Unveiled yesterday at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, this custom Yamaha R1 is the winner of the Custom Showdown Pro Builder contest. To create it, Sesto Custom Cycles fitted a single-sided, hub-center steered front end, radically stretched and fitted with a 240-section tire to match the rear.
Paint and all the copper-colored metal are meant to reference Yamaha’s musical history. That company’s original logo from 1898 — a phoenix clutching a tuning fork — is recreated on the bike’s bodywork.
Doubting that such a drastically stretched motorcycle is unrideable? Tony Sesto rode it to the show from his shop in Stanton, California. A total distance in excess of 20 miles.