Friday, September 11, 2009

This Yamaha R1 flat tracker is making me smile

This little number so thoroughly caught my attention on display at the 2009 Indy Moto GP that I had to take a few pictures and do a little research. This is a design by Gregg's Customs based on a Yamaha R1.

The instrument cluster on the bike has been buried within the frame and wrapped in a custom tubular frame. It's glorious how this relocation of the instruments leaves the handlebar cockpit naked and shamelessly unadorned.

The bike was part of the Boz Bros custom bike show, hosted by Ben and Eric Bostrom and presented by 2 Wheel Tuner Magazine and Yamaha.

I'll admit that most of the bikes in the show were obnoxious neon-infected urban stretch limos and that I almost skipped the tent this year. Of course, it wasn't only the ugly customs that made me cautious about entering the tent. Last year the whole Yamaha canopy came down in a windstorm.

Given the opportunity, I spoke some with Eric Bostrom and was impressed with their new line of clothing. I carried home my very on Boz Bros Trucker Hat. It's got an old black and white photo of their dad racing flat track on the front. I dig it.


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