The DR was bought as a rolling chassis, half arsed painted matt black with the engine in boxes and the piston and barrel in pieces. It was bought for spare parts as i was riding a Suzuki DR650 I'd bought for scrap value off a mate and had ended up making a heavy weight supermoto out of it. Any way as it happened I then bought another DR750 in Wales and it was an ex camel race bike so I checked it over and found it had a cracked piston so I rebuilt the engine out of the vast amount of spares that were gathering.
I rode it for a year or so and had been asked in a bar by a mate if I knew where his pal could get a big single for a buggy he was building for his handicapped brother. As I still had the 650 and just a few weeks earlier a workmate's brother- in- law wanted to buy the frame off me for an old CCM he had, so after a few phone calls and a couple of deals I was left with a 650 rolling chassis with trick 17 inch rims.
The original plan was to restore the Camel but it needed a lot of work so I set about getting a bike on the road so I could start the restoration. The 750 here is made out of what was left over. The only original parts are the frame, tank and front beak. Swing arm is from the 650 and the forks are 750 tops 650 bottoms with 650 springs as it sat higher with these in.
GSXR 1100 lights were fitted as the light it had was shite and at that point I was working permanent night shift so needed to see how to get to work. It was in that job I was able to use the metal shop and make a rear box set between the rear rails which could carry 12 cans of beer and a bag of ice. Also it had anchor points for two army bags and the flat top for tent etc.
I've now removed all that and went for a cut down look with a wee box for puncture kit and tools. I fitted after market rear sets to it and my mate, Dan, made the brackets for them and the headlights. He's a fabricator in Queens University and has made a few custom bikes and bits. The only way the gear selector could work was to reverse the selection so it's 1 up 5 down now and the linkage is made out of coach door gas ram.
The silencer is a cut down one from a TDM and the rack used to be the missus cooling rack out of the kitchen.
As with all projects, its never quite finished