GSX-R Lowering Links: Reach a New Low

One of our most popular products just got better. The Roaring Toyz lowering link for the 2007-2008 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and 2006-2010 GSX-R 600/750 now has seven holes. Upgraded from the original four holes, this new link offers more levels of adjustment so you can achieve the perfect state of low. These Roaring Toyz lowering links are CNC machined in-house from 6061 billet aluminum, and each one comes installed with OEM-style bearings for optimum performance. Go ahead, get low.

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Custom and Chrome GSX-R1000

At Roaring Toyz, we love building custom sportbikes for our men and women in uniform. The latest member of our military to get the Roaring Toyz touch on his motorcycle is Alex Dunlap, who started getting compliments on his 2005 GSX-R1000 about five minutes after he rode out of our shop.Alex is stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He serves as an Aviation Resource Manager, which means he handles mission planning and management, among other things. That officially makes Alex badass, as far as we’re concerned.Alex brought his GSX-R1000 to Roaring Toyz after meeting us at Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. “I met Bob at Myrtle Beach a few years ago and I liked the work that he did. His orange ZX-14 is probably my favorite bike still. He did an amazing job on that bike,” Alex says.During the design process, Alex already knew what he wanted done to his ride. “When we went in I had to pick out the rims that I wanted and go over the design, but I had an idea of what I wanted,” he says. He’s quick to add, “You can’t really imagine it until you see it. They do an amazing job.” (Thanks, Alex!)

Alex picked up his custom GSX-R1000 when it was done and rode home. Just a few miles from our shop, Alex was sitting at a traffic light when several guys pulled up next to him. They honked their horns and gave Alex a thumbs-up.

More of that kind of attention will be waiting for Alex when he goes to Atlantic Beach Bike Fest this year. “I’m going to go to Myrtle Beach with something that I know people will enjoy. It’s not a bike I’ve dumped tens of thousands of dollars into, but it’s a very good-looking bike. I smile just thinking about it. It’s amazing what some pieces and a good custom shop can do for you,” Alex says.

In fact, Alex is so excited about showing off his newly customized sportbike at Myrtle Beach that he is postponing back surgery just so he can go. Now that’s some serious dedication. To Alex, we say thank you for your service, and thanks for reppin’ Roaring Toyz at Atlantic Beach Bike Fest!

Specs

2005 Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Custom Honda CBR 1000RR

 

Back in 2007, we debuted the Roaring Toyz Project H bike. That Honda CBR1000RR was different than any other custom we’d produced, and we proved it by taking it out and flogging it on the racetrack. It’s no surprise that the Project H bike spawned a lot of imitators from other builders, but nothing can live up to Roaring Toyz quality and engineering.

Jeff Marrow had that in mind when he saw the Project H bike and contacted us about customizing his 2006 Honda CBR1000RR. He wanted that same blend of style, performance and racing heritage.

“When I walked in the door I saw that Honda he was building. I was floored by it,” Jeff says, referring to Roaring Toyz owner Robert Fisher. “I got to know Bobby personally and he’s a really down to earth guy. He started in a garage, and he’s gone from there.”

Jeff’s Honda is turbo-charged and features a custom Roaring Toyz exhaust dump can. A Power Commander allowed us to tune the high-horsepower beast to perfection.

In the looks department, Jeff’s CBR1000RR has a 240 rear held in place by a Gregg’s Customs single-sided swingarm, which gives the Honda an extra two inches of stretch. The wheels are Performance Machine’s Torque Contrast Cuts, capped with Pirelli Diablo tires.

Custom touches add to the Honda’s racing look, including a Hot Bodies undertail, Sato Racing rearsets and frame sliders (just in case), and Yana Shiki adjustable billet clutch and brake levers. Other mods are the billet custom fork and yoke caps, Roaring Toyz Arrow Point bar ends, a clear clutch cover and custom-covered seats.

After doing all of that to Jeff’s bike, we thought it was finished. So did Jeff. We were both wrong. He recently brought the Honda back to Roaring Toyz for a custom paint job, which was laid down by Paul Wong of Aruba.

“I didn’t want to mess with the factory look when it was new, but now it’s time for a change,” Jeff says.

We’d say that Jeff is finished customizing his CBR1000RR, but we know better now. And Jeff’s bike is proof that having a custom sportbike doesn’t mean you have to give up performance and rideability. Whether you’re riding down Main Street in Daytona or cranked over through the mountain twisties, you can look good with a Roaring Toyz custom.


