Los Angeles resident Billy Washington spends his day working as a director in the film industry, and he spends every Wednesday evening cruising at Hollywood Bike Night just off of Sunset Boulevard. So it only makes sense that when he settled on a theme to set off his custom 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa, it was the motion picture industry. Celluloid film reels, a director's clapboard and other film iconography give shape to the incredibly detailed graphics on this 'Busa, along with scenes from Ice, a screenplay he wrote and is currently working to put into production. Ice tells the story of a female action hero searching for her partner. In order to transfer that story to paint, Washington first contracted well-known storyboard artist Ondre to render select scenes from the screenplay, which were then delivered to airbrush artist Klair Phillips, who applied graphics to the bike over a stunning candy-blue pearl and silver basecoat. Gorgeous graphics are just the beginning of Washington's work on this bike, though-out back you'll find an extended swingarm riding on a custom Ohlins rear shock and carrying a 240mm RC Components spinner rim. At the end of the exhaust header you'll spot a Yoshimura Tri-Oval exhaust can. And, of course, what would a bike dedicated to Hollywood magic be without video capabilities? To that point, Washington fitted three video monitors to his ride, along with an eight-speaker sound system to deliver tunes and a custom digital dash with a rearview camera monitor and built-in navigation system. Finishing the package off is a full complement of blue LED lighting (wired to synch and pulse with whatever tunes are playing on the stereo), including individual LEDs placed strategically throughout the fairing to light up the eyes of the characters painted on the sides. Does it drop jaws even in over-the-top Hollywood? Hell yes! Washington showed up at Super Streetbike's recent Bike Night Out event and walked away with the Best in Show prize, putting him on top of the hottest custom bikes in the Los Angeles area. The 'Busa drops jaws on the street, too, and it sees plenty of street action as well since Washington is also the president and founder of the well-known Platinum Ryders, one of the largest and most active sportbike clubs in California.
With three video monitors, an eight-speaker stereo system, rearview camera and all-digital dash, this 'Zook is a techno-geek's dream.
England is not known for a friendly climate, so it's pretty surprising to see so many people commuting to work on sportbikes, especially trick ones like this R1 owned by Richard Lindoe of Halesowen, U.K. But ride this bike Lindoe does, rain or shine, never mind how incredible the details on this bike are. The first thing Lindoe did with this one was dial up some custom licks from local paint house Born to Be Wild, applying a traditional Yamaha racing stripe graphic pattern in the decidedly nontraditional hot lime/sapphire blue hues for a fresh look. The coolest part of the paint treatment has to be the rainbow-shaded areas on the frame, fork and swingarm where the paint fades from blue to red to gold and finally clear-coated aluminum. The many mechanical mods applied to this ride were all performed with a goal of making the bike lighter, quicker and better handling. On went a set of BST carbon fiber wheels, made with a monocoque construction that combines hollow spokes with a very lightweight rim to shed pounds. The bike is fitted front and rear with Galfer stainless steel, laser-cut, Wave rotors, helped along by Goodridge braided stainless steel lines to help Lindoe apply maximum braking pressure. Underneath the bike Lindoe has fitted an Ohlins rear shock and a matching Ohlins steering damper up front, and the brilliant gold foot controls come from Gilles, who also supplied the equally attractive chain adjusters at the end of the swingarm. For ultrasmooth downshifts, a Sigma slipper clutch was dropped in behind the clutch cover, and under the seat that's a Dyno-Mite brand exhaust system with a Dynojet Power Commander to control the air-fuel mix. To finish the bike off, Lindoe also added an MRA Dub-Bub tinted screen, and in an effort to keep down the weight and streamline the looks, it's got Avia carbon mirrors plus a Dyno-Mite carbon-fiber hugger and front mudguard. It might take you a while to find the turn signals, but we'll let you search them out on your own; they are fitted to the bike... Admiring the finished bike parked outside the local pub, the overall effect is arresting, even in the dreary English winter light.
In the spirit of those old margarine commercials on television, we took one look at Ron Sharitz's wild-looking 2002 Yamaha R6 and shouted out "We can't believe it's not paint!" That's right, the intricate tribal graphics on Sharitz's R6 are not painted on, but, rather, cut vinyl stickers designed and made by the owner himself. The current vinyl graphics package is the fifth design that Sharitz has had on this bike, featuring a custom tribal design that Sharitz calls "cyber tribal." The graphics on this bike look brilliant, especially against the chrome-plated tank and plasti-chromed body panels that were done by XXX Plating (www.xxxplating.com) in Glendale, Wisconsin. After busting his meager budget (Sharitz works as a school teacher in Riverview, Florida) on all this chrome, Sharitz hand-polished the rest of the bike himself, including the frame, swingarm, engine case covers and many other parts, to save a few bucks. Money that he saved was immediately funneled right back into the bike, spent on trick bits like a Viper Alarm, billet grips, engraved kickstand and tribal flame mirrors from JDA Customs (www.jdacustom.com). The custom-embroidered seat skin accents the Cyber Tribal design, and an extra battery was installed to power three sets of white neon light strings and 50 more LED bulbs operated via remote control. Engine modifications are kept simple, limited to BMC air filter, Factory Ignition Advancer and jet kit along with a Hindle high mount full exhaust system. "I find pleasure in knowing that I've done most of the work to this bike myself," Sharitz says. Some people buy a bike and send it off to be plated and painted and then sit on it and take all the credit. Some of those people can't even change their own oil."
