Icon Motosports has always been a brand apart—mixing street style with high performance, and customizing bikes to match. The Roach is the latest in the company’s long history of offbeat customs, with post-apocalyptic styling that harks back to the motorcycle gangs in Mad Max.
But it’s a classic case of appearances being deceptive. The motor has been overhauled, fitted with oversized forged pistons and new clearances cases, and the transmission has been rebuilt with back-cut gears for smoother shifting. Gases exit through classic SuperTrapp XR-style pipes. And although it’s essentially a road bike, the Roach can also handle the dirt: the 19” rims are shod with Maxxis DTR-1 dirt track tires, and new shocks and modified forks from Progressive Suspension keep the rubber on the ground.
Icon has built three bikes to complement its new Icon 1000 range—a collection of premium quality apparel that marries off-kilter retro styling with the latest materials and technology. The Chapter Jacket, for example, has the cut and feel of classic leathers from yesteryear, but cleverly conceals the latest D3O armor in the shoulders, elbows and back panel. Hit the new Icon 1000 site to see the rest of the range.
Icon Motosports has come on board as Bike EXIF’s new site sponsor. Their support will keep the steady flow of customs and classics of all genres heading your way. Icon’s backing has already resulted in a big change behind the scenes here—a switch to a dedicated server that’s better able to handle the ever-increasing traffic we’re seeing. You can keep in touch with all things Icon via their Limiter blog and Facebook page.