To hang with the big boys at the famed Daytona Bike Week a custom has to have style, power and a little something extra. Moto-Boutique put together a black beast that kills the streets wherever it rolls.
When Jai Infanzon of Moto-Boutique began work on a 'Busa to bare his wares at Daytona Bike Week, he envisioned an all-out streetfighter that would match the assortment of bikes resting in his stables. But when the original chopped plastics experienced a problem and with a specific purpose behind the build, the soon-to-be streetfighter quickly transformed into a Bike Week beauty.
The first order of business was to ensure that the shop's goods would be the focal point of the build. This was accomplished by trimming, tucking and otherwise manipulating the stock bodywork to open up the bike's midsection.
A custom-fabricated bellypan was cut to contour the engine cases and a drag-style upper was integrated for added style. Chad Chambers Customs laid tribal paint on a gloss-black background to accentuate the curves of 'Busa's bodywork.
A beefy power plant was the next order of business and this motor is definitely the business. Infanzon popped open the case and set to work on the rice cooker's internals. A slick set of Wiseco pistons were hung, boosting the compression to a stout 12.5:1. Next came a WEB 395 intake cam, Muzzys oil bypass kit, APE adjustable gears and a billet idler gear. The monstrous motor now had a bigger appetite, so a Power Commander III USB was installed to manage the altered fuel mapping.
With a motor on more steroids than a KFC chicken, Infanzon had to modify the intake and exhaust just to keep the thing breathing. The stock airbox was trimmed and tailored to deresrict flow and make full use of the massive lobes on the intake cam. On the exit end, a custom 4-into-1, stainless steel exhaust sends the spent gases sailing.
With a claimed 189.8 horses at the rear wheel, the big 'Busa needed help keeping the front end grounded. Wheelie control came courtesy of a 6-inch-over, double-braced JMC aluminum swingarm. Complementing the tribal paint are a set of RC Components Assassin rims, running a 200mm Metzler Sportec rubber out back.
In an effort to contrast the chrome-it-all infatuation in his shop's home state of Florida, Infanzon opted to paint the frame gloss black and polish the bike's accented components. Everything from the swingarm and rearsets to the frame plugs, brake calipers and master cylinder have been polished to a blingy finish. Front and center are the bike's billet engine case covers that Moto-Boutique features at its customization shop.
Moto-Boutique took a would-have-been streetfighter Hayabusa and created one smooth, slick custom ride to put on display at Florida's biggest biker bash. This rolling wonder highlights what a keen sense of style, a few bolt-on shiny bits and some tough internals thrown together at the final hour can do to your basic 'Busa.
Buyer's Box2002 Suzuki HayabusaFront End: GCS billet triple clamp, RC Components "Assassin" wheel, polished brake caliperRear End: JMC 6-inch-over swingarm, adjustable lowering link, RC Components "Assassin" wheel with 200mm Metzeler Sportec tireMotor: 1363cc big-bore kit, Wiseco pistons 12.5:1 compression, WEB 395 intake cam, APE adjustable cam gears, high-volume oil-pump gear and billet starter idler gear, Brock clutch modification, modified airbox, Power Commander III USB, Custom 4-into-1 exhaust with slash-cut tip, SAMCO silicone hose kit, Muzzys oil bypass kit, Billet aluminum "window" engine cases, stator, clutch, starter and sprocket coverPaint: Chad Chambers Customs, Daytona Beach, FloridaPolish/Chrome: Moto-BoutiqueBodywork: Reshaped solo seat, modified tail section for integrated light and turn signals, chrome grills, custom bellypanAccessories: LED taillights and turn signals, polished gauge covers, carbon-fiber front signals, ABM rearsets, polished frame plugsOwner: Jai Infanzon, Moto-Boutique, Daytona, Florida
A Shop Is BornChildhood Friends Reunite And ChangeThe ScenePhu "Felix" Nguyen grew up in Southern California and was always into fast bikes. During his childhood, Nguyen met and became good friends with a boy named Robert Fisher. Fisher would eventually head east to become one of the most recognizable names in the custom sportbike scene with his company Roaring Toyz. When it came time for Nguyen to build his first custom bike, he called his old friend for help. "I grew up with Bob Fisher. When I decided to build my own bike, Bob helped me get it started with advice and a bunch of parts."
