Dealers may be surprised to learn that Roaring Toyz in Sarasota, Fla., now offers lowering links, wheels, stainless steel brake lines and other parts for the 2009 and 2010 Yamaha FZ6R.
Why the surpise?
Roaring Toyz makes parts mostly for big-bore or racing-inspired 600s. So company owner Robert Fisher was thrown a curve ball last year when he was given the relatively tame Yamaha FZ6R for winning the 2009 Boz Bros Custom Bike Show. He was asked to prepare the bike to be shown at each stop of this year’s International Motorcycle Shows.
“The FZ6R was a little bit out of our realm,” Fisher admits, “so I hopped online and looked around to see who was riding it, and what kind of parts they were looking for.” He learned that the bike was popular among women searching for a way to lower it. “So I thought, hell, we’ll make some lowering links and some shorter kickstands, and we’ll do a girls-themed bike.”
The parts lower the bike an inch and three-quarters to nearly 29 inches in the rear. “In the front you can lift and lower as you please,” Fisher says, “but I try to keep the bikes lowered fairly evenly to keep the geometry.”
Fisher also retained the bike’s newbie-friendly handling by not changing the swing arm. But the real reason behind this decision, also related to the bike’s entry-level status, was cost. Whereas a big-bore build often runs $20,000, the FZ6R ran about $6,500, parts and labor.
“This one is fairly mild in terms of modification,” Fisher says. “Being an entry-level motorcycle, I don’t think the consumer of that particular bike is going to spend $15,000 or $20,000 customizing it. … Eventually they’re going to want to move into a larger class of motorcycle.”
Again, custom parts for beginner’s bikes are often hard to find. In fact, nobody sold wheels for the FZ6R, so Fisher and his team created a mounting kit that allows riders to install any Performance Wheels intended for the 2009 Yamaha R1. Roaring Toyz modifies the wheels so that all factory hardware can be used. For the build, Fisher chose the anodized contrast-cut Mayhem wheels. He paired the rear one with a matching Vortex Cat5 sprocket and a Pirelli Angel ST tire 20 millimeters wider than stock (going to 180 from 160). Also matching the wheels are Roaring Toyz contrast-cut Arrow Point Bar Ends.
Dealers can’t resell the paint job, but you may still be interested to know that Ryan Hathaway of Roaring Toyz is responsible for it. Some people think the FZ6R looks too big in front, so Hathaway placed a white strip at the top of the tank to make it look smaller. Look, for example, at the photo at the top of this story. Your eye wants to follow the profile of the paint below the white. Fisher describes the color as candy pink with metal flakes and some fuchsia. “I really like that color,” he says. “It’s kind of pinkish, kind of purplish. I’ve actually had race bikes that color. You could almost put a guy on it and get away with it. We didn’t want to go too female.”
Fisher says photos don’t do the paint job justice. The bike’s black portions, for example, actually contain dark purple metallic flakes. “In the sunlight it’s brilliant,” he says. “It really explodes.”
See the spec box for a rundown on how Fisher further cleaned up both the front and rear of the FZ6R, especially when it came to the bike’s lighting and mirrors. He also had to ditch the bike’s big, rubber passenger grab handles.
Fisher’s asking $12,500 for the bike itself, which is on tour until Daytona Bike Week in March. In addition to the exposure the parts will get at the show, a version of this article will be appearing in the February issue of sister publication 2Wheel Tuner.
Most custom bike builders, of course, use parts other than their own, so see below for what else is on the bike. Perhaps the list will give you other ordering ideas.
Roaring Toyz Yamaha FZ6R
Exhaust: M4 full exhaust system
Wheels: Performance Machine Mayhems (combined with a Roaring Toyz mounting kit)
Tires: Pirelli Angel STs
Brake lines: Roaring Toyz braided stainless steel (white here but offered in 11 colors altogether with seven different colors of ends)
Rear sprocket: Vortex Cat5
Mirrors: ST Machine Pig Spotters with built-in LED turn signals
Front turn signals: Gregg’s Customs flush-mount billet LEDs
Rear turn signals: Roaring Toyz-built orange LED signals in black plastic placed on both sides of the taillight. The company also fabricated the license plate bracket, removing the inner fender
Other components: Roaring Toyz lowering links and lowering kickstand; Roaring Toyz black-anodized, contrast-cut Arrow Point Bar Ends; Roaring Toyz lightweight racing quick-release fuel cap; removable Yamaha passenger seat cover
Build time: About 30 days
Photos by Scott Odell