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)
OK it looks like we’ll be in good shape. I’ve sent out 4 invitations to some very qualified enthusiasts/experts who will hopefully manage to get logged in without too much trouble. Gent’s if there’s any problems with the procedure let me know and I’ll get right on it. I’m actually a bit excited about this. New input and points of view might just be what this place needs right now. If you get a chance do and “Intorductory” post of some sort. Nothing too long just a quick hello should do it.
Thanks VERY much for all your help Gents! It’s VERY much appreciated.
Since I’m pulling back from posting (for more reasons than I can list here) I am going to start asking for contributors. I’ve already sent out 2 invitations to some well qualified regulars so I thought I’d see if anyone else is interested in authorship rights to the blog. It’s one step below admin rights so you can post away but you can’t accidentally blow anything up. This way I can still do the “housekeeping” if necessary where spam etc is concerned..
I’m familiar with who the regulars are but don’t let that stop you. If you think you can make decent contributions from time to time (it does NOT have to be every day) of interesting bikes (please follow the generally recognized rules of attribution etc) then let me know. I don’t intend to be a tyrant or anything but let’s please keep it motorcycle related and as original as possible as much as possible.
I’ve got way too many projects, hobbies and work going on on top of the single dad thing so I’m down until further notice. Sorry everyone it’s just the way it is.