Speed Triple 1050 drift bike

Speed Triple 1050
One of the most eye-catching motorcycle videos of 2011 was a very unusual one: High Plains Drifters, a high-voltage clip that pitted a Kawasaki ZX-10R against a hot-rodded Mazda RX-7 drift car. It was the work of apparel brand Icon; the machine we have here is one of two bikes that Icon has commissioned for the sequel. It’s a 2012-model Speed Triple 1050 with a rather noticeable modification—a Roaring Toyz extended swingarm kit. (“No welds, silky smooth,” reports Icon’s freestyle rider Ernie Vigil.) The motor has been tuned by PJ’s Triumph of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and fitted with a Leo Vince GP-style carbon exhaust. Icon’s Justin Knauer has just taken the Speed Triple for a shakedown blast around the track: “I’m amazed that the extended swing arm really didn’t effect the handling in a negative way at all. It did make drifting a lot easier though.” Check out the original High Plains Drifters movie here, and keep an eye out for this machine—no doubt wreathed in smoke and laying copious amounts of rubber—in the upcoming Part 2.

Photo Credit: Eric Hamiester Photography.

Speed Triple 1050
Speed Triple 1050
Speed Triple 1050