First Look: ICON 1000 Iron Lung Project Bike

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ICON 1000 Iron Lung

We’re not entirely convinced by the name of the bike, but Icon Motorsports has just revealed a really nice custom tribute motorcycle called the Icon 1000 Iron Lung.

The Portland-based company is well known for its motorcycle apparel and every so often builds a bike to underline and showcase a new range of clothing it is launching.

In this case, it’s created the Iron Lung, which is a retro-looking Harley-Davidson Sportster, for the Spring 2014 launch of its ICON 1000 Collections.

ICON 1000 Iron Lung
ICON 1000 Iron Lung profile

The term Iron Lung to us is a colloquial name for a medical ventilator, used in the distant past, which allows a person to breathe when normal muscle control has been lost through illness or an accident.

That aside, ICON says this particular Sportster sat around for a few years before it decided to do something interesting with it. The design brief was to try and replicate Harley-Davidson endurance and circuit racers from the 1970s and the finished result is this good-looking bike called the Iron Lung.

ICON’s Sportster started life as an 883cc model but was up-rated using a big bore kit to 1200cc, along with a Supertrapp exhaust system and features H-D Wide Glide forks and custom made triple clamps.

ICON 1000 Iron Lung
ICON 1000 Iron Lung tank

Because the front end of the Iron Lung has been lowered and widened, ICON had to fabricate a sub frame and they used Progressive 970 shocks on the rear and the Iron’s one-off fairing was designed and built in-house.

The wheels are from a H-D Vrod with hand painted details done by Garage 31 and the custom designed seat was made by another Portland company – New Church Moto.

Judging by the film that ICON has made of the Iron Lung it’s definitely not all show and no go and has been ridden hard. Full marks for ICON for admitting that when it first tested the bike, during the initial build, it burst into flames and had to be quickly rebuilt.

Following that incident, ICON then took the bike to an oval in Southern Oregon and discovered during a fairly rigorous test session that the Iron Lung’s handling was what ICON describes as “questionable”.

However, ICON’s Joe Gustafson added: ”We build them, thrash them and then we build them again all in the pursuit of inspiring and being inspired by the apparel we build.”

We think it’s great that a motorcycle apparel company goes to this sort of lengths in its marketing campaigns to build a custom motorcycle, film it, photograph it, and then use it.

Watch the video above closely for a few sneak peaks of the company’s forthcoming 2014 ICON 1000 gear.

More: ICON 1000 Iron Lung Photos >>

  • Mykola

    Looking at this, and recalling that delicious Thruxton, I think retro-faired bikes could be the next wave in custom bikes.

  • Jesse

    Top shelf madness. Love the x-ray pinstriping. 10/10 would ride questionably.

    • Jon B.

      Would ride/would buy.

  • Justin McClintock

    Nice bike, horrible name.

  • Jonathan Ward

    The exhaust looks slightly reminiscent of the Derbi Mulhacen 659…

  • Dustin Coury

    Icon does such a create job on their cinematography.

  • Clint Keener

    So sick! I love the vintage endurance racer bug eye headlight look.

  • BigHank53

    What size is that front tire, and how does it like tipping into corners? How comfy is that oil tank after ninety minutes…and 175-degrees?

    It does look very pretty.

    • ICON Motosports

      The front tire is a 150/80-16 rear, specifically not rated for front use (but we’re outlaws). I think AVONs exact words to us were “Do Not use this tire on the front!!”. So naturally we did. As for the oil tank, I think it would not be very comfy after ninety minutes, but that’s just a guess as our test riders jewels could only withstand 25 minutes. We actually made a leather heat shield that attaches to the front of the tank, but we forgot to bring it to the video shoot.

      • SteveNextDoor

        You know, that may have something to do with the handling problems mentioned in the video. I admit I’ve never built a custom bike so I could be wrong, just throwing this information out there.

        P.S. When you need a custom heat shield for the family jewels, you know you’ve built something special.

        • Davidabl2

          Maybe they won’t need heated gloves in the wintertime :-)

  • Davidabl2

    After it gets some rusty patina, the Icon folks can rename it “La lavandora de fierro” Since so many chops have silly mexican names, why not one for this ‘fighter-type thing? Lavandora de fierro translates to “Iron Washerwoman” It’s an old mexican term for a washing machine:-)