Suzuki DR-Z400 Scrambler – BikeBound

A Dwelling-built Scrambler from Atelier Adrenalin x @Bikerchicksgram

Launched in 2000, the Suzuki DR-Z400 shortly gained one thing of a cult following. On paper, the specs weren’t probably the most spectacular, however the liquid-cooled middleweight dual-sport proved itself to legions of riders:

“The Suzuki DR-Z400 was an awesome bike. It had a beautiful engine matched with a so-so chassis — and lived with a slight weight downside. However as they typically say, its sum was higher than its elements, and it supplied loads of bang for buck.” –Rust Sports activities

Not too long ago, we heard from Fleur and Casper Meurs of Atelier Adrenalin x @Bikerchicksgram. On their first date, Casper let Fleur experience a motorbike by herself for the primary time…and the remaining was historical past!


Quickly they had been searching for a motorbike for Fleur. They in contrast a number of fashions, searching for a machine that would deal with the enduro / off-roading that Casper loves a lot, and be constructed to have a extra traditional search for driving with pals of their classic bike membership.

Regardless of the pandemic restrictions, they sneaked simply over the border to import a low mileage, mint situation 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400 twin sport within the E mannequin. The bike already had extra efficiency than the usual mannequin due to a 39mm Keihin FCR carb, aggressive cams, and solely 119 kg dry weight with 48 hp on faucet. The bike was made avenue authorized once more to obtain its license plates earlier than beginning the scrambler construct.


They already had loads of inspiration for the construct from posting greater than a thousand bikes and feminine riders on their Instagram web page @bikerchicksgram, which has grown to +100k followers. However as first-time bike builders, they quickly found the challenges they’d face to realize the specified look.


They began the construct exterior throughout summer time, however the bike was moved to the lounge when it started to get chilly, the place the undertaking proceeded all winter lengthy. With each Casper and Fleur working in on-line style and advertising and marketing, they had been blissful to spend a lot time without work their screens on most evenings and weekends.

Quickly they found the construct was far more difficult than merely ditching the plastic bodywork. The unique radiator mounts didn’t go away room for the gasoline tank from xlmoto. After a while puzzling it out, and even contemplating reducing the tank, they discovered the answer by creating relocation brackets and twisting the coolant tubes, whereas sustaining most steering lock. The radiators are protected against entrance and aspect impacts by metal brackets and shields. The inventory overflow reservoir was eliminated and changed with a clear tube behind the radiator.


They welded three new brackets for the tank on the body. Hidden beneath are the relocated CDI, fuses, and management unit from Elektronikbox.


They lower the aluminum subframe and reshaped it with custom-sized tubing from Cacko Storage, welded by body specialist BZS Racing Elements. The result’s 250mm / 10 inches of wheel journey. The seat pan was created with {a partially} cut-out area to relocate a brand new 5Ah Lithium battery from Tremendous B to go together with the suitable stator and rectifier from Rick’s Electrics


The high-quality oxblood leather-based seat from Miller Seats added much more consolation. Beneath, the unique air field was saved for actual off-roading, resembling TET routes. It partially holds the battery with out affecting the three×3-inch influx to the Funnelweb air filter with Vrooam pink oil.


The plexiglas panels had been measured, 3D modeled, and produced to measurement. The subframe bag from Kappa Moto is simply sufficiently big to suit the alarm chain lock from Oxford Merchandise. It was mounted on the similar top as the brand new muffler. In comparison with the unique exhaust and battery, this additionally diminished the load by a few kilograms. 


Then brackets had been created for the brand new headlight, speedometer, blinkers, fenders, and muffler. In complete, over 30 wires run via the handlebar.


The push-button controls are from Rebelmoto with pink LEDs and electrical heating pads beneath the pink grips. 

The gasoline tank, fenders, and radiator protect obtained six layers of recent paint from bike artist Santin Lensen. The look was deliberate to be clear — let the mud splashes be the offroad paintings. Fleur designed the DRZ tank emblem, which was created by our pals Joyride Motocamp — and it now additionally stands for “Soiled Pink Zuki.”

The unique wheels had been wrapped in Mitas E-10 (off)highway tires. 


The result’s a enjoyable experience which Fleur makes use of as a day by day commuter. She additionally joins Casper on his enduro journeys via singletrack forest routes, inexperienced lanes, and off-road parks. She says the bike’s energy brings the entrance up or lets the rear step out in a clean method. It feels gentle and has nimble dealing with each on- and off-road.

If you happen to ever come to The Netherlands, Casper and Fleur are keen to indicate you the (unpaved) routes all the way in which to the Belgium border. Movies of the bike working off-road might be seen right here:

Builder Thanks


Comply with the Builders

Atelier Adrenalin: @atelieradrenalin
BCG: @bikerchicksgram
Soiled Pink Zuki: @dirtyredzuki400