Positioned in New York Metropolis, The Suited Racer considers himself a ‘residing piece of conceptual artwork’. The multidisciplinary artist creates work, sculptures and shoots pictures based mostly on themes of social justice and political consciousness. Via his social media channels, he’s additionally turned himself, or quite his masked alter ego, into an Instagram star.
Disguising his face with a masks and tinted sun shades glasses, all the time wearing a well-tailored go well with and infrequently accompanied by a motorbike, The Suited Racer Instagram account is an announcement about social media and society’s obsession with bodily look. As he places it, “I would love the world to know that it actually doesn’t matter what we appear to be. Race/ethnicity, fairly, ugly… we’re all simply human. Brothers and sisters.” and it’s an strategy that’s amassed him an Instagram following that’s nearing 250,000.
Together with a wardrobe stocked with high-end fits, The Suited Racer has a powerful bike assortment. Amongst them is the ‘Butler’, a one-of-a-kind 1980 BMW R100 cafe racer that commonly options in his Instagram posts. Right now we’re chatting with The Suited Racer to study extra about this mysterious man and his enviable BMW cafe racer.
Who’s The Suited Racer?
My faux title is Lando Griffin, most individuals who know me, name me The Suited Racer. I’ve been using since I used to be 5 years outdated. My first bike was a little bit Honda 50cc.
Why did you create your BMW R100 Butler?
As an artist, I’m visually stimulated by mirrors. To some, they’re the epitome of self-importance however to me, they signify self-reflection and searching inward. I needed a motorcycle that was visually not like another on the market however with sufficient familiarity that its existence felt pure.
How lengthy did the venture take to finish?
Covid threw a wrench on the construct time. It took 2.5 years.
The place did your donor bike come from?
The donor bike got here from Craigslist. It wasn’t operating. The man who owned it earlier than me stated it had gotten him via a number of financially robust occasions because it allowed him to maneuver round for work at little price. He was a Brazilian who had moved right here searching for a greater life and labored his ass off in landscaping. He stated he did discover a higher life. He owned the BMW for 20 years.
What was your design idea for the Butler?
I had simply come off an artwork present I did referred to as “All Americxn” that handled reflections, elimination of self, and unconscious biases… so I needed the bike to fully replicate its surrounding. I sketched the bike in pencil to a T. I knew precisely what the top outcome could be and am very pleased with the way it turned out.
The vibe of the type of the bike was impressed by Jim Redman’s Isle of Man days. BMW by no means made a motorcycle with these strains, in order a giant fan of Motorrad, I needed this bike to exist, and now it does.
How did you determine which efficiency upgrades to go along with?
Many of the upgrades had been chosen for reliability and to convey the bike comparatively in keeping with the efficiency of different bikes which might be out there now. The electronics had been fully redone and changed with Motogadget equipment. The brakes and front-end conversion had been by Cognito Moto. The rear suspension is by Ohlins. They’re the standard acquainted efficiency manufacturers. I say comparatively as a result of the tires themselves aren’t actually geared toward efficiency.
What was essentially the most difficult side of the construct?
Figuring out when to cease!
Together with the modifications Lando talked about above, this BMW R100 has undergone an in depth aesthetic overhaul. In line with his reflective theme the R100 Butler wears a customized aluminium gasoline tank, fairing and rear cowl which might be polished to a mirror end. With the intention to match the customized bodywork the body was modified to go well with. The method included the elimination of the inventory subframe and set up of a bespoke various that’s hidden inside the enclosed tail unit. With the usage of a Cognito Moto front-end conversion package, the R100 is now sporting a set of recent upside-down forks, Brembo stopping gear entrance and rear and basic spoked wheels.
As for the ability upgrades, The Suited Racer BMW R100 wears flat slide Mikuni carbs which inhale via foam filters. There’s additionally a customized, shortened exhaust system with reverse cone mufflers, which additionally ensures that if the bike isn’t seen it’ll undoubtedly be heard!
As a homage to the long-lasting Japanese comedian ebook ‘Akira’, Lando has launched a restricted photograph print of the Suited Racer and his bike named ‘Akira Kaneda’ (proven beneath) which will be bought through his web site.