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‘Mamba’ Suzuki DR650 – Pasquale Motors


Posted on June 20, 2016 by Andrew in Scrambler. 49 comments

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You can tell a lot about a country by what motorcycle marque the police ride. The German Polizei obviously hit the autobahn on BMW’s. The Italian Polizia stylishly chase down the mafia on their Guzzi’s. But when it comes to Colombia, the police ride the reliable dual sport Suzuki DR650 – it probably says a lot about Colombia’s mix of city and country roads. So when the guys at Garaje57 got their greasy hands on a DR650 police bike they wanted to do something completely different with it. The Pasquale brothers have been building bikes for a few years and their Dad has been working more and more with them. So because it’s a family affair, they have decided to change their name from Garaje57 to Pasquale Motors. So this DR650 is the first build under Pasquale Motors and they’ve given this thumper the name ‘Mamba’ because the pipe resembles the snake of the same name.

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We are proud to say that the build started here at Pipeburn – well, kind of. After we featured their last KTM 390 Duke, the brothers were contacted by a customer who wanted them to build something similar. “The idea was to create a minimalistic bike with a touch of classic essence, continuing with the series of the three bikes that have our interpretation of classic tanks, starting with Silver Arrow and the peanut tank,” says Esteban.

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They began by building a completely new aluminum tank based on the lines of a Honda CB750 K0 tank. “That gave us the correct balance between the tank and the frame.” says Esteban. “We made a big tank, so we had to shape inserts for the forks, to finish the tank we put our logo with a lathe 7075 aluminum cap, and topped it with a classic racing black lane. The rest was brushed and painted with a clear coat!”

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Their main goal was to create a ‘minimalistic look with a jewellery finish’ so they made sure that all the lines of the bike flowed without interruption. To achieve this, they made a new sub frame with a small triangle, leaving the back tire alone as the main protagonist and finishing the sub-frame with a short loop. Then the frame was powder coated black. “One of the bikes that inspired us for this build, was the Triumph Trophy TR6C,” he says. “But we wanted a more aggressive look, so we choose an excel 19 for the front and a wide excel 17 for the rear, that makes a perfect stance, following the same idea, we mounted the continental tkc80 to create the scrambler look.”

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One of the most iconic parts of the Triumph TRC6 is the exhaust system, so Pasquale created a unique exhaust system in stainless steel. The exhaust was made using the back purge method and has more than 70 pieces that twists and turns around the bike like a snake – hence the name Mamba was given to the bike. The exhaust has been finished with a GP style slip-on and to add the ‘Pasquale touch’ their father milled the top end of the slip-on in 7075 aluminium.

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To maintain the clean look, they made three tiny aluminum mud guards with stainless steel clamps and Papa Pasquale worked his magic again and milled the final drive cover. For the seat, the idea was to create more volume, so they went with the classic looking diamond pattern in black leather. The seat also became the perfect spot to hide all the electric system of the bike and hold the Shorai battery. The other lovely detail of the seat is the flexible tail light with an aluminum cover and a stainless steel bracket for the license plate.

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To give the bike more off-road capabilities, Pasquale created a skid plate with the same hole pattern as used on the license plate bracket. Maintaining the same design line, they also milled new foot pegs with aluminum foot brake levers, gear levers a custom aluminum side stand to give the bike the perfect rest position.

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For the front of the bike they wanted a low and minimalistic look from the rest of our bikes, so Pasquale milled by hand from a solid piece of 7075 aluminum, the triple clamp with the moto gadget on it. They also created a headlight made of stainless steel that maintains the low profile of the bike that is clamped to the triple clamp with an imperceptible round bar. To finish the bike off and give it the final touch, they made special controls in aluminum as well, that has three buttons and for the grips we used the Japanese posh waffle grips.

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Pasquale Motors have taken the stock DR650 and turned it into a tough assault scrambler. The ‘Mamba’ looks like it’s ready to attack the forest trails of Colombia, or even the urban streets of Bogotá – while looking damn good doing it.

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[Photographs by Mauricio Botero]








  • bill smith

    Yes, The detail is great, I love the exhaust with all of the individual pieces delicately welded together to become one. Very well balanced bike that looks capable of handling whatever is thrown at it.

    • Hardley T Whipsnade III

      Actually its all the details ( along with the engineering and the aesthetics ) that I find offensive from the unfinished welds right on down to the all but non-functional and no doubt highly restrictive silencer . e.g. Yet anther Pretense trumps Substance bike all in the quest of god knows what . Snowflake ‘Hipster ‘ irony ( that isn’t ironic in the slightest ) perhaps ?

      • Anyone ever tell you that you sometimes overthink things? It’s a great bike. Just go with it… 😉

        • Andrew…you’ve got patience, I’ll give ya that!

        • the watcher

          Why is it that people with nothing to say never have the good grace to shut the fuck up?

