As the stunt contraption fabricator for Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus TV show, Mark Adams has built some fantastic machines. Although the flying bike is his most well known, for Adams the most challenging project wasn't for Pastrana's TV show but for Pastrana himself. The Floridian is a Daytona Bike Week fan, but his Suzuki contract prevented him from throwing a leg over another brand of motorcycle. Pastrana needed something Suzuki-powered to roll on, which is how the TP199 came to be.
Adams had worked at a Suzuki dealership when he was a teen and had always been impressed by the TL1000 (latterly SV1000), so he selected the bike's 996cc V-twin engine for his build, satisfying chopper criteria and the conditions of Pastrana's sponsorship at the same time. The bike had to be a legit custom, so Adams designed the frame and made the tank, seat pan and handlebar himself. Packard USA machined the Super Star wheels and made the brake calipers and triple clamps for the GSX-R1000 forks. Adams ported the heads, installed high-compression pistons, custom-ground cams and bolted on a one-off titanium exhaust from FMF to give the bike some added punch. Other Side Customs applied the Suzuki yellow paint and associated Nitro Circus logos and graphics.
The bike was presented to Pastrana at Bike Week 2010, just eight weeks after Adams had hatched the idea for the build. The TP199 blew Travis' mind, gave him something sick to ride at Daytona and sparked a whole new passion for Adams, who subsequently founded a custom fabrication shop called Adams Precision Design (www.adamsprecision.com).
No, he won't build you a flying bike...