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WORDS FROM THE PUBLISHER by: Carl Broady

Super Bikes and Jason Brittan Recently I was asked this question from someone on myspace. How do you like the show Super Bikes and what do you think about Jason Brittan? First thing, I don’t know Jason Brittan and I have never met the guy, so as for that part of the question I have no comment. What I will say is that a couple of years ago we ran a story about him in the magazine and the person who wrote the story said he was very cool and down to earth. As for the show Super Bikes I personally don’t like it. I have watched the show a few times and I truly feel it does not portray the lifestyle perspective that most of my readers are into. Playing rap music and showing graffiti during the intro does not do it for me and after speaking with many of our readers, they feel the same way. The show claims to be about the sportbike street lifestyle, but I never see anything that represents the lifestyle of my readers on that show. The show is like so many other shows and magazines. They want to act like they are like you, but they have no clue as to who you are. For example, I was actually at the Ruff Ryder What kills me is when party they featured on the show. To tell you the truth, they filmed the part with Brittan talking people in the motorcycle to Ricky Gadson in the back of the convention center and made it appear like they were with industry want to act like the crowd. It was only about 30 people there and they were friends of Brittan’s. Most of them were they are down with the bike builders that he had featured on the show or, people from the magazine he is down with. Inside urban scene. the party they only filmed in one section and he never mixed with the people at the party, but on TV it looked like they were apart of what went on. To keep it real, the party was weak. What kills me is when people in the motorcycle industry want to act like they are down with the urban scene. They try to play rap music and have graffiti painted on everything. All this shows me is that you truly don’t know your audience and this is how you view them. In the motorcycle industry the new thing is showing someone wearing a Ruff Ryder vest. On the other hand, I think the show is good in a way because it helps my magazine indirectly. The more people that tune into the show, the more new riders we gain each year. Have your paper work together. This year in New York City the NYPD was really cracking down on people who rode sportbikes. They set up road blocks on the Major Deegan, FDR drive, Cross Bronx expressway and even used rolling road blocks to pull bikers over. You didn’t have to break the law for them to pull you over, all you had to do was be on a sport bike. Once they spotted a bike, that was it. You were going to be stopped and asked for your paper work. If your paper work was good then you were free to go, if not your bike was getting towed. I truly believe the NYPD was using some form of profiling in their tactics. I have heard many stories from black, Latinos, and white riders and all of them sound the same. Many of you asked me to write about this issue and to join you in protesting the NYPD. I have no problem supporting the cause, if it is right. Like I said before there is some form of profiling going on here; but before you can protest against the actions of the police your paper work must be right. Otherwise, you have no ground to stand on because you are breaking the law. Truth be told, there are many riders out there making it bad for the riders who do obey the laws.

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can’t claim a lot of seat time on Suzuki’s iconic Hayabusa, but the few experiences I’ve had with the big bird have all been on the dark side of insanity. Riding a tweaked and lowered ‘99, on loan from a crazy local drag racer, my first ride also became the first time I ever buried a speedometer that had a 200mph mark on it. My second ride was while following the adventures of Rich Yancy’s turbo charged “Bud” Busa. Eventually attaining the mind-blowing speed of 260mph with Lee Shierts on board on a stock wheelbase with lights and license plate in place, it is still a world record holder. During this period Rich let me take it for a spin on a long deserted road where I experienced the feeling of 350 horsepower being applied to the ground. Inducing many sleepless nights reliving the terrifying experience in the weeks that followed, it is a Hayabusa experience I will never forget.

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Sticking extremely close to its roots, the new styling has certainly sharpened up the bike’s appearance. The fairing is actually wider and the windscreen is 15mm taller.

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ast but not least during this time, Rich’s buddy Scott Guthrie, aka The Sultan of Speed, decided he would put me in the 200mph club on his nitrous equipped Busa. Breaking the timing lights at 202.247mph, I joined a very small group of raving lunatics who have all been this speed and firmly cemented a lifetime of respect for Suzuki’s flag ship sport bike. It is a missile, bullet proof when it comes to tuning, and for going scary fast there has been little to touch it. Kawasaki’s new ZX 14 has definitely brought the fight to the now aging Busa, but for ’08, Suzuki has rolled out a new version of its heavy weight prizefighter. The first step to regaining their dominance was to ship a truckload of journalists into Chicago to twist the throttle and see what they had to say. Calling it “The ultimate sportbike for the road,” our first introduction to the new bike was at the Great Lakes Dragway in Wisconsin where we had been promised a couple of runs down the drag strip. This in itself

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was somewhat intimidating, as I got to sit on the bike for ten second before clicking it into first gear and rolling twenty feet into the burn out area. Then it was time to dump the clutch and put some heat in the tire before rolling to the staging area. Watching the tree lights drop, I took off for the far end of the drag strip before breaking the timing light 11 seconds later. Rolling round for a second try, I got my time down to 10.7 seconds at 139 mph before we changed gear for a day of road riding. Waiting for the group to ready, I just couldn’t believe what had just happened. One of the faster journalists had clicked off a 10.1 second run, and Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates made it into the high nines. This was on a bike no one had ridden before and just reinforced how much confidence Suzuki has in the new Hayabusa. My runs were done with complete ease, with no wheel spinning, no wheelies, and no sweat. I just eased out the clutch, got on the gas, tucked in, and pinned

it. As only my third time on a drag strip, it draws and easy conclusion about the Busa’s phenomenal power and ride-ability. Sticking extremely close to its roots, the new styling has certainly sharpened up the bike’s appearance. The fairing is actually wider and the windscreen is 15mm taller. This, according to Koji Yoshiura the bikes styling designer, was a result of extensive surveys conducted here in America. Obvious changes are the shape and radius of the fairing vents and the streamlining effects on the tail section. The integrated turn signals look a lot more modern, and up front the new high beam projector headlight is lighter and more compact. Looking at the bike from the rear, the taillight and turn signal assembly almost look like the front end of a motorcycle. This taillight is now powered by LEDs and has a clear inner lens, with red outer lenses to compliment this very unique look.


