Suzuki DR650 by Diamond Atelier
Street bikes are being reconfigured as dirt-bikes; it’s all about retro vibes with none of the downsides. The Suzuki DR650 by Diamond Atelier is a rare treat, outputting a scrambler vibe while going for a cool, urban look. The Munich-based shop inspired its project from a 1992 model, the very same one Diamond Atelier co-founder Tom Konecny was using on a daily basis. The Suzuki DR650 is a single slammer, full-on dirt bike, and the engine has lots of potential. This is why it’s been chosen to benefit from the custom treatment, transforming it into a super-sleek and agile racer.
Everything started with a complete strip of the original, after which the guys thought about some rare 17″ rims and Metzeler Racetec RR rubber. The suspension system was next, which meant shorter forks with new internals at the front and a modern sport bike shock for the rear-end. The frame had also to be modified, the subframe is new too, while a discreet LED tail light reminds us all this is the 21st century. The bodywork stands out, thanks to 1970s Honda headlight, the Kellermann R3 control unit discreetly hidden under the tank and the ABM-touched racing cockpit. The engine was rebuilt, the carbs rejetted, while a K&N filter and Supertrapp muffler are also part of the offering. The monochrome camo scheme is a killer, especially since it’s been applied by hand. Kudos!