Custom: Icon Magnificent Bastard

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One of the stars at last weekend’s The One Motorcycle Show in Portland was this 1986 Honda VFR1000R built by the guys at Icon. Sort of a post-apocalyptic, comic book take on a police interceptor — the Main Force Patrol would feel right at home — the Magnificent Bastard is at once reminiscent of extreme function while being relatively functionless. That’s a continental knobby designed for a dirt bike’s rear wheel mounted on the Bastard’s front.

Urban Dictionary defines a “Magnificent Bastard” as “a certain type of character that defies such definitions as hero or villain, good or evil, friend or enemy. Love him or loathe him, you have to admire him.”

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You’re probably more familiar with the term from a movie about an eccentric general.

To make it, Icon started with an old Interceptor, adding an Airtech Streamlining tail section, LeoVince SBK pipes, an AltRider skid plat, PIAA flood lights, those crazy crash bars, then wrapped the whole thing in matte white vinyl.

Sort of sports tourer/adventure tourer hybrid capable of crossing nuclear waste lands at high speed, the Bastard combines the weather protection and riding position of the former with some of the dirt capability of the latter. But rather than trying to pigeonhole the build based on function, think of it as more of a fantasy. This is the kind of bike we could see a Mad Max-esque anti-hero riding in some SciFi B-movie, running from hoards of flesh eating zombies on the way to save some babe in a fur bikini. In fact, maybe that should be Icon’s next film project.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    More gun mounts.

  • BigRooster

    Like a Boss!

    Wes,
    Do you write ALL the articles now? Not complaining. You do a fantastic job. Just an observation.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I hate it when it’s the Wes show on the front page. Sean’s brain is still mush from his accident, so he’s out of play, and Grant is working on a couple creative projects.

  • JVictor75

    Who says that something like this won’t be in Fury Road (aka Mad Max 4)?

    Outfit the “Main Force Patrol” riders in Brown versions of the new 1000 line with sky blue t-shirts, hilariously inappropriate handlebar mustachios, hokily fake Australian accents, and the new Variant Battlescar.

    Equip them with copies of this bike and have them chasing the guys from the http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/08/motorcycling-is-risky-business/ video across broken terrain, abandoned industrial complexes, etc.

  • Chris

    That is a cool looking bike for sure

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    I like it. They don’t fuck around trying to build a bike for BikeExif, they just build bikes to fuck around. And I respect that. Does it come with a Model 870? It does? Cool.

  • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

    Needs Renthals.

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Crash bars? Nice

  • Raubert Van Harris

    There are so many cool things about this bike! Not the least of which is that its a VFR1000!

  • Johndo

    I hope videos will follow…

  • NickK

    I’d ride it without the lolz cb radio and with a proper front knobby.