.
“A buyer had this fashioned but rusty DR 800, and acknowledged that he wanted something ‘cool’,” explains Tiago. “So I acknowledged why now no longer enact something more ‘artistic’?”
Tiago referenced a Land Rover constructed by local Landie workshop CoolNVintage as inspiration. It was as soon as most necessary for its chassis, which was as soon as embellished with offbeat art work by multi-disciplinary artist Vasco Costa.
Tiago, Luis and their staff made up our minds to shed the DR Fine’s shell, ‘scrambler‘ it, and score the actual identical artist to create it off.
Slightly than the rally-esque beak and contoured tank is a total unique dwelling of steal-‘n’-combine bodywork. Unik modified and fitted the fuel tank from an older Suzuki GN mannequin, and paired it with a custom leather-basically based seat. The subframe below has been shortened and looped, and the perimeters are completed off with a dwelling of hand-made aspect covers.
The Suzuki wears abbreviated fenders at both ends too. The rear’s particularly handsome, and is kitted out with an enduro taillight, and a custom license plate bracket that furthermore holds the turn indicators.
The crew left the DR’s suspension and brakes by myself, but rebuilt the 21F/17R wheels. The perimeters had been powder lined dusky and laced up with stainless-steel spokes, and now wear unique rubber: a Metzeler Karoo up entrance, and a Mitas E-09 on the abet.
One foremost change is the DR Fine’s unique inform machine. Unik TIG-welded a unique one-into-two header, and fitted a pair of Arrow mufflers. They’re in actuality designed for the Yamaha XT1200Z Gigantic Ténéré, but right here they’ve been decrease, shortened and effect abet together.
Up entrance, Unik imported a classic Marchal headlight from Japan and retrofitted it to a Honda housing, mounted on off-the-shelf brackets.
Additional abet, Renthal handlebars and grips are mated to Brembo brake and Domino hang controls. The switches are stock Suzuki, but the venerable prolonged-stem mirrors are in actuality LSL parts. And the speedo’s a Daytona unit, encased in a custom enclosure.
There’s little within the manner of ‘paint,’ other than a white disagreeable for Vasco Costa’s art work. It provides an eclectic contact, with illustrations adorning the tank, frame, sump guard, and even the rear suspension linkages.
The final create is quirky and sportive… and furthermore a little deceptive, when you in deciding into legend the scale of the piston that’s lurking in some unspecified time in the future of the motor.
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