This Suzuki SV650 Street Tracker Doesn’t Need a Vibrant Colorway to Stand Out

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Photo: Iiro Muttilainen
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After finishing his studies in industrial design, Antti Eloheimo embarked on a fruitful career as a UX and UI designer. He’d mastered the digital workspace over the years, but this could never quench his thirst for creating something in the physical realm. As an avid lover of snowboarding, mountain bikes, and motorcycles, Antti eventually decided to allocate more of his free time to the latter.
Back in 2018, he merged said passion with his extensive design know-how to get a taste of the custom bike pie, founding Stoker Motorcycles in his home garage just outside Helsinki. There are only two completed projects in the Finn’s portfolio for the time being, but they both look genuinely thrilling to say the least! The stylish tracker shown above is Antti’s second undertaking, and it attained its final form around two years ago.

Before receiving the Stoker treatment, this bad boy used to be a stock Suzuki SV650 from the model-year 2000. The tried-and-true SV platform is a fantastic offering on so many levels, yet our protagonist had never seen it transformed into a well-executed custom street tracker. He took it upon himself to change that, and the long hours spent in his workshop have paid off in spades.

Now, most builders would go to great lengths in order to reduce the visual impact of the SV650’s beefy trellis frame. Antti wanted to do things a little differently, though, bringing the skeleton to the forefront and finding a way to make it work with the motorcycle’s updated look. The transformation began with a complete teardown, followed by a clever bit of fabrication work on the stock gas tank.

Sir Eloheimo had it shrunken down and repositioned, thus turning it into an inner fuel cell placed well out of sight. He then busied himself with crafting a new fiberglass outfit from scratch, and the centerpiece is a svelte monocoque structure merging the tail section and fuel tank cover into a single unit. The street tracker vibe was already starting to take over with this part installed, but the project’s author was just getting warmed up.

Suzuki SV650 Street Tracker
Photo: Iiro Muttilainen
Atop the custom bodywork lies a thin foam saddle, flanked by removable tracker-style number plates manufactured in-house. All these goodies sit on a heavily revised subframe, which is neatly encased in aluminum panels on each side. One may see another handmade plate enshrouding the subframe’s underside, so as to keep any road debris away from the electronics stored within.

The tail’s southernmost tip houses aftermarket LED lighting, providing ample illumination while occupying very little real estate. Up north, we come across a third flat tracker-style panel bearing the number 57, and lighting comes from a compact LED projector mounted on the left. The lower part of the bike is also home to an array of bespoke garments, including solid wheel covers attached to the SV650’s factory hoops.

Michelin’s race-spec Power SuperMoto Rain tires embrace their rims at both ends, while a tailor-made aluminum belly pan can be spotted in between. The grill attached to its front section is a 3D-printed item, as are the new radiator shrouds you’ll see a bit higher up. In terms of suspension mods, the Suzuki’s original forks have been lowered and fitted with modern internals, but its standard monoshock got ditched altogether.

Suzuki SV650 Street Tracker
Photo: Iiro Muttilainen
In its stead, Antti transplanted the adjustable piggyback unit of a Kawasaki ZX-10R, which offers a significant handling upgrade while getting the SV’s stance just right. The braking hardware on this machine remains mostly unchanged, but it is now operated through braided stainless-steel lines. Custom-built fork guards make an appearance, too, and the foot pegs were moved forward ever so slightly to alter the bike’s ergonomic triangle.

Up in the cockpit area, you’ll be greeted by a low and wide Neken handlebar perfectly suited for flat trackers, but there’s also a digital speedometer from Motogadget. The same German electronics brand supplied a pair of bar-end turn signals, and these are joined by a fresh throttle module with external cables. Completing the rider’s view is a groovy CNC-machined filler cap seamlessly mounted on the fuel tank.

The project’s author saw no need to fiddle with the V-twin engine’s inner workings, but he did away with the chunky exhaust silencer. A one-into-two connector pipe was then attached to the header, and subsequently topped with twin aftermarket mufflers made of titanium. Look closely at the number plates flanking the seat, and you’ll notice minute LED turn signals from Motogadget’s inventory.

Finally, the last thing we need to cover is the paintwork, which was executed in-house by Antti himself. He employed an understated, yet striking color scheme containing black, white, and silver, along with Stoker graphics on the fuel tank cover and pinches of red and blue in various other places. All things considered, we’ll bet this SV650 street tracker is just as fun to ride as its looks suggest.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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