When you’re Robert Fisher and you’ve been given less than two weeks to completely customize a 2011 Kawasaki Vaquero Cruiser to be prominently displayed at one of the biggest bike shows in the country, the first thing you do is get on the horn with other manufacturers of custom bike parts.
Fisher is the founder of Roaring Toyz out of Sarasota, Fla., and he’s well known for his custom parts and his extremely custom sportsbikes. His creative vision was recognized several years ago by Kawasaki, which asked him to build two custom ZX-14s for a bike show. The bikes were a huge success and earlier this year, Kawasaki returned to Roaring Toyz, this time with a new cruiser in tow. The iconic bike builder was asking Fisher and crew to pull out all the stops and create a custom Vaquero bagger in time for Daytona Bike Week — just 13 days away at the time.
One of Fisher’s first calls was to Performance Machine where he requested a 21-inch front wheel that would serve as the centerpiece of his green and mean custom Vaquero. What we did was hook him up with a new Paramount Platinum Cut 21-inch front wheel and matching front brake rotors.
Then we provided Roaring Toyz with a set of black anodized floorboards and an air cleaner assembly. Since we don’t offer air cleaner fitment for the Vaquero, Fisher’s folks machined a backing plate to fit. There was method to the custom builder’s madness, because not only did our PM intake look great on the bagger, it boosted the power by 8.5 horsepower on the dynameters by providing an influx of air to the engine.
And, as long as he was already on the phone to us, Fisher ordered up a pair of PM black anodized grips and custom-machined brake and clutch levers for the handlebars. That pretty much put PM’s representation on this ride from top to bottom.
Other custom parts manufacturers and designers drafted by Fisher for this project included Roland Sands Design (RSD) and Progressive Suspension. The result was a dynamic 1700 twin-cylinder green machine on a muscle-bound chassis that Fisher says caused a major ruckus when it was unveiled during Daytona Bike Week. The Vaquero build also sparked a new V-Twin division of Roaring Toyz that will deliver custom parts for the cruiser segment — and, of course, the new division is called Roaring Twinz.