The urban sport-bike clothing giant, Icon 1000, has a knack for building some intense motorcycles throughout the years. They are right back at it with their newest concoction, the heavily modified Kawasaki Vulcan 650S fittingly called ‘DethGrip’. Originality is definitely something they don’t lack over at Icon, and that’s one of the things we love most about what they do with their customs. DethGrip is possibly the perfect example of such, I mean just look at what this bike started life as.
I don’t know about you, but that’s one uninspiring motorcycle. To have the vision to create something sinister out of such a plain machine is an impressive feat in itself. As usual though, Icon didn’t stop there, they took it to hell and back.
Now the Vulcan no longer sits like a cruiser, favoring a new aggressive tracker dynamic. They took any part that remotely resembled mediocrity and removed it, probably burning it in some type of satanic ritual. This left them with little more than an engine, frame and gas tank. The 41mm forks were ditched for a spring style front end, with an extensive catch. Typically a springer fork is reserved for bobbers, choppers and your Grandpa’s Harley.
However, Icon doesn’t like being told what to do so they strapped on two Nitron piggyback coil shocks to a custom designed fork that took three different fabricators to build. Shocks that are typically reserved for the rear of the bike, mind you. Combining that with a fully custom rear swing arm paired with another Nitron shock and you have the room you need to fit a pair of 19″ Harley CVO wheels wrapped in dirt slinging Maxxis DTR-1’s. Resurrection never looked so good.
Sprouting from the grave the DethGrip now sports an aesthetic that resembles a skeleton wrapped in a cloak; a rolling nightmare. With the Nitron shocks up top there wasn’t much room for a conventional headlight, but even if there were, I doubt Icon would go that route. Instead they designed a light system fixed to the bottom of the fork, exemplifying every aspect of this build; low, lean and mean. The newly equipped PIAA lights bring the only light to the darkest of customs, allowing you to cut through the fog on your way to your next victim, the dirt track. It was given a belly pan laced in sponsors logos, shielding the engine and exhaust from debris while you rip the track apart. A radiator guard was also added, one so sinister looking it would make Darth Vader blush.
Combining all of this with custom side covers, front shock guards and ‘Hell Awaits’ stamped under the chopped tail piece and you can’t help but think this bike was brought here by the Grim Reaper himself.
Icon 1000 has brought us a lot of customs over the years, everything from over the top apocalyptic survival bikes to track worthy machines; All of which have a place in Icon’s crazy little world. The DethGrip is something new all together though, something truly from another dimension. It’s simultaneously simple and complex, begging to be ridden hard or not at all. Hell on wheels has a new standard.
Your move Ghost Rider.