She started her second life about 15 years after her first ended. “We pulled what remained of her from a ‘barn’ in Oregon. This particular ‘farmer’ specialized in one of Clackamas County’s primary crops, meth.”
The Gixxer was in a most peculiar way. The lower fairings had long since been discarded, presumably to increase airflow to oil coolers.
This was three years ago, when the sadly prescient Major Tom name was chosen too. (Walter is a huge David Bowie fan.) “That’s the norm for an ICON project,” Walter reveals. “We build all our customs inside our Portland design studio, worked on by the collective staff.”
“It takes more time this way, but literally every hand of the ICON team has touched Major Tom in some meaningful way. Some touched her in ways not fit for description, even on the Internet.”
The most striking aspect of the build is the solid aluminum wheels—from a first generation Harley V-Rod and shod with Avon rubber. “Our advice when swapping V-Rod wheels onto a Gixxer? Don’t,” says Walter.
“Single-handedly the hardest swap ever. You’ll need a very good friend at EBC Brakesand access to a lot of JB Weld—or a competent TIG welder.”
Next to draw the eye is the bodywork, which came from Airtech. “The plastics are a combo of Moriwaki and XR69 glass, we think. They’ve been heavily reworked, so it’s tough to remember where they started.”
The fuel tank has been narrowed by three inches, and took three months to get right. It holds less fuel, but looks worlds better.