Whenever we talk about all around motorcycles on The Kneeslider, the kind of bike you can ride every day no matter where you’re going, someone will mention the Suzuki DR series, a bike capable of taking on both urban streets or the occasional off road foray. The comment is usually along the lines of “someone should modify a DR” or “I was thinking about converting a DR.” Mike Sternick, on the other hand, did more than think about it, he actually did the work and the end result looks pretty good.
The DR is a single cylinder dual purpose bike and comes from the factory dressed in the usual off road garb, a look which might turn away the more street oriented rider, even though that same rider might love the bike. Hmm …, what to do.
Well, here’s what Mike says he did:
The suspension’s been lowered 3″ with a 18″ front and 17″rear rim. I used the stock seat panel and just recut the foam. Rear fender is off a trailer. Side panels were cut from sheet stock left over from another project. I’m not sure what the tank is off of, an old AMF maybe. The exhaust is one off with a two brothers muffler a friend gave me. A little loud for the neighbors but just right for me.
This street tracker still retains lots of suspension travel but sheds the off road look and dressed like this, would fit in most anywhere Mike decides to take it. It’s amazing how a few well thought out changes dramatically alter the appearance. With lots of used DRs for sale, someone might get the idea of trying this themselves.
Nice work, Mike!