Saturday, December 4, 2010

Busted & Broken - Guardrail

Dear Icon,

I want to thank you guys for making great looking gear that has just as much functionality as it does design. On Memorial Day weekend 2010, a small group of friends and I were going for a beautiful cruise through the Crest Highway which runs through the Los Angeles National Forest. We started heading through until a "Road Closed" sign about 30 minutes in. With no other option we had to turn around and head back through a detour. On the way back, my bike hit some loose gravel on a wide sweeping left turn. I went down and rolled a couple times then slid about 20 feet. My bike slammed into the guardrail and was totaled, however I was fortunate to get back up with only cuts and scrapes on both legs. The ONLY place on my body I didn't have on any Icon gear! My Alliance SSR helmet, ARC jacket, Sub Operator gloves, and Tarmac boots left those parts of my body unscathed and they all held up great to the road rash. You guys sure saved me a lot of potential pain. Thanks Icon! You guys got a fan for life.

-Kevin M.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tight Quarters

Nick and Vigil practicing at their new indoor spot - AllPowerSports. If your parents are going to be gone all weekend give the guys a shout - they'll be happy to circle wheelie in your living room for a small donation.

Looking for a Variant? AllPowerSports has at least two in stock

This is the closest Nick has ever been to an actual job

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shin Sequenced

Shin Kinoshita operates in the fourth dimension. This makes photographing him extremely difficult. We've found the best way to capture Shin in action is with time lapse photography. 

Endo to wall stall - most of us couldn't do this on a Mongoose - Shin does it on a Ninja

Shin fabricating an entire subframe with just a coat hanger and a Twix wrapper

Women find this stunt irresistible

Even Brando is envious of Shin's steeze

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Justify My Love

The Magnificent Bastard went under the knife last weekend. New F4i rear suspension, increased ride height, rebuilt forks, and new Avon rubber got her back into sporting form. Then it was on to the much anticipated cosmetic work. It's always fun mounting up new fiberglass on older sportbikes - so immediately gratifying. We've been using Airtech for all our old school plastic needs for well over a decade. They make quality glass with more fitment options than you could use in a lifetime. If that's not enough, their website features tons of hot 80's chicks modeling the retro kit. It's always amazing how radically different a few hunderd dollars of plastics can make a motorcycle look. Of course the Magnificent Bastard is a long way from completion, but as they say, the first cut is the deepest.

The end goal - incredible 80's hotness - because chicks dig V-Fours...

...and endurance racers

Airetch GSXR Yosh Tornado tail section - $250 worth of awesome

Reglassing the tail to shape it to the VF subframe

Crude photochopping for concept validation - she's gonna be magnificent

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


It's getting to be that time of year again. You can choose to drain the tank, pull the battery, and fog the cylinders - or - you can pick up a set weatherproof Icon Patrol gear and keep the dream alive. Granted it will be a wet dream, but a dream none the less.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nick 'Apex' Brocha FAQs

Nick 'Apex' Brocha hails from the great Pacific Northwest. His background is a mixed bag of action sport action. When not on the road you can find him relaxing in various parking lots throughout the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area. He loves Vegas and often talks about the cities unique charm and wholesome family environment. We (virtually) sat down with Nick to discuss various topics related to his life. 

Q: What was your first BMX bike and how old were you when you first bunnyhopped another person?
A: 1982 Mongoose Supergoose. I never made it over anyone but I busted my lip on my neighbors mint Stingray Corvette. It looked better with that bar gouge.

Q: Riding styles are often compared to the moustache - are you a FuManChu, Pencil Thin, or Ridiculous Hipster?
A: Potentail Kung Fu Master, potential Douche bag, or Douche Bag. Is that a real question?

Q: Knife to a fist fight or Gun to a knife fight?
A: I don't own a gun but I've been known to impale my foot with a butterfly knife.

Q: Favorite Elvis song (other than 'In The Ghetto') and why?
A: I'm not a huge Elvis fan but I'm a huge Little Richard fan. Elvis did his own “Long Tall Sally”, it's far from Richards, but it's the lesser of all evils. In fact it's terrible, Elvis's version.

Q: You were previously known as 'Otter Pop' during your pro snowboard career, why?
A: I could only afford Saltines and Otter Pop's during those great years. Many years later, nothings changed except what I ride.

Q: You have amazing balance - do you partake in dance or martial arts to enhance your skills?
A: I partake in lap dances while heavily inebriated at Diablos. That takes an awful lot of balance of holding ones food down and a Kung Fu grip on ones cash. Thieving dumpster diving strippers!

Q: Icon builds a lot of custom bikes from every genre - does it make you interested in building your own non-stuntbike custom?
A: Yeah, you bastards are completely responsible for hours of lost time hunting Craigslist. I forgot to add that stipulation in my 2011 riders contract for an Icon Sportster. Too late to revise!?

Q: How long have you been riding with teammate Ernie Vigil?
A: He's been there from the beginning of my freestyle days so over 5 years. 5 years for the rise of the gypsies!

Q: Your bikes are generally beat to within inches of scrap - how much time do you spend wrenching on them each week?
A: I'm always hunting for that last inch! I still crash a lot but I've learned to save the bike. I only need to put in about 6 hours a week plugging holes these days.

Q: Rumor has it you have a few supporting actor roles in Porno's in your past - confirm or deny?
A: That's what happens when you let Matt Lippincott use a search engine.

Q: Kawasaki has taken over the street riding scene - why?
A: They were the first manufacturer to capitalize on the growing lifestyle market. That and what I consider the 600/1000 glory years, 2003-2005.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


For a few months now we've heard that three wheels is the new two. While we can't say we have come to understand these tri-wheeled steeds, we can say that they no longer make us vomit uncontrollably - Just a little burp-puke is all.

Another creation from the crew over at AFG - The Gilera Fuoco in Sacrifice livery

The Mayan culture believed the proliferation of three wheeled vehicles signaled Doomsday
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