It was during the building of the bike that Nguyen was introduced to an up-and-coming bike builder named Tony Sesto. The two eventually joined forces to start a custom bike shop called Tek9 Cycles.
When it came to paint selection, Nguyen wanted something that would stand out. "I had a Nicky Hayden replica Arai helmet and I wanted the design to go along with that. I chose skulls to represent the kind of music I was into. Instead of a 300 or bigger tire, I went with a 240 to appeal to riders on the West Coast that are more accustomed to riding canyons. The bike was intended to highlight all the performance of the ZX-10."
From a childhood friend and a chance encounter, Nguyen's ZX-10 not only represents a single bike build but a new era in the West Coast bike scene.
Buyer's Box2005 Kawasaki ZX-10RFront End: Chrome calipers and rotors, RC Components "Havoc" wheelRear End: Roaring Toyz lowering links, C&S; Custom 6-inch-over swingarm with 240mm tire, air ride, RC Components "Havoc" wheelMotor: Boz Bros exhaust, K&N; air filter, Power Commander IIIPaint: Gordon PaintPolish/Chrome: Sport Chrome (www.sportchrome.com)Bodywork: Solo seat, flush-mount turn signals, taillight integrator kit, mirror block-off plates, Lockhart Phillips windscreen spikesAccessories: Fork top caps, frame sliders, Vortex levers, Roaring Toyz grips and kickstand, stainless steel brake lines, purple LEDs from Lockhart Phillips Owner: Phu "Felix" NguyenBuilder: Tek-9 Cycles (www.tek9cycles.com)
Higher PowerSsb Takes A Look At A Divineturbo Gsx-R1000 Running An Extra Bit Of Boost From Another Level.At first glance, Jason Jacob's bad blue custom GSX-R1000 looks just that-a sweet custom. It's not until closer inspection that the bike's secrets and higher power are revealed.
Poking out of the right side of the candy-blue plastics are the telltale tips of the Forced Air Systems turbo that really gets things spooled up. The Trac Dynamics swingarm becomes more than a showpiece and hints that this bike is ridden hard.
Beneath the fairings hide some high-end hotness. With the added pressure from the turbo pushing the motor to its limits, Jacob chose to beef up the internals with a slew of racy bits. A set of JE turbo pistons were hung on Crower rods while a lockup clutch was installed to handle the hard launches.
On the dyno the GSX-R is pumping out 246 horses at the rear wheel. But all that power came at a price-$40,000 to be specific.
But as Jacob notes, the real power comes from a higher power and his inspiration for the build. Painted on the tail section is a cross. Jason discussed his decision to place a crucifix on the rear cowl: "It's on the seat cowl to represent the unseen passenger of all my rides."
Jacob's passenger has guided him safely through 40,000 miles on this blazingly fast bike. From the dragstrip to bike nights, weekend rips and good old-fashion commuting, Jacob puts his ride to work and enjoys every penny he's put into it.
At one dollar per mile, Jacob, his bike and his inspiration have come together to produce one of the sickest street-ridden drag bikes in the country. If you run into him on the road don't let the custom look fool you. Jacob, his wild ride and his perfect passenger throw down a mighty wrath.
Buyer's Box2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000Front End: RC Components "Daytona" wheel, Braking Wave rotors, Goodridge stainless steel brake linesRear End: RC Components "Daytona" wheel, Trac Dynamics swingarmMotor: JE Turbo pistons, Crower rods, Cometic head gasket, MTC billet clutch basket and two-stage lockup clutch, APE adjustable cam sprocket, cylinder studs and reed chamber blanking plates, Millenium replated block, Fast by Gast undercut transmission, Dynojet wideband controller, Power Commander and ignition module, Forced Air Systems turbo with external wastegate and blow-off valve, billet oil pan with swivel adapterPaint: Custom kandy kobalt blue/tru blue pearl by Jace Hudson at Live Fast paintPolish/Chrome: James Johnson at Texas Super BikesBodywork: N/AAccessories: HID headlightOther: AMS-1000 boost controller, CO2 wastegate set-up, Cyberdyne boost gauge with peak recallOwner: Jason Jacob, Sunnyvale, TexasBuilder: James Johnson At Texas Super Bikes And Motor By Scott Crawford Of Cycle Werkz West
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