A Yamaha Street Star Flexes Its Customized Muscle mass—From The Archives

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This text was initially printed within the December 2000 concern of Motorbike Cruiser.

Scott Britt custom

Scott Britt’s looks like a musclebike that really does what it seems prefer it ought to.

Dean Groover

Customized cruisers run the gamut of design, from lavishly dressed, insufferably cream-puff showbikes to jetted, bored, supercharged efficiency sleds. After which you’ve got your comfortable mediums—bikes which might be slightly little bit of each. There’s nothing medium about this practice Street Star, although. Like a can of cola rolling round on the ground of a Yugo, Scott Britt’s turbulent Roadster seems prefer it’s about to blow up, ripping up asphalt into shredded flakes of tar with brute energy. An aggressive imaginative and prescient like this wanted no cute pet identify, says Britt—and the moniker Roadster simply appeared to suit the bike, rolling off the tongue very like the names Boxster and Speedster match memorable Porsche autos of their day.

The identify, in reality, may be the one manner you would inform that the bulging bike seen right here began life as a Yamaha Street Star. For irrespective of how muscular inventory Street Stars could seem, they will’t compete with Britt’s fat-tired creature for sheer, primal ga-ga attraction. Testosterone cocktail, anybody? The person behind such a rippling must be a little bit of a visionary in addition to a artful type; comfy with the Yamaha milieu and outfitted to do it justice. Scott Britt is each. As a Yamaha seller and customizer for greater than 20 years, Britt understands the general public relations worth of an thrilling motorbike, and is aware of nearly each a part of the tuning fork firm’s deep stock besides. Greater than that, