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Suzuki DRZ400 Street Tracker by Purpose Built Moto
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Suzuki DRZ400 Street Tracker by Purpose Built Moto
24 Jul Custom
Sponsored by Moto Animals

The Bike had initially been bought for some off road trail riding, but after a couple years of that Tim wanted something a bit more fun on the streets, and so started the DRZ400 Street Tracker project. Its been a quick paced project for PBM, and with Tim’s help made it happen pretty smoothly.

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To begin with, they removed all the plastic and re-building the wheels. Using a set of 19” excel rims, re-laced to the stock hubs then wrapped in a set of Shinko tracker Tyres. That set the mood for the project and next steps were fitting a new classic style tank, and a radiator conversion.

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The tank was borrowed from another bike, which led to the restructuring of the radiator. The DRZ uses an ATV radiator mounted to the frame, with a few custom fabricated brackets welded on and a set of new hoses the job was done. With all the plastics removed Tim fitted up a new Honeycomb filter that grips onto the stock intake manifold.

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At this stage the DRZ400 was wheeled into the PBM workshop. They had a long list of jobs for this one biggest of all was the Custom subframe and exhaust. Doing away with the entire rear frame meant they had complete freedom on the seat section. The most difficult part was dealing with the a symmetrical lower mounting points on the Suzuki’s frame. With a few carefully placed bends and some specially fabricated mounting lugs, if we didn’t mention the subframe wasn’t symmetrical you probably wouldn’t notice.

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Built from 19mm Chromoly tubing and including some removable pillion peg mounts simplicity was the key to this one, and having enough seat room that Timmy could throw a chick on the back and go for a run up the beach if the mood striked.

On the seat section a flat brat seat was the request, with a simple tail light, fender and tail tidy set up. Using a small cut from a universal aluminium fender, our Orbit LED tail light and a set of E-marked Dome LED turn signals. The DRZ tail is minimal, functional and suits the bike perfectly. Jamason from Timeless kept with this theme and turned out an all alcantara seat with some subtle red and yellow details.

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With that done the suspension was lowered, and stiffened for a better ride on the street. The DRZ doesn’t sit as low as most Street Tracker type builds, but this was a choice from Tim to keep the bike enjoyable and comfortable to ride.

Mounting of the tank was simple, a few custom fabricated brackets, linked to the frame via some rubber insulating mounts. Finished in a gloss black with candy fade red/yellow pinstriping and a bold silver Suzuki logo all painted in by Justin at Popbang classics.

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The MX pro-taper bars have been retained from the DRZ400 trackers dirt days, and tidied up with new grips. Lighting on the front end is a 5.75” Flashpoint X-type headlight, a new release from the PBM lighting range complimented with Dome LED turn signals.

Finishing the front end was a little bit of tricky fab work. As with all dirt bikes, the DRZ was born with a high mounted plastic front fender. This meant there was no provision for a low mounted fender. Using a pair of steering damper fork clamps, and their very own Purpose Built Moto Universal fender mounting kit. Was fabricated up a super clean front fender, neatly fitted onto the new 19” wheels with a minimal of fuss.

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The final touch on the bike was the custom exhaust, a painfully simple underslung stainless steel header linked to our 41mm or 1 5/8” torpedo muffler and the job was done. The DRZ400 street tracker barks a smooth and deep note.

Sourse: Purpose Built Moto

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