Under the bodywork, the twin-spar the turns, I was very surprised how hard I aluminum-alloy frame is essentially uncould hustle such a big bike around. Having changed with just a few “updates” as Suzuki recently ridden the ZX-14 on the track, my is labeling them. Some extraneous brackets gut feeling is the Suzook gets the job done have been removed to make the main frame better. Of course, you can’t ride it like a lighter, and rectangular tubing is now used committed sport bike, so smoothness is the for the sub frame. This change relocates the key. But once adjusted to this process, I am seat rails to allow the passenger accommoda- sure the Busa could shock more than a few tion to sit 12mm lower. The wheelbase has people at your local track day. also been reduced with changes to the swing arm removing around 5mm, which is really Wheels are changed this year to a threea marginal change on a bike that has 58.3spoke cast aluminum-alloy design, and inch wheelbase. while they are no lighter, they haven’t gained any weight either. Bridgestone BT 015s are Other chassis changes are to be found the rubber of choice, and according to the up front with new inverted 43mm KYB tire rep on hand for our track test they are cartridge forks. Using DLC (Diamonda similar compound to the GSXR1000’s Like Coating) to reduce stiction, they are with stronger belts used to offset the Busa’s fully adjustable for preload, compression greater weight. They are a street-compound damping and rebound damping. There is and did a great job on the track during no reported change to our second day of riding. wheel travel, but there Sticking extremely close Just don’t expect them to is a steering damper in to its roots, the new control close to 180 rear place on the bottom wheel horsepower unless triple clamp as standard styling has certainly you have the bike straight equipment. sharpened up the bike’s up and down. In the rear, the alumi- appearance. The new ’08 Busa also num-alloy swingarm has gets new brakes this year, 10 percent more torsional rigidity due to radial mounted Tokico four-piston calian extra internal rib in the extruded arms. pers that appear to be lifted straight from The rear shock is also from KYB and works the GSXR1000 grab full-floating 310mm through a progressive linkage. Also fully discs. These have been reduced in size from adjustable in all the usual ways, there is also 320mm for lighter weight and are 0.5 mm no change to rear wheel travel either. thicker at 5.5mm. Working on the back wheel, a single-piston, pin-slide, Tokico Out on the track at Road America, my first caliper bites down on a larger 260mm, session was on stock suspension settings and 5.5mm thick disc. The front master cylinder the bike performed well. It did start to get appears to be the same as before and does a mildly exciting, as I got up to speed. So for good job of getting fluid to the pads. Haulthe second session I had the technician dial ing the bike down from repeated trips to the in the track settings. This transformed the sketchy side of 175mph on day two, they bike on the racetrack, as the front end didn’t are very strong and easy to modulate with a dive so severely under braking and the bike straightforward linear feel. felt more composed tipping into the turns. Also feeling a lot more stable hard over in URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE

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I did notice the lever coming back further toward the bar as the session wore on, and in preparation for my last ride set it on the furthest position out to compensate. But in hindsight, I can’t think of how you will ever ask the brakes to work any harder, so am not complaining. Putting the new brakes to task, the power plant has undergone some revision to give it a quoted increase of 21 horsepower. Never an underachiever in this department, it means more of the same, and gives a corresponding increase in the peak torque figure to 114 foot pounds from 102. This substantial increase has mostly been achieved by the use of a 2mm longer stroke, which brings the Suzook’s displacement out to 1340cc for an increase of 41cc. There has been no change to the bore, and the engineers told us the

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crank remains the same, so is interchangeable with the older model. Other changes are more minor. SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) is used on the cylinder walls for better heat transfer and to allow the rings to seal better. Each cylinder bore has a new U shaped cutout, which allows trapped air to escape the underside of the pistons when they are descending. New pistons are used, and these are stronger and lighter. They have reduced diameter wrist pins, and over the four pistons have lost a total of 20 grams of weight. Compression ratio has been raised and is now 12.5:1. The previous Busa used an 11.0:1 ratio. These new pistons obviously need to ride on new rods, and these are shot peened for strength while riding on a revised crank pin position.

Up in the cylinder head, new titanium valves replace the old steel ones, although they remain the same size. Saving 14.1 grams per valve on the intake side and 11.7 grams on the exhaust, this weight loss allowed Suzuki to also use a lighter, single valve spring, as opposed to the double springs previously used. Valve lift has also been increased, and the cam chain is now hydraulically adjusted to help keep the valves where they are supposed to be at all times. It also reduces mechanical noise. Delving into the technical information reveals some major changes to the fueling system. Suzuki claim’s their new digital fuel injection is the most powerful yet. Controlled by a 32-bit, 104kb ROM microprocessor, fuel is now fired through a pair of tapered, 44mm double-barrel Suzuki Dual


