Meet the 2018 Winner
1978 Yamaha XS400 Cafe Racer
Before Ian knew he would even be chosen for the contest, let alone win, he sent us his application photos along with what’s written below. It definitely sparked our interest, and the depth of Ian’s plans for his project down to small details was enough for us to give him a shot.
A Few Words From The Winner
"I've been slowly chipping away at this bike for 2 years now, really trying to build something that's a great, around-the-town bike. I purchased the bike in relatively well, running condition, it's been stripped down and chopped a little bit. I quickly ran out of money needed for a proper paint job though so progress has slowed and design simplified to just get something on the road. Core fabrication parts I still need to work on are finishing the front light mounting in the number plate, custom fibreglass seat pan with leather seat and custom 2 to 1 exhaust.
The core idea initially is a hybrid mix of offroad (where I first started on a motorcycle) and simple onroad. Nothing to crazy, I just wanted a nice clean, reliable build to call my own. Core initial paint idea was an all white front (wheel, fender, forks, number plate, tank) and all black rear (seat shell, frame, rear wheel).
If I were to win the competition I would consider a more unique approach to the tank design, something to bridge the change from white to black, possibly something like the KRINK drip graffiti style or a 'sharpie-like' artwork of the white 'earth' cracking and revealing the black world below."