Joe Appel is one of Super Streetbike's most prolific photographers, and having shot dozens of bikes for us over the past year, he's also become something of an expert on the subject of custom motorcycles. So when Appel sent us photos of Jerrod Huey's 1992 Suzuki GSX-R1100 and described it as "the cleanest motorcycle he's ever seen," we knew he had something.
Huey bought the bike for $3100 two years ago on eBay. The Gixxer was completely stock with 12,000 miles on the odometer, and Huey put just two more miles on it before he stripped it down to the bare frame and went to work detailing his beast. Huey tells us he had no hesitation about tearing into an unmolested classic sportbike. "This is the bike I always wanted, and I had been looking for one for years. Every time I'd see one for sale it'd be gone before I got there, or else just trashed. When I finally got this one I knew I'd be keeping it, so I wanted to build it up just like I wanted it."
Step one was adding plenty of shine-the frame, swingarm, engine covers, bar ends, custom-engraved triple clamp and other miscellaneous bits were boxed up and sent to Classic Components in Santa Ana, California, for a chrome dip. While Classic was at work with the heavy metal, Huey delivered the plastics to his friend Mike Padfield at Padfield's Auto Body in Kokomo, Indiana, who stripped off a decade's worth of wax and grime and sealed the original decals under three coats of clear, giving the bike a lustrous, still-wet look. Padfield also color-matched the Gixxer's pearl-white paint on the hugger fender (which was originally black). To add a bit more color to the undercarriage, Huey dialed up the folks at Hoosier PowderCoating in Indianapolis and had them apply a coat of raspberry to the chromed brake calipers and rear sprocket, while the rotor edges and front fairing stay got a coat of white. Hoosier also did the rear shock spring in bright orange, and a layer of gold anodizing on the front fork legs rounds out the color changes on this big Gixxer. Appearance is only the beginning, though; the motor was also built to the hilt by dragracing heavyweights Schnitz Racing. The '92 1100 was the last year to feature the 1127cc oil-cooled engine (it switched to liquid-cooling in '93), one of the most proven and popular dragracing motors ever.
With the goal of keeping things both reliable and streetable, the formidable Schnitz crew threw every trick it knew at Huey's bike, boring the motor and installing larger pistons to raise displacement to 1216cc, milling and flowing the head and installing larger intake and exhaust valves and racing cams. Finished off with a set of 36mm flat-slide carburetors and a stainless steel Micron full exhaust system, Huey's bike now makes a healthy 148 rear-wheel horsepower and 86 foot-pounds of torque. Geared up three teeth at the rear sprocket, Huey says his old-school Gixxer easily walks a friend's Hayabusa in roll-ons, no matter what gear. "That's just so much fun," Huey says, "getting 'em on the street on such an old bike!"
Huey invested almost a year and more than $10,000 building his dream Gixxer, and he doesn't regret any of it. "It's such a fun bike, so much fun to ride," he says. "The flat-slides clap up a storm when it's turning over, but once it starts it idles like a kitten. And it gets lots of attention-it's a real conversation piece."-Aaron Frank
Don't mistake Pat Dietrich's gleaming purple 2001 Suzuki Hayabusa for just another chromed-out show queen-thanks to a 1397cc big-bore kit and a gang of other performance work underneath the fairing, this big bird has gone as fast as 160 mph in the quarter-mile on motor (in 8.87 seconds) and 167 mph with the NOS system engaged. "I had some guys come up to me last year at the track and tell me some guy on a turbocharged Kawasaki ZX-12 was cracking on the "poseur" Hayabusa that pulled up on the trailer," Dietrich says. "Needless to say, the 12 owner was extremely pissed to see my poseur bike lay down times a half-second quicker than his!"
In addition to the aforementioned big-bore kit, Dietrich's 'Busa also features a Robert Mason-ported cylinder head, Megacycle racing cams, a Dynojet PCIII and a BDE 3 full exhaust system, all good for 206 hp on what Dietrich describes as a "stingy" dyno. With the nitrous-oxide system armed, output is closer to 270 hp-making the race-cut transmission gears and MRE air shifter welcome additions. More immediately evident than all these engine tweaks, though, are the appearance mods Dietrich dialed in-beginning with a gorgeous, two-tone brandywine paint scheme put down by Dan Edwards of Groverhill, Ohio, using House of Kolor-brand paints.
