Understanding that there’s something childish at the heart of every biker, we’re not going to be our usual pretentious selves and criticize this custom ZX-10R for failing to live up to high-minded design ideals. Instead, we’re going to imagine the degree to which this bike would have rocked our nine-year-old worlds. Complete with an A-10-mimicking Gatling gun, the Icon Warthog is the living embodiment of the glamorous danger, primal violence and fearsome independence that every little kid subconsciously associates with motorcycles. But, Icon didn’t just stop with the bike, it made a music video too.
The Warthog was built to accompany the firm’s Domain II Warthog helmet,
which achieves a lesser degree of awesomeness due to its lack of
external weaponry. Based on a 2004 ZX-10R (the best one), Icon added
some unknown engine tuning to achieve 188rwhp, a totally pointless
800-watt sound system (really think you can hear it over those rocket
launcher pipes?), a Tailgunner exhaust repurposed as a forward-facing
Gatling gun and an LCD screen that can both play GI Joe reruns or
display the rear-view video feed.
If this were an Orange County Chopper, the Teutul family would have
built this in complete homoerotic seriousness, then, without a trace of
irony, dedicated it to some paraplegic veteran. But they didn’t, and we
get the feeling that Icon put this thing together and painted it with a
sense of humor. It’s a show bike, it’s not meant to work better than
the motorcycle it’s based on, it’s meant to plant the biker seed in
little kids and, at that, it succeeds.