Throttle Valve (SDTV) throttle bodies. This system now uses twin butterfly valves in each throttle body with the engine management system controlling its own secondary valve. As on a normal system, it is the rider’s input at the throttle that controls the primary valve, and the combined system makes for a faultless fueling system anywhere in the rpm at any throttle opening. Fine-tuning this even further, each throttle body has twin spray injectors with twelve holes in place of the previous models four. This is a common trend these days as modern machines become more advanced, and the benefits are improved fuel atomization and combustion efficiency. Between the drag strip, the racetrack, and a day on the street, we had plenty of time to evaluate the new system, and I am happy to report the Busa passed with flying colors. Giving superb throttle response from very low in the rev range, all the way till the rev limiter kicked in, the system was faultless. One area that can cause problems with fuel injection systems is at lower rpm on small throttle openings, but this was not the case with the big Suzuki. On the exit side, there is a new 4-into 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust system for ’08. Made

from stainless steel, it has a catalytic converter where the four head pipes meet under the engine, and an oxygen sensor on the collector box that is read by the engine management system to adjust the fuel system accordingly. This catalyzer helps keep hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide and nitrogen emissions to a minimum. Ending at the rear of the bike, a pair of large triangular mufflers ensure the bike is extremely quiet. Standing on pit wall as Aaron Yates went by at full throttle in fifth gear there was almost more wind noise that exhaust it is that quiet. For those who want a little extra audio, there are a number of very attractive Yoshimura 4-into-1 systems available that I’m sure will lose a bunch of weight. They will probably add some horsepower too for those sick enough to need more. Another feature on the Busa that appears directly lifted from the GSXR1000 is the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS). This is the system that allows the rider to choose from three different power curves. Always defaulting to the A setting, which gives full power, you can select B or C on the fly with the right handlebar switch. Located below the engine kill switch, it is labeled mode and you simply click up and down to select. Personally, as with the GSXR1000, I am not too sure of its benefit except maybe for riding in

the rain. Here, I can see the advantage of being able to limit the power to the back wheel, but for normal dry road or track use, the A mode suits me fine. Heading out for my last track session, I started in C mode and this gives a major cut in power. Unable to keep up with the riders ahead of me, I switched to B, which actually feels closer to full power, but even this makes the bike feel strangled. If you are buying the new Hayabusa, my feelings are you are excited by large amounts of horsepower so will want to experience it to the full. Coming to the end our test at Road America and parking the new 2008 Haybusa for the last time, I realized my fourth experience onboard the big bird was almost as wild as the previous three. The sensation of approaching Road America’s turn five going down hill at over 180mph is one I will never forget. Coming out of turn six with the rear tire spinning as Aaron Yates went by, as if he were out for a Sunday ride, will also stay burned in the memory banks for a long time. The Suzuki Hayabusa was a highly controversial, much debated motorcycle when it was released in 1999; the new 2008 model is going to ensure this situation remains the same. Catch one if you can.

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D V D R E V I E W By Carl Broady THE WANNABIES The Wannabies is an action packed extreme stunt DVD with all the stunts performed on 50cc bikes. Some of the stunt teams include TightFX, Low Budget Stunters, Jakerz Fiddy Crew, and Houston Phifty Domination just to name a few. The video starts off with a little freestyle stunting in a parking lot and at first looks like every other stunt video that I have ever seen, but then the action quickly picks up. The stunters start performing tricks that you don’t get to see guys on sportbikes perform. There is one scene where about 100 guys, all on 50cc, meet up on the streets of Dallas Texas and hit the streets for what looks like all out fun. They performed wheelies, stoppies and a whole lot of other tricks that I don’t know the names of. Most of the video is shot at different stunt shows, but the wildest and funniest part of the video is when one fellow rides his bike through the car wash. The scene is set to the 1970’s hit Car Wash by Rolls Royce. In this video you clearly see that the producers took their time and put this video together. The sound track to the video is all very hot with songs by the Lox, Ludacris, Barry White, the hottest rap group around MOP. These clowns end the video with the Etta James song At Last. The soundtrack makes this video even funnier than it would be with out it. Over all, this video was worth watching and will keep you entertained for the entire 70 minutes. ALL FIRED UP By The Road Hazards This is a video that I forgot I had and found it while cleaning up. After finding it, I wished that I had left it right where it was. There was nothing different about this video, it looked like so many other videos on the market. It looked as if it was shot with a home video camera set to a weak sound track with a bunch of drunk dudes acting stupid. In one scene there is a girl in a hotel playing on a baggage cart. Everyone in the video is laughing, but I didn’t see the humor in the scene. Maybe it’s me! Since I didn’t find the video to be entertaining, I jumped to the bonus section with hopes of seeing something that would interest me. First I went to the scene that 34

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said girls, thinking there would be some nice looking women here. NOT! That’s all I have to say. So I moved to the wrecks, this may have been the best part of the video. NOT, even it was trash. I’ll just stop here.

THE STREETZ ARE WATCHIN By The WheelieBoyz The Wheelie Boyz are known for doing wheelies all over the streets of Brooklyn, and that is how this video opens up. As the fellows ride sportbikes, dirt bikes and four wheelers through the Brooklyn streets they take you on a tour of their hood, all while on one wheel. You get to see famous Brooklyn landmarks like Nathan’s world famous hotdogs stand, and Coney Island amusement park. Almost the entire video is shot while in major traffic or on the expressway. There are plenty of scenes that will give the viewer a quick adrenaline rush, and the best part of this video is the shout out to Urban Biker Magazine. Ya Know it! The video is set to some nice sounds from 50 Cents, Ja Rule, and Jay-Z which add much flavor to the video. The editing of the video is also well done, without all the special effects that you see in most stunt videos. The only thing this video needs is more commentary from the riders. It’s good sometimes to listen to the guys who are performing the tricks and find out who they are. Over all this is was good video that will keep you entertained.


