Motorcycle designer and rider Ludovic Lazareth is one of the biggest names in custom motorcycle design. Lazareth has a style that is unique and always in demand. He has built motorcycles for numerous movies. His bikes have been featured on France’s Top Gear.
Lazareth originally designed the 1999 Yamaha YZF-R1 for the 2008 sci-fi thriller “Babylon A.D.” starring Vin Diesel. Like many movie-prop bikes, this Yamaha was crashed on set. It was eventually returned to Lazareth’s garage for parts. Lazarath decided to see just what he could make of the bike.
Over the last year, Lazareth has used his spare time to rework the Yamaha YZF-R1 into a custom futuristic café racer—and the result is a fantastic bike unlike any other. It was given a whole new front end as Lazareth used the original forks for another project. Lazareth engineered a front-swing setup for this bike. He fitted both swing arms with custom-made TFX suspension shocks. The whole setup works for this build.
There were significant changes made to the entire chassis, including a shorter tail. The exhaust was extended and protrudes from the back end. Built-in LEDs were added around the exhaust. They act as the brake and rear lights.
Other changes include carbon fibre panels on the belly, gas tank and tail hump. These carbon fibre panels give this bike a futuristic café racer look. An upgraded floating-link suspension system ensures a smooth ride. A pair of high-quality Brembo brakes helps provide quick, responsive deceleration.
Lazareth finished this custom café racer off with an Acewell digital speedometer and 17-inch wheels, which were originally on a Triumph Daytona 955.