Icon Limiter Live Tour 2012 Schedule

Roaring Toyz is proud to be a part of the Icon Limiter Live Tour this year. This show is all about the bikes, the gear, and the crazy fun that is the motorcycle lifestyle. Hot models, stunt shows, free swag…Icon knows how to throw a party! And, make sure to check out the custom, retro-looking 2012 Kawasaki ZX14r that Icon built using a Roaring Toyz components!

 

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Festivals of Speed St. Petersburg Motorsports Luxury & Lifestyle

Roaring Toyz custom motorcycles will be featured alongside Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Bentleys, and more when the Roaring Toyz rig pulls into the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club on Sunday, April 1. The event is open to the public so come out and see the latest from Roaring Toyz while enjoying on-site cafes serving the finest culinary offerings, music in the gardens, wine tastings, cigar smokes, luxury lifestyle displays, amazing race boats and more.

The field is diverse, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models. On display will be custom motorcycles, race boats, and countless other exciting vehicles.

The Festivals of Speed event will take place Sunday, April 1, 2012 10:00am – 4:00pm at:
Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
501 5th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

 

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Read more about the event and other weekend activities at: http://festivalsofspeed.com/st-petersburg/

 


We Fought the Law

If you’re one of the 8.3 million people who have seen Icon’s Drift 2 video on YouTube, you probably saw the Roaring Toyz logo pop up – after all, our custom single-sided swingarms gave the Triumph Speed Triples an extra kick of drifting style and six inches of stretch. Nick “Apex” Brocha and Ernie Vigil are on the run from the local law, and they ride every direction but straight as they navigate twisty mountain roads.

You’d expect that Nick and Ernie spent a lot of time practicing on the Triumphs, especially once the Roaring Toyz swingarms were installed.

You’d be wrong.

“We didn’t break them in,” says Ernie. “The video came together really quickly. We had a four-week window to get these bikes ready. The day leading up to us leaving for Portland to shoot, we had just gotten the swingarms on and gotten them painted. We went to Portland with bikes that had zero miles on them.”

Nick says that jumping on the brand-new Triumphs and immediately flogging the hell out of them wasn’t that hard. “This bike could be ridden more like a race bike because we kept the swingarm shorter: it’s only six inches over. That swingarm was really all we needed to make it a capable drift bike,” he says.

Robert Fisher had never built a single-sided swingarm for a Triumph, so it was a Hail Mary going into it for everybody. He had to engineer it to a standard that would keep us safe when we’re out there on the motorcycle. We relied on Bob to take care of us,” Nick says, adding that his swingarm was installed the night before the shoot…in his hotel room. Luckily, installation was quick and easy.

“The swingarms are a thing of beauty,” Ernie says. “I’ve never seen anything that had that kind of craftsmanship. To open a box and see a swingarm built out of one chunk of billet and without a single weld, it just blew my mind. The bike is on the showroom floor of my local dealership now, and people just flock to it. Bob outdid himself on this one.”

Nick and Ernie make the drifting look easy, as does “Officer” Dan Brockett in his Mustang chase car, but Ernie insists that they were all at risk. “That place where we filmed, there were 200-foot cliffs to rock bottom. If you flew off the cliff, you’d be dead. There were times when we’d almost be in the dirt, or Dan would be in the dirt. People don’t see that 200-foot cliff, and all it would have taken would be something little going wrong,” Ernie says.

Despite the danger, everyone had plenty to laugh about when Dan ad-libbed his lines. Nick and Ernie both name Dan’s scenes as their favorites, including one that wound up being cut: Dan performed the whole scene with a Russian accent.

Fans of the Icon Drift videos can expect more installments in the future. Nick says, “I’m really looking forward to the next one. Whenever you wrap one of these up, you’re always thinking about the next.”

And so are we. Look for more innovative Roaring Toyz parts in future Icon Drift videos, or go watch Drift 2 again. Just watch out for that rattlesnake.


Roaring Twinz: Evolution of the Street Glide

Roaring Twinz gives a custom V-Twin a facelift with a 30-inch front wheel conversion

Customizing motorcycles can be like a drug: the more you do it, the more you want. Plenty of Roaring Twinz customers can attest to the fact that a custom motorcycle is never really done. It just evolves. That was certainly the case for Mark Sollitto, who just can’t get enough V-Twin customization on his 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHX.

Sollitto’s ride has already been featured by Roaring Twinz. The Streetglide has a stunning combination of both performance and style mods, including modified bodywork with an electric blue custom paint job by Roaring Twinz painter Ryan Hathaway.

