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RUFF RYDERS: NEW YORK

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RUFF RYDERS: NEW YORK

If you have ever pulled a mile-long third-gear wheelie only to have somebody roll up next to you afterward and say in a sarcastic New York accent, “Your wheelies is gaaaa-bage,” you have one man to thank: the enigmatic Wink 1100.

That classic stunter’s put-down is an original Winkism, first uttered by the man himself somewhere in Harlem in the early 1990s when he was laying the groundwork for urban street stunting. Since those early days Wink has taken his game all the way from the streets of Harlem to big-league MTV videos and Hollywood sound stages, representing street freestyle longer than nearly any other rider on two wheels, with much more style.

Taking his nickname from the massive 550-pound Suzuki GSX-R1100s he rode to fame during the past decade, Wink 1100 is the seminal hardcore urban streetbike rider. Wink (whose real name, age and residence remain concealed as part of his elusive image) put freestyle stunting on the map with his groundbreaking appearance in the hit “Ruff Ryders Anthem” music video with rapper DMX in ’98, thrusting stunting before mainstream TV audiences for the first time.

Always rolling on a pimped-out Suzuki meticulously prepared by custom bike artist and clothing designer Scott Chester of New York’s ACID Designs, Wink was among the first riders in America to bust out rolling stoppies, high-chair wheelies and other moves that formed the foundation of street freestyle. In addition to riding, Wink is also well known for his original sense of style. The next time you see a stunter wearing a chromed-out German WWII fighter helmet paired with Scott ski goggles, you have Wink to thank.

Wink isn’t afraid of face paint, either, and for a long time he only appeared on the streets wearing a purple sharkskin suit with a necktie wired up to look as if he was blasting along at 120 mph even when he was standing still. In other words, Wink has mad style.

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