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Yamaha Virago Custom

Bolt Motor Co.’s futuristic 51st construct… 

Former racers constantly construct a few of our favourite specials, as their excessive requirements of design, engineering, and execution have a tendency to hold over into their customs. One among these racers is Adrián Campos of Spain’s Bolt Motor Co., who spent a number of years as a skilled race driver within the European F3 Championship and Indy Lights collection, amongst others.

Yamaha Virago Custom

Right now, we’re thrilled to function #BOLT51 — his workshop’s 51st challenge, constructed from a Yamaha Virago 500 that arrived in a number of containers.

“Step one was to assemble it to verify nothing was lacking and every little thing labored because it ought to. The client’s face after we managed to start out the motorbike won’t ever be forgotten.”

Yamaha Virago Custom

As soon as the previous V-twin was operating, it was time to maneuver on to the remainder of the design. Many Bolt builds have a classic-meets-modern type, however with this Virago, the workforce wished to push farther into the longer term:

“With #BOLT51, we had been in search of a really radical motorbike, virtually futuristic.”

Yamaha Virago Custom

They began with the entrance headlight “masks,” which was utterly handmade to carry the vertically stacked LED headlights and indicators.

Yamaha Virago Custom

Different highlights embody the KZ550 tank reshaped for the challenge, customized subframe constructed from strong inventory, Yamaha R1 forks and brakes, customized consumption and exhaust, motogadget electronics, and a modified and refreshed engine:

“The engine has additionally been revised, enjoying with the cylinder heads, the carburetion, and the electronics to realize a considerably rogue conduct of the motorbike.”

Yamaha Virago Custom

Beneath, the Bolt workforce offers us the complete story on the construct.

Virago 500 Customized: Within the Builder’s Phrases…

Yamaha Virago Custom

The Yamaha Virago is a really peculiar motorbike, particularly on account of its measurements and the construction of its chassis. So as to add extra complexity to the challenge, the motorbike arrived at our workshop totally disassembled. Particularly, the motorbike arrived in containers. We had no references or ensures that every one the items had been there or what state they had been in.

Yamaha Virago Custom

Step one was to assemble it to verify nothing was lacking and every little thing labored because it ought to. The client’s face after we handle to start out the motorbike won’t ever be forgotten.

Yamaha Virago Custom

With #BOLT51, we had been in search of a really radical motorbike, virtually futuristic. First we began working with the entrance masks, as a result of we knew that it needs to be the place to begin to start out shaping the challenge. Though it could appear inconceivable to consider, this masks was manufactured and molded completely by hand.

Yamaha Virago Custom

The entrance finish is from a Yamaha R6 (together with forks, triple clamps, calipers, and discs). To make sure an ideal coupling, we needed to design and manufacture the wheel axle and different vital components to couple this entrance finish.

Yamaha Virago Custom

The tank additionally took many hours of labor. That is the unique tank from a Kawasaki KZ550, which needed to be formed to realize these curves. As well as, the Bolt Motor Firm workforce needed to benefit from their potential to construct an air consumption that may permit the filters, situated slightly below the tank, to obtain contemporary air.

Yamaha Virago Custom

One other key ingredient to realize this result’s the subframe. We began with a block of metal to make this subframe by hand, betting on straight and sq. strains that may match the remainder of the bike.

Yamaha Virago Custom

One other complication was the exhaust pipe, a murals handcrafted by our mechanics. As well as, our well-known license plate holder has been put in — demonstrating, as soon as once more, that we handle each element to the utmost.

The electronics have been utterly renewed, using Motogadget expertise to convey this motorbike into the twenty first century. The engine has additionally been revised, enjoying with the cylinder heads, the carburetion, and the electronics to realize a considerably rogue conduct of the motorbike.

The selection of paint has additionally introduced us one or one other headache. The consumer wished to switch the paint utilized in Aston Martin’s Method 1 automobiles to his motorbike, however matching the proportions wasn’t a straightforward job.

Yamaha Virago Custom

We have now affectionately nicknamed this Yamaha Virago as “The Transformer”, as a result of the masks appears to be taken from this film saga.

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