Shawn Stinnett of Lynchburg, Virginia, has been a longtime lover of streetfighter-style motorcycles, but as a club roadracer his cash was always tied up in track fees and race rubber. That changed recently, though, when he was able to embrace both of his biking loves after finding a crash-damaged 2002 Suzuki SV650 for just $1500. The salvage bike was the same model that Shawn raced on weekends, so he was able to trade parts from the two machines to create this beautiful, almost factory-looking 'fighter. "My goal was to build a custom bike that looked like what Suzuki might do if they produced streetfighters from the factory," said Stennitt. We'd say he did a pretty fine job of that. With the salvage SV's front forks bent like pretzels, Shawn hunted down a set of inverted fork legs from a GSX-R1000 to replace them and bolted a set of radial brake calipers from a 2004 GSX-R600 for plenty of pucker power. Stinnett's real investment in time and engineering came at the bike's rear end, though, where he fabricated a one-off undertail (consuming 40 hours) to house a Yoshimura exhaust originally intended for a Honda CBR600RR. Underneath the custom exhaust is an eye-catching single-sided swingarm that started life aboard one of Honda's VFR 750 sport-tourers fitted with a three-spoke wheel from a Ducati superbike. The engine was also upgraded using plenty of salvage parts, including a set of pistons from a Hayabusa. "The 'Busa pistons dropped right into the SV block with no boring needed," Stinnett says. "The only other internal motor modification I did was moving the stock intake cam to the exhaust side, and that gave the same lift I would have gotten from a set of expensive Yoshimura cams." The results are a thumping 74 dynoed horsepower, plenty for a bike this small and light. Besides the Herculean time investment in building custom parts, Shawn has about $9000 wrapped up in his machine, which he says is about twice what he'd intended to spend. The whole machine was sprayed the same shade of silver used on Chevy Silverado pick-ups trucks, furthering the factory 'fighter look the builder was shooting for. "For me, the most fun is running this bike through some sharp turns. You'd be surprised at how good the handling is," he says.
Stinnett fabricated this bike by hand in his garage.
The overwhelming popularity of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 model can be both a blessing and a curse. Because of the large amount of Gixxer Thous sold, there is a huge selection of aftermarket parts available, and custom accessories are easy to find. On the other hand, unless you really do something wild, your bike pretty much looks like everyone else's, which can be a problem. Chris Ramon from Robstown, Texas, found out firsthand the pitfall of riding such a familiar bike: "The original color of my bike was silver," Ramon says, "and I kept getting mixed up with another local rider on a silver GSX-R who liked to run from the cops, so I was constantly being mistaken for this other guy and getting pulled over." After being stopped for the fourth time, Ramon decided to get his bike painted. The bodywork was taken to Westside Kustom Works in Corpus Christi, Texas, and silver metal graphics were laid on top of a blue base. After adding chrome rear sets and pegs to match the chrome rims, Ramon no longer liked the factory black finish of the frame and had it polished by Andrew's Polishing in Corpus Christi, Texas. Then Ramon hit Google hard to locate every piece of bolt-on chrome available for the GSX-R, including the swingarm-mounted license plate relocator, CRG Roll-a-Click levers, heel guards, grips, axle covers, Vortex polished stator cover, flame mirrors and frame sliders that you see in the pictures here. Any stock parts that still remained, including the fork, brake components and bunch of other pieces, were sent out for a chrome dip too, courtesy of RevLimit Cycles in Mocksville, North Carolina, and Chrome Pros in Corpus Christi. Under the seat lies a Dynojet Power Commander III USB, and a K&N; high-flow air filter and Yoshimura TRS exhaust were also added to spike the bike's performance. Finally, to help watch his six and keep from being pulled over again, an AnT Racing Cyclops monitor and rearview camera help keep track of what's going on out back behind the bike. "I have won several awards at bike shows and still love to ride this beast," Ramon tells us. "It does not stay in the garage. Although it is custom, bikes are meant to be ridden, and that is something I'll continue to do with my boys from FT (Fast Times) Ryderz."
Unblinking eye in the center of the Hotbodies undertail is an AnT Racing rearview camera.
**Perfect Record **
Bill Holderby of Moreno Valley, California, the owner of this clean 2002 Honda CBR954RR, has entered this bike in three shows so far and has been rewarded with three first-place trophies-how's that for a winning average? Much credit goes out to airbrush artist "Bones" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who laid down the custom orange skull graphics over an Infiniti-blue basecoat. Loads of chrome, a Yosh RS3 exhaust, Texas Fairing undertail, and flush-mount turn signals wrap Holderby's hot Honda up.
Three For Three
That's this CBR's record for winning shows, thanks to sick paint and plenty of bling to catch the judge's eye.
Built by BreakLites Motorsports in Peabody, Massachusetts, Mike Fernandez's sick 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000 was a show winner right out of the shop, taking home the top prize at a NOPI show at New England Dragway just days after it was finished and following that win up with a second place at the DUB magazine show in Boston a few weeks later. Knocked out in tangerine candy paint with airbrushed graphics and plenty of chrome, Fernandez's ride also sports a Trac Dynamics extended swingarm with Performance Machine Marquee wheels (250 width in the rear) and a Hickman air ride rear suspension.
Nothing makes a bike pop like two deep, contrasting colors such as the purple and orange shades applied to Mike Stevens' 2004 Kawasaki Ninja 636. Done in House of Kolor hues and set apart with tasteful flames and subtle skull and eyeball graphics on the lower half, Stevens' Ninja is pure eye candy. In addition to the tasty paint, this Ninja also rocks a chromed frame, swingarm and wheels, purple-anodized rearsets, levers and brackets, and titanium exhaust system from Arata. A custom saddle, billet mirror blanks and frame sliders (of course!) to protect that gorgeous paint in the event of a tip-over finish Stevens' fine ride off.
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