Cool as ice: A GSX-R750 Slingshot from the Netherlands


Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
A boxed aluminum body, spherical headlights, three-spoke wheels and and daring graphics; nothing epitomizes the daybreak of the 90s just like the 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750. The 115 hp Slingshot was the primary GSX-R with the wrong way up forks, and the final one to place its twin lights on full show. It calls for consideration, even as we speak—so when you’re going to customise one, you’d higher make it unmissable.

That’s Michel Szozda’s principle, at the very least. He customizes bikes as Cool Child Customs, understanding of an area that he shares with different artistic mates in Haarlem, close to Amsterdam. His model is something however standard, and his bikes are usually wrapped in eye-popping liveries.

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
This challenge ended up within the Cool Child workshop nearly by chance. Michel’s consumer had booked in his Yamaha Ténéré for a makeover, and had picked up the GSX-R to behave as a every day runner whereas the Yamaha was being labored on. However as soon as Michel noticed the Suzuki, he recommended that it’d be a greater choice for a {custom} construct.

The consumer agreed, and the ‘Rad Racer’ challenge was underway. However Michel had extra work forward of him than he’d anticipated. “The Suzuki seemed clear when he got here to drop the bike off,” he tells us, “however on additional inspection, it had injury on nearly each half.”

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
A number of the bodywork was past restore—so Michel ordered a full race reproduction physique package with a solo seat. However there’s no manner it was going to go on with out at the very least some modification. For starters, the entrance fairing solely wears the higher sections, with the stomach pan eliminated to show among the GSX-R’s working bits.

The headlights have been in a nasty state too, and seemed dated. So Michel fitted a contemporary LED headlight on one aspect, and a 3D-printed cowl on the opposite.

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
Extra work needed to be carried out out again. As soon as Michel had the aftermarket tail part mounted up, he determined that it was too lengthy for the look he was after. So he lower it all the way down to measurement, leaving him with a gaping gap to cope with.

“I made a decision to make use of molding clay to design the bottom,” he tells us. “Then I made a mould of that, and copied it in chopped carbon fiber.”

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
Chopped carbon fiber consists of small fragments of carbon fiber, slightly than sheets of it, accounting for the distinctive texture. The brand new elements embrace a boxed piece to shut up the again, and a vented insert up high. Michel constructed an X-shaped LED taillight to complete issues off; an idea he’s been desirous to check out for some time.

“After the tail was carried out we would have liked extra carbon elements to match it,” he tells us. “So we made a {custom} carbon windscreen, and made a duplicate of an 90s Yoshimura oil cooler vent that I had laying round.”

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
The GSX-R’s wheels, brakes and forks have been nonetheless usable, however the rear shock was leaking. It was swapped out for a more recent GSX-R half, which left little room for the previous, chunky battery. Michel constructed a brand new battery tray underneath the seat, moved all of the electronics there and put in a small Lithium-ion battery.

Staying under the road, Michel additionally eliminated the Suzuki’s airbox. Its Mikuni ‘slingshot’ carbs now inhale by way of a set of Okay&N filters, they usually’ve been tuned with contemporary jets, springs and needles.

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
Shifting to the cockpit, Michel tossed the OEM speedometer within the bin (it had a damaged needle). A digital KOSO unit sits as an alternative, mounted to a custom-made carbon fiber dashboard. The unique clip-ons and switches are matched to new fish scale-style grips, whereas the inventory mirrors have been swapped for slender CNC-machined objects.

The Suzuki was additionally handled to braided chrome steel brake hoses, and new Pirelli Angel GT tires. For the exhaust, Michel coated the inventory four-into-one headers black, then fabricated a stainless-steel hyperlink pipe. The silencer is of undetermined origin; “I don’t know the model, nevertheless it seemed cool—so I slapped it on there.”

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
Michel wants little encouragement to wrap a sportbike in daring graphics—however this full of life paint scheme was really request by his consumer. “He solely had one small, 300 x 300 pixel image of a sample that he favored,” he tells us. “After googling the entire day, I couldn’t discover a higher high quality model of it. So I fired up Adobe Illustrator and made it myself.”

It takes moxie to wrap a {custom} motorbike in pink and yellow, however this design is about as 1990 because it will get. Michel did it himself too—from the matte black base, to the geometric shapes and patterns.

Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid
Outrageous and unapologetic, Cool Child Customs’ Slingshot appears to be like identical to a sportbike from the identical period as Vanilla Ice and parachute pants ought to; radical.

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Custom Suzuki GSX-R750 Slingshot by Cool Kid



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