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Check it out! The weather is nice, you just met a cutie that you are trying to get know, so you decide to take her for a ride on your bike. The only thing holding you back is, she has never been on the back of a bike before and you have never had anyone on the bike before. No problem, here is how you approach the situation. First thing that you should remember is that the girl hopping on the back of your bike has just put her life in your hands and is giving you all control. So relax brother. Don’t try and show off by hitting high speeds, or dipping in and out of traffic trying to show her that you have skills on the bike. Make her first riding experience one that she will remember. Remember you are now carrying extra weight and the extra weight will cause the bike to handle a little differently. You set the rules before she gets on your bike. Let her know that she should only hop on and off the bike when instructed by you. Let her know that she should keep her feet on the pegs at all times and have her wear proper riding gear and a DOT helmet. Before you allow her on the bike for the first time, make sure you are both clear on the signals you will be giving her and you should have a way for her to signal you if need be. If

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she has a way to signal you it could help defuse a rough situation, if one should happen. Before you signal her to hop on, take your bike off its kickstand, place both feet firmly on the ground and start the engine. Make sure you squeeze the front brake. To get on the bike, she should first place a hand on your shoulder or waist. Next, while stepping on the left peg, lift the right foot over the pillion and sit down. Now that your lady friend is on the bike, remind her that a passenger’s job is to keep her feet on the pegs at all times. Next, have her assume the proper riding position with her knees firmly against you. Both hands should be used to hold on to your waist. Some passengers feel more comfortable with an arm or two wrapped around your waist but try to keep excess weight off your back, it may make it more difficult for you to control the bike. During braking, have her place the heel of one hand on the base of the tank while the other circles your waist. Although some passengers may prefer to use the grab rails, we don’t recommend doing so. The grab rails only allow the passenger to brace for braking forces. Sudden acceleration or swerving can cause a passenger to lose balance.

Many first-time passengers think they need to help you turn by leaning. Tell her that she should let you control the bike by keeping her weight as neutral as possible. In turns, this is simply having the passenger look over your inside shoulder. However, stress that she should not look over the outside shoulder or lean in the opposite direction of a turn. This could be nasty! If novice passengers look through the turn toward the turn’s exit, they will have an idea of what you’re most likely to do at the exit. You will appear to be going slower when they look far ahead. This will help relax her and make the ride more comfortable. If you are doing the right thing she may become a regular riding partner. Spend some time in a parking lot practicing swerves and panic stops. Your bike behaves differently with the extra weight, and your partner will respond better if she’s experienced with the way your bike feels in these situations. Thanks for the story idea NYCE!

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for them. That is what separates us from them. In this issue we hit events in Cape Cod, MA, Queens, NY and the Funk Master Flex Custom Car & Bike show in Edison, New Jersey. We kicked things off this summer by heading up to Cape Cod on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and hung out with the crew of ECustoms and Sick Shooter. E-Customs was celebrating their grand opening by hosting a bikini bike wash and cookout. The event

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brought more than 200 bikers from the surrounding area. We have never heard anything about the bike scene in Cape Cod, so we wanted to see for ourselves what it was like. All types of bikes and bikers showed up for the event. They were young, old, black, white, male, and female all hanging out together just chillin and enjoying the day. Even the local police stopped by to check out the event and the ladies who were playing in the suds while cleaning the bikes.


Next, we hit 2 events the same day. First was the Krupt Mob barbeque and bikini bike wash in Queens, NY. This was the first time the Krupt Mob threw a bikini bike wash, but everyone in attendance knows about the cookouts in the past that were held at Brookhaven park and how they used to rock. Each year Krupt Mob throws one of the biggest cookouts in New York for the biker community with an estimated 1000 in attendance coming from all over NYC, Jersey, Philly, and Connecticut. This year the Mob did things a little different, they held the event at their club house in the backyard. The Mob had 6 sexy females washing bikes, cars and each other giving the guys some eye candy while Fox, a member of the club, video taped the event catching all the happenings that went on. A couple of the girls had a friendly cat fight while in the little mini pool as the crowd watched. Lucky for them it was very hot, so the cold water was a bit of relief for them. They also did a good job of policing their event, and it was a smart thing to do since the event was on a residential block. At every event there are always a few knuckleheads that show up with no respect or regard for the community or the event they crash. These fools crash the event and start doing wheelies and burnouts, causing the police to show up and shut the event down. The Mob stopped all that before it could even happen, preventing the neighbors from calling the cops and all you bikers from NYC know how the NYPD was acting this year when it came to sportbike riders. NO LOVE! For the most part the event was cool and everyone just chilled and had a good time. Most people enjoyed the good eats like the jumbo burgers and barbeque chicken. After chillin with the Mob we ran over to Shea Stadium to the Ruff Ryder Bike and Car show. This was the first year the event was held so not many bikers showed up.

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I think this event was marketed more to custom car enthusiasts, because there were not that many bikes at the event. Plus the NYPD was out in full force stopping bikers who did show up. Although this event did not have a lot of bikers in attendance it was still worth attending. The Ruff Ryder label had some of their up coming artists on the stage performing some new tracks. The folks in attendance really appreciated the music and the free t-shirts they were tossing out. The fellows from Xotic Customs of Philly were in the house and stole the show with

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their custom ZX 14 that was loaded with TV’s, a DVD player and all types of other gadgets, but in my opinion the hottest bike was not even a motorcycle. It was a custom built low rider tricycle by some cats from the Bronx. The bike looked like a piece of art work. It had a complete sound system with a CD player, a 12” sub woofer and 2 6” woofers. I asked the owner what did a bike like this cost and he said $2000. Whoa! This is why I like urban events, because they bring you much more than the same old stuff. They bring you what’s really hot, everything from fly cars to fresh bikes.

For the last 2 years I have been hearing about the Funk Master Flex Custom Car and Bike Show in Edison, New Jersey. This event is not new, but for the biker community it is becoming more popular. Back in 2005 Flex started adding custom motorcycles and stunts performed by the Underground Riders to his shows. Since doing this he has doubled the number of people showing up to his shows each year.


