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1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Becomes Icon 1000 Major Tom Desert Slicer

It's been a while since we last brought you custom creations that bear the intriguing Icon 1000 badge, but the wait was well worth it. Here's Major Tom, a desert-slicing machine that looks and performs way better than any of the Mad Max machines would ever dream.
Icon 1000 Major Tom is a 30-year-old Suzuki GSX-R750 20 photos
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Funny thing, this Gixxer is three decades old, but it looks just as fresh as any of the present-day bikes. In fact, this old machine treads a path its modern counterparts would not even dare venture on, let alone skirmishing in the dust and letting loose across the barren mounds.

Unlike in other cases, Icon is quite secretive as to the modifications that transformed this Gixxer into a desert beast, so the list of tech things we can come up with is rather short, if not downright absent.

We can only see that weight is no longer a problem on the strange Icon planet, and the GSX-R750 received two lenticular rims that look like they can really take a beating. No more fancy cast spokes, this baby is ready for the toughest off-road action.

Still, we're pleased to see that the Gixxer was not shod with knobbies. Road-going tires and wreaking havoc in the desert are clearly not things for the faint of heart. Anyway, watching the hill climbing antics makes us understand that the fellow who rides this Suzuki knows his way around quite well.

Obviously, seeing a custom Suzuki without a Yoshimura exhaust is a thing that's quite rare, so no surprises here. We can also see that the original telescopic forks of the 1986 model year machine were replaced with modern upside-down ones, and the two-up seat disappeared for a generous tail section and a solo seat.

The presentation video for this slightly rat-ified Gixxer is even better than the photo gallery, and also has a vibe that's somehow unsettling about it. Wonder how many guys would be able to ride this way with their race-replica bikes, old or new...

And yes, we liked the girl, too!

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