Mike Sternick writes in:
Its a 2003 Suzuki DR650 with a few mods and it gos like stink!
Later he updated me with some build details:
Thanks for your comments.Like you said great handling bike just cluttered and a little ugly.The rear rim is a stock 17″ the front I changed to 18″ it balanced the profile and lowered it an inch.The front and rear suspension were lowered 3″ and still has 7″ of travel.I cut about 12″ off the back frame and welded a new hoop.Seat pan is stock with new foam.The tank is off an old Harley and mounted like the factory. The exhaust, side panels and head light bracket are all one off made by me.The oil cooler I remounted off the front of the frame.All the old tabs were cut and ground off to clean up the frame.The stance of the bike came out perfect and I can still lower it an inch front or rear. The motor is stock except for the pipe,jet kit and K&N filter.Tires are Scorpion A/Ts.The bike is for sale so I can start a new project over the winter.
I’m not interested in becoming a for sale site but if anyone’s interested I’ll get you Mike’s Contact info. I think it great and I’d seriously consider buying it myself but I’ve alead got a DR650 (much more stock) that I’m modding.
This looks to be an offshoot of the 70’s wide world of sports “Superbikes” events that pitted racers from all different disciplines on one track that combined road and dirt.
And before you as NO, I have no details beyond the photographs. It came from this thread on Adventure Rider.
Info gleaned from the owner in the Adventure Rider thread linked to above:
Ok, a few details, as BT guessed the swingarm and the motor are genuine Triumph, everything else is either custom built or added. The frame is 4139 Cromemoly TIG welded, the forks are KX500, CR500 single rear shock, 2 35mm Mikuni Flat slide pumper carbs, Fuel tank is hand formed aluminum 5+gal,2 sets of wheels, (street/dirt) weight is 382lbs w/o gas. Power is best described as “Beastly”!
70 HP out of a single! Hot DAMM!!
Make sure the insurance is all paid up before riding this beast..
A motard from before there was really a catagory.