Sagia Castaneda is known as the unofficial Queen of Miami. Ms. 305 has ruled the modeling world in South Beach and has appeared in numerous music videos and magazines. She is currently relocating to California in AN effort to build on her budding singing career.
Pro-Tek rearsets look trick in chrome and provide the swingarm clearance necessary.
A double braced C&S; Custom swimgarm helped kick off the wide-tire craze.
RC Components "Gladiator" wheels offer a classic warrior look and keep the bike looking fresh.
Psychochrome has been turning out unique customs since it opened its doors in 2004. But owner Gonzalo Polanco has been working on his own GSX-R1000 ever since he bought it new in 2002. The bike is a constant work in progress. Polanco explained the continued upgrades, "The Gixxer changes every two years. As time passed, I've tried to do little things to the bike to keep it up to date.
As bike builders, we are always looking at each other's work. Everyone is always busting his ass to build the new bikes and we don't try to keep old bikes around. I always looked at the Gixxer like having an old hot rod in your garage though."
In a market where what's hot today is not tomorrow, Polanco's aging beauty has managed to stay fresh. A nip here and a tuck there have prolonged its lifespan as a crowd pleaser. "It's not like I can sell it-everyone loves this bike. It keeps bringing in the customers. It must have paid for itself five times over by now.
It's like an old hoodrat-they need love too. I have to hold on to my oldie but goodie!"
2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Front end: RC Components "Gladiator" wheel, Braking Wave rotor, Scotts steering stabilizer
Rear end: RC Components "Gladiator" wheel, C&S; Customs10-inch-over swingarm, strut, Galfer rotor
Motor: Brock's Performance Sidewinder exhaust, 40 shot NOS system with Sneaky Pete bottle
Polish/chrome: Melimar Chrome and Classic Chrome
Bodywork: 2005 GSX-R750 headlight and custom tail section by Psychochrome
Accessories: Chrome signal block offs, fork caps, frame caps, billet grips, Yana Shiki case covers, adjustable kickstand, lowering links, levers, Pro-tek rearsets, Vortex gas cap, clip-ons and triple tree
Other: Jeffrey Phipps black shark and carbon fiber seat with matching carbon fiber front fender
Owner: Gonzalo Polanco