Facts:Vinyl graphics are one of the easiest ways to make a great-looking stuntbike. Sticky J Graphics from Chula Vista, California, designed our scheme using readily available patterns that most sticker shops should have. Prices vary per design.
Racing 905 Shorty Exhaust Modification
Facts: Removing 6 inches of exhaust allows the bike to reach vertical without hitting the can. This modification can be done at home with a saw, drill and a rivet gun.
Facts: Odyssey is a deep cycle battery and provide tons of cranking power. It can also be mounted in any direction.
Vortex Racing Mirror Block-Offs
Facts: Mirror block-offs offer an easy way to clean up the front of the bike when the mirrors are removed.
Facts: A small increase in power is gained by converting from a stock chain to smaller 520.
Graves Motorsports Exhaust
Facts: Adding a full exhaust increases power, reduces weight and gives the bike a deep, throaty sound.
Vortex Racing Front And Rear Sprockets
Facts: Changing sprockets is one of the easiest ways to get more bang out of a bike. By dropping one tooth in the front and going five up on the rear sprocket, our R6 transformed into a city street rocket.
Cost: Front: $29.95
Pazzo Racing Adjustable Levers
Facts: Pazzo Racing levers can be adjusted with a click of the rolling wheel and add a custom look.
3rd Element Designs and Alsa Corp Paint
Facts: Cory Saint Clair of 3rd Element Designs applies the Eclipse paint that changes from black to white when heat is applied and costs $399 a quart.
Race Tech Fork Internals
Facts: Race Tech in Corona, California, optimized our forks for Zamora's weight and the type of riding expected on this bike.
C&C; Motorcycle Seats
Facts: C&C; creates a custom seat in a wide range of colors and materials from basic leather to exotic skins. We chose gray sharkskin for its texture and neutral color.
Performance Machine Wheels
Facts: Performance Machine is a leader in aftermarket wheels. We chose the "Judge" design wrapped in Avon Venom R rubber for it's bold, simple design.
Cost: Front: $1,099.95
Gator Glass Windscreen
Facts: Gator Customs of Crestwood, Illinois, is the originator of Gator Glass. The Super Streetbike logo runs flush with the Hotbodies Racing windscreen and illuminates with the flip of a switch.
Project One - The Stunt Bike
Baseline: 1999 Yamaha R6 / Budget: $3,000
In the second installment of our project bike build, the 1999 Yamaha R6 finally started to take shape and resemble a stuntbike. We installed the bodywork using a Lockhart Phillips bolt kit and fairing screws, added a Lockhart Phillips Speedscreen, relocated the manual choke assembly, mounted a GPR stabilizer and protected it all with a Racing 905 cage.
The focus of our third installment was to make the bike look great as well as perform. By changing the gearing of the bike with larger sprockets, the usable power of the motor is brought down to slower speeds. We added a Vortex Racing 60-tooth rear sprocket and dropped one tooth off the front sprocket as well. We then converted to a smaller and lighter 520 chain using an RK O-Ring unit.
Factory batteries are designed for a bike that spends the majority of its time in the upright position, but stuntbikes typically either have the front or rear suspended and also experience more crashes-increasing the potential for a broken battery to create a small biohazard. Odyssey Batteries makes a dry cell battery that can be mounted in any direction and helps reduce this risk.
To ensure that our exhaust doesn't scrape during vertical wheelies, we cut off 6 inches of pipe and riveted the end cap back on.
Vortex Racing mirror block-offs helped clean up the look of the windscreen after the mirrors were removed.
We wanted to create a good-looking stuntbike without going broke, and after spending just $68.49 for paint and supplies, we painted the lower body and tailsection yellow and then clearcoated both for a gloss shine. Jayme Rizzi from Sticky J Graphics created a vinyl sticker design using a combination of flames and checkers that most sticker shops should be able to duplicate. For under $600 in paint, stickers and labor, the bike looks professional and stands out. In the final write-up, we'll give the bike a test at the secret stunt spot.
The Builder's Box
Adrian Celiceo, Racing 905
Project Two - The Streetbike
Baseline: 2006 Yamaha R6 / Budget: $6,000
Our streetbike project upgrades have focused on bolt-on accessories that can be completed with simple hand tools. Last time we concentrated on appearance enhancements by adding a Competition Werkes fender eliminator, front and rear brake reservoir caps from Patrick's Performance, Vortex Racing rearsets and Graves Motorsports engine covers.
This month we looked at performance. One of our largest complaints of the 2006 R6 is the engine's power being too high in the rev range, making street riding a challenge. To access that power, we added Vortex Racing sprockets-adding five teeth in the rear and dropping one in the front. A 520-chain conversion using a RK O-ring chain helped free up a little bit of power as well. Those simple modifications transformed the R6 into a stoplight-to-stoplight rocket.
A full Graves Motorsports exhaust system replaced the stock system for even more power and reduced weight. Remapping the ignition and fuel system would have further increased power, but with the new gearing the bike quickly powers through any low-end flat spots.
Pazzo Racing adjustable levers replaced the stock ones and allow "on-the-fly" adjustments with a simple click of the wheel. The blue anodized finish adds style, and the short design increases comfort.
Now it's time to hit the streets on a bike equally at home in the canyons as well as the racetrack.
The Builder's Box
Michael Candreia and John Zamora, Shop Manager and Monkey with a Wrench
Project Three - The Showbike
Baseline: 2006 Yamaha R1 / Unlimited Budget
A realistic schedule that takes into account lead times for parts arrival is crucial, as even the smallest missing piece can have a domino effect on deadlines. In our second installment we added blue accents to break up the Sport Chrome chrome, modified the Graves Motorsports rearsets to fit our C&S; swingarm, mounted the Patrick's Performance adjustable kickstand and installed a Vortex Racing engine cover and lowering links.
Making custom wheels seems pretty straightforward, but it takes years of experience to make a quality wheel that fits correctly. Performance Machine is a leader in wheel design and craftsmanship and provided us with its "Judge" wheels and a front brake caliper. The decision to add a rear tire larger than 240mm meant tire selection became limited, but Avon Venom R Custom series tires are available in sizes up to 330mm. For our 10.5-inch rear PM wheel we're using 300mm worth of rubber.
A NOS system was installed for extra power, and we opted for the dry system for simplified installation and space savings.
Taking care of the front end is a glowing Gator Glass logo in the Hotbodies Racing windscreen.
Grip Ace grips take the functionality of the turn signals, hi/low beam and starter switches and relocates them into hidden buttons at your fingertips. Grip Ace worked with RIS Designs and adapted its system to fit into a modified billet grip. With all the switch housings removed, the bars are clean and clutter-free.
C and C Motorcycle Seats in Paramount, California, can create custom seats in a wide range of colors and materials from basic leather to exotic skins that would make PETA cringe. We chose a neutral two-tone gray design made from sharkskin for its texture and durability.
The paint scheme on any custom bike is crucial, and on our project it's the biggest feature of the bike. Alsa Corporation's Eclipse paint changes from black to white when heat is applied, and we incorporated it with some amazing results. Cory Saint Clair of 3rd Element Designs came up with a cutting-edge design to take advantage of the innovative paint.
In the next issue we'll bring together all the elements of the build and reveal the last several months of hard work.
The Builder's Box
Sesto Custom Cycles