We all have our way of showing love of country and patriotism. Whether its removing our hats during the National Anthem, joining our armed forces or proudly displaying our flag in all her Glory.
Wounded Warrior Jarrad “Hot Rod” Davenport has taken his love of country to the streets, literally with a custom 2006 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 patriotically crafted with a Captain America theme. This Warrior began his military service in the U.S. Navy at the young age of 17. Throughout his military career he has done more tours than he cares to remember, from Desert Storm to part of the closing forces in Iraq as an Army Soldier and now a member of the Wounded Warriors.
Jarrad has been a motorcycle enthusiast for years owning several bikes. For this build, he wanted to create something different that reflected his history and his country. Without singling out any particular branch of the military, he chose Captain America for a broader patriotic feel. For the impeccable paintwork, he called upon Deuce Moto Custom in Marietta, GA. This is no ordinary themed paint job. Through a painstaking process, Deuce Moto Custom came up with a custom “red” specifically for this bike build which features “ice crystals” throughout for a dynamic sparkling look day or night.
Adding to the visual stimuli, LEDs from Joe Florida LED Accent Lighting as well as a custom built and star-lit seat from New Image Customs in York, PA were added for a light show performance worthy of its own 4th of July attraction.
Jarrad very well could’ve stopped at the custom red, white and blue paint work or the show-stopping light show. However, that wasn’t enough. To set off his rims featuring a rotating star centerpiece and a 240 rear tire-kit, Jarrad reached out to industry pros C&S Custom/Garwood Custom Cycles for an incredible tubular single-sided swingarm for an open wheel look. In most cases with a single-sided swingarm, the open side typically gets more attention by its intended design. Not so with this build. Both sides are equally as impressive given the swingarms’s ice-crystal laced blue paint job highlighted by several dancing white stars all set off by a red, white and blue painted sprocket on the “closed” side.
Given the amount of time, attention, detail and not to mention money, it would be easy to understand if this were strictly a show bike. But where is the fun in that? As a member of one of the oldest bike clubs not only on the east coast, but in the country, Philly’s StateBurners MC (more on this history making club in an upcoming article) Hot Rod rocks out on this rolling tribute bike as if it were stolen, meaning he rides it living up to the legacy of the StateBurners founding history.
With the general consensus being bigger is better, you may wonder why a 240 rear tire was chosen. One look at the wear of his 240 and it’s obvious he not only rocks with it, he leans HARD with it. “I could’ve gone with a bigger rear tire for even more attention” says Jarrad. “But, I like to ride and nothing beats the functionality and look of a 240” he continued. “I want to thank Garwood Custom Cycles, Jeepers Racing, Ball Z Motorsports, Sport Chrome, Top Speed Plating, and all those that helped to make this vision a reality” Hot Rod concluded humbly.
Salute to you Wounded Warrior for dedicating your life of service fighting for our Red, White and Blue and creating this amazing tribute bike.
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