Speedtractor. With the motto of ‘Dirty good fun moto’, is a custom shop run from Tokyo. And they live up to it too.
The T-61 Catalina Special is based on the not so popular Suzuki ST400 Tempter but has been overhauled in Catalina scrambler style. Matthew Roberts of Speedtractor (now also part of Deus Ex Machina), helped put this creation on the road.
The Suzuki big single puts out plenty of grunt, so motor upgrades were kept fairly simple. The airbox has been opened up a bit and the filter has been replaced with a free flowing K&N element, while the carb rejetted to make use of the beautiful, one off high pipe.
The rear of the frame has been cut and simplified to a loop just big enough for the seat and fender. While the rear twin-shocks are now an inch longer than stock and use dual rate springs. The front shocks have been overhauled and internal spacers modified to give the maximum travel possible, and an oversized front tire helps smooth out some of the rougher ground.
The integrated indicator alloy headlight stays house a vintage steel shell chrome headlight as well as custom indicators in the stays. A mini speedo sits on low rise tracker bars with vintage ribbed grips, and fork gaiters complete the look up front.
The 36-spoke wheels with vintage rubber are accompanied by a simple but good looking gloss black paint job. This is a bike that you can enjoy running around town with and hit some dirt tracks with a bit of muscling around.