A new bike from the crew at ICON 1000 is a bit like a Mike Tyson uppercut: it arrives without warning, and it’s a knockout.
‘Colonel Butterscotch’ is the latest machine to roar out of the Portland, Oregon garage. And despite the twee name, it’s a real bruiser. Based on a 1999 Suzuki Bandit 1200, it shows the potential of a bike often unfairly relegated to the ‘econo-cruiser’ pile.
Like most customs that have been massaged by ICON’s design director Kurt Walter, the Bandit was a tired and unloved workhorse.
Almost two decades old and showing it, this GSF1200 was carrying weathered saddlebags and festooned with faded decals.
But, as many bikers of a certain age know, the early Bandit 1200 has hidden charms—and was regarded as a bit of a hooligan machine in its youth.…