Max and Erica Droog — the husband and wife team behind Droog Moto — have quickly become one of our favorite builders. Their signature style seems to fuse the desert sled heritage of the American past with the industrial steel and rust of an apocalyptic future. The result is a stable of machines whose creators are unmistakable — a rare feat in the sea of customs out there.
Now the duo is back with a Suzuki Savage scrambler. Few builders might regard this entry-level cruiser as an ideal platform for a custom scrambler, but Droog Moto has a history of modifying unexpected machines. Below, we get the full story on the build.
Suzuki Savage Scrambler: In the Builder’s Words
We set out to find a donor bike to make our next build truly unique. We had the Suzuki Savage on our radar for a while to do a build out of, as we haven’t seen anyone transform the Savage as we wanted. We eventually found one in Seattle and picked it up and immediately began the build process.
Before even getting the bike we had ideas of what to do and what route we wanted to take this one. We started first by completely stripping everything down to frame and motor and swapped out the short dual rear shocks for a taller mono shock setup. A new subframe came to follow with that to take you from cruiser to a more upright riding position.
The original tank was a no-go on this as we wanted a small slim line tank. We chose the DT-175 tank for this build to keep it small but usable. We ditched the low hanging exhaust and fabbed up a hi-mount scrambler style along with a custom heat shield.
The front end was re-done with forks from a GSXR 750. The tracker plate was handmade to give the Savage a beefy aggressive look, along with a 4 pod LED headlight tucked into a housing and small front fender. The rear wheel was swapped out from the 15” to a 16” wheel from an old Suzuki GS model. We then built aluminum wheel inserts that were bolt into the wheels along with some chunky enduro style tires.
The motor was gone through and we fixed the infamous cam chain adjust issue and replaced all necessary seals and gaskets. We added a little rock shield on the frame to give the motor a little protection. The frame was de-tabbed and we added new mount points for the controls as we had to move them from forward controls to mid style. The belt and pulleys were ditched and we installed a chain and sprocket setup, which is a must for this build.
We then installed a set of 1 1/8” fat bars, Biltwell Torker Grips and a small analog style speedo. We wanted to turn this Savage into a burly looking build that really shows people what Droog Moto is all about!
Rare sighting also to see some color on one of our builds from the tank vent line 🙂 This build is up for grabs too! Send us an email to inquire!
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