Here we go again. Motorcycle USA kicked off ‘Homegrown Chrome’ last week featuring the custom motorcycles of you, the reader. We realize there’s a lot of hard-working people out there who may not be into the custom bike show scene but are still damn proud of their customized ride. So we’re
This week’s Homegrown Chrome features a custom 2006 Suzuki M109R called ‘Blade Warrior’ that’s owned by Luis Martinez out of Merchantville, New Jersey.
offering you 15 minutes of fame with a feature article about that bike you’ve worked so hard to pimp out here on Motorcycle USA. Every week we’ll select a motorcycle from one of our readers to feature here on the site. To get it kicked off, we spread a little love Jay Gillikin’s way for his customized Harley-Davidson Rocker C. This week, we’ve chosen Luis Martinez’s mechanized 2006 Suzuki M109R as the lucky recipient of a spread in our online moto magazine.
Luis has taken the beefy 2006 Suzuki M109R power cruiser and given it an even more industrial edge. He’s added extra gusto to an already formidable engine with Big Air intakes, an FI200 and HardChrome 2-1 Sideburners exhausts. Luis continued to mechanize his ride with some sweet drilled-out 2” Kewl Metal risers, Xoprodox grips and mirror mounts that feature a drilled-out design, too. Anything that could be chromed, has been chromed, with most of the work done by LiquidPain. The chrome job includes the wheels, driveshaft, swingarm, derby covers, front brake reservoir, clutch lever, rear brake mount, switch covers and side engine covers. What hasn’t been chromed has been draped in killer Bushido Blade-style paint courtesy of the guys at Cutting Edge Illusions. If Luis was aiming for an industrial-strength ride, we say “Mission Accomplished.”
Hometown – Merchantville, New Jersey
Builder – Luis Martinez/LiquidPain
Name of bike/project – Blade Warrior
Year/Model – 2006 Suzuki M109R
Frame – Stock
Engine Make/Size – 54-degree liquid-cooled 4-stroke V-Twin (1783cc)
Transmission – 5-speed constant mesh with heavy-duty Evo shift kit
Intake/Fuel Delivery – Big Air Intakes. FI2000
Exhaust – HardChrome 2-1 Sideburners
Suspension – Polished front fork by LiquidPain
Brakes – Chromed front and rear calipers, chromed rear rotor by LiquidPain
Wheels – Chromed stock wheels
Controls – Kewl Metal tach and mirror mounts, Xoprodox grips
Paint – Cutting Edge Illusions
Extras – SS throttle, brake and clutch cables, custom upholstered gel seats, GI Pro gear indicator with built-in advanced timing retard eliminator, chrome drive shaft, swingarm, and derby covers, HID headlight kit, Kuryakyn
Luis industrialized his Suzuki M109R with some sweet drilled-out 2” Kewl Metal risers, Xoprodox grips and mirror mounts that also feature a drilled-out design.
front/rear LED turn signals and side-mount license plate with LEDs, Lizzard lights (kit of 14 LED lights), PowerMate electrical box, Kewl Metal 2” risers, Kewl Metal tach and mirror mounts, Xoprodox grips, Powermate electrical box, LiquidPain chromed front brake reservoir, clutch lever, rear brake mount and rotor, Cycle House switch and side engine covers.
Tell us a little about your bike Luis:
I wanted it originally to be some type of mechanical/ Terminator3 theme, but I ended up staying with the mechanical theme instead. I didn’t want it to become too crowded with graphics, so I wanted it to follow the theme that I already had going with the bike with all the holes in the chrome pieces that I was installing on the bike. And I had recently begun learning Wing Chun Kung Fu, and their main weapon of battling is swords. When I noticed the blades theme in Cutting Edge Illusions gallery, that’s what I wanted to incorporate in the theme along with a little twist. Had the holes added to the blades so it continued the pattern already started in the chrome parts added to the controls. If you notice around the risers, grips and so forth, there are plenty of holes in that chrome. All in all, I’m very satisfied the way everything turned out and have a new found love for my bike and am very proud of it. Especially it being my first-ever
motorcycle after taking a riding course approximately 2 1/2 yrs ago. After riding for the first time, I had wished I’d done it many years ago.
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