>Whoah! Where’d the red for that seat come from, and why do the brake-line fittings alternate between pink and gold? Is that a maroon-anodized bar we see? Excuse us, what did you say? Ohhhh, it was built by tuners!
Austrian-born Karl Abarth was first a motorcycle racer and builder, but ultimately he gave that up in favor of playing with Fiat’s, which lead him to birthing the “tuner” concept for Fiat privateers. Fiat’s having a huge media celebration to bolster their newly revived Abarth-branded 500, (similar to BMW models getting an M badge), and thought they’d invite Yamaha to participate. Fiat sponsors Yamaha’s MotoGP factory team, plus Rossi and Fiat heir Lapo Elkann are best buddies, so why not?
Maybe we’re just a little frustrated at how close this concept came to greatness, while sadly remaining nothing more than a silly tuner bike. One with all the parts anodized different shades of red and gold, because nobody bothered to care that every component manufacturer uses a different color when anodizing.
Or at least make sure the brake parts match? Yeesh.