Ever since the 1980s movie Poltergeist, the loveable and laughable clown has become a source of nightmares and fear for many. There is something about their big hair, freakishly painted grins and oversized shoes that can be considered somewhat creepy.
So why choose gun wielding, demented clowns as the basis for a custom paint job? The theme started when bike owner Ryan Babcock's wife was portrayed as a ringmaster on the windscreen. The rest of the paint job was a late night collaboration with builder Tony Sesto. "I see plenty of skulls and flames but I never really see clowns on a paintjob. We thought it might be a different twist and maybe scare a kid or two along the way!" explained Sesto.
The remainder of the bike keeps a clean look, and everything that could be removed was dipped in chrome. Blue accents form a marriage of plastic to parts and help pull the entire package together. Billet grips, a molded windscreen and plenty of flashing lights finish off the surreal nightmare theme.
The bike represents what a lot of shine and a sick sense of imagination is capable of. But don't gaze too closely. You may end up looking under the bed just to make sure no happy faced hoodlums are waiting for a ride.
2005 Suzuki GSX-R600
Front end: Stock
Rear end: Stock, polished shock with chrome spring
Motor: K&N; air filter, Power Commander, smog block-off plates, custom shorty exhaust
Paint: Robert from Sesto Custom Cycles
Polish/chrome: True Finish Chrome and Polish
Bodywork: Molded windscreen, mirror block-off plates
Accessories: LEDs, integrated taillight, RIS Design grips, flushmount turn signals
Owner: Ryan Babcock
Builder: Tony Sesto, Sesto Custom Cycles