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Custom Suzuki DR 800 Big

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

Volker Schmidt’s custom conversion of a DR 800 Big grabbed our attention and held it for a good while. We Yankees seldom see even the stock version of the “big” Suzuki enduro, so it was cool to see such a twist on what is already an intriguing bike. Read on to see what inspired this unique German build.

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

Volker says he thought the big single-cylinder “deserved better than to toil in an obese enduro.” After some adjustments, he fitted a 12-liter Yamaha SR 500 tank and added the cafe racer seat (which also required various adjustments). The black supermoto wheels really set it off. Its 3.5 x 17 front rim is shod with a 120 tire and the 4.5 x 17 rear rim with a 150 tire. Most cables have been painstakingly hidden after a completely new approach to the lights and signals.

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An example of a stock DR Big.

A new brace was added to the forks, which were upgraded with Wilbers springs. (Those legs go alll the way up.) We wish we could hear the thumpy tune of its new stainless steel exhaust. Volker says the bike weighs in at 170Kg (approx 375lbs), making it a blast on the nearby winding country roads.

“All in all, it takes a little brain power to fit everything together, but I’m happy with the result.”

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

If you’re wondering about its name, it was inspired by a Japanese auto parts supplier which, Volker opines, “the name suits the bike.” The frame from the above build is from a 750 and the motor was taken from an 800 (Suzuki made two variations, a 750 and an 800 S).

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

If you think this custom is cool, how ’bout another one? Yep, he actually built another DR Big that retains more of its enduro roots (below). Both bikes are garage-built – in his garage.

Suzuki DR 800 Big Customs

Volker explains, “I live in a gentle hill country (Oppenheim, near Frankfurt) with many vineyards and small roads. Here you can use both bikes.” We’re sure it’s nice to have a couple of these beasts to choose from. Both bikes use the 779cc powerplant of the DR 800, putting out over 50HP.

Suzuki DR 800 Big Custom

It’s great to see a new spin on something that maintains a high level of functional fun. Sure, the stock Big is neat with all its angular plastic, but we like where Volker’s vision led him. Which one would you choose to rip up the backroads?

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Wow! They’re beautiful machines! Makes my adventure DR650 look small though, seeing the picture of the stock Big.. Always glad to see the DR being utilised for purposes other than trail and endurance 🙂

  2. Hi, I love the green enduro version so much that I just bought a 1992 model to try and make one for myself. Any way I could ask you some technical questions? I live in Brittany on the West coast of France.

    Hope to hear from you

    Charles

  3. Beautiful bikes!!I like more the second bike.Looks amazing..At the moment I am looking for donor for my conversion.Chosing between nx 650,dr 650 or dr 800 wchich I like the most.Just would like to ask from what bike did you use fuel tank for your conversion?Thank you!

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