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RACING INSPIRED V-STROM 650XT | DREAM CUSTOM BUILD

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The SR75 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT next to a stock V-Strom
One of these things is not like the other

Everytime someone builds a custom V-Strom we have to get the drool shirt out because they almost always look wicked but we know we’ll probably not get anywhere near it.

And so, we’re confined to looking upon single builds with loving eyes and wishing for a better future, where all sausage rolls have quality pastry, someone explains Blade Runner 2049 to me and Suzuki hits the moto world with a V-Strom offroad build that blows our minds.

Of these three things, there is less of a chance I’ll ever understand Blade Runner.

SR75 V-STROM 650XT

SR75 World Team is a UK-based racing company that competes in multiple disciplines from supercross, motocross and enduro to beach racing. They ride Suzuki’s RMZ range but took some time away from the tracks to build a dream V-Strom 650XT.

Now, the 650XT is a fantastic motorcycle in its own right. It’s reliable and incredibly versatile but has fairly hard limits when it comes to pushing it offroad.

But it’s also not a million miles away from being outstanding on the dirt. Known to be durable and to have a great engine, it begs for a new set of suspension and a 21/18-inch wheelset to truly bust free.

SR75 went straight to work replacing the standard wheels with a 21/18 set with Envy hubs. These were paired to suspension that was upgraded and raised in-house.

The guys used bar risers to help accommodate the same Renthal bars found on their RMZ race bikes and fitted footpegs again taken from the RMZ and slightly modified to fit the V-Strom.

Motoseat reshaped and recovered the standard seat while Pirelli tyres took care of the rubber side of things.

A striking, custom FMF titanium pipe is raised above the level of the original and no doubt sounds like a beast.

SR75 team owner, Geoff Walker, said, “Getting to grips with the V-Strom was really exciting and it made an interesting project. Away from the race bikes, we’ve turned our hands to a few projects in the past, but normally they’re older RM and RM-Z models, so this was something a bit different.

“The standard bike is obviously a very good, very capable mile-munching middleweight adventure bike, but we’ve just improved it in certain areas and given it a more off-road focus through our expertise.

“The Envy wheelset is a work of art, truly, and is absolutely bespoke to this build, and the whole look is only completed through the fine work of the crew at GP Grafix who have done an amazing job. It’s been a real team effort by our team and all of our technical partners.

“With the taller, tougher stance, the modifications to the seat, pegs, and ‘bars and heavy-duty crash protection, it’s going to be a proper thing off-road, and we’ve got some big plans to do some cool things with it this summer. And for any V-Strom owners looking to recreate or take inspiration, we’d be happy to help with parts and share our know-how.”