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Euro Fighter: Lazareth’s crazy, futuristic Yamaha YZF-R1

Euro Fighter: Lazareth’s crazy, futuristic Yamaha YZF-R1

An insane Yamaha YZF-R1 cafe racer by Lazareth.
It’s pretty common for a crashed bike to become a custom project. But how often does a bike get built for a movie, crashed on set, and then rebuilt? It’s the kind of weird story—and motorcycle—that could only come from Frenchman Ludovic Lazareth.

Lazareth is a man in demand. When he’s not filling customer orders, he’s designing and prototyping for other brands. So it’s fascinating to see what he does with no customer or brief to tie him down.

An insane Yamaha YZF-R1 cafe racer by Lazareth.
“You are not free if you can’t make what you want with your hands,” says Lazareth. “It’s not enough for me to go on the road with a bike to feel free—I feel free when I build a bike. I want to shape what I want… sorry for the purists!”

What you’re looking at is a 1999 Yamaha YZF-R1 with a storied past.…

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