Honda CBR1000RR, BMW S1000RR & Kawasaki ZX-6R | Three For the Money
Step into this owner’s dream garage and bow down to three performance machines, each equal in value to a modest annual income and each completely original.
Warning: the package up front might incite gold fever and give you the urge to go panning for performance parts.
Brembo and Galfer make a dynamic duo in braking.
Simply clean the paint is the most reserved of the bunch but eye-catching nonetheless.
Flush and tucked away, brake lights will be the last thing you see off this street king.
Upside down caliper configuration amounts to stopping on a dime, or is it a nickel?
This mech warrior has eyes that will send stock bikes running scared.
TGP Moto Racing paired with Brembo holds a sophistication not found in the states.
The blue anodized rear sprocket is Italian in origin and not typically offered in this color unless you got the green.
Legs this sexy are nearly never seen on the street. Keep an eye on them or they may just walk away.
If the wild colors and retro scheme don’t get your attention, the beautiful roar of the Arata pipe will.
Most of us are only lucky enough to have one two-wheeled talking piece when kicking back with friends and a case of garage beers. But Dylan Aronsohn tendered his severance to three archetypal builds that will forever be priceless additions to the elite ranks of SSB stardom. The amount of work invested in this outrageous lineup is enough to make your jaw drop.
Dylan’s personality promised custom-made glory at an early age. He first grabbed the reins of the iron horse at three years old astride his Uncle’s hoary Honda, providing the perfect bump-start to his passion for the aftermarket. Before he even had a license, he created a design based on the original Starsky & Hutch series, and daubed his genius on the body of a remote control car that transitioned to an adolescence of spray cans and subway graffiti.
By college, he bought a brand new 1992 Suzuki GSX-R1100 and became infatuated with high performance bolt-ons. It wasn’t long before that 1100 uncharacteristically received a Yoshimura full titanium race exhaust with a carbon can and nitrous system because in his opinion, stock is blasphemy. “A stock bike never made sense to me,” Dylan said. “Aftermarket parts are a reflection of their owner.”
With school in the rearview and a successful home electronics installation business on the horizon, Dylan’s love of two wheels went dormant for twelve years, only to reignite after picking up an issue of SSB. When he saw his friend’s custom R1 in print, Dylan was inspired by its blue camouflage paint scheme, Gregg’s Customs single-sided swingarm and full Öhlins suspension.
He then bought a 2008 Honda CBR1000RR and went to work only to have it stolen from his parking garage halfway through the customization process—it was recovered through Lo-Jack. Wanting to ride everyday without having to look over his shoulder for potential thieves eyeing his Honda’s performance parts, he purchased a junked 2006 Kawasaki ZX-6R for $3,000 to use as a daily commuter. That 636 would also end up being customized. The final addition to three wildly different performance builds was a brand new 2010 BMW S1000RR. His dedication to riding one-off pieces of supersport art borders on obsessive but that’s what it takes to create a dream garage.
“At the time, I didn’t think I’d end up customizing three totally different bikes with the idea that if they were all parked next to one another that no one would assume the same person owned them. They each appeal to a unique personality. I am not a guy who will chrome a bike to start. I focus on high-performance parts first then turn my attention to the cosmetic,” said Dylan.
Here is how his trio of builds came to be:
Determined to own a machine that stood out from the crowd, the Honda was Dylan’s first template for alteration but he soon realized sitting stock it was far from special. “When I got my Honda, it was ridiculous to realize how many of them are out there. At this point in my life, I owned my own business and could afford to finally do the things I always wanted to do to a bike.”
Before he could dive into all the performance possibilities, he needed to find a dependable builder. He was referred to Matt Kronvold of M&S Performance and MK Motorsports. “He is one of the most passionate guys I have met in the industry—he treats every bike as if it’s his own,” said Dylan.
The duo would stick together from then on out. For the CBR, initial efforts were focused on boosting the HP with a full Akrapovic titanium system and a Dynojet electronic package. Once the bike was off the dyno, Dylan moved onto the paint.