Stretched gas tank? Check. Custom audio system? Check. Massive front wheel? Check.

Well, sort of. Sollitto had a 26-inch front wheel on his V-Twin, but he decided that it just wasn’t big enough. He took his bike back to Roaring Twinz boss Robert Fisher so it could evolve once again, this time with a 30-inch front wheel conversion.

Before the new, even larger wheel could go on, Fisher had to cut and rake the frame. The neck also had to be lengthened and lifted to maintain the bike’s low stance while making room for the large new wheel.

Billet CNC-machined raked offset triple clamps were also necessary, and they sit atop extended fork tubes and cowbells.

The 30-inch beast is a MetalSport Don Juan chrome-plated wheel with a matching 13-inch Don Juan brake rotor. A hand-laid Vee Rubber tire wraps around the Don Juan wheel, ensuring that the front end of the Street Glide keeps a solid grip on the road.

All of that is topped by a 30-inch steel wrap-style front fender, custom painted to match the bike.

It seems like a lot of work just to add one 30-inch wheel, but Fisher assures that creating a custom V-Twin is about more than bolting on aftermarket accessories. A customizer has to consider both looks and the ride: the best customs are safe and easy to ride, and Roaring Twinz prides itself on building the best customs.

Are you looking for a few custom touches to your own FLHX, bagger or touring V-Twin? Even if you’re not ready for a full 30 inches, Roaring Twinz can still help you build the perfect custom V-Twin for you. Whatever you ride, Roaring Toyz can customize it, including all Harley touring models, such as the Streetglide, Roadglide, Road King, Ultraglide and the Electraglide Classic.

Go ahead. Let your custom V-Twin evolve with Roaring Twinz.


Roaring Twinz: Stand Out with a 23-inch Wheel Conversion

 

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There are a lot of Harley-Davidsons on the road out there, so why would you want to look like everyone else? With Roaring Twinz, riders can customize their V-Twins to make sure they don’t look like everyone else in the crowd. Expressing your style with a custom V-Twin can be as simple as adding a few aftermarket accessories or upgrading your wheels.

A front wheel conversion is a bold way to dress up a V-Twin, but it involves a lot more than just slapping on a new wheel. Recently, Roaring Twinz boss Robert Fisher gave a 2012 Harley-Davidson Streetglide an upgrade to a 23-inch front wheel.

In order to install the RC Components Drifter chrome front wheel, Fisher had to give the entire front end of the Harley an overhaul, including the forks, fender, brakes, triple trees, and even paint.

The Drifter wheel includes a matching 13-inch brake rotor. The chrome beauty’s stopping power is enhanced by a six-piston chrome brake caliper from Performance Machine and a custom extended front brake line.

Getting a huge 23-inch wheel on the front while maintaining the Street Glide’s proper geometry meant adjusting the rake on the upper and lower triple trees. From there, Fisher swapped out the stock front suspension for a system that offers superior looks and rideability. He added chrome billet hidden axle front fork tubes, as well as chrome billet cowbell upper fork covers. Internally, the forks got new springs, seals and oil.

Finally, no stock fender could ever stand up to the style of that gorgeous new Drifter wheel. Instead, a Custom Classic Style 23-inch front fender went on, held in place by chrome billet front fender brackets. It was then custom painted to match the factory Harley-Davidson Streetglide paint scheme.

Are you looking for a few custom touches to your own FLHX, bagger or touring V-Twin? The 23-inch front wheel conversion can be done on a variety of motorcycles, including all Harley touring models, such as the Streetglide, Roadglide, Road King, Ultraglide and the Electraglide Classic. Get a custom V-Twin and stand out from the crowd with Roaring Twinz.

About Robert Fisher

Robert Fisher’s two-wheeled obsession began with bicycles, when he worked at the legendary Pedal Pusher Bicycle Shop in Newport Beach, California. Fisher graduated to motorcycles at the age of 15, when he customized a YSR50. After moving to Sarasota, Florida, Fisher built motorcycles on the side before opening Roaring Toyz in 2000. What started as a parts and repair shop quickly became a haven for sportbike customization, fueled by Fisher’s season on the television show “Metric Revolution.”

The sportbike manufacturers began to take note, and soon Fisher had a working relationship with Kawasaki, customizing their sportbikes to coincide with new model debuts. Fisher has been featured in dozens of magazines, and his worldwide customer base includes celebrities like recording artist Ludacris, boxing champion Jeff Lacey and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Michael Pittman.

