Project REVmonkee

Project REVmonkee

Allow us to introduce you to the beauty behind our Glemseck 101-winning beast: The REVmonkee.
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a different kindof custom

We’re a motorcycle apparel company so, it’s not a far stretch when we say we’re also driven by our passion for motorcycles. We don’t produce them, we don’t design them, but we sure do love them. And with an unstoppable drive to challenge the status quo, we do things a little differently, especially when we put our pencil to paper designing a custom bike that we would love to ride ourselves.

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The perfect balance

Starting its life as a Kawasaki H2, part of our job was made easy. Technically speaking, it’s a production bike in a league of its own, and the fact that its supercharged inline four spits out 210 horsepower (with a little help from ram air) means the performance box was ticked from the get go.

This allowed us to focus on creating an elegant look to suit our Tailored Technology design philosophy; high tech on the inside yet with a stylish design on the outside. And as the idea progressed, we had the perfect builders in mind to bring it to life, just slightly north from our HQ…

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Wrenchmonkees' Per and Nicholas

Per and Nicholas. This is roughly what the look on their faces must have been when we pitched the idea on the phone…

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MONKEES SEE, MONKEES DO

The connection between REV’IT! and Danish bike builders Nicholas Bech and Per Nielsen, aka “Wrenchmonkees” goes back a long time, and we have often hit common ground when talking about design. Thanks to this connection, and knowing their previous projects, we quickly decided we wanted to team up with them for the build.

When we gave them the call to explain the outline, the line went silent for a while, but luckily just like us, they love a good challenge. We sat down and created an outline for the design we were after while emphasizing the fact that performance and functionality were not to be sacrificed for style; this bike needs to show and go.

The bike we had in mind needed to represent our Tailored Technology design philosophy with the right amount of Wrenchmonkees’ flavor. Add some of the finest performance parts around to the mix, and you have yourself a one-off custom muscle bike that looks great while eating turns for breakfast.

Or at least, in theory. Time to take it apart!

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UNDRESS TO IMPRESS

Undone of its original bodywork, the H2 reveals its true technical colors, leaving a state-of-the-art supercharged engine held together by a beautifully designed trellis frame as our canvas. Aesthetically the trellis frame is already a welcome change to the aluminum chassis’ common for superbikes these days, but by taking away the bodywork, a new challenge occurred; loads of electronics that could not just be cut in favor of design.

If you want to keep a friendly conversation it’s best not to mention this to Per and Nicholas anymore, but in the end they managed to keep all electronics working perfectly while neatly tucked away.

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Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki H2
Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki H2
Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki H2
Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki H2
Wrenchmonkees Kawasaki H2

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The Throwback

REV’IT! was founded in 1995, so it should come as no surprise that we look at a different era when talking about “our history.” Or in other words, we’re suckers for 90s superbikes. We could have conveniently taken an easy-to-digest design approach to create something everybody would love, but that just wouldn’t be us.

We took inspiration from an incredible era of racing, and we are happy to talk you through all the elements of the build so you don’t miss out on the details.

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chassis

We’re quite sure we raised a few eyebrows when we decided to put in a double-sided swing arm in the modified stock frame, especially considering that the H2 is the first production Kawasaki sporting a single sided one. UK based GIA Engineering created a beautiful, one-off tubular aluminum swingarm that carried the style of the stock trellis frame right through to the rear axle.

The suspension gurus at Hyperpro then altered the suspension setup to match the new chassis configuration by slightly lowering the adjustable front suspension together with fitting new internals, and installing a fully adjustable rear shock.

The stock subframe found its way to the Wrenchmonkees scrap bin to make way for a one-off version, ensuring the rear section of the bodywork fitted neatly. The three-spoke Dymag wheels have 90s superbikes written all over them, while technically, they’re right up-to-spec with the rest of the bike, shaving a large chunk of unsprung weight thanks to the use of magnesium.

