Led by unconventional visionaries, ICON Motosports crafts bike gear that blurs the traces between audacious and purposeful, whereas sustaining an informal indifference to standard opinions. Additionally they often discover time to construct customized bikes—and once they do, the machines they create mirror the daring ethos of their gear.
Meet ‘Gixxer Johnny,’ a “plastic-covered, over-built, and under-thunk” Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 that “places the ‘ele’ in each ‘gance’ and ‘phant.’” A minimum of, that’s how ICON’s design director, Kurt Walter, describes it.
“Gixxer Johnny is a solution to a query that was by no means requested,” he provides. “We acquired her third-hand from a repo yard in NE Portland as a part of a Jamaican catch and launch program. Documentation signifies she is a 1993-era Suzuki GSX-R750 body with a GSX-R1100 motor—referred to by us analogs as a ‘7/11’.”
“With little regard for interval right and a penchant for cyberpunk, the ICON crew set to refitting her for contemporary tastes.”
For sure, the donor bike was fairly crushed up. So ICON’s first job was rebuilding the motor. A brand new financial institution of Wiseco pistons went in in the beginning was buttoned up once more with Wiseco pistons.
ICON deleted the airbox, favoring a set of uber-tasty 3D-printed velocity stacks for the Mikuni carbs. (Though in the event you scrutinize the motion pictures, you’ll discover that filters are fitted for dirtier rides.) Bespoke PBI sprockets get energy to the again wheel, whereas a Leo Vince exhaust provides an appropriately rowdy soundtrack.
Not recognized for leaving properly sufficient alone, ICON turned their consideration to the Suzuki GSX-R’s operating gear subsequent. The bike had (bizarrely) include a set of Kosman drag racing triples with a detachable steering stem. So the crew pressed the steering stem right into a inventory first-gen Hyabusa triple as a substitute, making it attainable to transplant the ‘Busa’s chromed forks.
The Gixxer’s new wheels are Aprilia items of undetermined origin. The swingarm is the inventory GSX-R750 half, nevertheless it’s now related to a swanky new Ikon shock. Customized-made EBC brake rotors and Continental tires spherical out the package deal.
As for the brake calipers; “I believe they’re the rubbish six-pot Tokico Suzuki items,” Kurt says. “I imply, they’re solely rubbish in the event you like stopping… in any other case they work nice.”
We will’t affirm or deny that, as a result of the calipers are actually hidden behind a set of retro-futuristic wheel covers. ICON 3D-printed the inspiration for every half, then bolstered it with fiberglass.
Classic Suzuki aficionados will discover that the GSX-R now not wears its inventory bodywork. The OEM gasoline tank is in play, however the entire plastics are new Airtech Streamlining components. And sure, these are winglets connected to the entrance fairing; ICON added them utilizing the identical 3D printing and fiberglass-reinforcing course of that they used to provide the wheel covers.
The best way ICON has blended the entrance wheel scoops with the fender is neat, however there’s much more wizardry simply additional again. The primary fairing is flanked by a pair of inset LED panels, each managed by its personal Raspberry Pi pc. “To remind everybody that we had been raised on Eddy Grant’s desires,” quips Kurt.
Different particulars embrace a personalized endurance-style gasoline filler, a battery cradle within the seat bump, and a scant cockpit that options little greater than clip-ons, Magura controls, and a small dashboard with a tacho and temperature gauge.
The GSX-R’s livery is quintessential ICON; hanging colours, throwback Suzuki aesthetics, lightning bolts, “and sufficient tiger stripe graphics to make a Dokken guitarist jealous.” It’s loud and brazen, however we wouldn’t count on something much less from Portland’s best.
If you happen to want any extra proof that ICON doesn’t play by the foundations, get a load of the helmet that the GSX-R’s rider is sporting. Dubbed the ‘Elsinore’ and accessible within the US from late March, it’s a part-BMX, part-motocross impressed lid that includes a flip-up chin bar and a detachable peak.
And identical to Gixxer Johnny, it colours method outdoors the traces.