Nick Serrano’s 2004 America

[We found the video (below) on YouTube and contacted Nick through that site to do a feature. He joined and will participate as time allows. We hope you like his bike as much as we do. It’s not the first America we’ve seen with a Standard Bonneville tank, but it’s super clean. And it doesn’t hurt that he has professional photography to share from a feature on]

Fact Sheet

Owner: Nick Serano (SST)
Location: Southern California, USA
Model: America
Year: 2004
Odometer: about 5,400 mi
Flickr Gallery (courtesy of
Member’s Ride Forum Thread

Photos © Bill Bryant, used with permission


The two biggest contributors to this makeover are the Thruxton tank (who knew that would be a direct bolt-up?) and the reworked Kawasaki Ninja mid/rear sets. The holes where the forwards used to be have been plugged with some custom lathe-turned pieces, and the Kawi controls look damn near factory.

Forks: 41mm stock forks. Progressive lowering kit (roughly 2 inches); shaved lowers and powder coated
Chassis mods: Very slight frame modification to accept an ’06 Thruxton tank; Vortex CNC Kawasaki Ninja rearsets
Tire/wheel size and style: Front: 18 x 2.5 120/90 36 spoke; rear: 15 x 3.5 170/80 40 spoke. Stock hubs and rims powder coated

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: I love my upside down Biltwell Trackers. Joker Machine bar clamps, reservoir cover, choke and front sprocket cover. Sportbike CNC bar end mirrors. Progressive front lowering kit and 11.5″ rear adjustable shocks. Custom seat by Manuel at Sweetwater Marine

Nick says he plans on acquiring another America or Speedmaster for another project. We’ll be watching to see what he comes up with next.

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