2008/2009 Winter Buildoff part 3 – Pro’s Choice Winner

The winner of the Pro’s Choice Award, and 1st Place for 2009 Custom Fighters Winter Build-off is Trucker “TruckinDuc” Booth of Soddy Daisy, TN and his VTR1000F Super Hawk. The build thread for this bike has to be one of the most epic build threads on Custom Fighters! Truck’s project started with a very rough example of the Honda’s Sport Twin platform. The bike once served as a track day tool that ended its career in an off-track excursion. This VTR became a parts bike. By the time Trucker took possession, many of its key components were missing, and the frame had minor damage. But it wasn’t all bad: the 900RR wheels, brakes, upgraded Fox rear shock and Race Tech re-sprung forks offered a good starting platform. Trucker took the bike down to the frame and started over. The frame damage was first to receive attention. The dents were smoothed to make the frame as good as new. The swingarm was braced with an aluminum trellis to complement the frame. After a thorough cleaning, the chassis parts received the flat black treatment.

With the engine out, it was a good time to pull the bike apart and freshen it up. Both engine covers had cracks, the result of earlier accidents. Instead of buying replacements, Truck cranked up the TIG welder to weld up and reinforce the case covers in the critical areas. There was corrosion in and around the engine. The valve seats had a bit of surface rust and the cooling system was starting to show signs of deposits. Both cylinder heads were treated to a chemical bath and a good bit of elbow grease. Once free of contaminants, the ports were cleaned and matched and the valve seats reground and lapped in. Before the top end was finished, Trucker came up with a crafty mod that most people wouldn’t think nor spend the time to do.

The Factory PAIR system has a port behind the exhaust valve. Typical fix for removing this system is to attach an exterior plate. Truck went one step further. He turned a plug to fill this passage and allow for less turbulent flow of the spent gas. Another cost saving and crafty piece of the package was a set of manual cam chain tensioners, as the factory units are notorious for failing. Aftermarket replacements will net a cost of about $80-plus for a pair. Trucker decided to make his own (which later on became a small side business). Instead of replacing the missing cooling system components, a solution was devised to relocate and reduce the cooling system components. This required modifying the water pump housing to redirect the flow to the relocated rad. Once again, the TIG torch was put to use as Trucker crafted a new water outlet. A fresh set of gaskets, rings and a coating of olive green paint complete the engine rebuild. The exhaust system is made of a factory header cut before the dual outlets, to create a 2-1 system. Trucker crafted his own muffler from a replacement core and made up a shorty aluminum canister that rests just below the foot peg.

Seating arrangements were needed. Truck started with a few designs drawn on paper. After tossing around a few ideas he began mock-up with wood. Once figuring out mounts and component placement, he recreated the sub from aluminum tube. The new subframe houses the typical electrics, but now also holds the radiator and dual electric fans. The radiator itself was modified for a lay-down position and fitted with a new filler neck and ports.

Clip-ons were replaced with Driven Meteor bars, and risers mounted to the stock top clamp. A late-model GSXR steering damper was retrofitted for increased stability. Steel braided lines and RC51 calipers round out the brakes. Foot controls are one-off, as Truck machined up new rearset plates and levers from billet.

There’s an etraordinary amount of work and one-off craftsmanship already in the bike, so the bodywork is no exception. Trucker began with foam to get his shapes, then hand formed the aluminum skins. The tank serves double duty as a fuel cell and air box, and turned out beautifully. The tail unit incorporates functional carbon fiber ducting to remove hot air from the radiator. Completing the body work are small aluminum panels attached to a one-off fork brace that makes up the front fender. Lighting is taken care of with LED strips fitted in the aluminum under tail. The headlight is one-off construction featuring dual projector beam lamps fitted with custom brackets. The whole unit is topped off with a modified GSXR lens.

TruckinDuc’s amazingly in-depth and picture laden original build thread can be seen here: Truckinduc’s VTR 1000 Build.

Words: Shaun Kelly | Pics: Devon Goodspeed

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