Saturday, 21 September 2013


I've been thinking about building another oil cooled 1100 GSXR based bike for a while, the main part of my business is breaking and selling parts for them but gaining the momentum to actually start one was taking a while. With Cafe racers being "on trend" a few people are supplying frames and i looked at a Featherbed replica set up as an option to the more usual Streetfighter approach but it all looked like it could get a bit out of hand.
 This bike was built by Martek in the late '90s and sold to Keith Fint off've the Prodigy. It is basically a WN750 frame hugely modified, moved headstock, braced top rails, repositioned front rails, cut outs for the turbo, full new fabb'ed rear end with a 916 arm extended by 3" incorporating an air tank for the shifter, White Power suspension front and rear, Brembos, Holeshot built turbo 1200 (ish) motor.... special and fast. Ive heard figures of just below and considerably more than £20,000.
 The Firestarter used it for a while then sold it when he got more into racing. Somewhere along the line it had Nitrous fitted, like it really needed it and some LED lights to light up the engine at night, smashing, but it has mainly sat just looking pretty. Leigh bought it after a 7 year spell in a friends front room and advertised it on eBay about 4 months ago, the winning bidder decided he had "bid in error" and it stayed put so he decided to take it for an MOT and have some fun. It passed the MOT but did not survive the journey home, Leigh now has some clever metal fabrication of his own and is unable to work for now so again put it up for sale, which is where i came in.
 The frame and forks are good but it goes downhill after that, the old girl came down pretty hard. It looks good in the photos but closer inspection there is work to do !
The Prodigy back catalogue includes Smack My Bitch Up, Take Me To The Hospital and Omen....
 Progress as it happens, or a post saying "Breaking Martek Turbo".


WhitelinePsycho said...

Far canal !!! Nitrous, on top of the hair dryer, wtf !!! Serious mods to the g/box cover as well, what a thing.

ed said...

Pete your only back and the madness has started !!

Hugo said...

Glad to see you're back, Pete.

Anonymous said...

mega love that!!!!