The Yamaha XV920 custom motorcycle by Ugly Motors

The Yamaha XV920 custom motorcycle by Ugly Motors - TheArsenale
The Ugly#08 custom café racer is a striking build that combines a powerful figure with modern, sporty refinements. Based upon the classic Yamaha 'XV920', it is now redressed in hand-made bodywork and a painted Kawasaki KZ650 fuel tank. Created by Jakub Beker, owner of Poland-based workshop Ugly Motors, it now has the same aggressive stance, timeless finish, and performance capability that has become the signature of his company. Ugly Motors' client was particularly clear with his specifications and tastes in order to achieve the specified budget. He sourced a 1983 Yamaha XV920 Virago in good condition that had been brought over to Poland by an old man in Gdańsk. As the motorcycle weighed almost 240 kg wet, the first step was to replace the suspension as the lightweight sportsbike front-end were not up to the task; a set of Kawasaki ZX12R forks were given the go-ahead. Jakub crafted a new upper-triple to give the bike a much neater finish, and bolted a set of traditional clip-ons beneath. A Honda CBR 954RR rear shock was then fitted to improve the handling, plus lowered the ride height; to make it fit a bespoke shock mount was built in-house. The ZX also recycled its huge twin 320 mm front discs with Tokico calipers, while the lightweight front wheel is wrapped in muscle-bound Metzeler tires. The XV920's industrial fuel tank is topped off with two olive-gold race stripes before it was given a heavy clear coat of lacquer for extra protection. While the custom the seat adds to the motorcycles excellence with a touch of Italian flair; top quality tan leather finely stitched to perfection.