The Funk Master Flex show is like NO other car and bike event around today. There is much more going then just nice looking bikes and cars on display. This year Flex added a custom sneaker contest, a tattoo show, and even the Marines showed up and had a pull-up contest. The custom sneaker contestants showed up with some of the most outrageous Nike Air Force 1’s I have ever seen. Everything from custom air brushed designs to rhinestones on the sneakers, with price tags from $200 to $2000. I especially enjoyed he tattoo show because they had some the best tattoo artists from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut show up and compete for the $5000 prize money. On display there were some nice bikes by Ransom, Xtreme Creations, Crystal Cycles, TOCC, and Hardcore Cycles. Outside, Flex had it going on with the Underground Riders tearing up the pavement with burnouts, wheelies, stoppies and all types of other crazy tricks. The Underground Riders were upstaged when some cat pulled into the roped off area for the bikes with a 2008 Ford Expedition and began doing burnout in circles. Whoever this guy was definitely added some spark to the show. We attend many bike shows and stunt competitions, and after awhile they all appear to be the same. I honestly get bored at them. I think that many of the bike and stunt show promoters can benefit from attending a Flex show. Each year he adds something new to keep the fans coming back for more. After while people become bored with cars and bikes on display no matter how good they look. Flex and his team have actually taken the time to look at their audience and find other things that interest them. They then incorporate these other interests into the show. Kind of like what we have done with this magazine.

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I know you guys are wondering, what the hell is a Revelation? Well, a Revelation is part sport bike and part custom chopper. This bike is owned by Jim Caruso of Xtreme Kreation located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Jim has been painting & air brushing bikes for more than 15 years and he has done a lot of paint work for Ransom Motorsports. When it came time for a new bike, Jim teamed up with Ransom to create something extreme and wild. The Revelation is a true custom bike because everything on the bike was custom made. The only thing that was used from another bike is the GSXR 1000 engine, radiator, and

EFI. The frame is a hand made Twin Spar type made from D.O.M. steel tubing. The tank and fairings were formed out of aluminum by Wayne Ransom. Look real good at the front tips and rear fender, they have an integrated turn signal custom made by Jim. The bike sports a fresh set of Extreme Machine rims along with 13 inch PM brakes. The forks are Mean Street with a Euro Components headlight. The foot controls are Vortex Racing and all the other components were custom made by Ransom. All of the body work and the paint job were done by Jim at his Xtreme Kreations shop in Atlantic City. Jim painted the bike with a Southern Polyurethane. The entire bike took 6 months to complete and is unique in many ways. Jims says no matter where he shows up with the bike, it attracts all types of bike enthusiasts. Jim and Random say this bike not only looks good,

but rides very well also. They say that they build bikes to be comfortable, perform well, and ride hard. If you can’t ride your bike hard what is the point in having a bike that just looks good? Why does Jim like URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE? Urban Bike is really in tune with the custom bike scene. It is not loaded up with a bunch of irrelevant crap that’s not worth reading. Instead, the magazine is loaded with pictures or features of bikes that are worthy of being there. This may actually sound crazy, but I like the paper, print and gloss of the magazine. Call me strange, but I notice detail sh*t like that. The detail sh*t is what I do every day, I guess.

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Year: 1998 Make: HONDA Model: CBR1100 Quentin P. Eaton of Detroit, Michigan has been riding for over 20 years and for him, riding his bike gives him a chance to get away and feel some excitement. When it came time to jazz up his bike he wanted something that looked good and would stand out, something that he could get excited about riding. When it came time to start the build Q did all the work on his bike himself and started off first by installing a 240 fat tire kit. Next, he stretched the bike by adding an 8� over chrome swing arm and he lowered the bike 3 inches. Q then added a nitrous system with dual bottles, (25 shots a piece). For that clean racing look, Quentin changed the upper fairing and moved the head lights to where the ram air used to be. The ram air was redirected to come out the side of the fairing. Q then decided to add an air ride system that would give him that smooth ride he wanted, but also make the bike look good

while it was sitting. To add more comfort to the bike, Q had his seat custom made with gel inserts that he says add to the smooth ride of the bike. Since the bike had a new wider rear section Q decided to make a custom fender, which he says is his favorite part of all on the bike. The fender is made of 100% steel, not fiber glass. The fender was custom cut, welded and installed on the bike. Q wanted to give the bike a truly custom look using half sport bike, half chopper and he feels that he accomplished the look he was going after. When it came time to add power to the engine Quentin stepped his game up by replacing the carburetor with a set of after market carbs, bigger crank, and clutch with a air shifter. Since the engine had more power, the brakes had to be stepped up as well. Galfer braided brake lines were added for better stopping response. When it came time to paint the bike, Q went with a mix of colors. Purple blue, mango orange, and silver pearl white. At night the silver pearl changes colors to an almost mist silver color. The entire bike was chromed

and some sections powder coated. The dash board was given a nice look by adding Indigo Gauges with the colors matching the bike perfectly. The entire bike was painted by 3D Custom Paint. When it came time for a set of new shoes, Quentin went with a set RC Component Gladiator chrome wheels and sprockets. The entire build took Quentin a little more than 5 months to complete, but he says that he’s not finished. He is going to add a rearview camera, DVD player, and some neon lights. Here is what Quentin has to say about URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE and why he enjoys it. I like the magazine because it gives private bike builders a chance to show what they can do. It is cool to have sponsors, but when you are scraping your pennies together trying to make something special happen, and you finally do it, it means a lot more. I’m glad to see a magazine that likes to show that off.

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Year:  1999   Make: Honda   Model: CBR900 RR Today there are many shops claiming to be custom sport bike builders, when in all honesty they are just bike assemblers. They disassemble a bike and replace all the stock parts with after market parts. Next, they send all the parts out for chrome and add a new paint job and that is it. It is hard to believe that they call themselves custom fabricators.

pair of RC Components Sheriff rims. Next, it was time to upgrade all of the stock parts on the bike. John and BJ started off by adding a set of Rizoma Handle bar grips and a set of billet mirrors. A Sport Tec chrome windscreen, Pro tek spin off gas cap, Pro Tek master cylinder caps and a Arlen Ness taillight was custom fitted to fit the RC51 tail section.

