I’ll start off by quoting Mel Brooks from one of his movies. “It’s good to be the King!’ Indeed it is, and sometimes it’s good to be the editor of a motorcycle magazine, you get to see all sorts of really cool bikes, and get to know the folks who build them.
A case in point, the two beauties below, built by my friend Stevie Ming from Belfast. We both belong to a UK based group called “Tarmac Junkys.” I met Stevie through the group and have had the pleasure of watching the construction of these polar opposites. Both builds were done in a 10’X12′ shed at the back of his house, talk about a tight fit!
In this two part feature we will give an overview of the build process for both bikes. The “Blue Bike,” has been completed for some time now and has already won many trophies. “Skirmisher,” the military themed bike was just recently finished, and both will be the subjects of a double feature article in an upcoming issue of Back Street Heroes Magazine. Both are Gonzo nuts in their own way, and I am pleased to feature them here in The Biker’s Garage.
The “Blue Bike,”a totally mad custom Gixxer street fighter.
Blue bike started life as a 1995 GSXR 750 WS, along the way, it shed some plastic, and in stages, evolved in to the show winner it is today. The “Blue Bike” was actually Stevie’s first build, considering the level of finish and detail, it’s impressive.
The current details:
- Stock forks and wheels
- Polished Hayabusa 6 pot calipers
- Wavy front discs
- Thug style heavy duty front yokes (triple trees)
- Custom headlights
- Digital speedo inset into billet risers
- 900 wide 1.25 drag bars
- Stage 1 tuning
- One off link pipe
- Beowulf end can
- Remote control ignition and starter. ( keyless)
- Owner made rear subframe
- Rear seat made by Fringe Parnell
- Hayabusa 6″ oversize drag swing arm polished
- Stock rear wheel and spindle
- One off rear spacers / sleeves for the rear spindle to aid fitting into the Hayabusa swing arm
- Polished rear caliper and carrier
- GSF 1200 bandit rear shock and rocker
- Polished adjustable dog bones
- Billet polished rear brake reservoir
- Billet polished front brake reservoir
- Blue HEL Brake lines
- German street fighter tail unit
- One off billet knuckle duster tail light made by Magpie polish
- Painted by Psychocycles
- All wiring and building done by Stevie
- Polishing by Magpie and Stevie
After losing the stock faring and other bodywork, it started out as a mild street fighter.
With an aftermarket tail section, and headlight nacelle, it was otherwise a stock Gixxer.
Painting the remaining body parts, frame, and wheels, were the first steps to a full-on custom.
In addition to the custom paint, a lower chin faring and “Broomstick” drag handlebars were added.
Four into two aftermarket pipes were tried, but later swapped for a lighter four into one. One of the most striking additions was a new headlight nacelle, reminiscent of a bird of prey’s head. You can buy the nacelle, but you must build your own brackets for mounting and add lights, in this case, Stevie used projector lamps. The spiked Mohawk was something Stevie did one evening when he got bored, nice addition!
One of the braver moves by Stevie was that after having his front fender custom painted, he had Mark Law cut designs into it.
While the fender was getting sliced and diced, Stevie removed the swing arm and gave it a good polish to add “bling” to the back end.
At this point in the build the “Blue Bike” had already been winning at shows. You would think Stevie might leave it at that, but no, he wanted to go full radical and take it to the next level.
The “next level” consisted of upgrading both ends of the GSXR, starting with a fully polished and extended Hayabusa swing arm.
Using the Hayabusa swing arm required making one-off spacers for the rear wheel, and using GSF 1200 Bandit rear shock and rocker . The overall improvement in stance was worth the effort.
A polished end can replaced the previous silencer for a weight savings of roughly half. Unfortunately, this lighter unit attracted too much attention from local law enforcement, and it was later replaced with the current Beowulf can.
Up front, the headlight nacelle from phase one was replaced with custom dual headlights, and heavy billet triple trees were used in place of stock.
In my opinion, the billet trees and dual headlights make for a cleaner look than the stock bits and two previous headlight nacelles.
The final radical touch for Stevie’s Gixxer was the addition of a German made street fighter tail section. This required the fabrication of an entirely new subframe.
A billet “brass knuckles” was fabricated and mounted to the back as a taillight.
After having a custom seat made to fit the tail section, Stevie’s road burner was finished.
Stevie has every right to be proud of his blue GSXR, considerable time and effort has went in to every part of this top quality show stopper.
Job well done Stevie! Cheers!
Words By: Terry Cavender
Images By: Stevie Ming