Anyone who has ever built or customized a motorcycle knows this: if it looks really good it doesn’t ride well and if it rides well it mostly looks like a rolling compromise. We are ready to sacrifice all of the comfort and most of the handling but at one point your rolling compromise turns simply into a bike that rides like shit.
But if all Custom bikes out there were to be measured on their handling, magazines and websites like this one would be sparsely populated. Every custom magazine features straight-line-and-no-bend Choppers and Bobbers. Think about the Hot-Rods, the air-cooled Volkswagens or the glitzy Boy-Racers unable to cope with a sleeping policeman. But again and again people are nagging about handling of presented bikes and tend to forget that custom motorcycles are, in some ways, meant to display its builder’s creativity and skills. And most of the bikes presented in magazines, blogs or websites serve as idea generators for some bloke’s project in the shed. And some day, the big players start to take notice and shove out bikes inspired by custom builds.
Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder don’t even try to conceal their function-follows-form-approach to custom builds. Since these guys ride their bikes solely in urban areas it goes without saying that the good looks of the bike parked in front of a bar comes way before its ability to handle a twisty road.
So off the beaten track seems to be the best description to fit their latest build. Instead of fitting long shocks and knobbly tires on road going bikes, they both decide to do it the other way around by pushing a 92 Suzuki DR 650 with might and main as close as possible to the tarmac.
First, they fit 17 inch rims to the stock hubs. This, along with a shortened front fork, new springs and a short mono-shock at the back, leads to a significant lowering of the bike. A set of Metzeler Racetec RR’s clearly point out the direction towards where the Suzuki goes.
The frame has to undergo major alterations so a new back frame with an integrated tail light is fitted and covered with a handmade tail and leather-seat combo.
The tank originates from a 70’s Honda and hides a Kellermann R3 unit fitted to reduce wiring and control a tiny Motogadget speedo and turn signals.
Clip-ons, levers, controls and rear-sets from CNC specialist ABM complete the new, sporty focus of the initial dirt-thumper.
The engine gets a complete overhaul, the carbs are re-jetted to work with the K&N filter and a fabricated header leads the gases to a Supertrapp muffler.
To finish, the bike gets a simple yet astonishing black camouflage livery framed by a hand-applied electric blue line. This paint job, along with the handmade front mask, makes for a very technoid appearance.
So now, after looking at these pictures, what do you think? Should we smite the DA#5 named Suzuki DR for its lack of handling or should we like it for its looks and its ideas? It’s up to you.
You might want to take a little look here, at Diamond Atelier’s website, and see more of their bikes. Or, if you’re eager to get attention in front of your favorite bar, let me tell you that the DA#5 is up for sale.
Photos: Philipp Wulk