Red Max's 900ss
By Anthony van Someren - 05 Apr 13
His brief was to "cafe the 900SS, with 2 into 1 under seat exhaust, sort of rat looking, with less polishing more riding, bikini fairing and old school", and as the build progressed it quickly exceeded his expectations.
"The tank was an issue and I really had my heart set on an aftermarket 70's SS style tank, but that wasn't going to happen unless I pulled the expense pin on something completely customised. So the next best plan was to cut the side scallops out of the original tank and make her look right. I think this part of the bike is what I really like the most, it changed that bulbous original into a sleek one off custom that's a credit to Steve and his team...""I made a decision to not worry about doing any major mechanical upgrades apart from the 41mm FCR's, as the bike is plenty fast enough for what I need. I almost lost the original Verlicchi aluminium swing arm due to a sprocket bolt coming loose, but Steve saved it. Rebuilt the Marzocchi's on the front, tidied up the brake lines with some Goodrich braided hoses, beautiful new Hagon rear shock that proved a troublesome fit, 916 fluid pots and levers, custom mounted old school looking headlight, a beautiful pair of rear sets to match the cut and coated hangers, coated everything else, and throughout Steve utilised all the existing parts he could and fabricating where he couldn't....."
"In the beginning I really thought I knew exactly what colours to paint the frame, tank, seat, stripes, decals, the whole enchilada. This proved to be the most difficult part of the bike for me... When you rely on photo's of a build to help you make decisions you are pretty much shooting blind when it comes to dimensions and profiles, as we all know bikes can take on so many different looks from all the different angles and perspectives, so that's when I really had to put my trust in Steve, fuck me, what a killer creation he ended up making." their website and Flickr pages, or here on The Bike Shed.