Rick’s Motorcycle of New Hampshire is not one of those shops. They actually go the extra mile to truly customize a motorcycle. BJ and John Basnett are the owners of Rick’s Motorcycles and for many years they have built off the wall custom sport bikes for their customers. The two decided to build a bike of their own that would show of their talents as custom sport bike builders.

With all the frame and body work complete, it was time to jazz up the engine and add some power. First, the engine was replaced with a 97 CBR1100XX Black Bird Engine. BJ and John said that when they told another shop that they were going to use a black bird engine on a CBR900 they laughed and said it could not be done. A Brook Performance exhaust 4-2-1 sidewinder was added along with a factor jet kit and Barnett Racing clutch. The bike was fitted with a hydraulic clutch master cylinder, a V Twin radiator and a fan completed the all the engine work.

BJ and John took this 1999 CBR900 and turned it into something really special. The first thing they did was completely take the bike apart and they started to work on the frame. The frame was cut and then widened to accommodate the no jack shaft. All of the motor mounts were relocated and the sub-frame was cut and reshaped. BJ and John then added a C&S 10” swingarm to the bike and replaced the forks, bars and triple tree with parts from a 954. The tail section was then replaced with a RC 51 and they added a

When it came time for the all the cosmetic work, John and BJ did not want to do the same old thing everyone else was doing. Chrome! They decided to have the entire frame, sub-frame, triple tree, rims, swingarm, engine covers, forks, Calipers, handlebars, and mirror brackets all plated 24 carat gold. All the plastics were then painted in house by Rick’s with a Cadillac pearl that complements the gold platting well. The seat pan had to be remolded to fit the new tail

section. After the seat mold was complete it was covered in leather and gel packed for comfort. What BJ and John like most about the bike is the fact that it not only looks good, but it is completely drivable unlike bikes shown in other magazines that are just for show. They say with all the hard work that went into building this bike, it has inspired them to push the limit even more. The bike took 3 months to complete, but BJ and John say it was well worth it. There are no future plans for this bike, but BJ and John want everyone to know that the bike is for sale and all serious buyers can call them at their shop. What do BJ and John have to say about URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE? We like Urban Biker Magazine because it reaches readers who have similar interests in bikes.   The magazine is dedicated to the reader.  They feature everyday customers as well as riders.  Everyone likes something about their bike.

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Model: Hayabusa AKA The BATBUSA This 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa is owned by Ed Smith (Big Catt), a New Jersey Correction Officer, who enjoys riding his bike when he is not protecting the people of New Jersey. Ed began riding more than 3 years ago and today uses riding as a stress reliever after a hard day on the job. For Ed, his bike is also a form of expression and he says it comes out in the paint job and all the custom work that went into it. The bike is an extension of Ed’s personality. Ed started off by taking his bike to Xotic Customs where they first went to work on the engine. Surge, owner of Xotic, began by adding an airbox modification and power commander. Next, it was time for the Yosh

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drop in-cams and Street head. A 1390 big bore kit was added along with a NOS kit for that extra kick of power. To add a little flavor to the engine, Big Cat used a clear casing to the engine. Xotic then custom made the exhaust pipe to fit with the new styling of the bike. With the engine work complete, it was time to add the flavor to the bike. Big Cat started off by replacing the factory swingarm and adding a Hardcore Custom Cycles swingarm with an Avon 330 fat tire that sits on a set of RC Components Vega rims. Big Cat wanted the smoothest ride possible, so he went with a TOCC air ride suspension. Next, Ed added a set of custom chrome triples, Yanashiki grips, custom levers, rear sets, grab rails, kickstand, frame caps, fork caps, axle caps, and brake arm. Ed’s bike also features LED blinkers, neon and strobe lights and a set of fairing spikes.

Finally, it was time to hit the bike off with a nice paint job. Ed had the bike sent over to T’s Kustom Graphics where they painted the Batman theme on Ed’s bike. The entire frame and chassis was painted with the Batman theme through out. Ed says what he likes most about the bike is that it is original, custom made, and he had input on the entire building process. Here is why Big Cat likes URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE: The magazine is real and finds real people doing real work, riding REAL bikes. It doesn’t get any more REAL than that!


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Year: 2006 Make: Kawasaki Model: ZX14 Black Bike Week 2007 was off the hook and brought out some the hottest bikes on the east coast. The majority of these bikes were customized by the cats riding them and not so called celebrity bike builders who get most of their parts for free anyway. There were hard working guys like Steven Harmon, a converter repair tech for Comcast Cable in Detroit, MI. Steven, 39 has been riding since he was 5 years old, when his mother bought his older brother an HP5 mini bike. Steven’s older brother allowed him to ride bike and Steven says he has been riding ever since. When it came time for Steven to spice up this bike and add some flavor to it, Steve decided to do all the work himself. Steve felt, why should he pay someone else to do the work for him? So he jumped head first

into his build project. For the next 4 months, each evening after work, Steve would work on a section of his bike. Steve claims that doing all the work on the bike himself made it a full-time job, but it was well worth it. He started off by adding an 8 to 12 inch adjustable 240 Macintosh swingarm, and a set of PM Gatlin chrome rims. Then Steve had the bike lowered 3 inches and he hooked up a 1530 big bore kit and a 30 shot dry nitrous kit. The stock exhaust was replaced with a Boz Brother Shorty pipe along with a set of chrome mesh screens were added to the fairings. Steven had a custom made seat created just for the bike with a flame stitched into it. Finally, the stock grips and levers were replaced with chrome grips and levers. After Steve finished stepping the bike up, it was time for paint. He sent the bike to 3D Custom Paint who he refers to as the “best and the baddest painter in the Detroit area”. 3D painted the bike Tangerine Orange and airbrushed a ninja theme on the bike.

