All photos courtesy of freelancethink.blogspot.com
Volker Schmidt lost 40 kilos (88 pounds) and so can you! Starting with a Suzuki Dr650, Volker Schmidt began removing everything not essential and using lightened versions of essential pieces. Power was increased with the addition of a 750cc engine and a Devil exhaust. Handling was improved with the help of Wilbers springs cushioning 17-inch rims. A steel-braided brake lines and a wavy rotor improve braking feedback and a cafe style seat means being able to handle the engine vibration feedback for many miles.
Volker’s bike lost 40 kilos on the remove-what-you-don’t-need-and-replace-what you-can-afford-to-diet and all he gained was jealous stares from his Wiesbaden, Germany neighbors. Lose weight, don’t wait.
Suzuki DR750 Engine and frame
Wavy front rotor
Cafe racer-style seat
Yamaha SR500 gas tank-12 liters (3 gallons)
3.5 x 17 x 120 Front
4.5 x 17 x 150 Rear
Ha, my moment of fame! It’s a great honor for me to be a guest blogger for MPOTD. So who am I? Well, I am still trying to find that out, but I’ll share some facts; the name is Ton Stam, 38 years old, and I live in the beautiful Netherlands. I have built a couple of custom bikes, ranging from streetfighters to scramblers. Nowadays I have a weakness for customized oldies, but I still LOVE modern bikes that have been changed into something more personal.
Now for some hardware, this is my home-built Wrenchmonkees-inspired (can you tell 🙂 ) Z750 Twin, which I sold this summer to make room for some new projects. Was (and still is hopefully) a blast to ride! The action pics were taken by Michiel de Molenaar of shedbuiltbikes.com, thanks again Michiel!
Looking forward to share loads of nice rides, so keep ‘m coming!!
Ron’s a regular contributor so I have to post this sweet sweet build of his before I get back to making little rocks out of big rocks.
My latest following the garage built orange Zephyr 1100 you posted earlier this year. Thought I would go for a different approach this time with a back breaking hard tail. The motor is from a 96 XLH1200, one of the ugliest bikes out there, but loved by some probably, so no offence intended. This was rebuilt with new gaskets etc and brass plating, then grafted into a goose neck hard tail. The rest is as you see it, pretty minimalist but functional and she pulls lovely. I was after a bike that wouldn’t look out of place next to a 50’s Chevy pick up. This is how a 50’s hot rod bike should look in my eyes. Hope you approve :o)