Mega Thumper: Unik Version scrambles the Suzuki DR Massive
The Suzuki DR 800 S Advantageous is the type of bike nobody would assemble lately. It was as quickly because the thumper to rule all thumpers, with a whopping 779 cc single-cylinder motor, prolonged-mosey forwards and backwards suspension, an enormous entrance wheel and rally styling. That supposed it was as quickly as a bit ridiculous, however vogue of cool on the similar time.
Counting to your standpoint, the DR Advantageous’s leisurely 80s to early 90s styling is each retro-exceptional, or hasn’t dated efficiently. And whereas it has one thing of a cult following, it’s now now not thought to be as untouchable as, relate, a mint scenario BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar.
So when this 1991 model Suzuki DR Advantageous was as quickly as dropped off at Unik Mannequin’s workshop in Moscavide, shut to Lisbon, store founders Tiago Gonçalves and Luis Gonçalves (now now not linked) weren’t too vital about lowering into it.
“A purchaser had this original however rusty DR 800, and acknowledged that he wished one thing ‘cool’,” explains Tiago. “So I acknowledged why now now not enact one thing extra ‘creative’?”
Tiago referenced a Land Rover constructed by native Landie workshop CoolNVintage as inspiration. It was as quickly as most important for its chassis, which was as quickly as embellished with offbeat artwork work by multi-disciplinary artist Vasco Costa.
Tiago, Luis and their workers determined to shed the DR Advantageous’s shell, ‘scrambler‘ it, and rating the precise similar artist to create it off.
Barely than the rally-esque beak and contoured tank is a complete distinctive dwelling of steal-‘n’-combine bodywork. Unik modified and fitted the gasoline tank from an older Suzuki GN model, and paired it with a customized leather-basically primarily based seat. The subframe beneath has been shortened and looped, and the sides are accomplished off with a dwelling of hand-made side covers.
The Suzuki wears abbreviated fenders at each ends too. The rear’s notably good-looking, and is kitted out with an enduro taillight, and a customized license plate bracket that moreover holds the flip indicators.
The crew left the DR’s suspension and brakes on my own, however rebuilt the 21F/17R wheels. The edges had been powder lined dusky and laced up with stainless-steel spokes, and now put on distinctive rubber: a Metzeler Karoo up entrance, and a Mitas E-09 on the abet.
One foremost change is the DR Advantageous’s distinctive inform machine. Unik TIG-welded a novel one-into-two header, and fitted a pair of Arrow mufflers. They’re essentially designed for the Yamaha XT1200Z Gigantic Ténéré, however proper right here they’ve been lower, shortened and impact abet collectively.
Up entrance, Unik imported a traditional Marchal headlight from Japan and retrofitted it to a Honda housing, mounted on off-the-shelf brackets.
Further abet, Renthal handlebars and grips are mated to Brembo brake and Domino grasp controls. The switches are inventory Suzuki, however the venerable prolonged-stem mirrors are essentially LSL components. And the speedo’s a Daytona unit, encased in a customized enclosure.
There’s little inside the method of ‘paint,’ aside from a white unpleasant for Vasco Costa’s artwork work. It gives an eclectic contact, with illustrations adorning the tank, body, sump guard, and even the rear suspension linkages.
The ultimate create is quirky and sportive… and moreover a bit misleading, when you decide into legend the dimensions of the piston that’s lurking in some unspecified time in the way forward for the motor.
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