Let’s get one thing straight — Scramblers are in right now, and it seems that they’ve only been garnering more attention as time marches onward. With Suzuki hailing as one of the most prominent platforms for these custom motorcycle builds, it was a bold move for Martin Shuurmans to create the new 2001 Freewind Scrambler, a client project that quickly transitioned from “simplistic concept” to “complex work of art,” with the manufacturer’s relatively unknown XF650.
The Freewind is a nimble racer that can handle virtually any type of terrain, from paved roadways, burly offroad ruts, and back alley concrete, all the way to long-distance excursions and overlanding applications. In order to retain some of the bike’s original heritage, Shuurmans decided to keep the stock set of (front) 19-inch aluminum and (rear) 17-inch spoked wheels, alongside the original round steel frame. That’s where the similarities end, however, with the inclusion of a fully overhauled and tuned engine, a fabricated subframe, hand-shaped seat, and custom aluminum fenders. The original tank was replaced with a stand-in that was yanked from an old Honda CB350 and powder coated in a refreshing yellow, black, and white — harkening Suzuki’s iconic colorway. Blue accents and lateral lines pair with an immaculate Supertrapp aluminum exhaust and Continental TKC 80 tires in a clear homage to the classic 1980 “dirt bike” aesthetic.
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