When Ryan Shunk introduced us to his 2005 Yamaha R1 custom machine, we had to find out more. With 15 years of riding experience under his belt, this self-confessed motorcycle enthusiast has ridden almost every kind of motorcycle out there, and undertaken some serious long-haul tours across the country. It wasn’t, however, until Ryan started helping a friend open up a custom sports bike shop called Chrome Addiction up in Erie, Pennsylvania, that he really started taking the world of motorcycle customization seriously.
After seeing what could be done to a stock sports bike, the 34-year-old brake press operator decided to get his hands dirty working on his own project. To get the ball rolling, Ryan swapped his faithful 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000 for a 2005 Yamaha R1. It was a tough decision to get rid of the Suzuki, but since Ryan couldn’t imagine taking an angle grinder to something as near perfect as his old Suzuki, he knew that he needed a different donor.
“I was giving up one of my all-time favorite bikes: my 2005 GSX-R 1000. But now looking back I don’t regret my decision for a split second,” he told us. “After riding around on the R1, I knew that this was the perfect donor for what I wanted to do. So, I gave up the wheelies and stoppies which I loved so much and traded it for cruising with a big wheel. And I haven’t looked back since!”
As for a brief, Ryan visualized a dark and dangerous paint job complimented with a big rear end. So naturally, he decided to give his concept a fitting name: JLO. “What’s better than some dark skin and a nice big booty?” asked Ryan. With that question posed, let’s take a look at what JLO has to offer!
“JLO” – Ryan Shunk’s Custom 2005 Yamaha R1!
To transform the R1 into the JLO-inspired beast you see before you, Ryan began by installing a 330 big wheel kit from C&S Customs to give the R1 the perfect silhouette. To make it a little more comfortable, he added an AirFX Rear Air Ride system. Those are the two most noticeable features about the build, but they are in no way the most important. While Ryan’s 2005 Yamaha R1 looks right, it’s got the engine mods to match.
The engine has been treated with a Toce Performance exhaust, Factory Pro billet velocity stacks, a GYTR drop-in air filter, and a Power Commander 3 with an ignition module. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Ryan also decided to rig his R1 up with a full 60 shot NoS kit from Nitrous Express.
And like all good motorcycle custom builds, a bit of bling goes a long way. To really set his Yamaha R1 apart from the crowd, Ryan enlisted some help from Andy Cifelli of CI Coatings, who handled the complete custom powder coating job, and Tex Reece of Top Tier Customs, who installed the R1’s full sequential halos and LED lighting kit. Oh yeah, and as a final touch, Ryan added a set of custom milled brass knuckles (courtesy of Jesse Kohler), which have been lovingly attached to the swing arm.
Despite doing the lion’s share of the work by himself, Ryan was quick to offer up credit to everyone involved in the build and the support they gave him.
“I’d like to thank Jesse Kohler (AKA The Mad Scientist), Tony Cubero, Jose Fuentes, Jay Wolfgang, and everyone from the #1 Stunnas MSC who are always there to give a helping hand. And of course, I’d like to thank all of my friends and family for supporting me and my crazy passion for motorcycles. I’ll even thank my haters too, because they’re always pushing me to go to the next level!”
Last, but by no means least, thanks have to go to Andy Chrostowski for the awesome photos!
So there you have it: this is JLO – one of the fiercest lookin’ 2005 Yamaha R1 custom builds that we’ve seen. Well done, Ryan – we hope to see more of your work in the near future!