Rafik Kaissi owned a Barber Shop until he realized that his true passion was to turn sheet metal into custom motorcycles or working concepts…or sculptures. So, he bought a 2500 sq. ft barn and turned it into a shop called RK Concepts.
Saw this bike called the RK Thing in Sturgis at the AMD World Championship and thought that it was a one-off exercise of style, probably not followed by others. I was wrong. This weekend, at the Sema Show of Las Vegas, front of the auditorium, he is displaying 5 other outrageous creations and has no difficulty gathering a huge crowd.
So, why? will asks many of you. Because he can, because it makes him happy. He swears that each of his contraption can be ridden but knows very well that his market, if any, is not the client commissioning a custom daily ride. His objective? Providing motorcycles to the movie industry, the ones that he already built or the ones that could be ordered to fit in a story line for a certain character. A very, very, very narrow niche. But my best wishes to him. And if you wonder what is RK Thing is made on, jump to the following page to get the tech sheet.
Truss frame that holds oil. Truss swing arm, seat and fully adjustable truss wheelie bar.. Very unique gas tank mounted on the front end. A very original front and rear stainless steel cable suspension that is fully adjustable for ride height and Ohlins dampers are used for the dampening. S&S Shorty E carb and truss intake.. Original stainless steel cable hand grips and exhaust tips.. Turbo cold intake from a Subaru WRX was modified to use for radiator. Leaf springs chain tensioner. Anti Gravity battery.. Ohlins steering damper. DEI exhaust wrap. (photography Frank Sander for AMD World Championship courtesy to Cyril Huze)
Business RK Concepts
Round Rock, TX. USA
Bike Name RK Thing
Builders Name Rafik Kaissi
Owner Rafik Kaissi
Year / Model 2012 Truss
Engine Make / Size Aprilia / 1000cc
Frame Make / Type RK Truss
Rake 34″ Stretch
Front End RK suspension
Swingarm RK Truss
Drivetrain 6 speed
Wheels [Front] Ride Wright Wheels / 26″
Wheels [Rear] RK 10/10
Tyres [Front] Vee Rubber 120/50/26
Tyres [Rear] Hoosier 18/11/10 T20
Brakes [Front] No front brakes
Brakes [Rear] Dual Brembos / dual piston
Painter Richard Wood, Jaime Hernandez & Darren Wenzel – Custom Car Crafters
Chroming / Plating Turn Key Coating