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Yamaha BT1100 Customized – BikeBound


BT1100 Bulldog from Martin Buchmayr x i-flow… 

Launched in 2002, the Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog was fairly an attention-grabbing machine, a hard-to-classify V-twin roadster with Italian roots:

“The Bulldog has been conceived, developed and assembled by Belgarda Yamaha, in Italy, underneath mild far-eastern supervision.” –Visor Down

Then there’s the engine. Look acquainted?  That’s as a result of the 1063cc air-cooled SOHC V-twin is straight from the Yamaha XV1100 Virago — a motorcycle launched again in 1986!

Although the bike drew comparisons to the Ducati Monster, it was actually its personal machine — one liked by its homeowners:

“Above all, the Bulldog is one hell of an city instrument. I had a tough time making an attempt to recall a motorcycle that was a lot enjoyable to only hop on and go for these little errands — to my lover’s or to get (cigarette!) rolling papers from the nook store.” –Bike.com

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

Our pal Martin Buchmayr, who rebuilt the Blechmann XV1100 we just lately featured, was drawn to the BT1100 largely for its unusual place among the many Virago / XV pantheon:

“The bike was solely constructed as a result of it’s form of the weirdest XV engine powered bike…. It’s a mixture of a contemporary bare bike with an older, long-established XV engine — which isn’t probably the most highly effective, however very strong.”

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

He obtained this specific ’03 BT1100 with some very good elements already in place, together with Öhlins suspension, Haslacher manifold, Akrapovic mufflers, and Kineo wheels. Nonetheless, the strains of the bike simply didn’t circulation proper, so Martin enlisted the assistance of his good pal Wolfgang Kuzma aka i-flow — a fabricator and customized painter who works not solely on bikes, however classic automobiles, bicycles, furnishings, and extra.

“He has a really basic strategy of doing issues, and is expert in stuff like pinstriping / lettering, working with and restoring fiberglass and carbon fiber bodywork, and even wooden crafting.”

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

They lengthened the tank to incorporate the seating space, making a monocoque-like physique that hides the electrics, which embrace a Motogadget mo.unit and mo.lock, Ignitech ignition, and LiIon battery. They up to date the entire lighting and gauges, and went with a Yamaha pace block-inspired paint scheme in sweet metallic flake.

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

Martin says the bike not solely seems to be significantly better than the unique, however it’s a hoot to experience:

“The suspension components are far more sports activities oriented. The present proprietor, Marc Stütz, is a really gifted motocross rider and largely enjoys that he can experience the BT to the fullest like his cross bikes, with out ‘risking all of it.’”

Under, we discuss to Martin for the total particulars on the construct. Studio photographs courtesy of Christian Haas.

Yamaha BT1100 Customized: Builder Interview

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

• Please inform us a bit about your self, your historical past with bikes, and your workshop.

Hey guys, I’m Martin Buchmayr, and along with my good pal Wolfgang Kuzma a.ok.a “i-flow,” we constructed a Yamaha BT1100 “Bulldog,” which is the second bike undertaking we’ve labored on collectively.

I had the concept of utilizing this mannequin as a donor for a customized bike with Wolfgang, as a result of I assumed it might not be simply decreased to a extra basic form of experience. I knew that it might develop into one thing experimental and particular with its very personal distinctive look.

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

Wolfgang doesn’t establish himself as a customized bike builder per se — he’s very gifted in virtually any side of customizing something, however when it comes all the way down to how he refers to himself, he most likely would describe himself as a fabricator and customized painter — self-employed for 14 years. He not solely works on bikes, however many 30s to 60s automobiles — bicycles and furnishings undergo his fingers too.

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

He has a really basic strategy of doing issues, and is expert in stuff like pinstriping / lettering, working with and restoring fiberglass and carbon fiber bodywork, and even wooden crafting. Honorable mentioning, he has painted a number of bikes for Vagabund Moto and Titan Bikes with out going into additional particulars.

• What’s the make, mannequin, and 12 months of the donor bike?

It’s a 2003 Yamaha BT1100.

• Why was this bike constructed?

The bike was solely constructed as a result of it’s form of the weirdest XV engine powered bike. The BT was initially assembled in Italy on the Belgarda manufacturing unit. It’s a mixture of a contemporary bare bike with an older, long-established XV engine – which isn’t probably the most highly effective, however very strong. It appears pretty odd to match the BT to its Italian competitor / rival of this time, the Ducati Monster, as a result of the Monster was a method sportier experience whereas the BT was a sporty bike simply by seems to be.

Yamaha BT1100 Custom

• What was the design idea and what influenced the construct?

Happily, the bike was already technically fairly superior as I received it. The bottom elements consisted of an Öhlins FGR entrance finish and an Öhlins TTX rear shock. A Haslacher model tangential manifold led to carbon fiber Akrapovic mufflers off of a Kawasaki Z1000. And lastly, the Kineo wheels prime off the loopy costly elements on this bike.

Alternatively the unique strains weren’t flowing that nicely. That is the place Wolfgang got here into play.

Custom Yamaha BT1100

• What customized work was carried out to the bike?

The unique tank was method too cumbersome by itself, so we lengthened the tank to incorporate the entire seating space. It’s now extra like a monocoque physique that additionally hides all of the electrics.

Custom Yamaha BT1100

We wished to adapt the Yard-built colours of the Yamaha heritage line and used sweet/metallic flake paint to offer it further depth on this big floor.

Custom Yamaha BT1100

For the electrics underneath the seat, I used the Motogadget mo.unit, an Ignitech ignition unit, a LiIon battery, and the Motogadget mo.lock, which have been all positioned collectively with out important area issues.

Custom Yamaha BT1100

On the entrance we used a Motogadget Mini Speedo and Messner Moto switches on a Fatbar handlebar. For lighting we went with basic Kellermann Rhombus indicators and a shiny LED headlight, which was additionally painted in the identical shade because the body.

• Does the bike have a nickname?

Sure, it does. It’s known as Leopold. Like Leopard.

• Are you able to inform us what it’s prefer to experience this bike?

I can. It’s nonetheless a cruiser however with a twist. That exhaust system sound may be very bass-heavy. Because of the tangential manifold each mufflers are in-line beating, similar to a drum.

The seating place is barely leaned ahead in comparison with the unique and, after all, the suspension components are far more sports activities oriented.

The present proprietor, Marc Stütz, is a really gifted motocross rider and largely enjoys that he can experience the BT to the fullest like his cross bikes, with out “risking all of it.”

Custom Yamaha BT1100

• Was there something carried out throughout this construct that you’re notably pleased with?

Certain. To make the tank, rear body, and seat circulation in addition to it does now was onerous however actually was definitely worth the effort ultimately. After all, there are bikes that may be modified and changed into one thing cool method simpler. Wolfgang did a superb job.

Observe the Builder / Photographer

www.i-flow.at — Wolfgang Kuzma a.ok.a “i-flow”
www.ch-photo.at — Photographer Christian Haas (@christianhaas_photo)
@martin_buchmayr — Martin Buchmayr



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