The entire brake setup -or “brake jewelry”- comes from Beringer whose calipers and brake masters are linked by steel braided hoses, a trick they repeated for the clutch master.

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ENGINE

We decided to stay close to stock as we felt the H2 had enough zing to fulfil the needs of us mortals when it comes to power at-hand. We couldn’t help optimizing the REVmonkee’s breathing though, which saw the combination of an SC-Project CR-T exhaust and Sprintfilter performance air filter enter the stage.

It’s hard to put in words, riding it now means you are treated to the sound of a whining supercharger and an aggressive barking exhaust: this bike means business.

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We could have easily been tempted to tickle the engine extensively after our REV’IT! rider at the time, Kenan Sofuoğlu, took the H2R -our H2’s steroid sibling- up to a record speed of 400km/h wearing a specially designed aerodynamic REV’IT! suit. Instead we decided to stay close to stock, a decision mainly driven by sanity and the fact that the H2 has enough power to keep us mortals entertained when not chasing World Records.

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SUIT UP

Although it’s a REV’IT! build, we honor history where appropriate, which is why the base of the REVmonkee’s bodywork is related to its brand of origin. A Kawasaki ZX-7R racing fairing found its way to the workshop before being modified.
Next to fitting an asymmetric headlight – to pay homage to 90s endurance racing - we closed the air outlets in the bottom part of the fairing as the H2 radiator setup doesn’t require it. As a result, the fairing adds visual muscle to what you see in your rearview mirror when the REVmonkee approaches.

Subtle as the changes may look, getting the fairing to sit Wrenchmonkees-perfect had been a challenge of its own, while the rest of the bodywork has been designed from scratch, not sticking to protocols regarding form and function. Fuel sits in the rear section of the monocoque body and under the seat, allowing for a cover that is in-line with the rest of the design where you’d normally expect the tank to be. From a wide front to a slim rear, the entire design reveals hints from the late 80s all the way through to today, resulting in a timeless look.

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The fairing adds visual muscle to what you see in your rearview mirror when the REVmonkee approaches.

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TIRES

You might have expected us to tuck this into the chassis paragraph, but these tires deserve more than a mention. Unless you’re looking to carve your own thread from a slick tire with all the risks involved, tires are normally the parts that don’t allow for customization, right? Wrong. Thanks to the direct help of Dunlop tire engineers, we were able to put the icing on the custom cake: specially designed tires matching the design of the REVmonkee. Make no mistake in thinking these are merely slick tires with the REV’IT! vs. Wrenchmonkees logo carved in; these rubbers have been built from scratch using a 3D-designed thread which is lasered in.

You’ll have to take a good look to spot the subtle logo use, but the unique hexagonal tread covers the entire surface. A combination of a strong carcass, the right rubber component and our own design, these tires are certainly in a different league, and we are looking forward to going in-depth soon to explain the process.

Oh, and they smell good too, something we found out during what one of the Dunlop engineers called, “The most expensive burnout ever!”

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… and they smell good too, something we found out during what one of the Dunlop engineers called, “The most expensive burnout ever!”
REVmonkee Burnout

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more to come

Teaming up with some of the brightest builders from the industry to pull off the build was already a win, but claiming victory at the International Sprint at Glemseck 101 topped it off and proved the REVmonkee isn’t all show and no go. The project has broken boundaries for all parties involved, and it has set the bar high for this year’s Glemseck sprint.

Whereas other custom bikes might end up in a museum collecting dust, we have already picked up the gauntlet after receiving numerous challenges from those who would like to go head-to-head with the beast. We love a good challenge, and we will make sure the REVmonkee is ready for its 2018 adventures.

Stay tuned!

REVmonkee Glemseck 2017

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a special thanks to

Especially true in the flesh, you will see the details on this bike make the difference. It’s a job well done with the help of various contributors to the project who all deserve a special thanks.

REVmonkee Sponsors Dunlop SCProject SprintFilter GIA Hyperpro Dymag Beringer Uhrewerk

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