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1994 Suzuki DR650 Street Dracker – Blitz Motorcycles

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 25 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

The French always seem to be on the forefront of fashion. Clothes, perfume, and now custom motorcycles. Not that I pay much attention to the first two. The latest fashion in custom cycles appears to be to use a dirt bike as the base for a build. Rugged, simple design makes for an excellent platform to build on, they’re cheap as well, and the ability to get that big bore thumper note all add to the desirability. Blitz Motorcycles knows this, and has used this thinking to the best of their abilities to create a level of custom rarely seen, all from the starting point of a simple trail bike. It just makes sense, oui?

Taking a 1994 Suzuki DR650, the bike was completely stripped down, and the frame shortened by 35cm. Added to the frame at this time was the electrical box, somewhere to keep all the important bits that make the bike spark, and all without adding bulk to the aesthetic. The frame was then powder coated in shiny orange, along with a few engine and brake components. This is what really shows the theme of the colour scheme, which Blitz describes as “Lemans GT40 on acid”.

Deciding that with a new final weight of 125kg, the 4 valve powerplant was up to the task of motivating the DR without any fettling. It was opened up and examined, mainly due to the fact that the engine hadn’t turned over for 10 years, and even then the only components replaced were the clutch plates. On the intake side of things, a K&N pod has been fitted, the standard Suzuki carb rejetted to suit the aftermarket air filter. The exhaust is a 100% stainless steel handcrafted system, topped off with a Supertrapp alloy muffler.

Blitz decided on the standard 18 inch at the front, 17 inch at the rear wheels, but fitted a new monoshock to help with handling. Steering is done with a set of vintage Triumph handlebars, sitting just above a Marchal headlight from a vintage rally car. To offset the searing effect the frame has on the retinas, a healthy dose of black powdercoat has been added to the wheels, forks, swingarm and other parts dotted around the bike.

The overall look of the bike is ‘anorexic motard’, where less is more, and this shows in the Suzuki GT125 fuel tank fitted, as well as the simplified electrical wiring harness. This lightness pays off though, as Blitz describes that the bike “runs like a bullet, and roars like a dragon”. It’s simplicity, thumper sound and ability to modified is what made it desirable for the build, and by dropping their usual staple of pipewrap and firestones, Blitz have shown that they can build a bike where function and fashion can coexist – and don’t it look like a hell of a lotta fun?

[Photography by Stéphane Pelletier]

  • Wind-blown

    I love Blitz. Their bikes have a tendency to shock at first sight, but the more you look at them, the more you can appreciate their design choices. They certainly have a style that is all their own.

  • knotlinks

    Beautiful pictures, but it’d be nice to see some without the blue filter. Any?

  • lee wilcox

    I am getting a smaller Yamaha dual purpose bike. I see some good ideas here.

  • Love the concept, but only like the execution. It feels more like a first time garage build than something from a professional builder. It just looks like some things were hastily cobbled together, whereas with a little more time and thought, they could play well together (e.g. the tank/seat interface, the brace plate for rear hoop to supports, the rear tail light seems like an after thought, and the color scheme is excessive and obnoxious). I do like the fact that they didn’t fall victim to building a typical supermoto, but tried for a more traditional look with supermoto functionality. I bet that bike is a hoot to fetch baguettes and cheese on.

  • arnold

    Unusual to my regular line of thinking, I would have to put a leg down at a stop light to see if I really liked this bike. If not too tall, it’s a winner.ald

    • arnold

      Except for the lack of weather protection and a seemingly raked front end.

  • Woodie

    Not sure, Looks unfinished to me. Looks like the tank has been slapped on temporarily.

  • Richard Brandt

    looks like fun, though perhaps best ridden with a cup

  • ccc40821

    The most important feature of this bike is ‘125 kg’. Personally I’d add another 3-4 kg muffler, and save weight by replacing the speedo with one from a bicycle, but otherwise it’s perfect.

  • Adam Santella

    Dunlop front and Michelin rear… like serving pepsi mixed with coke! I love it

  • Looks like it’s pretty solid, considering it can take a kick in the ass from Chuck Norris so well.

  • Mugget

    Now that’s a bit different… I bet it’s a blast to ride!

  • itsmefool

    Oh, so that’s it…it’s French! I knew there was something about this bike; I’m just not sure what it is…

  • Ryizzle

    125kg doesn’t sound believable to me for that bike.

  • Don’t like it.

  • David Cassar

    I think it looks butt ugly, but it would be hella fun to ride! 125kgs!

    • cagivarider

      150kg seem more realistic…

  • Mike B

    A Honda Ruckus in its awkward teenage years. Looks fun to ride though.

  • The DR650 is a very good basis for a custom build – air cooled, rock solid, great motor. I always wanted a DR Big, the 800cc version, only so I could have the bragging rights to the biggest thumper in town. I don’t think they made it to the US but I’ve seen some Canadian versions on ebay.

    • arnold

      Mr Manx, when you throw out Ideas like that you make me wish I got stuck in life with money instead of good looks.

      • You know, Arnold, we may be the two luckiest guys in the world.

  • Surlycamera

    I see bikes that I like and I figure there’s no point in commenting because it goes without saying. Then I see bikes I don’t like and I think, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” That said, I won’t say anything about this bike.

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  • Rémy

    the left peg is plundering ! sacré bleu !

  • pennswoodsed

    If the front of the seat were raised to match back of tank and rear of seat leveled it would look smoother and more cohesive .