Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Erik’s Yamaha XT500 “Quarter Mile”


  This build from Erik in the Netherlands is not my style.  The flat tracker style seat has always annoyed me, as they never, ever, match the rest of a motorcycle.  Now why, you ask, am I featuring this build then?  To understand that, you have to understand what riding is really all about.  You can get hung up on the looks all day long, but it’s how the bike rides and how you interact with her that truly makes a build special. 

DSC02143     See how clean this machine is, how little details are finessed and crafted.  It took Erik two years to get this baby done, and his enthusiasm is readily apparent.  This build was a great experience for Erik, and it doesn’t matter that I don’t like the seat.  I see heart and soul, sweat and tears, and all that jazz that makes up a project of passion.  Build what you want, how you want it, and to hell with critics.  If it makes you happy, if you park her at the end of the ride, walk away, and turn around just to stare at her lovingly…    you’ve done good.




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