Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Icon New Jack

 
Another great bike from Icon Motorsports , the US riding kits company that builds some fantastic bikes for their new product range photoshoots (Icon Basehawk jacket in this case).
This time they've updated a 1982 Katana with:

Oil cooler in the headlight opening and LED streetlight below
Bandit 1200 motor (some people talk about it being 'bigger', it has slightly more capacity than the original, but it's actually more compact front to rear)
Mikuni flatslides
Two British Nitron shocks in the monoshock position (like a prototype Rossi M1 from 2008 or so)
Modified Suzuki TL1000R Swingarm
Twin fillers
New tail
EBC discs and Nissin four-pots
USD Showas from a 2002-era Fireblade
Honda SP2 wheels

I love it. G


13 comments:

Russ104 said...

I've impressed myself that I guessed it was a Katana from the first PIC.

I remember having a ride on the back of one aged about 8 with the robust protection of an open face helmet and a vest (with jeans and monkey boots of course, I wasn't entirely un-safety conscious).

And you know that Mr Muth of Katana fame was also responsible for the incomparable R65LS ...

KrookStreetRacing said...

I love it too.

Brad Hardman said...

I reeeealy like Katanas. Although, being picky, the original Kat had a gsx1100 engine in it and it is 16v.

Pete Stansfield said...

Twin shock monoshocks ! its the future. I love it too...

Harley said...

Actually, it's the past - Vincent used them! And Harley use them on their soft tail frames as well. Does look cool though!

Sideburn Magazine said...

Hi Brad
Correct. The X stands for 16 of course...
G

David said...

I'm of an age where I do like it, but its always easy to make a bike tough with no indicators or mudguards.

carl said...

It's o.k, but it's no Black Arrow is it?

Marcus @ MarcusMotoDesign said...

Agree, love it! The guys at Icon delivers AGAIN something fresh! Trick with the LED and oilcooler front set-up.

capnsimo said...

Ha who needs airhead BMW scramblers when you can get a katana like that...I do really like the black arrow mind, like a real racer....

Hairy Larry said...

Nice wheelie!

Pete Stansfield said...

I stand corrected Harley, nothing HD do could ever be termed the future

Sideburn Magazine said...

David
A Katana needs a lot more than no indicators to make it look tough. Skinny wheels, skinny forks, skinny swingarm all age it. They've done a lot to this bike, but not shouted about it, so it's easy to write it off an an easy conversion. Not to mention the totally new back end.
G