  • MayDayMoto

    Nice bike, but what’s up with that goofy looking brake line looping up for no reason?

    • Paulinator Maximus

      Having ridden a stock DR650 and other dirt bikes, the brake line has to be that long as the forks are long travel (off road) and extend quite a bit more than a road bike in both directions… You simply need the extra line length to accommodate the extra length the forks develop when unloaded. There’s no way you could hide the brake line in the bars like on a short suspended bob custom. Very nice bike, despite the traditionalists out there who can’t see past their myopic prejudices. I suspect they’ll vote for Trump.

  • Robert Henry

    The exhaust looks like something from a Dr. Sues story. The front brake line is obviously too long, and over all this is a very unpleasant bike to look at. Sorry this one just has no redeeming qualities for me to comment on.

    • 70s_italian

      Someone else that sees it. I cant wait for the end of the Dr.Suess exhaust fad!

      • Davidabl2

        First up on that might be El Solitario. With a bike named “Huevos Verdes”
        i.e. Green Eggs, in English.

    • Davidabl2

      Wow.that’s an image you can’t “un-see”. after you’ve seen it.
      I’ll bet that these guys won’t be putting another exhaust like it on their next bike.
      Not if Dr. Seuss is read in Colombia.

  • Jim Roberts

    one of the things that gets overlooked (unintentionally) on this site, i think, is where these bikes are built. i think a lot of times we’re seeing work that may be a whole lot better than we realize given the resources available to the builder. that coupled with regional/cultural cues, can produce projects that we can all have an opinion about but i think opinions should always be taken in context. this bike just looks like a competent garage build, as far as the front brake hose…have to see it with the front wheel off the ground…pipe build looks like a 1st time effort and besides, given the proximity of all that good reefer and blow and the fact that you’re in Columbia after all, it be ok

    • guvnor67

      You’re right jim, It’s easy to take things for granted, whether you’re from the UK, USA, Oz, especially with it being easy to order stuff on-line (if you have the dough). Look at some of the builds coming out of Indonesia, built with quite basic tools, in sheds the size of a Mini. Well done I say!!

  • Paul

    I have a DR600 languishing in the shed that should eventually look very similar. I’ve already got the alloy mudguards & a sweet, but tiny alloy tank off an old BSA scrambler. Just need to get off my lazy arse, so thanks for the inspiration.

  • Paul Gruodis

    I absolutely love this; finally a true scrambler. The whimsical exhaust adds character.

  • Jim Stuart

    The extended front brake line is a local fad that warns anyone thinking of messing around with the owner that a Colombia Necktie could be in their immediate future.

  • There are some design elements I might change but overall this is a bike I would love to ride, The 650DR is begging for a weight loss program and ditching the tupperware. This fills the bill.

  • The exhaust, while I realize that’s the current fad, seems like a mountain of work for no benefit. A Ti exhaust on a MotoGp bike with smooth machine welds looks awesome. Trying to copy that for no reason sans smooth welds on a pseudo scrambler? No. Plus, a 75″ header piper probably killed a bunch of ponies.

    • JayJay

      Mule, what’s the exact problem with the long brake line? It’s an hydraulic system, so even if it’s too long from an esthetic point of view, I think it works fine (although I wouldn’t fit it myself). Just trying to learn here..

      • lemieuxmc

        When it snags on a branch…

      • Large unneccesary loops in brake lines, throttle or clutch cables run the risk or getting caught on anything they come in contact with including the person riding the bike. This causes a loss of control. Danger is the key. However, being that this bike was built in Colombia, it could be difficult to source fittings to modify a brake line to the proper length or get a complete new line made. So this one gets a pass. Assuming this was a serious question.

        • JayJay

          Yes it was actually, so thanks. They did the effort of Running the excess in an area where it can’t interfere with other components.. i’ve seen worse here as well. Again thanks, didn’t think of it that way

    • the watcher

      I assume thats street bikes other than Triumphs, Mule?

      • Huh?

        • the watcher

          It referred to your previous post (re.dirt bikes/lights etc.) but seems to be listed out of synch. Should be after JayJay, notice the time. Kind of killed it dead anyway, now.
          ..

          • Having built “Some” Triumph Scramblers, I will say that at a starting weight of right at 500 lbs……you’ll notice I’m not riding one. But yes, for a totally flat, fire road photo op, they will break the tire loose, getting zero traction and flinging dirt. To the newbie to internet motorcycling, this is as impressive as hell and leads them to think that the new “Scrambler” will be a hoot in the dirt. Notice also, you will NEVER see a picture of one with the front tire skimming the ground wailing over the whoops. That would result in a violent tank-slapper and rapid disassembly of multiple small bones in the hands and clavicles from the impending doom. These observations also apply to “Scramblers” of all brands forged from heavy, weight forward streetbikes. I’m sure you know these things, but this response is for clarification to the masses.

