Droog Moto’s Honda 'Strambler' is Part Scrambler, Part Street Tracker
You can put away the paintbrushes and pack up the canvas, but an artist will always be an artist. And that’s something Max Droog, founder of Droog Moto Concepts, can attest to. For a number of years, Droog worked on the service side of the motorcycle industry. He fixed bikes, quoted service costs, and got plenty of riders back on the road, but after a while he realized it didn’t give him the creative, mechanical release he so desired. Instead, he wanted to craft his own two-wheeled creations. Now, well… he does, and this looker is his latest build—a Honda CM400 that he calls the “Strambler”—designed to be part off-road scrambler, part stripped-out street tracker. Droog recently finished the custom bike and with eyes set on the next build, he says it’s time to part with the Strambler. Anyone up for a ride? RELATED: This Skunk Machine Bike Blends Ducati Scrambler and Cafe Racer
According to Droog, the “Strambler” project began after he came across a coworker’s Honda CM400, which had just been sitting in a garage for years. “I always dug the vintage twin motors and what they had to offer,” says Droog. Soon he picked up the bike and got it stripped down to its bare essentials. One of the first things that went was the rear subframe.
In its place, Droog redesigned and simplified the rear end, leaving it much racier with a mono shock setup and helping to give it that street tracker look. Next came the parallel twin engine, which although stock came with a clean bill of health and a fresh splash of black paint outside. It still breathes out of dual exhaust pipes, but now they both exit on the bike’s right side.
Up top, the steering damper from a BMW R1200GS dual sport finds a home, complemented by a teeny front fender, while further back the gas tank received a weathered makeover. “I like raw, industrial styling,” says Droog. “The gas tank was hit with aircraft [paint] stripper and then clear coated to give it that aged patina.”
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The bike still has some classic CM400 DNA, however. Those Honda five-spoke wheels do look perfect wrapped in a set Kenda Challengers. All in all, it looks great… whether on road or off.
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