Sometimes a mechanic can look at a bike and find inspiration where few others do. Darrick Bartley did just that when he took on the task of redesigning his 1996 Suzuki Bandit 600s. The Washington State native’s goal from the outset of this project was to turn his otherwise chunky bodied 1990’s era Suzuki into something that was stripped down and agile, with a modern aesthetic.
This wasn’t a small job, Darrick ended up doing away with nearly 1/3rd of the bike’s frame and got rid of all components except for the engine and tank. With the help of Rob Hancock of Flipside Customs, he threw on a Ducati Monster tail end of the bike, replaced the swingarm with a single-sided one from a Honda NT650 and bolted on a Showa Monoshock from a Triumph Speed. For some finishing touches, Bartley and his buddy Steve Marks painted the bike with Audi’s Nardo Grey, and threw some orange highlights on the spring and brake calipers. The finished product looks damn good, and we wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing more modified Suzuki Bandits. [Via]