As I mentioned in previous articles, the most interesting and crazy project often come from the small shops. Today I’m introducing to you the Derringer, a fantastic custom made by Suzuki san, owner and boss of Grease, a small custom shop located right next to Zero Figher, a clothes shop and design maker we spoke of in previous articles (Aireal FR-S). It’s a small world and good people attract good people.
I wanted to shoot this motorcycle for a long while and I gave you guys a sneak peak at it on the Joints event coverage but it’s time to take a closer look at this machine.
Suzuki-san custom made a special frame for the 1980 Yamaha. He usually offers a similar frame type for Sportster engines and sells full custom motorcycle in this configuration. However, this time, he decided to use an old SR500, a famous one-cylinder bike made by Yamaha as a base for his own bike as he wanted to keep it small and light.
Considering the work done on this machine, it’s easy to understand that almost everything was fabricated and tailormade.
Suzuki san fabricated the frame in 2015 and incorporated plunger suspension and a classic springer front fork for the retro look.
The handlebar reduced to its simplest form with wiring hidden within as well as throttle cables. The grips are made from wood and the brass levers, foot pegs and other controls, along with all the piping replaced by hard brass tubing give a unique steam punk look to this incredible machine.
The moto gadget retro meter fusions perfectly with the rest of the bike and is probably the only part of the motorcycle that was not a one-off build.
The specially made fuel tank and other elements were painted by Coboo, a very famous motorcycle painter also located in Nagoya. You will hear from them soon as they just released a very special Breakout in collaboration with Harley-Davidson Nagoya.
The dark marbled green color gives the absolute perfect touch to this bike and the contrast with the black frame and brass elements is spot on.
The super short single pipe gives the typical “pat-pat-pat-pat” sound of the SR but it is really loud.
Let’s now take a look at the power unit. Suzuki san completely rebuilt this engine, using the lower part of the XT500, a motorcycle known for off road use. He kept the pistons and connecting rods form the XT but used the case and head from the SR. ST-1 cams were installed as well.
The different levers on the bike were all hand made from wood as you can see on the decompressor mechanism.
And old pistol was used for the shift stick and you can change gears either by hand or foot on this bike.
The front brake mechanism is probably one of the coolest features of this motorcycle. Replacing the typical wire by a double pulley system with a golden chain, matching the main transmission place, Suzuki made this motorcycle a beautiful, steam punk machine that looks gorgeous and mean at the same time.
I could go on and on about every single detail because every time I looked at this bike, I discovered something new.
Some machines, cars or motorcycle will simple catch your eye, some might even touch you. For me, knowing the builder, this SR is just fantastic. Something Suzuki san thought of, pulled out of his mind and made a reality, putting his inspiration in and eventually delivered a masterpiece.