There are times when even the most experienced need some splash of fresh air to make thoughts un-stuck and the thinking to clear out and take different directions. This ideology has a name in Japan, and its called “Senpai-Kohei”, a concept that was put in place while designing the Fat Mile.
For the project, designer Daniel Händler teamed up with legendary Suzuki designer Hans A. Muth, the man behind the design of the Iconic Suzuki Katana. The resulting motorcycle that came out of this collaboration is a blend of parts of different, no-always equal proportions that come together to make sense. The headlight for example, is one of the largest domes i have ever come across on a custom bike. The upper body with the seat and the rear cowl are slim in profile, just like the belly pan. But these panels of metal and plastic surround and bring forward the chunky, blacked out 1255 cc engine into focus. And all of the proportions in all-together make sense.
The Fat Mile that was initially made for Glemseck has done its rounds in several gatherings in Europe, including appearances in EICMA, Intermot and Motorcycle Live.
For the base bike, a Suzuki Bandit 1250 was given a pair of custom Cobra Urban Killer exhausts while the subframe was chopped off to accommodate the new custom leather seat unit and cowl. The large headlight came in from Paaschburg & Wunderlich and a front fender from GFK was installed. The chosen wheels for the build came in from PVM which were given sticky Metzeler Sportec tyres.
To help the bike dynamically align with its new stance, shorter GSX-R1000 forks were installed at the front. The front brake discs and Brembo calipers too come from a GSX-R1000 while braking at the rear is handled by a four-pot Nissin caliper from the Suzuki B-King. The final splash of upgrade comes from the Rizoma RRC rearsets, Rizoma Lux Handebars, Rizoma Spy R-80 mirrors and a trusty Motogadget Motoscope Tiny to show the instrumentation.
The “Fat Mile” Suzuki Bandit 1250
Photography by Sven Wedemeyer
Parts Used For The Build
Motogadget Motoscope Tiny
Rizoma Rear Sets Control Kit “RRC”
Rizoma Lux Grips
PVM Forged Wheels
Paaschburg & Wunderlich Headlight