If you could do anything you wanted to your bike, what would you do? This was the question Alex Monroe asked himself after he paid off his R1, so he went to his brother Matt of Platinum Motorcycles to help him with the answer. Residing in Austin, Texas, a city covered by desert sun almost year round, the bike had to remain a daily rider yet roll out show caliber.
“I wanted a clean, classy, luxurious and completely one-off custom bike that appealed to the general public, riders and professional builders alike,” Matt said, so he fitted the bike with handmade Plexiglas levers, top triple tree, rearsets and other pieces to create something “new, innovate and different” that no one else had done before.
Platinum Motorcycles painted...
Platinum Motorcycles painted the dual air tanks in-house as well as machined the fittings and pressure tested the tanks for leaks up to 160 PSI.
What’s that, officer? I couldn’t...
What’s that, officer? I couldn’t hear you over my speakers
At bike nights, the R1 lights up like a billboard in the red light district as the lighting kit, sound system and onboard electronics come to life. Equipped with hundreds of red LED lights, the bike’s Plexiglas components appear almost transparent against the mechanical skin. A Ballistic Performance 12-cell battery then provides enough volts for a seven-speaker marine-grade Polk audio system and 800-watt Pyle amp that pounds the pavement parked or on the move.
Matt and Alex racked their brains to figure out how they could make the bike look stealth at night, but cherry during the day. “The hardest part was getting the right color,” Matt said. “Selecting the number of coats was trial and error for many nights.” The twosome finally decided on a House of Kolor Brandywine that emphasizes the red LEDs. “It took ten spray outs to get the right amount of red coat on top of the silver,” Matt said. Brooks Industrial Coating was than called in to tighten up the look with powder coated-to-match components.
Most of the parts on this bike were fabricated in the shop or further modified for exact fitment such as the wheels and Tricky air ride system. “The wheels were custom cut specifically for us by Syndicate,” Matt said. “But we modified them further to accommodate the custom Plexiglas inserts that are on every blade of the wheel.” Matt and his team also added extra solenoids to the air ride system, as well as check valves, pressure switches, digital gauges, air tanks and power switches so the system would “reserve air and go up instantly” without having to wait for the compressor to kick in. “Every custom part of this bike was fabricated in-house and only a couple of pieces can be bought off-the-shelf,” Matt said.
With all the unique custom and Plexiglas bits, this bike is the ultimate representation of debt relief.
Handmade Plexiglass rearsets...
Handmade Plexiglass rearsets crowned clean get mean at night when red LEDs light up for a trick effect.
Legs slipped into a see-through...
Legs slipped into a see-through triple sets this stretch apart from the common bling kings rolling through the lot.
This gauge is cleverly placed...
This gauge is cleverly placed underneath the tail section to read voltage and act as a warning to the owner to start the bike before the audio system drains the battery.
2005 Yamaha R1
Custom Syndicate wheel, stainless steel brake lines, Rizoma brake reservoir
Platinum Motorcycles Instant-up with custom bottles, custom Syndicate 330 x 18’’ wheel, custom 330 swingarm, GSX-R1000 brake setup, Tricky air ride, EK chain, Avon 330 Venom-R tire, Rizoma brake reservoir
BMC air filter, Factory Pro Velocity stacks, Dynojet Power Commander, Platinum Motorcycles Stealth exhaust, Ballistic Performance battery
Dell Streak 5 tablet, Polk audio system, Pyle 800W amp, D3 grips, Platinum Motorcycles light-up rearsets, light-up sprocket cover and light-up triple tree cover, Platinum Glow LED kit, Plexiglas wheel inserts, tail accent kit, copper crown emblems, custom Corbin seat, Motodynamic integrated taillight
Builder: Platinum Motorcycles