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Scandinavian Slayer: A slick Suzuki SV650 from Finland

The Suzuki SV650 will go down in historical past as probably the greatest bang-for-buck bikes ever made. The ‘poor man’s Monster’ will get continuous reward for being dependable, enjoyable and cheap, even when it’s a little aesthetically uninteresting. It’s such a perennial favourite actually, that when Suzuki tried to interchange it with the ill-fated Gladius, they finally needed to deliver it again.

Regardless of this, the SV650 will not be a motorbike that pops up on the {custom} scene too typically—which is one thing that Antti Eloheimo has seen. “I’ve all the time preferred the beefy trellis body,” he says, “however I haven’t seen well-executed road trackers constructed from this extremely popular bike.”

Antti’s primarily based within the higher metropolitan space of Helsinki, with a background in industrial and automotive design. He’s designed every thing from watches and knives to sports activities gear, however most of his business work now could be digital stuff. That is the second {custom} motorbike construct out of his small storage workshop, the place he works after hours beneath the identify Stoker Bikes.

Antti constructed up the 2000-model SV650 as a each day rider for him “to slip round right here and there.” It’s not solely razor sharp with a flawless stance, but in addition a textbook instance of Scandinavian minimalism.

This can be a deceptively intelligent construct. To restyle the SV650, Antti first repurposed the OEM gas tank as a hidden gas cell, by reducing and shutting it to shrink it. He additionally lowered it, and modified the underside to offer the airbox extra room to breathe.

The reworked tank now sits beneath a tracker-style physique, hand formed out of fiberglass. Because of a two-tone paint job and a seam close to the center it seems to be like two items—nevertheless it’s truly one.

“The toughest factor within the design,” Antti tells us, “was to get the curve from the highest of the tank to the tail to be as shallow as potential with out rising the seat top an excessive amount of.”

“A rider wants to have the ability to transfer weight ahead to maintain the entrance tire weighted on corners, and have room to maneuver again on the straights. And nailing this line meant that aesthetically the bike seems to be balanced, like a great tracker ought to.”

Up prime is a racing foam seat pad, and out again is the smallest potential road authorized LED taillight. A pair of 3D printed intakes helps direct airflow upfront, with further venting channels working via the tailpiece. The engine’s rear cylinder and the rebuilt subframe now conceal behind a pair of aluminum aspect panels.

There’s extra metalwork beneath the tail, with a neat aluminum blank-off plate to maintain muck off the repackaged electronics.

Antti fabricated an aluminum stomach pan too—not solely to tie the design collectively, but in addition to guard the entrance spark plug from spray from the entrance tire. It’s completed off with a 3D printed grill in entrance, and there are 3D printed radiator covers greater up.

He stored the SV’s 17” wheels, however added wheel covers and wrapped them in Michelin supermoto tires. The entrance forks are inventory, however they’ve been lowered, and upgraded with new internals and preload adjusters. The rear shock’s been scalped from a Kawasaki ZX-10R, and the bike now sits a few inches decrease than inventory.

Different add-ons embrace fork protectors, braided stainless-steel hoses and tighter gearing. Antti relocated the foot pegs to take a seat additional ahead, and put in pullback risers and outsized Neken Jared Mees duplicate flat observe bars. The throttle’s a DIY ‘fast throttle’ setup.

The quantity boards are {custom}, however Antti’s designed the bodywork to look simply nearly as good with out them. There’s a projector poking out the entrance board, with Motogadget flip indicators all-round, and a Motogadget speedo. A pair of off-the-shelf titanium mufflers provides the ultimate contact; they’re mated to the headers through a custom-made Y-connector.

Antti dealt with the slick white and silver paint himself, topping it off with race numbers and mock AMA stickers. “I really like all types of race automobile aesthetics,” he says. “The race numbers, sponsor stickers, and no-nonsense approach of constructing radical machines that go quick.”

“However what race bikes usually are not, is snug for on a regular basis use. And I needed to construct one thing straightforward and enjoyable, that doesn’t damage your physique after a couple of kilometers. The saddle seems to be arduous however is definitely fairly snug to take a seat on—or it may be that I’ve bought used to highway racing foam seats!”

We’re not satisfied concerning the seat being snug, however one factor’s for positive: this road tracker seems to be hella enjoyable. Extra SV650 customs like this one, please.

Stoker Bikes | Instagram | Pictures by Iiro Muttilainen

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