Steven paid respects to his mother by having her face painted on the bike in a ninja outfit. What Steven like best about the bike is that he did all the work himself. He says when he first saw the ZX14 he thought it was an ugly bike, but now he feels that he has created a master piece. In the future he plans to add an air ride system, but right now he says “George Bush and his boys are putting a hurting on the Detroit area”. It isn’t just Detroit! Here is why Steven digs URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE: Urban Biker is a magazine that showcases the talent of the garage builder as well as the so call big name builders. It is a biker magazine for the people in the hood. I have mad love for this magazine. Mr. Harmon

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Year: 1998 Make: KAWASAKI Model: ZX6R TRIKE Urban Biker has adopted a new slogan that was given to us by Ray over at Radianz/Dapinnci. “DARE TO BE DIFFERENT” So, when we find a bike builder doing just that, we have to go that extra mile to feature his work in our magazine. What we find to be sad is that the other custom sport bike magazines won’t even feature this bike in their publications. One magazine told Geo his bike was not good enough to be seen in their magazine and that no one wanted to see a 1999 bike. Well, I think they are WRONG! We hear about businesses using all types of gimmicks to promote products. We have seen everything from having a mascot in front of their place of business handing out flyers to running goofy commercial ads. I think this is the first time a pizza shop has ever had a custom motorcycle built to draw attention and help promote their business. That is just what Johnny G’s Pizza Factory of Seaside Heights, New Jersey did. The owner wanted something totally different and eye catching for his pizza shop that is located

right on the boardwalk. He asked Geo of Geo Custom Cycles to come up with a nice custom bike that would make people stop in front of his business After some brain storming, Geo thought about custom building a trike. Geo says that he saw many Harley-Davidson and Goldwing trikes, but no sport bikes. At that moment Geo started planning the build for the bike. Geo started off with a 1998 Kawasaki ZX6R and completely took the bike apart. After disassembling the bike, he began working on the swingarm The swingarm was hand made by using the front portion of the stock ZX6R swingarm and the back portion of a KFX400 swingarm. The swingarm took about 2 weeks to complete and it was then sent out for chrome platting. As for the braking system, Geo was able to use the stock KFX 400 brake system along with the stock ZX6R. Since Geo wanted to use a set of 17” Foose wheels he had to completely modify the stock KFX400 rear hubs to fit the rims. Geo then designed and custom built the exhaust system which comes out on the left side of the exhaust. It was made out of stainless steel piping and then polished to a chrome like finish. The majority of it was polished all except 8 pieces.

Now this bike is no longer a corner curver. It is now meant to be seen and look good on. There was not much engine work done to it, Geo just ported cylinder heads, a degreed cam shaft, and an under cut transmission that prevents the gears from slipping along with a jet kit. When it came time for paint, Geo went with a PPG Vibrance collections key lime green and candy green for the graphics. The entire bike was painted by Geo and air brush work was completed by Fred of Killer Kreations. After 12 weeks and a cost $15,000 the bike was complete, and I guess $15,000 was a small price to pay to drum up business. Geo says what he likes best about the bike is how the line flows with the gas tank, swingarm, and rims. The bike looks like it came from the factory. Since having the bike completed it has been sitting in front of the pizza daily shop. Surprisingly the bike has drawn more attention than expected. The owner now plans on having a bike night every Tuesday during the summer months

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Year: 2006 Make: GSXR 1000 Model: Suzuki We named this bike the unknown because we have very little information on it. We shot this bike last year at bike week in Myrtle Beach in front of Oceanside Cycles. All we know is that the bike was owned by one of the guys that worked for Bobby, owner of Oceanside Cycles. When it came time for us to get information on the bike Oceanside’s number was no longer in service. We contacted Steve over at Trinity Cycles and he said that he had no clue as to where Bobby was or what was going on with Oceanside Cycles. Since we had some nice shots of the bike, we thought that it would be a good idea to run them anyway. This bike looks too good not use the pictures. The bike was painted with a nice blue and black paint scheme and nice air brush work on it. I really like how the word “VENOM” is air brushed on the tank. There’s not a lot of chrome on the bike, just enough to complement the rims and swing arm and to help bring them out. It has a 240 tire kit with a extended swing and custom chrome rims. That about all we know, but we know you all we appreciate the bike anyway.

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Year: 2006 Make: Suzuki Model: Hayabusa Sick Shooter has been around now for several years and they are best known for creating gun and billet replica parts for motorcycles. Evan, co-owner of Sick Shooter has just opened a new shop called E-Customs along with his partner Kyle Hicks. Together they have built a bike for construction worker Adam Clough of Cape Cod, Mass. 15 years ago, Adam stated that he was into riding dirt bikes and then he started to get into the street scene bike after seeing sport bike all tricked out. The first bike he purchased was a GSXR 1000 chromed out, but after seeing someone else with a big tire kit he had to have one. Adam went out and purchased this 2006 Busa and dropped it off at E-Customs for them to work their magic on. E-Customs started off by replacing the rear section and 74

