Mega Thumper: Unik Version scrambles the Suzuki DR Massive
The Suzuki DR 800 S Gargantuan is the fabricate of motorbike nobody would fabricate today. It turned the thumper to rule all thumpers, with a whopping 779 cc single-cylinder motor, lengthy-wander suspension, an enormous entrance wheel and rally styling. That meant it turned a dinky of ridiculous, nonetheless fabricate of frigid on the identical time.
Hoping on your perspective, the DR Gargantuan’s slack 80s to early 90s styling is each retro-unbelievable, or hasn’t dated successfully. And whereas it has one factor of a cult following, it’s not perception of as untouchable as, mumble, a mint situation BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar.
So when this 1991 model Suzuki DR Gargantuan turned dropped off at Unik Mannequin’s workshop in Moscavide, come Lisbon, retailer founders Tiago Gonçalves and Luis Gonçalves (not linked) weren’t too treasured about chopping into it.
“A purchaser had this regular nonetheless rusty DR 800, and acknowledged that he wished one factor ‘frigid’,” explains Tiago. “So I acknowledged why not create one factor extra ‘ingenious’?”
Tiago referenced a Land Rover constructed by native Landie workshop CoolNVintage as inspiration. It turned most distinguished for its chassis, which turned embellished with offbeat artwork work by multi-disciplinary artist Vasco Costa.
Tiago, Luis and their personnel determined to shed the DR Gargantuan’s shell, ‘scrambler‘ it, and derive the specific similar artist to manufacture it off.
Fairly than the rally-esque beak and contoured tank is a complete authentic place of opt-‘n’-mix bodywork. Unik modified and fitted the fuel tank from an older Suzuki GN model, and matched it with a personalized leather-essentially based mostly seat. The subframe underneath has been shortened and looped, and the sides are carried out off with a assortment of hand-made side covers.
The Suzuki wears abbreviated fenders at every ends too. The rear’s particularly luminous, and is kitted out with an enduro taillight, and a personalized registration number plate bracket that additionally holds the flip indicators.
The crew left the DR’s suspension and brakes on my own, nonetheless rebuilt the 21F/17R wheels. The edges had been powder coated unlit and laced up with stainless-steel spokes, and now place on authentic rubber: a Metzeler Karoo up entrance, and a Mitas E-09 on the help.
One essential alternate is the DR Gargantuan’s authentic use machine. Unik TIG-welded a authentic one-into-two header, and fitted a pair of Arrow mufflers. They’re the truth is designed for the Yamaha XT1200Z Trim Ténéré, nonetheless proper right here they’ve been sever help, shortened and place help collectively.
Up entrance, Unik imported a basic Marchal headlight from Japan and retrofitted it to a Honda housing, mounted on off-the-shelf brackets.
Additional help, Renthal handlebars and grips are mated to Brembo brake and Domino clutch controls. The switches are inventory Suzuki, nonetheless the used lengthy-stem mirrors are actually LSL elements. And the speedo’s a Daytona unit, encased in a personalized enclosure.
There’s dinky inside the method of ‘paint,’ in its place of a white damaging 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 general reside is quirky and playful… and likewise a dinky of counterfeit, should you are considering that concerning the size of the piston that’s lurking at some stage inside the motor.
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