2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Super Streetbike

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Suzuki GSX 250 S


Having a goal and a purpose after military life is important, and just like those old WWII movies where GIs sitting in a foxhole would ask each other what they were going to do when the ‘war’ was over, Senior Sergeant Raul Laureano and his buddies sat around one day discussing their individual plans after leaving the service. But Laureano was already ahead of the game as he’d recently established a small motorcycle business in Junction City, KS, while still serving in the U.S. Army.

After 22 years of service with the U.S. Army I decided to spend my retirement building custom motorcycles using the skills that I’d learned as a soldier. And it was during one of these bullshitting sessions about the plans each one of us had about what we were going to do after leaving the Army that I decided that the first bike I built in my new shop would be to honor the military, Laureano said.

True to his word, Laureano’s first custom build was a wild green Hayabusa (see sidebar) known as The Commander that displayed patriotism, dedication, and an amazing attention to detail. It sourced parts from the best names in the business and made a name for a new custom builder. The bike went on to win a number of awards, including a 2011 International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) Best of Show award in Daytona, FL.

Afterwards, Laureano relocated his shop to Tampa, FL to be closer to both custom suppliers and services and potential customers. And they weren’t long in coming. Travis Woodard came to Motorcycle Boutique for a one-off ride.

Woodard has a passion for the colors blue and purple and likes to sip an occasional glass of Crown Royal. From there Laureano started the ball rollin’ on this custom’s concept. Following a similar method of operation to The Commander Laureano took Woodard’s 2011 Gixxer 1000 down the same path with a 20-inch-over swingarm fitted with an internal lighting system created by Running Man, also housing twin ‘Crown Royal’ NOS bottles, a bespoke pair of seats resembling the sumptuous velvet bag that the owner’s favorite whisky comes in, and a pair of one-off CNC-machined billet wheels sporting crown motifs.

The Crown Royal GSX-R1000 is just as meticulously detailed and beautifully finished as Laureano’s green Hayabusa. What is very different between the two though is the internal structure of the seats on the Crown Royal build. Apparently Woodard wanted a vibrating device placed in the padding of the rear seat, something that Laureano was happy to design and fit-got to keep the customer, or in this case, the passenger happy.

Unknown to Woodard, Motorcycle Boutique also fit a similar vibrating device into the rider’s seat-and didn’t tell him. Seems Woodard nearly fell off the bike laughing the first time he engaged what he thought was a vibrating ride for the passenger.

With these two hard-to-forget builds, Motorcycle Boutique is firmly fixed into the custom sportbike scene. I’ve always been a motorcycle enthusiast and with my retirement from the military on the horizon I just couldn’t see myself rocking my time away at home in a chair on the porch, so motorcycle customization and design has taken over my new life.

2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Front End: Custom billet aluminum 17×3.5in. ‘Crown Royal’ wheel, stainless steel gold brake line

Rear End: 20-inch-over aluminum swingarm with jackshaft, Tricky-Air air ride suspension, custom billet aluminum ‘Crown Royal’ 18x13in. wheel, Vee Monster 360mm tire, SP Performance rotor, chopper-style brake caliper, gold chain

Suzuki GSX 250 S

Engine: NOS nitrous purge setup, VooDoo Industries exhaust, Motorcycle Boutqiue modified wiring

Paint: Abner at Exotic Rides

Accessories: Kustom Seats stitched seats, one-off ‘Crown’ heel guards, dual projector headlights with multi-color halos and integrated turn signals, spiked handlebars, custom grips, levers, mirrors, Running Man internal swingarm lights

Builder: Motorcycle Boutique

Owner: Travis Woodard

The Commander

Motorcycle Boutique stirred the custom world with its first build, and turned a 2008 Hayabusa into a triple-chrome plated, Bluetooth-controlled work of aftermarket excess. It displayed a presidential theme that caught the attention of publications and show judges. Tricky Air units front and rear, chrome on nearly everything, airbrush work and trick electronics under a motorized seat hump were just a few of its many modifications.

Suzuki GSX 250 S
Suzuki GSX 250 S
Suzuki GSX 250 S

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