This text was initially printed within the August 2001 difficulty of Bike Cruiser.
In the early 1980s, I had the temerity to entertain a number of dozen crackpot hypotheses on the basics of motorcycling—this was earlier than I even owned a motorcycle. One such concept said the very first bike you personal must be filth low cost and ugly as sin. Consequently, my first experience was a CB450SC Honda Nighthawk—“popularly priced” fodder for a carefree, college-bound simpleton like yours actually. Clearly bone-shaking efficiency and dashing attractiveness had been luxuries buried far down on my purchasing guidelines on the time.
I used to be just lately reminded of my irrelevant rants whereas on a photograph shoot in Modesto, California, the place I met Antonio Renzi. His first bike is the 1400cc Yamaha Royal Star pictured right here. A heavyweight cruiser with bodywork and severely massaged mechanicals has a humorous manner of smashing small-minded bike theories. The truth is, gazing at Renzi’s immaculate 1997 Royal Star, with its supercharger sprouting from the cylinders, made my first-bike concept appear painfully ignorant. This man’s first experience is neither a fundamental nor a newbie bike. It’s a monster.
Renzi admits he was drawn to Harley-Davidsons initially, however the expense and repute for unreliability redirected his quest towards metrics. An admirer of performance, Renzi discovered himself notably intrigued by the Yamaha Royal Star’s modern four-cylinder configuration. Renzi acquired his first registration slip three years in the past with the acquisition of this Star, regardless that he’d been using for 15 years prior. “Earlier than this,” he says, “I simply rode no matter was out there…cousins’ bikes, mates’ bikes…no matter!”
Nearer to High quality
Renzi’s penchant for eye-pleasing aesthetics is obvious on the bodywork of the bike, most notably with its stretched gasoline tank, which creates a leaner search for the Royal Star. He additionally redesigned the fenders, with extensions fabricated to elongate the rear and comply with the interior arc of the wheel. The inventory entrance fender was chopped three inches, exposing a shimmering billet Professional-One entrance wheel. Inventory width was retained on each fenders, however the bike’s entrance finish was lowered 1.5 inches with the assistance of a Baron Customized Equipment package. Renzi dropped the again down even additional with a brand new mounting bracket for the inventory shocks, decreasing the entire shebang 2.5 inches.
A Planet Cruiser triple tree meeting was added and adorned with a billet clamp from Professional-One, which presentcircumstances unexpectedly recessed flip alerts. The forks had been chromed at West Coast Chrome and the mix bathes the complete entrance finish in reflective metallic. This distinctive Royal Star additionally sports activities a billet rear wheel from Professional-One and the imposing, cavernous headlight from Headwinds ensures the Star is clearly seen even when it’s not heard. Braided stainless-steel entrance brake strains snake right down to the chromed caliper for higher brake energy switch and extra metallic sheen. The brake rotor is polished too, as are the Baron ahead controls, which Renzi says not solely make his experience extra trendy, but additionally way more comfy to experience.
Come Fly with Me
Renzi’s frustration with the Star’s sluggish powerplant necessitated daring measures. The bike’s roughly 60 inventory horsepower left him chilly. After he noticed article a few supercharged V-Max constructed by Magna Charger, he jumped on the horn with chief developer Invoice Bushling. The following dialog satisfied Renzi that supercharging would certainly put a tiger in his tank, however as luck would have it, there weren’t any kits out there for the Royal Star. Nonetheless, each protagonists agreed a custom-made meeting was intriguing, and the result’s a claimed 116 horses delivered to the rear wheel—a rise of almost 100 % over inventory! Renzi says he usually runs 5 – 6 kilos of increase along with his set-up, and claims to have ripped out a high pace of 155 mph. That was as quick as he may coax his supercharged Star on a solitary run, nonetheless, earlier than the blower belt broke.
Since supercharger assemblies warmth up inside workings extra intensely than a inventory engine would, Renzi determined to put in a fatter aluminum radiator, crafted by native store Griffin’s Radiators to his specs, and Samson Four-into-Four slip-on pipes had been fitted to the Royal Star’s inventory headers. An enormous-bore package meant for a Yamaha V-Max was additionally whipped into the combo, upping displacement to 1500cc. Decrease compression pistons had been plugged in for much less resistance, and at an eight.5:1 ratio, Renzi says he can now run with elevated increase. All these meaty efficiency mods couldn’t assist however affect the bike’s persona, prompting Renzi to dub his unruly cruiser 1WildStar. Test the vainness license plate subsequent time it blows by you….
Sooner is best, although, and Renzi isn’t about to cease pushing the efficiency envelope but. He determined nitrous was so as, and once more made a name to Invoice Bushling at Magna Charger, who gladly custom-fit the required nozzles and tubing into the engine bay and crafted hookups for the nitrous canister. The whole system wasn’t completed as of this writing, however Renzi has fabricated a bottle cradle and welded it to the left aspect of the bike’s body, subsequent to the radiator.
Corbin equipped the ostrich-skin seat and matching tank strap panel that create the colour tone for the body, which was matched by Renzi’s good buddy, Ray Lopez. For the paint element and design, Renzi referred to as Larry Alvarez on the Airbrush Store (who additionally painted the Sleepy Hole bike in our February 2001 difficulty). He offered Alvarez with the idea of automotive wash cleaning soap bubbles. As a proof, Renzi provided solely that he witnessed a present bike being washed as soon as, and the picture of the moist bubbles sliding over bodywork remained etched in his thoughts.
Remaining particulars on the bike embody Arlen Ness increase/supercharger indicator gauges mounted on high of a one-inch Flanders drag bar modified to suit the metric bike. The AeroMach rear view mirrors are discontinued fashions that had been noticed in and unearthed in a dusty warehouse. Eye catching, engraved chrome grips come courtesy of Arlen Ness, and LED operating lights, showing in dashes over the plate, had been bought “at a random bike present,” says Renzi. He recessed these into the bodywork after adapting the license plate simply contained in the decrease fender. Taillights from Arlen Ness spotlight the swoopy, full-fendered rear.
If You Construct It, They Will Come
Earlier than modifications had been even full, Renzi started using with the Modesto Star Driving group, an area group with many bikes. His craftsmanship didn’t go unnoticed, and he began receiving orders for fast bodywork jobs from a few of his using companions. Renzi responded by opening up Modesto Customized Cycles, a sideline enterprise to his auto store, to handle the rising record of motorbike orders. Renzi’s bike store has swollen to the purpose the place he nearly needs to shut the auto bays and focus solely on bikes. We will solely encourage this type of conduct.
But it surely’s not as if 1WILDSTAR is sitting up on a raise someplace being coddled. Renzi’s put greater than 53,000 arduous miles on his bike, using to as many exhibits as he can squeeze in. As we had been conducting the interview, Renzi was telling us what a blast he’d had on the Star Days rally in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and invited us to satisfy him on the upcoming Laughlin River Run. We suppose all this using round is to take a look at the competitors, or maybe it’s the pure pleasure of the open highway. Both manner, Antonio Renzi has discovered one of the best of each worlds—and it’s a spot with out theories, simply purposes.