The Yamaha Star Bolt XV950 Pure Sports is Seriously Epic

Motorcycles from the 1980s didn't have much in the way of suspension, and while the big four-cylinders of the era were capable of tremendous speeds, the V-twin revolution in the 2000s paved the way for bikes that had usable, real-world torque. But bikes from the 1980s looked like real motorcycles, rather than the angry insects/Transformers they've become now. The Yamaha Star Bolt XV950 Pure Sports puts the best of both worlds together -- starting with a completely unlikely donor -- in a stunning machine we've give just about anything to throw a leg over. The starting point for this awesome machine is the Star Motorcycles (nee "Yamaha") Bolt, a kind of run-of-the-mill, cheap entry-level cruiser with a 942cc, air-cooled V-twin, basically in the mold of a Harley-Davidson 883. The bike was designed for the Italian motorcycle magazine LowRide by designer Oberdan Bezzi, who has penned some flat-out stunning bikes over the years. Radikal Chopper in Milan built the bike using Bezzi's drawings as a guide.
The Yamaha Star Bolt XV950 Pure Sports is Seriously Epic
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The Yamaha Star Bolt XV950 Pure Sports is Seriously Epic
The back half, though, is a completely hand-crafted aluminum rear section totally inspired by the 1980s Yamaha FZ750. Up front, there's a cool, early 1980s-style half-fairing, and a chin spoiler behind the wheel. The paint scheme is full-on FZ, too, down to the vintage Yamaha logos. PHOTOS: See Tons of Great XV950 Photos
The Yamaha Star Bolt XV950 Pure Sports is Seriously Epic
"You don't need so much money, and you don't need to change so many things to build a bike that's really your own," says Giuseppe Roncen, Editor-in-Chief at LowRide.
The Yamaha Star Bolt XV950 Pure Sports is Seriously Epic
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