Dean Kawczak of LBF Cycles built a show stopper for the MetricTV Metric Revolution build off. Like all of the other participants, Dean was not given a choice in the bike he had 180 days to customize and what they rolled off the trailer was a brand new Suzuki GSX-R1000. Dean is only 24 years old but he certainly has a lot of ideas about custom sportbikes and he managed to get a lot of them into this beauty. There’s a lot of original thinking here, let’s take a look.
The very first thing most people will notice about the bike are the wheels, that’s not a reflection you see, those are clear Lexan wheels. The Lexan is one inch thick, sandwiched between two split rims. The wheels have perimeter brake rotors from Freddie Krugger of Krugger Motorcycles and on the rear is a 96 tooth sprocket from Ego Tripp who also made the wheel rims and hubs. Even with a 20 tooth front sprocket it’s still geared a bit low but hey, it does look pretty cool.
The bike has air suspension in the rear AND front. It also has almost invisible controls, you’ll notice there aren’t any of the usual cables and levers anywhere. Like choppers, the cables and wires are routed inside but where are the controls? The clutch is activated by twisting the left grip with a button shift from Pingel. The brakes are activated by thumb levers, front on the right, rear on the left.
There’s quite a bit more but you get the idea. This is a very impressive custom piece without all of the over the top chrome and paint usually associated with custom bikes. It’s actually a bike that focuses on fabrication, builder skill and ideas. I like that. It will be interesting to see what Dean builds next.
By the way, this bike is for sale, bring $100k.
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