How Street Chop­per does a Suzuki S40

Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: JEFF G. HOLT PHO­TOS: JOHN ZAMORA

Back in 2014 I was ap­proached by the Suzuki Cor­po­ra­tion about part­ner­ing with the com­pany on a build of its S40, bet­ter known to most of you as the Suzuki Sav­age. Suzuki has been pro­duc­ing this ma­chine in one form or an­other since 1986. This par­tic­u­lar model sin­gle- cylin­der thumper has seen all sorts of cus­tomiza­tion from fabri­ca­tors on all four cor­ners of the globe. The S40 has got­ten so pop­u­lar that com­pa­nies like Ryca in Whit­tier, Cal­i­for­nia, man­u­fac­tures parts and kits that turn an S40 into a killer lit­tle Bobber, Tracker, or cus­tom mo­tor­cy­cle re­pur­posed for tear­ing up the streets.

When we re­ceived the bike from Suzuki the only man­date it had was to not cut the frame. Well, that lasted about a day un­til we went over to see our pal Ryan Ra­jew­ski of the afore­men­tioned Ryca and picked up some of its parts that re­quired some chop­ping. Then it was on!

Our pal Dave of Davey’s Weld­ing fur­ther chopped the frame to get the Biltwell seat pan and Low­brow Cus­toms’ peanut tank and ribbed fen­der to fit and look good on the frame. Davey also in­stalled the Ryca bat­tery box, Biltwell muf­fler, and other items that needed at­ten­tion with a torch.

The bike was then taken over to Jim Ii­ams of IMZZ Elite where he painted the sheet metal the per­fect shade of early ’80s Suzuki RM dirt bike yel­low. I sourced a set of orig­i­nal 1981 RM465 de­cals, and Jim used the var­ied blue stripe sec­tion on the tank. Jim also made a set of cus­tom rear shock struts that look sim­i­lar to a set of ’80s BMX cranks. From there I in­stalled a set of 1-inch Pangea Speed At­las han­dle­bars cut to ac­cept an in­ter­nal throt­tle cou­pled with a set of Biltwell ris­ers. The bike then had a Ryca Chain Drive kit and num­ber plate with hid­den LED light in­stalled along with a set of 7/8 -inch dirt bike grips fin­ish­ing off the “Street Rip­per” look of the bike.

It took a cou­ple of years to get it done, but as you can see we trans­formed the shit out of this ugly met­ric duck­ling. And hav­ing su­per-hot Jen­nifer Irene draped over it doesn’t re­ally hurt the looks of it either, huh? SC

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