The Icon Warthog is the kind of bike that should do battle with KITT from Knight Rider in some fictional spin-off commercial world. It’s a custom Kawasaki ZX-10R with, on top of the A-10 Gatling gun replica in the front, has the engine tuned up to 188rwhp, an 800-watt MTX audio system, a set of hilarious jet-engine exhaust pipes, and an LCD screen for watching movies while engaging in high-speed combat. Icon even made a music video with the bike.
The Warthog was built to help advertise their new Domain II Warthog helmet. But would I ride it? Eh, I’d rather have a ZX-10R without the Warthog paintjob and unusable Gatling gun; and I probably wouldn’t get much use out of the sound system, even at 800-watts, unless I’m sitting in a parking lot. Still, it’s fun. It’s like a full-scale toy model built for shits and giggles. I like it. Check out the pictures and the music video and see for yourself:
It’s the latest in the Bikes of Icon series of custom jobs. I think my favorite so far, after the Warthog of course, is probably Rockets Dead Glare. It’s a 2002 Honda Reflex 250 decked out in the style of the custom Japanese low riding maxi-scooters with an oversized wing, air suspension, and even a nitrous bottle; but the key is the sweet quilted leather seat.
From the Icon website:
In the 70’s, the United States Air Force developed the A-10 (a.k.a. “Warthog”) as a means of supporting ground troops with massive firepower… Mission Accomplished! Flash forward 35 years and now its Icon’s turn to support the ground troops with our version of “Superior Firepower”.
Built over a period of 8 weeks in AREA 13 of the ICON compound, The Warthog ZX-10 epitomizes the Icon mentality of performance based product. Obviously the first thing that grabs one’s attention is the 800 watt MTX audio system. It’ll spit “Symphony of Destruction” in the twisties or blast lil Wayne at the local bike night. But audio by itself isn’t enough. So we added an 8″ LCD screen to view Full Metal Jacket, Iron Eagle, or Top Gun and the ability to broadcast a view of the victims left in the wake via an integrated rear view camera. And, yes, the A/V system will run off the 10’s own charging system.
The motor, much like the stereo, was designed to thump. Dyno’d at 188 RWHP, it’ll stomp just about any ‘show’ bike on the circuit today. The graphics, based on the Icon Domain II Warthog helmet, were painstakingly applied by Icon’s own in-house staff.
And like the aircraft that has defended our country’s interests for 3+ decades, this tribute machine is yet another Ugly Beast that “Hog Drivers” throughout the world will regard as “One wicked machine”!