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Eff Tee Pee
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Saw an interesting article in the newest Cycle WOrld this month. The author, Peter Jones, was talking about how he always gets assignments writing about the coolest bikes, and always wishes to have one like it but comes up short with something not quite as nice.

This time however he's talking about his very own streetfighter GSXR that he's done some work too and he's talking about how it's the coolest bike because it is a bike that he made uniquely his.

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heres a link to the article.
 

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Clutch it up already!
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I love seeing bikes like mine fightered up instead of lowered and stretched out!
 

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I like the efforts put into the rear wheel. I have that edition. It's actually Last Months as the new one is now out. But his bike is pretty nice. I would like to see him change up the tank a little.
 

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Function IS Form
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Yeah I like his wheel and the tank looks nice and clean.

The coolest bike I've ever seen was my busa :)
 

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I may be the odd man out. BUT:

I got my issue earlier this week and turned to this spread immediately. After reading and looking at the finished project I was not impressed. I would think someone who has surrounded himself with the motorcycle culture could produce a better finished product. I may be too detail oriented, but somethings on that bike just don't look good. At least not good enough for the cover. I've seen the vast majority of builders on this site producing far superior bikes with less money and network connections. The author wanted to build a retro type bike with modern parts. He missed the mark in my opinion. Then deem it "World's Coolest Bike"? I can't see it. I totally understand that pride for something you create is well deserved. And the fact that a streetfighter made the cover of Cycle World is pretty damn cool, but I would have rather seen someone on this site get that opportunity. This just reaffirms my belief that magazines of this nature don't really comprehend what we do.

Wow, sorry for the rant. :whocares:
 

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I may be the odd man out. BUT:

I got my issue earlier this week and turned to this spread immediately. After reading and looking at the finished project I was not impressed. I would think someone who has surrounded himself with the motorcycle culture could produce a better finished product. I may be too detail oriented, but somethings on that bike just don't look good. At least not good enough for the cover. I've seen the vast majority of builders on this site producing far superior bikes with less money and network connections. The author wanted to build a retro type bike with modern parts. He missed the mark in my opinion. Then deem it "World's Coolest Bike"? I can't see it. I totally understand that pride for something you create is well deserved. And the fact that a streetfighter made the cover of Cycle World is pretty damn cool, but I would have rather seen someone on this site get that opportunity. This just reaffirms my belief that magazines of this nature don't really comprehend what we do.

Wow, sorry for the rant. :whocares:
That bike isn't the universal 'world's coolest bike,' it's the world's coolest bike from the perspective of the guy who built it. That's the point, and the article represented the values that I appreciate in streetfighters/Custom Fighters perfectly.
 

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The article was actually a few pages long and included a Norton roadracer as well as a Moto Morini 250. The moral of the story was how these companies had the "outside the box" type of mentality when developing these bikes. Doing things that no one had ever done before. I don't think the GSXR hit that same theme totally. I'm not bashing the author. I just don't think the bike fit with the caliber of other bikes covered. On it's own the bike is fine, but as it relates to the rest of the article, it didn't fit in my opinion.
 

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Looks familiar to me.. but my memory isn't very good :hippie7: :LolLolLolLol:
 

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The article was actually a few pages long and included a Norton roadracer as well as a Moto Morini 250. The moral of the story was how these companies had the "outside the box" type of mentality when developing these bikes. Doing things that no one had ever done before. I don't think the GSXR hit that same theme totally. I'm not bashing the author. I just don't think the bike fit with the caliber of other bikes covered. On it's own the bike is fine, but as it relates to the rest of the article, it didn't fit in my opinion.
Heh, maybe the people who read the magazine have never seen a streetfighter before?
 

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i rolled up to a dealer last week and some guy walked past me and said, get the new cycle world, theres a bike on the cover that looks just like yours. haha
 

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i rolled up to a dealer last week and some guy walked past me and said, get the new cycle world, theres a bike on the cover that looks just like yours. haha
OH NO THE END IS NEAR!!!!


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I'm with Dusaki on this. I read the article, and while it's nice that he considers his bike to be the "coolest", at least as far as he is concerned, it's nothing special. As mentioned elsewhere, there are better bikes on this forum made with less "connections" and more elbow grease. He went to a custom shop to build his swing arm, the rear wheel, and the tank, and bought a one-off part for the front wheel from some high-end supplier. Meanwhile, there are ordinary folks here on the site building stretched tubular one-sided swingarms, modding up their own subframes, and generally doing the "built not bought" thing. The author's bike, while nice-looking, was a built-to-order, and he has no sweat equity in it other than some futzing with velocity stacks to make them fit the ram air intakes. He didn't even do his own water hose covers. I'd almost say that he didn't really build a 'fighter; he built a show bike that vaguely resembles a fighter.

There is a time and place to buy, certainly. For specific things that are beyond the capabilities of the average mechanically-inclined individual. When someone goes and buys the parts and has a shop assemble them, to me it's a show bike; when they buy the parts they can't make, and assemble it themselves as much as possible, aiming for functionality not looks, then it's a 'fighter. That point is different for everyone; some here can rebuild forks and machine parts on their own, others (like me) aren't even all that great at welding. But I'll be doing as much as I can on my own, and not using money to buy anything that I don't have to.

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