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Orange Appeal


2 Wheel Tuner

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Model: Meagan

Florida’s Custom Sportbike Concepts put single-sided wide tire bikes on the map, and despite being partial to Suzuki, the crew showed it can properly pluck all the fruits for success with this amazing Yamaha R1.

Time has ticked away for the typical stretched and slammed Hayabusa. What was a cover worthy custom just a year ago has already become old news, and the folks at Custom Sportbike Concepts in Florida have recognized this trend.

  We know CSC’s owner, Nick Anglada, from his wide tire, single-sided ‘Busa's that blew the world away a few years back. He’s since recognized it’s time to move on, and he nailed the coffin shut for many of his rival shops with his latest insane creation.
 
  There are probably a few poo-pooers squabbling that this R1 is just another fat tire single-sider from the original innovators, and though they’re sort of right they’re also mostly wrong. At first glance it does indeed have the popular layout of said arrangement, but if your eye doesn’t immediately begin to twitch in shock then you’re simply not as keen as you think. This set up can claim all the clichés about being a “world’s first, one-of a-kind, never before seen” arrangement, because it’s all that and more.
 
  Custom Sportbike Concepts teamed up with Chip Foose – the car builder extraordinaire – to become the exclusive dealer of his new sportbike wheels. Foose has dominated the custom car world and now has set his sights on the sportbike industry. This set isn’t exactly part of his typical line however, and Nick walked us through why, “There was a hell of a lot of fabrication needed to even make these wheels fit to our new exclusive swingarm. If a customer wanted them it would be pretty expensive. Just the wheels alone ran us $8,300, and that’s not considering the labor to get them working right.”
 
  A set from the shelf obviously wouldn’t be quite as devastating to the wallet, but neither would they be as dramatic as the 20-inch rear 3-D unit that dominates this race inspired R1. Nick opted to have a custom 20-incher built simply because he’s never seen one on a bike before.

  The trick rear wheel wouldn’t be very useful without a means of attaching it to the rest of the bike though, and CSC created an entirely new swingarm design for this project. Instead of altering one of the existing Hayabusa arms like so many builders tend to do, Nick went ahead and got to slicing away on new designs. The swingarm was created without the actual wheel though, and that made for some tricky business. “All we had to go by were some CAD drawings with dimensions of the wheel. After getting the right fit we found that the jackshaft is positioned differently and actually works better than on the Hayabusa arms.”
 
  The next piece of the rear end puzzle to sort out was the suspension, and Nick found only one obvious option – air ride. The Tricky Air-Ride system not only looks cool and adjusts from slammed to straight up with a push on the remote control key fob button, but also serves a practical purpose. The 20-inch rear wheel makes the bike ride taller, and with the air-ride raised up for riding, the bike takes a higher stance than normal. The air-ride allows for a proper adjustment to fit the situation, and can also be changed on the fly.
 
  The completely custom rear end is matched accordingly with top of the line performance parts up front. Ohlins forks support the new street specific Brembo radial calipers, which in turn clamp its powerful pistons around the trick looking Galfer Tsunami racing rotors. This all might seem a bit much for a custom show bike, but high performance race parts were the only way to complete the race inspired theme.

Things are never quite as easy as they seem however, and in mating the forks with the custom 18-inch Foose front
  wheel Nick opted to use a Suzuki hub and axle. “I don’t like the way that the R1 rotor attached to the wheel, and the Suzuki looks cleaner, so we made the hub and rotor for a GSX-R instead of an R1. It was extra work but it was worth it.”
 
  The CSC crew went the extra mile with nearly every component on the bike, as is evident in the custom bodywork. If there’s a piece of something sexy and Italian hanging from your tongue it’s because the tail section started as an MV Agusta race tail. It was then reinforced with rolled steel and glassed to mate it with the custom gas tank. Nick didn’t like the lines of the stock R1, so he chose to make the tank all one piece and tie it in with the race tail.
 
  The front upper fairing also had some attention, but it was through necessity that the number plate (adorned with the year of its owner’s birth) was incorporated over what would have been the stock headlight. “One of our guys had a truck pull out in front of him, and although he was going slow he didn’t really have an option. It busted the light out and gave us the idea to bring the number plate in, so it wasn’t all bad.

More rolled steel was used as a base, and fiberglass filled in and smoothed out the rest to make the upper look good as new, but don’t mistake it for a headlight cover, as there are few bolt-on components to be found.
  The wild paint could become the butt of a few Dukes of Hazzard or Florida orange jokes, but Nick is ready for them. “I was beating up on a Lamborghini Gallardo, and it happened to be the same color, I knew I had to have it for a bike, and after that Volusia County Customs gave it some of its own style.”
 
  Somebody brave enough to crack on this cooker had better have something special to back it up, but we’re positive there won’t be another R1 to rival this for some time. After all, it takes time for trends to set, and CSC has just created a new movement. 2WT

Special thanks to: Ron Ayers Motorsports

Dash shot: An AIM race dash compliments the race inspiration, while the Pioneer navigation/Bluetooth keeps business in order.

Rearsets: Vortex rearsets are a neat and tidy way to increase looks and performance.

Brakes/forks: Nothing but the best here, and the radial Brembo calipers and Ohlins forks speak for themselves.

Specs:

2006 Yamaha R1

Engine:
Custom Laser exhaust

Chassis:
Ohlins front suspension, Tricky Air Ride with remote control rear suspension, Brembo HP front calipers, Performance Machine 4-piston rear caliper, Galfer Superbike steel braided brake lines, Galfer Tsunami front rotors, Galfer Wave rear rotor, Foose “Lusso” 3-D wheels (20x10.5/rear 18x3.5/front), CSC single-sided swingarm with stationary center cap, Vortex top triple clamp, Vortex rearsets, Vortex clip-ons, Scotts steering dampener




Paint:
  Todd Fisher and David Boone at Volusia County Customs

Other:
 
Xenon H.I.D. headlight kit, Memphis Shades windscreen, AIM Sports race gauges, Momo grips, CRG race levers, MV Agusta mirrors, Vortex water pump cover, Barnett steel braided clutch and throttle cables, custom seat by Ray Trabal and Mike Stapleton at Raycar, Yamaha GYT-R engine cover, Spencer Cycle adjustable kickstand, Pioneer Navigational System with bluetooth wireless, RMW billet custom brake reservoirs, RMW billet front axle cap, Hot Match gas cap

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