As the top custom sportbike builder in the U.S., as well as an accomplished roadracer, motorcycles are in Fisher’s blood. His love for V-Twins prompted him to branch out, creating Roaring Twinz in 2010.


Choosing Swingarm Extensions: A Life or Death Decision

Whether you have a 1998 GSX-R 600 or a 2009 YZF-R1 you can make your motorcycle longer, leaner, and meaner without emptying your wallet for a custom swingarm. Roaring Toyz Bolt On Swingarm Extensions make it possible to extend your factory swingarm 2-7″ over the stock wheelbase and get that incredible custom look for less than $500.

But before you even think of installing this part you need to understand why it’s so important that you choose quality extensions; this choice could save your life.

Swingarm extensions are a major chassis component. What that means is this part effects the structural integrity of your motorcycle. If your aftermarket mirror falls off your motorcycle while you’re travelling 150 mph on the highway you can pull off and you’re not going to be hurt. But if your swingarm extensions fail while travelling your entire motorcycle is going to fall apart and the results will be horrifying for you and your passenger.

So why would your swingarm extensions fail? Because they were made from poor quality materials or were not properly engineered and tested. Cheap swingarm extensions are cheap for a reason: they were produced using inexpensive, low grade material without proper engineering. Strong materials cost money. Engineers and designers cost money. Spending hours testing and re-engineering and machining parts to overcome every single design flaw costs money. So if you are considering purchasing swingarm extensions, and one set costs less than another, ask yourself why?

As a racer and motorcycle fanatic, Robert Fisher understands the importance of well engineered and built parts. Robert has spent ten years testing and engineering Roaring Toyz parts on racebikes and turbo bikes to ensure each part features uncompromising strength, performance and durability. And he has sourced the best material available so you can have complete trust in his products.

Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions are machined in house in Sarasota, Florida using aircraft grade 6061 T6 Billet Aluminum. Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions are easy to install and are made to exact specifications so they don’t just look good, they fit. As Robert Fisher explains, fitment is critical safety issue: “If the fitment is sloppy and loose and parts don’t line up properly then your brakes could fail.”

Part of ensuring your extensions are installed properly is ensuring you have all the correct parts. Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions are available in a kit containing everything you need to stretch your swingarm. The Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions kit includes a high tensile strength extended chain, Roaring Toyz exclusive stainless steel braided extended brake line, and an option to purchase Roaring Toyz lowering links and lowering kickstand. Stretching the swingarm may require relocation of your rear licence plate so you may wish to throw in the Roaring Toyz rear license plate braket.

Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions run exclusively on Ricky Gadson‘s Drag Race School Motorcycles; “I’ve been using Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions exclusively since 2006 and I can tell you that if you don’t want to spend the money on an aftermarket swingarm there is no other option. I’ve gone 1.30 60 foot times in the quarter mile using these extensions and I can assure you they hold up.”

Robert agrees: “I refuse to cut corners because it could result in someone getting seriously injured. I’ve used every resource at my disposal to ensure our Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions perform under the most rigorous conditions. If you purchase your swingarm extensions from another supplier be sure to educate yourself on how those extensions were made. It’s nice to save a few bucks, but do you really want to hang your life on a bargain?”

Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions are available for almost all 96 – 2012 models and are available in raw billet machine finish or black anodized contrast cut finish. Swingarm extension sets (left and right) start at $299 full kits are available for $499.  Save an additional 20% off all Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions and swingarm extension kits when you purchase before December 31, 2011.

For additional information visit http://roaringtoyz.com/parts_swingarms-ext.html or email sales@roaringtoyz.com

Swingarm Extensions and Lowering Your Motorcycle
When stretching your motorcycle it’s important to know that your bike will also have to be lowered. Robert Fisher explains why:
“People stretch and lower their bike because they either want to drag race it, or they want that long, low drag race look. But some people don’t realize that if you extend your stock swingarm you actually have to install lowering links, even if you intend to maintain the stock ride height. Every motrorcycle has whats called swingarm pivot downslope. This means that the swingarm pivot bolt attaching the swingarm to the main frame sits higher than the rear axel. As you move the rear axel backwards it raises the swingarm pivot and the motorcycle is actually raised up. You need to install lowering links to adjust the bike back to stock ride height.”

The Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions kit comes with an option to purchase Roaring Toyz lowering links and lowering kickstand.

