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Icon Death or Glory

Posted on June 20, 2010 by Scott in Other, Racer. 8 comments

It’s safe to say this drop seat rigid isn’t going to win any beauty contests. But then again it wasn’t built for that purpose. The Icon Death or Glory was built for one thing in mind – speed. One of the first thing that caught my eye was the plastic toy mirror, so I asked Icon’s design director Kurt Walter whether it was there to be ironic, he replied  “I built a 2100cc powered rigid death machine virtually incapable of turning or stopping yet equipped with Ohlins forks on billet Attack triples. Garnishing it with a mirror stolen from my daughter’s Barbie bike just seemed appropriate. So yeah, I suppose the mirror is – ironic, sarcastic, humorous, ridiculous, stupid… all of the above”.

Icon always write the best press releases about their bikes so I decided to quote them: “2100cc’s of air-cooled twin stuffed into a Detroit Bros gooseneck frame. The handformed aluminum seat low enough to decapitate quizitive roadside squirrels. Suspended by an Ohlins front and a Ohlins rear, the D/G rides like a straight line American dream. In the vein of our Midwest upbringing, where anything more curved than ruler is best left in the closet. The ability to turn bikes, as we’ve found through countless hours of research, is highly overrated. Ground clearance and functioning brakes are also non essentials, best left as accouterments on ‘fancy’ Japanese models. No, in America we like our machinery overpowered and underthought. Performance that can be measured a quarter mile at a time. Anything longer and our miniscule attention spans go into sleep mode. Thankfully bikes like the D/G are within the easy grasp of any blue blooded tax payer. All you need is a fully equipped machine shop, ten grand worth of welding equipment, an Ebay account, and a complete lack of common sense. All traits that the Icon garage team has in spades”. You can view more shots of this beast and read the impressive spec list on Icon’s website.

  • dannyb

    Nice, another 50 thousand dollar pile of crap. Just what motorcycling needs.

  • FS

    I agree with danny. Icon is great n’ all but i feel they should just stick to making quality gear…

  • Ecosse

    what dannyb said.

  • Jeffree

    I was in Portland last week and stumbled upon the Icon Ad/design office garage.There were some very neat bikes parked out front including a similar but much rawer version of the above.There was also a Ducati supersport painted military green with army style green metal panniers. Perhaps not everybodies cup of tea but I love the creativity.Inside the garage there was an assortment of bikes being wrenched on.More concepts no doubt.BTW, Portland is incredible.Cool bikes everywhere.A Norton Commado on the side walk.A young couple toodling around the Pearl District on a R75-5.When a guy rode past me on a Paul Smart ductati I knew I found a place I could live.Now if I could just get a job at that Icon office.

  • That riding position is ridiculous.

  • Son of God

    Hey Danny B there are two things that clearly give away that you have never built a motorcycle from the ground up: 1 – No way that build cost $50K. 2 – It’s not a piece of crap, it’s just something you may not be into. If you had ever taken the time to build something on two wheels you would realize this, but instead you spend your time trolling the internet looking to make comments about sh*t you don’t understand.

    I enjoy this bike they built for what it is – a straight liner. I also enjoy their other builds that explore other areas of motorcycling for what they are – expressions on two wheels.

  • Scott

    Jeffree, the bike you saw was the Ducati Operator. Icons two-wheeled version of a Somalian Technical –

  • Armadillo18

    The bike is bada@s because it’s an original idea and concept. It’s a weird frame with a way-too-powerful HD motor and a bunch of Jap parts mashed in there. It embodies what most riders are all about which is self-expression.