Justin, one of our Carbon Fiber Gear readers, gave us a heads up on a custom carbon fiber GSX-R 1100 show bike for sale on eBay…we took a look, and it was so unique (aside from being in the Kanye West “Stronger” music video) we had to write about it.
While Rory Craig designed and developed a carbon fiber baby seat for a class at the Art Center College of Design, Hanz Mortiz designed and built this custom Gixxer for a senior project at the same scool. Hanz is now the Director of Design at Oakley. It features a 1989 oil-cooled GSX-R 1100 engine (1200 cc) with a Wiseco kit. Besides the OEM 89′ wheels and swingarms, everything else is custom.
The entire frame, seat and tank were formed from the same piece of carbon fiber to help strengthen it up. This dropped the total weight down to 350lbs from the stock weight of 462lbs. It also has custom rearsets, triple, levers, reservoirs, lights, LED accent lights, and a ton of custom aluminum bodywork done by Linq Designs.
The bike has never been registered, so it will be considered a 2009 model if you register it. It already has a California custom blue VIN # assigned to it. The bike went around the show circuits, and made numerous appearances.
The bike also has some cool pop culture history behind it. It was featured in Kanye West’s “Stronger” music video (I’m assuming it’s one of the bikes around the 1:12 time frame which I’ve embedded to the bottom of this post). It was also in the Power Ranger’s TV show “Karmen Rider Dragon Knight”.
To see all the pictures and get all the info, check it out for sale on eBay. The “buy it now” price is set at $14,500, which seems like a pretty good deal to us. It’s a lot less than the $160,000 all carbon fiber Ducati 999S at least! Be sure to also check out the Triumph Triple Speed Carbon Edition, BMW S 1000 RR, and all carbon fiber Hayabusa that we’ve covered.
If you scroll to about 1:12 you’ll see a few motorcycles in the video, we’re assuming one of those is Hanz’s:
[Thanks Justin! Some pictures from Car And Model]