“Our Roaring Toyz lowering links are fully adjustable which is really nice if you want to play around with the height of your motorcycle” explains Fisher. “If you lower your bike, you’re going to need a lowering kickstand as well” Fisher ads. “The last thing you want to see is that gorgeous custom stretched motorcycle hit the pavement because you forgot to install a lowering kickstand to accommodate that new ride height.”

Swingarm extension sets (left and right) start at $299 full kits are available for $499.  Save an additional 20% off all Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions and swingarm extension kits when you purchase before December 31, 2011.

For additional information visit http://roaringtoyz.com/parts_swingarms-ext.html or email sales@roaringtoyz.com


Roaring Toyz and Kawasaki Motor Corp Unveil Custom 2012 Ninja ZX-14R

When Kawasaki unleashed the Ninja ZX-14R back in 2006 they forever changed the landscape of the American Sportbike scene. Even more revolutionary than the big bike was the manner in which Kawasaki chose to market it. Rather than relying on the traditional racer endorsed advertising backed by knee dragging visuals, Kawasaki put two brand new big bikes into the hands of Robert Fisher of Roaring Toyz and asked Fisher to work his magic. The marketing minds at Kawasaki knew that in order to capture the interest and imagination of Sportbike enthusiasts they needed to do more than just demonstrate the bike’s performance capabilities; they needed to showcase the motorcycle’s intense aesthetic appeal. In response Fisher created two fully customized Ninja ZX-14R’s that would take the motorcycle industry by storm, popping up in magazines, blogs and videos from across the world.

So when it came time to introduce the 2012 Ninja ZX-14R to the world the marketing gurus over at Kawasaki knew just who to turn to. “I was incredibly excited when I picked up the phone!” Robert Fisher grins remembering the day he got the call from Kawasaki executives regarding the 2012 launch. “Over the past decade I’ve had an amazing relationship with the folks over at Kawasaki. Together we have worked on a number of exciting custom projects including the most recent custom Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero. But the ZX-14R is close to my heart. It’s an amazing motorcycle that really transformed our industry, and my business, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new model.”

Once the 2012 ZX-14R was off the truck and torn down, Fisher got to work integrating a variety of custom parts and accessories designed to accentuate and highlight the bike’s aesthetic and performance qualities. Fisher started by adding four inches of stretch to the big bike’s back end with the addition of a Roaring Toyz 240 CNC billet machined single sided swingarm custom contrast cut to perfectly compliment the Performance Machine Platinum Finish wheels.

“The custom contrast cut swingarm and the matching Performance Machine wheels look stunning on this bike!” Fisher exclaimed. Having spent over a decade designing, engineering, and testing his very own swingarms, Fisher is justifiably proud of this set up. “Like all Roaring Toyz swingarms, this swingarm looks incredible, especially when matched with the PM wheels, but it’s also going to stand up to the toughest riding conditions and that’s what really matters.”

To add a little more juice to the ZX-14’s already impressive performance Fisher added a Brock’s Performance Alien Head full Exhaust System. To ensure the ZX1-4R stops on a dime Fisher included Roaring Toyz own custom gold and black stainless steel brake and clutch lines.

As with all Roaring Toyz custom builds the devil is in the detail and the 2012 ZX-14R showcases a host of custom touches including M43 Powersports chrome plated clear clutch and stator covers, Roaring Toyz billet mirrors and gas cap and Roaring Toyz billet and rubber ‘Hustler’ grips with RSD billet bar ends. Roaring Toyz own billet contrast cut front and rear axle caps, Roaring Toyz contrast cut motor mount caps and contrast cut swingarm pivot caps ensure the contrast cut theme is carefully wound throughout the build, as do the Roaring Toyz billet contrast cut fork caps and contrast cut yoke stem cap.

Roaring Toyz Billet contrast cut lowering links enhance the 2012 ZX-14R’s aggressive stance while a cutting edge Roaring Toyz billet contrast cut lowering kickstand ensures the new ZX-14R sits sturdily.

This build was incredibly close to Fisher’s heart, so the paint job had to be exceptional. Roaring Toyz go-to painter Ryan Hathaway cloaked the 2012 ZX-14R in candy pagen gold paint with metal flake, highlighted with black accents and real 24 karat gold leaf stripes for a spectacular finish.

The 2012 Ninja ZX-14R was officially unveiled at the Kawasaki 2011 dealer meeting October 10th in Orlando Florida. Robert Fisher was on hand to unveil the bike, chat with dealers and talk to the press.

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