          • A dirt worthy bike (XR650R), that stated life as a 270lb. tanker.

  • nick coop

    Looks fantastic. Very well appointed. Is that a 12/70-19 front tire?

    • nick coop

      More importantly!!..Is that a 150/70-17 Rear tire?? If so, was any adjustment required to get it to fit? Cheers big ears.

  • Andy Rappold

    As a former DR650 owner I must say that thing is beeeautiful !! I wish mine had been like that. I really dont get the bitching about the exhaust and the alu works is absolutely gorgeous. Honestly, Hardley, STFU…once in a while!

    • duh

      I keep telling you guys…there is no Hardly. That’s just Andrew or his cousin adding drama and post to the site…good for biz-niss ya know with the more posts and views you have.
      Impossible for someone to be that much of a butthole and still be walking this earth. Someone would have stuffed all his air holes with pipe wrap by now.

      • Art Kernaghan

        This is interesting conjecture. Approximately one week ago, I actually emailed Andrew and Scott regarding the character you are referring to.
        I congratulated them on the site and felt for them that they had to deal with Internet Trolls, even suggesting that it was a question of the psychological stability of the offending poster, more than lack of emotional maturity and that the person should be held accountable for their behaviour.
        They never replied, at least, as of yet…

        • the watcher

          HTW is an annoying twit (if he exists) but cyber-analysis on a custom bike site? Back to your ivory tower, AK; “Internet Trolls” – Christ alive, if Hardley aggravates me I’ll “fight my own battle”, thanks. Sticks and stones, man, sticks and stones.

          • duh (not my real name)

            Like they say…bad publicity is good publicity. The more controversy the more posts you get. The more web traffic you get, the more advertisers you get. The more advertisers, the more $!!
            And it does add some fun to have an antagonist in the midst.

          • Art Kernaghan

            Indeed, I fear that you are right.
            As well, I do understand the enjoyable rapport that can develop in online “communities” and the stir that shit disturbers can create but sometimes, enough is enough.
            It is one thing, if site management tolerates a certain level of shit behaviour but if it is promoted on the sly, that is pretty ugly.
            Who knows…

          • Art Kernaghan

            I posted what I posted because I am appalled by galling, immature behaviour and aggressive, incendiary language, of all types and the resultant toxic environments they create, in website comment sections.
            This is something for me to be mindful of and perhaps others, as well, should they be so reflective.
            It is as simple as that.
            Your directive towards me was unnecessary and unfortunate.

          • the watcher

            I simply disagree utterly with all you say. To call my comment “unnneccesary and unfortunate” is exactly the patronising, know-it-all, mealy-mouthed clap-trap I was referring to, and believe me, I’ve given it just as much thought as you. BTW, nobody wants nor needs your arrogant permission to build up whatever sort of discourse they fucking well like. Unneccesary and unfortunate? Indeed you are Arty.

          • Art Kernaghan

            Well, my intentions were to be sincere and humble, despite anything you might say.
            Being tough sounding on an internet post is ridiculous–vulgarity and umbrage from safe and anonymous confines. Is that as good as it gets?
            Never mind with a response, as it won’t be read.

  • What’s the front fork travel on a DR? Front brake line probably needs to be that long. The exhaust does nothing for me but I respect the work that went into it. Nice work gents.

  • the watcher

    The exhaust looks silly and out of place, the brake line is a tad incomprehensible, but what does my box again and again with this style of build: a 300 fucking quid speedo! Mental (on EVERY level). Apart from that, I like it; not original or top-notch, just a good, fun use of an old DR.

  • Paul M. Fenn

    Assuming the other sensory concerns were well looked after, this looks like all I’d need to make my visit to Columbia complete.

    • Joseph Schutmaat

      Unless you’re planning on visiting the canadian province, I think you meant to say “Colombia”, not “Columbia”.

      • Juan-José Higuera

        colômbia, kolumbien, columbia, colombia, Kolombio, kolumbia… it doesn´t matter…

  • the watcher

    So, Columbian police use DR650s eh? Probably says quite a lot about how hard they’re actually trying to catch the local ne’er-do-wells. They probably don’t have crime in Columbia? But seriously, the more I look the better it gets (daft exhaust aside); they made their own switchgear, how nice is that?

    • Joseph Schutmaat

      *sigh*

      It’s Colombia, not Columbia.

  • Eric

    I really like this. It isn’t perfect, but that’s part of it’s charm. I really appreciate that they made their own tank, and the machined bits are nicely made. Not a huge fan of the tailpipe, but that’s about the only thing I’d change. Great job, guys!

  • Martin Prieto M

    I have a DR 650, I leave in Colombia (Medellín) and that’s how I wanna build my bike! That’s awesome!!

  • ShS

    Lavoro eseguito a regola d’arte.

  • jpchiesa

    I’m a custom Harley owner and I’m saying this is a great looking bike! I wouldn’t mind owning one!