Gixxer Johnny: ICON’s outrageous Suzuki GSX-R 7/11


Led by unconventional visionaries, ICON Motosports crafts bike gear that blurs the strains between audacious and purposeful, whereas sustaining an informal indifference to standard opinions. Additionally they often discover time to construct customized bikes—and once they do, the machines they create mirror the daring ethos of their gear.

Meet ‘Gixxer Johnny,’ a “plastic-covered, over-built, and under-thunk” Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 that “places the ‘ele’ in each ‘gance’ and ‘phant.’” Not less than, that’s how ICON’s design director, Kurt Walter, describes it.

Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports
“Gixxer Johnny is a solution to a query that was by no means requested,” he provides. “We acquired her third-hand from a repo yard in NE Portland as a part of a Jamaican catch and launch program. Documentation signifies she is a 1993-era Suzuki GSX-R750 body with a GSX-R1100 motor—referred to by us analogs as a ‘7/11’.”

“With little regard for interval appropriate and a penchant for cyberpunk, the ICON crew set to refitting her for contemporary tastes.”

Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports
For sure, the donor bike was fairly crushed up. So ICON’s first job was rebuilding the motor. A brand new financial institution of Wiseco pistons went in at the beginning was buttoned up once more with Wiseco pistons.

ICON deleted the airbox, favoring a set of uber-tasty 3D-printed velocity stacks for the Mikuni carbs. (Though if you happen to scrutinize the motion pictures, you’ll discover that filters are fitted for dirtier rides.) Bespoke PBI sprockets get energy to the again wheel, whereas a Leo Vince exhaust provides an appropriately rowdy soundtrack.

Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports
Not recognized for leaving properly sufficient alone, ICON turned their consideration to the Suzuki GSX-R’s working gear subsequent. The bike had (bizarrely) include a set of Kosman drag racing triples with a detachable steering stem. So the crew pressed the steering stem right into a inventory first-gen Hyabusa triple as an alternative, making it attainable to transplant the ‘Busa’s chromed forks.

The Gixxer’s new wheels are Aprilia items of undetermined origin. The swingarm is the inventory GSX-R750 half, nevertheless it’s now related to a swanky new Ikon shock. Customized-made EBC brake rotors and Continental tires spherical out the bundle.

Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports
As for the brake calipers; “I believe they’re the rubbish six-pot Tokico Suzuki items,” Kurt says. “I imply, they’re solely rubbish if you happen to like stopping… in any other case they work nice.”

We will’t verify or deny that, as a result of the calipers are actually hidden behind a set of retro-futuristic wheel covers. ICON 3D-printed the inspiration for every half, then bolstered it with fiberglass.

Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports
Classic Suzuki aficionados will discover that the GSX-R now not wears its inventory bodywork. The OEM gasoline tank is in play, however the entire plastics are new Airtech Streamlining elements. And sure, these are winglets hooked up to the entrance fairing; ICON added them utilizing the identical 3D printing and fiberglass-reinforcing course of that they used to supply the wheel covers.

The best way ICON has blended the entrance wheel scoops with the fender is neat, however there’s much more wizardry simply additional again. The primary fairing is flanked by a pair of inset LED panels, each managed by its personal Raspberry Pi pc. “To remind everybody that we have been raised on Eddy Grant’s desires,” quips Kurt.

Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports
Different particulars embody a custom-made endurance-style gasoline filler, a battery cradle within the seat bump, and a scant cockpit that options little greater than clip-ons, Magura controls, and a small dashboard with a tacho and temperature gauge.

The GSX-R’s livery is quintessential ICON; hanging colours, throwback Suzuki aesthetics, lightning bolts, “and sufficient tiger stripe graphics to make a Dokken guitarist jealous.” It’s loud and brazen, however we wouldn’t anticipate something much less from Portland’s best.

Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports
For those who want any extra proof that ICON doesn’t play by the principles, get a load of the helmet that the GSX-R’s rider is sporting. Dubbed the ‘Elsinore’ and accessible within the US from late March, it’s a part-BMX, part-motocross impressed lid that incorporates a flip-up chin bar and a detachable peak.

And identical to Gixxer Johnny, it colours means exterior the strains.

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Suzuki GSX-R 7/11 by ICON Motosports


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