In a market saturated with chrome, wide tire kits and wild paint, it’s getting harder and harder for builders to come up something new that no one has seen before. Because the motorcycle world is so small and inclusive, builders like Jace Hudson are finding inspiration through outside genres.
Careful. This one-off Gixxer...
Careful. This one-off Gixxer might pull your attention off the road a little too long.
Jace has owned almost every version of the GSXR since 2002, but found the newer GSXR’s aren’t ideal for customizing. “The aftermarket is scarce for the newer bikes,” Jace said. “There is much bigger aftermarket for the earlier model Gixxers and Busas as the parts are all exchangeable and cheaper.” He found his champion with the 2003 GSX-R1000. “I love that body style,” he said. “The bike has hard lines that aren’t as curvy as previous model GSXR’s.”
What really makes Jace’s GSXR a one-off low rider is the engraved Brocks ceramic coated 14” Sidewinder exhaust. When he decided to try engraving, his goal was to create a focal point that would draw attention to one part of the bike rather than overwhelm other customization done.
Engraving is a meticulous process that requires intense concentration, which is why this subtle touch makes a massive statement. “Engraving takes a lot of time and patience like airbrushing and other art,” Jace said. “I do a lot of custom air brush and paint work for the Texas-West Coast Low Rider scene, so I see a lot of the metal work done on cars. This inspired me to incorporate that element into my bike. I just went with it and it came out awesome.”
Etched to impress, the exhaust...
Etched to impress, the exhaust is an example of what happens when hard work meets free time.
Besides the engraved exhaust, the paint scheme is distinctive in its own right. After seeing a Mercedes at the SEMA show last year that was painted in matte orange and black colors, Jace knew exactly how he wanted to paint his bike. He used a PPG mix to combine vibrant pearls with flat clear panels for a glossy, yet textured finish. “I wanted something clean and classy that fits the sportbike culture but gives a different vibe.”
Since finishing the build he has hit up local bike nights but has no interest in shows because for him it’s about keeping his customer’s happy with brag-worthy daily riders, so he wanted the same for his bike. “We wanted to build a bike that’s different but still practical,” he said. “I like to ride my bike hard. I ride it every day.”
2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Performance Machine 18” Diesel rim, Core Moto brake line, Braking USA wave rotor, shaved brake hanger, powder coated fork legs, tubes and brake rotor, ceramic bearings
Roaring Toyz 12” stealth brace 240 swingarm and radial brake kit, Performance Machine Diesel 18” rim, AirFX air ride
K&N race filter, Dynojet PCV, emission block-off plates, Brocks Sidewinder exhaust
Live Fast Customs and power coating by Crush at Metroplex Kustoms
PPM transparent clutch and stator covers, Pazzo shorty levers, Avon grips, ZX-10R lowering links, Vortex rearsets, HID kit, LFC amber LED kit fairing screen set and LFC leather and suede seats, Yana Shiki lowering kickstand, Sixty61 gas cap, Sportech windscreen