“I got the base idea from a Roland Sands’ bike I had seen, but I made a lot of improvements. I had a local painter follow the base idea but wanted to highlight certain areas that the original didn’t have. When doing a custom paintjob, it is impossible to envision what the final results will look like,” Dylan said. “Once painted, you get ideas of how to make it stand out even more.”
Halfway through the project, the CBR was stolen but recovered. When it came home, Dylan persisted with amendments. He added Brembo front rotors, nickel-plated HP calipers, a rear brake re-locater and RCS master cylinder as well as Galfer brake lines and a rear rotor for improved bite. He also fitted the Honda with an Öhlins TTX rear shock and FGRT forks to improve the suspension. Of course, true to Dylan’s style, he added the cosmetic (but still performance minded) trimmings last and mounted Carrozzeria V-STAR wheels and Vortex rearsets.
Said and done, it reaped more than $42,000 of his income; a total derived from a combination of parts along with repeated paint jobs. Dylan is now a little more cautious with this one-liter work of art. “I vow to not let the bike out of my sight this time,” he said.
2008 Honda CBR1000RR
Front End: Carrozzeria V-Star wheel, Brembo rotors, nickel-plated HP calipers and RCS master cylinder, Galfer brake lines, Öhlins FGRT forks
Rear End: Carrozzeria V-Star wheel, Brembo nickel-plated HP caliper, rear brake relocator, Galfer brake line and Wave rotor, Öhlins TTX shock
Motor: Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, Dynojet PCV with Secondary Fuel Module, Quick Shifter and Ignition Module
Paint: Johnny Arocha, Ravenswood Paint
Accessories: Vortex rearsets
Builder: Matt Kronvold, M&S Performance
**Owner: **Dylan Aronsohn
With a hefty price tag before any mods, it’s difficult to find a customized BMW. Most people will settle for having spent the better part of $20K and call it a day. But for Dylan, this exotic Mona Lisa was the ideal platform for creating an authentic race replica, no matter the cost. He even took it a step further, sparing no expense to obtain only non-domestic parts to duplicate the BMW Motarrad racing superbike as closely as possible.
“I contacted Titan Reidmier in Germany, who makes all the titanium parts for the team and they put me in touch with Thomas Modlmeier from TGP USA and Thomas Nutzul from TGP Moto Racing in Munich. TGP was the only company offering high-quality high-performance parts for the S1000. I also contacted Dan Kyle about using Superbike forks since I had FGRT forks on my Honda, and bought them for the BMW as well. After seeing the way they looked on the bike I thought, I already did this, time to do something else,” said Dylan.
Before the bike could go to the dyno for tuning, Matt and Dylan installed the BMW HP Race ECU and calibration kit, PCV and full Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system. “We got the best performance on the dyno using the PCV in conjunction with the BMW HP Race ECU,” Dylan said.
A now amazingly fast, albeit hard to handle, all-motor machine went back to the garage for more love. Since TGP is the only company who offered high-quality performance parts for the S1000RR, Dylan installed a TGP triple clamp, ABS Ring, swingarm pivot and rear shock linear linkage with bearings. The titanium bits alone amounted to near $10,000 but that is all relative when the legs of choice cost about the same.
Dylan wanted to take a new suspension route from his past builds. Being that he already went with what most consider to be the pinnacle fork option for a streetbike with his CBR he contacted Öhlins for an outlandish request. In exchange for FGRT forks (he’d purchased but returned), race-only Öhlins FGR 100 forks showed up in the mail with a damper and TTX rear shock.
“When you buy these things they are expecting that you will be using them for racing only. These forks are universal, which means you have to make all the parts you want to use somehow work with them. I contacted Motowheels and had the OZ front wheel made on special order to fit.”
Set up to handle superbike speeds, Dylan’s smooth and twitch-free (when not talking throttle) Beemer prepared for paint. After bouncing ideas off Matt Polosky from Color Zone Design some drawings were sketched out before Dylan flew out to California to agree on the final, workable design.
