Scrambler Suzuki DR650 by Parr Motorcycles
Scrambler Suzuki DR650 by Parr Motorcycles
14 Jul 2020 Custom
Sponsored by Moto Animals

Spencer Parr of Parr Motorcycles, Indiana, transformed a 2012 DR650 into an urban scrambler, combining classic retro style with modern reliability and performance.


In his one man shop, Parr stripped down the DR and rebuilt the subframe - no surprises there. The minimalist subframe now exposes the Race Spring equipped Cogent shock absorber and foam air filter, helping to give the bike a classic retro feel. Cunningly, Parr tucked the all the electronics under the seat pan which gives the rear of the bike a clean, uncluttered aesthetic.


The front end is lifted from a 2007 RMZ450 with the internals being replaced with Racetech springs. Also, a Scott’s steering damper was squeezed in above the forks to improve stability.


The 644cc single-cylinder thumper was near mint (clocking only 3000 miles) so it didn't need any internal work, but to improve fueling Parr fitted a Keihin FCR39 carb. He also fabricated an intricate polished exhaust pipe that works its way through the frame and exits just above the rear fender.


“Since retro builds seem to be my thing, the design concept for this bike comes from a ‘70s Suzuki TS,” said Parr.

The TS series (see above) was Suzuki’s first dual-sport aimed at the masses, and it’s clear to see how its 1973 to 1975 colour scheme provided the inspiration for Parr’s latest DR build.

With the classic paint scheme comes a modern LED headlight and turn signals, and a Motogadget mini gauge fixed to BRP risers, with the bike sitting on Shinko 705 tires and Warp 9 Racing wheels. The large 19” front wheel and 17” rear give the DR a legitimate scrambler stance.

Major Parts:

  • Wheels- Warp 9 Racing (17×4.25, 19×2.15)
  • Tires- Shinko 705’s
  • Suspension- Rebuilt 07 RMZ450 forks and a Cogent rear shock with racetech spring
  • Speedo- Motogadget Motoscope mini
  • Ignition- Motogadget MLock
  • Tank/Fenders- 78 Suzuki TS250 Tank, 73-75 Suzuki TM fenders
  • Exhaust- FMF powerbomb header, I made the tailpipe.
  • Carb- 04 Yamaha YFZ450 Carb rebuilt for DR
  • Steering Damper- Scotts
  • Headlight- KC LED off road light
  • Taillight- Purpose Built Moto Orbit LED Taillight

Original Source [visordown][Parr Motorcycles]

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