Motorcycle News - Gothamist: A Suzuki DR-Z400SM built for NYC streets
Add stylish to that shopping list, and you’ve just described this new custom from Brooklyn’s Jane Motorcycles. It’s based on a 2015 Suzuki DR-Z400SM, and it’s just perfect for the urban jungle of New York City.
This one was basically new when Jane’s customer handed it over for a makeover. The brief was simple: make it leaner and lighter, and tailor it to the owner’s 6’3” frame.
Alex from Jane collaborated with Mark from Brooklyn Moto on this build, sharing all the fabrication, mechanical and assembly work.
The concept began as a good old-fashioned hand drawing, then progressed to a Photoshop render. With the design settled, it was time to create new bodywork for the DR-Z400SM—starting with the fuel tank.
Behind it is a new seat, custom-made by Jane to sit further back than stock; another consideration for their client. The waxed cowhide upholstery was also done in-house, and everything sits on top of a custom-built subframe.
Look closely, and you’ll spot a neat little electronics tray tucked up under the seat. (You’ll also spot the original seat latch cable poking out on the left, giving quick access to the electrical bits.)
There’s some pretty slick work going on in the cockpit too. Jane started with an 8” race headlight from TrailTech, then CNC-cut an aluminum plate to sit above it. The plate acts as a dashboard, housing the ignition, a tiny Motogadget Motoscope Mini speedo and a set of LED ‘idiot’ lights.
Since the DR-Z400SM is destined for frequent urban use, practical OEM bits like the fork protectors, sump guard and exhaust heat shield are still in play. The MX-style front fender is gone though, replaced by a more svelte aluminum part.
Who else wishes we’d see more custom supermotards in this style?
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
September 6, 2018 at 12:06PM