Before Dylan could decide on the scheme, Matt primed the bike in black to give them both an idea of where the bike’s natural lines were. After going to lunch and scribbling ideas on a sketchpad, they came up with a design that mimicked a BMW superbike, but they added monochromatic touches to make it unique. With the paint dialed in, Dylan contacted Motowheels and special ordered an OZ wheelset to contrast yet compliment the paint.
By the time all was said and done with the cost of the bike, travel expenses, shipping, parts, and paint Dylan spent a sizeable sum of over $65,000 on the Beemer, “I wanted it as authentic as the race bikes,” Dylan said. “But I never imagined brake pads could cost $400.”
2010 BMW S1000RR
Front End: OZ Racing Cattiva R wheel, TGP Moto Racing triple clamp, ABS sensor ring and bearing kit for triple clamp, Brembo GP4 RR nickel-plated calipers, rotors, Z04 pads and 19x18 master cylinder, Spiegler custom brake lines, Öhlins FGR 100 Superbike forks and steering damper, Titan axle, sprocket nut, caliper bolts and brake disc screws, BKG 2D clip-ons, Rizoma brake reservoir and sprocket guard
Rear End: OZ Racing Cattiva R wheel, Brembo GP4 RR nickel-plated caliper, P4 brake pads, TGP Moto Racing rear caliper relocator, swingarm pivot and rear shock linkage with bearings, TRW brake rotor, Spiegler brake line, Öhlins TTX rear shock, Titan rear axle, swing axle, subframe bolts, caliper bolts and brake disc screws, Sitta Racing custom rear sprocket, Esjot front sprocket
Motor: BMW HP Race ECU and Race Calibration Kit, 2D Data Logger, Dynojet PCV, Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust system, BMC air filter, Titan engine bolts, Samco hoses, STM slipper clutch, TGP Moto Racing sec. air system block-offs
Paint: Color Zone Design
Accessories: Lightech rearsets, chain adjuster, gas cap, clutch lever, frame sliders, swingarm spools and fairing bolts, Limberger seat, belly pan carbon fiber side panels and gas tank covers, Rizoma mirrors, Hotbodies Racing undertail, Ballistic battery, HID kit
Builder: Matt Kronvold, M&S; Performance
Owner: Dylan Aronsohn
Nicknamed after Stephen King’s novel about a possessed automobile called “Christine,” the 636 was meant to be a red-headed step child, nothing more than a functional junker for commuting and an ugly duckling no thief would be tempted by.
But who can resist such an aftermarket friendly machine? Garaging a stocker with so much potential was like asking an artist to store an empty canvas. And who was Dylan to deny his daily rider? Although the most modest of the three builds, the 636’s outward personality is what makes it special.
Sticking to his pattern of performance, Dylan added more grunt to the 636’s yelp by plugging in a PCIII to pair with a beautifully handcrafted full Arata titanium system, now a unicorn in the exhaust world. He yanked the last little bit of horsepower out with the famed “jumper mod,” which you can read more about in SSB’s January 2012 issue.
This bike is a walk back in time for Dylan as the premise for the loud paint scheme was based on his youthful passion for subway graffiti. The colors are reminiscent of classic b-boy style and portray a subtle influence from the Erion Racing 900RR. Once the paint was finalized, Dylan fitted the chassis with Vortex rearsets and clip-ons.
If these bikes were parked next to each other, no one would ever guess they all belonged to the same individual. Perhaps only a piece of him went into each one – his Honda a symbol of resilience, the Kawasaki a semblance of his youth, and lastly the Beemer, a boastful trophy to symbolize his success.
Dylan weaved himself into his builds both mentally and financially, a feat that demands respect. The Beemer may be a god among mortal machines but each bike is an icon to follow your dreams whether you’re a backyard bike builder from the states or a deep-pocket performance freak with an obsession for exotic machinery. SSB
2006 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Front End: Brembo brake master cylinder, Galfer Wave rotors, Öhlins steering damper
Rear End: Galfer Wave rotor
Motor: Dynojet PCIII, Arata full titanium exhaust system, jumper mod
Paint: Color Zone Design
Accessories: Vortex rearsets and clip-ons, powder coated calipers and triple tree
Builder: Matt Kronvold, M&S; Performance
Owner: Dylan Aronsohn