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added a 300 rear tire with a Sport Bike King swing arm. With a wider rear the E-Customs added a fresh set of RC Components chrome Raven wheels to the bike. Since the bike had new rear end and it was looking good, it was time to smooth out the ride. E-Custom went with a Dapincci air ride system that is controlled by remote. Next, all the factory parts were replaced with chrome after marker parts. Evan and Kyle started off by using some Sick Shooter parts. First they replaced the clutch cover with a Sick Shooter clear cover, added diamond levers and grips, chrome calibers, some chrome rear sets, and a set of Sick Shooter gun foot pegs. The foot pegs have a NOS purge that shoots out the gun’s barrel. The exhaust was swapped out for a Boz Brothers Moria exhaust system and then a power commander was added to the bike. Kyle & Evan wanted a paint job that would standout so they sent the bike to Brooklyn, NY where it was painted by Chris Atakar. Chris painted the bike with a heaven and

hell scheme. Chris used several different colors on the bike: candy apple red, orange, and burgundy. Each color has the ability to stand out more than the other depending on what angle you view the bike from. Chris also added some nice air brush work to the bike. Check out the angel painted on the fairing and skulls painted on the tail section that lead up to the scary looking green Medusa. The bike was built entirely by E-Customs and Sick Shooter, and took 6 months to complete. Evan has told me that he is not done with the bike as of yet. Currently he is working on a 400 kit with a 21 inch front wheel. THAT’S WHOA! Check out what E-Customs & Sick Shooter had to say about URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE: Urban Biker is in a class by it’s self and the best bike mag available. They cover everything. Other mags try to duplicate it, but they can’t


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Make: Yamaha Model: R1 Having this bike built was a nightmare says the bikes owner Keith Capizzi of Cape Canaveral Florida. Keith is also the owner of Sixty61.com. Keith states that it took more than 6 months to receive the rims and swingarm that he ordered for the bike. Since he didn’t have time to build the bike himself, he sent it to one of the shops in his area that sales his Sixty61.com motorcycle accessories, and ask the fellow to have the bike ready for bike. Well to make a long story short Keith didn’t have his bike ready and he no longer does business with the shop. Keith says when he got the bike back some of the parts where missing and other parts were falling off of the bike. Keith started off by having the forks, frame, sub-frame, triple tree, foot pegs, hand controls, brake calipers, and clutch covers all chrome plated. He then had the gas cap, rearset spacers, swingarm springs, and vari-

ous bolts powder coated candy apple red to match the candy red flames of the limited R1 paint scheme. Next Keith added some of his own Sixty61 accessories to the bike. He started off with replacing the windscreen bolts and adding some Sixty61 bolts, frame sliders, and bar ends. He than custom made the axle nut covers, triple tree covers and yoke cover to match the rest of the spiked parts on the bike. Keith’s bike was the first to use all the new spike parts and he wants everyone to know that they will be on the market soon.

02-03 R1. The under tail custom made with Greg’s custom blinkers and a Clear Alternative integrated tail light

Keith upgraded the stock levers to a set of CRG chrome levers, added a set of chrome R1 engraved grips, along with a set of chrome Galfer rotors for the front and rear. The rear sets were replaced with chrome protec rearsets, the starter cover was replaced with a chrome engraved stator cover. Keith stepped the brakes up and went with a set of PM brakes, and slapped a set of RC Components chrome Vega rims on the bike. He than added a 240 wide rear tire with a Chrome Trac Dynamics swingarm stretching the bike 6 inches. He than replaced the stock exhaust with a Sixty61 bomb exhaust tip for

For Keith the best thing about the bike are new Gatling frame sliders and bar ends from Sixty61. He says they just came out and no one has them yet and he says the stock limited edition paint is awesome. It just looks mean and clean.

Keith bike was originally blue and white, but since he liked the paint scheme of the limited R1 he decided to have his good friend Josh Rosenburg paint the bike for him. Keith states that Josh did a really good job with the paint, plus he did not charge him. Free is always good! The bike took over a year to complete and Keith is finally happy with how it turned out.

Here is why Keith likes Urban Biker Magazine: Urban Biker seems to be more about the lifestyle of bikers. Other magazines are cool, but are run by politics more than riders.

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Year: 2004 Make: HONDA Model: CBR 1000RR The Japanese have been known for making sport bikes for many years now, but how often do we get a chance to see custom sport bikes from Japan? Not often! This bike was sent to us from Bucci, publisher of Performance Bike Magazine over in Japan. Performance is one of the best motorcycle magazines that I have ever seen. Bucci’s magazine reminds me of Urban Biker, cutting edge, different and not the same old boring stuff. This CBR 1000 was customized by Masa, owner of HB Reserve, one of Japan’s premier custom bike builders. Masa’s shop is located in Osaka City, Japan where he not only builds sport bikes, but choppers as well. Masa also makes many custom parts for bikes such as his no jack shaft swingarm, and

custom mirrors. When it came time to build this bike Masa got very creative. He started off by replacing the stock swingarm and adding one of his own custom swingarms, an HB Reserve no jackshift single chain line that runs out of the frame with off set front sprocket. He then cut the front springs to lower the bike and added an HB lowering link to the bike. Masa added a set of chrome shoes to the bike. He went with a set of Performance Machines Emenaldo rims. The rear rim is a 300 to give the bike that phat Azz look. A custom snake skin seat was made keeping with the serpent theme of the bike. The bike also has a set ST Machine mirror,that helps to give the bike a sleek look. Next, Masa took off all the factory stickers and added some custom vinyl graphics by Coboo Studios. Coboo Studio is a famous Japanese paint-shop that does some great work.

Masa says that his favorite thing about the bike is the custom swingarm that he built. In the near future Masa will add a NOS kit to the bike. Why do Masa & Bucci like URBAN BIKER MAGAZINE? I like UBM, so we like custom bike of street.  I always ride with many of my customers. I always make street custom bike not show bike. We can feel street biker’s mind & energy  from  UBM. UBM is only one mag can feel   street !  BUCCI   from PERFORMANCE BIKE MAGAZINE www.performancebike.jp

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