Setting off this mile-deep paint are acres of chrome plating by Sport Chrome in Stanton, California, and plenty of trick aftermarket accessories, such as custom CNC-machined levers and a brake arm from The Rotor Woman, bullet bar ends, a Mototeck undertail and a tribal chain guard from Alteredchrome.com. Indiglo gauges and a PaFreak custom saddle complete the cockpit mods. As you might imagine, Dietrich's bike can hold its own at any bike show (having taken, among other awards, People's Choice at the 2004 Cycle Fest in Auburn, Indiana), but Dietrich rides the bike, too. "Some people think it just sits in the garage covered up," he says. "Not true. I have well over 50 miles on it since it was finished-that's 200 quarter-mile blasts!"-Aaron Frank
Most Super Streetbike readers would sooner take the bus than be seen riding an Aprilia RS50, a sportbike-shaped scooter that comes from the factory with a 49cc two-stroke single that might be capable of 40 mph-with a strong tailwind or downhill slope. Chris Chmelar's 2000-model isn't your average RS50, however; look carefully at the RSV450 decals on the upper fairing for your first clue that a 50-hp, titanium-valved '01 Yamaha YZ426F motocross motor has been shoehorned into this scooter on steroids, creating the ultimate sportbike killer!
Fitting this big-block single into the pint-sized chassis was no small feat, requiring gobs of custom fabricating on the part of Chmelar's friend, Mike Magic, a fabricator for Grand American Rolex sports car competitors Brumos Racing. Building a custom engine cradle so the motor would sit right was just the beginning-Magic and Chmelar also had to build an aluminum oil tank, kickstart extension, radiator mount to accept a cooling fan, custom header and new subframe and tail to accommodate the stealth undertail exhaust.
Once the chassis was sorted (and powdercoated gloss black), Chmelar and his father, Paul, tackled the motor. Since the YZ-F motor was never intended to fit in a streetbike, Chmelar had to source a stator and flywheel to power the lights and accessories. Chmelar completely rewired the bike to accommodate dual 50-watt xenon halogen bulbs as well as the LED tag lights, running lights, blinkers and custom-made taillight, and installed a larger sealed battery to supply juice. Chmelar didn't overlook any details: Every light and gauge, even the neutral light, works like a factory stock bike.
In order to retain the stock analog tach (cable-driven on the RS50), Chmelar took an aftermarket Autometer ATV tach and the stock tach to a speedometer shop and had the Autometer internals installed into the stock gauge and recalibrated so the needle had the correct sweep!
The only exterior changes (besides the exhaust) are an upgrade to larger, DOT race tires (for obvious reasons) and a 520 chain conversion (from the original 420) with a custom-made 38-tooth sprocket. Weighing in at just 240 pounds, Jacksonville, Florida's Chmelar describes the bike as amazingly quick. "It's a sportbike killer in disguise," he says. "It's so light it walks all over SV650s and Gixxer 600s right up until it tops out at about 110 mph. It's the ultimate sleeper!"-Aaron Frank
Sweet And Low
How low can you go? The bellypan on Shaun Harahoe's 1999 Yamaha R6 literally drags on the tarmac thanks to a remote-controlled Tricky Air rear suspension that allows him to drop the ass-end of his R6 almost five inches at the push of a button. Hailing from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Harahoe put together this bike with plenty of help from his bros at Twisted Creations, who handled all the fabrication (including fitting a Fat Kats chopper fender over the rear wheel) and polished the frame, subframe, rotors and air shock. Everything else that glitters is chrome by Chrome Pros Plating in Corpus Christi, Texas, including the rims, fork, 11-inch-over swingarm and too many other bits to list. Rounding out the bling is a plastic-chromed Eurobikes undertail along with the factory ram-air tubes, which contrast nicely with the Cadillac Escalade red paint and red-chrome Micron exhaust. All in all it's one sweet ride, an R6 that definitely stands out when Harahoe is cruising East Stroudsburg with the rest of his crew from www.lostboyzextreme.com.-Aaron Frank