The team at Droog Moto have a knack for designing bikes with a unique flavour. The bulky tyres, the dark colour schemes and the overall ominous looks of their bikes are clear trademarks of the Washington team. The owners first name ‘Max’ is well deserved and fits the image of the builds perfectly. We are sure Mel Gibson will agree.
The pictures of the Hayabusa grabbed us by the throat when they came up on screen. The Suzuki is an impressive bike even in its original condition. But spiced up to the Max, it just growls everyone who dares pulling up to it into a traffic light sprint.
They lose. Suzi is Boss.
Bikes with an extended swing arm are great for going straight, but you normally you will sacrifice agility. But choices were invented enabling us to make them. If you want to stand out from the crowd, this is a perfect option.
When you look at the Busa from the right side, you will notice the extended arm, but it is still well in proportion with the overall design. It is the chain on the left side which underlines the length of the rear section. But again it fits like a heavy necklace on a beefy rapper.
Once upon a time
According to the builder this story starts when they had a client reach out to them who recently came across the DM-014 Z1000 beast Droog built a while back. Max explains: “He had brought up the thought of building a Hayabusa. It never really crossed our minds too much to take on a Hayabusa as a donor bike but we agreed to build one big bike. Fast forward a bit and we had a Hayabusa on one of our lifts waiting to go under the knife.”
High plains Drifter
After a brief game plan the team set out on their destination, to build the 1300 Drifter.
The wrencher brought out his big guns and removed all unneeded bulky items. The only thing left really was the engine, frame and tank.
The stock swing arm and subframe were taken off too and Droog fabricated new ones to suite the build style. A massive 8.5” rear rim was put in place along with a new custom swing arm to accept the 240mm rear tyre. The swing arm also had an approximate 6 cm extension over stock as well. The rear shock was swapped out with a custom unit for the client’s specs.
Max continues: “The new subframe housed most of the electronics and conceals our DM style sleek and stealthy tail light setup keeping lines clean and clutter out of sight. We then made a new seat that was covered with a clean perforated cover.
The fuel tank was stripped away of its intense blue and refinished in a distressed Droog finish.”
To keep things in front in balance with the rear, Droog built their signature DM style headlight assembly with two slit cut headlight openings embossed with the company logo. The front suspension was internally beefed up and a new front rim and tyre were put in place to pair up with the intense rear.
To keep a leash on the beast the beefy DM handlebars were installed on the bike along with braided brake lines and a new digital speedo.
Breathe in…breathe out
All breathing in through a new performance air filter.
Out the window went the stock exhaust setup to make way for a new 4-1 setup that gives the bike its provocative growl. The Drifter also received proper fueling to compensate for the new upgrades.
“So Max, how satisfied are you with the result?”
He quips: “The 1300 Drifter ended up becoming this dark menacing machine. It is a big beast with a serious presence. It’s fast as hell and is a blast to ride. For being as big as it is and the much larger tires it still handles quite well!”