Summer season of ’89: Retro-modded GSX-R1000 from Cafe Rider Customized…
Whenever you take a classic machine and improve the efficiency with trendy know-how whereas retaining many of the authentic look and silhouette, we name it a “restomod.” However once you take a contemporary machine and switch again the clock on the aesthetics, making it resemble one among its two-wheeled ancestors, what do you name that? Right here at BikeBound, we coined the time period “retromod” for this time of therapy.
These bikes are typically a few of our favourite builds, combining the facility and efficiency of a contemporary bike with the nostalgia, charisma, and old-school great thing about classic equipment.
So we have been thrilled once we noticed this GSX-R from our buddy Fahim Rehman (@greasy_hands) of Dubai’s Cafe Rider Customized, builder of the attractive CBX1000 restomod we not too long ago featured.
You may be forgiven when you thought right now’s characteristic bike was an 80s GSX-R at first look. In actuality, you’re a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 that’s been given what Fahim calls the “go-back-in-time therapy” to be able to resemble one of the formidable superbikes of the Eighties, the ’89 GSX-R1100 Slingshot.
“Suzuki’s GSX-R1100 has all the time been considered the last word hooligan’s device…but it surely was the ’89 Ok mannequin, which featured an excellent larger 1127cc engine that actually consolidated the bike’s fame as a little bit of an animal. To be truthful, Suzuki needed to do one thing concerning the elevated competitors from bikes like Yamaha’s FZR1000 Genesis and Kawasaki’s ZX-10 however the basic consensus was that the agency went too far and had created a little bit of a monster.” –Visordown
Quick ahead almost 20 years, and the brand new GSX-R1000 K7 remained as critical a weapon as ever, with 185-bhp on faucet and a high pace of 186 mph:
“That’s a part of the GSX-R manifesto: to design racebikes, after which adapt them to the road, reasonably than vice versa, because the case usually was once.” –Cycle World
Nevertheless, many people miss the sweetness and perspective of the 80s and 90s superbikes, so Fahim and crew determined to show the dial again to 1989 on this K7 for his or her consumer Nipun Benny, whose IG deal with couldn’t be any extra acceptable for the proprietor of such a construct: @living_in_the_eighties_.
Whereas the consequence could also be extra understated than a few of the workshop’s different builds, Fahim assures us that it took buckets of sweat and hours of exhausting work to get every part good. As is so usually the case, it’s rattling exhausting to make one thing look straightforward.
Beneath, Fahim offers us extra particulars on the construct. Photographs courtesy of Siddharth Pandey (@sidpandey1), and thanks goes out to buy assistants Jeevan and Sreekumar for his or her exhausting work on the construct.
Within the Builder’s Phrases…
Beginning life as a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 K7, this bike has been given the “go-back-in-time” therapy. It now sports activities appears that bear a putting resemblance to a 1989 GSXR Slingshot 1100.
German-sourced Ricambi Weiss fairings are fitted to newly-fabricated fairing mounts, whereas the seat has been custom-made. Lighting duties fall to a set of Posh flip indicators from Japan, and a used headlight setup from an authentic Slingshot completes the retro-classic aesthetic.
The engine stays untouched, aside from twin Yoshimura exhaust pipes sourced from the US, linked to custom-made bend pipes, in order that it sounds nearly as good because it appears!
Whereas it could not appear as concerned as our different builds, we will say that lots of sweat and exhausting work went into getting this bike proper. From how the fairing sits, to the colour scheme and exhaust, the eye to element is really spectacular.
Comply with the Builder
Proprietor of the bike: Nipun Benny (@living_in_the_eighties_)
Storage: Cafe Rider Customized, Dubai (@caferidercustom | Cafe Rider)
Head builder: Fahim Rehman (@greasy_hands)
Images: Siddharth Pandey (@sidpandey1)
Assistant Thanks: Jeevan and Sreekumar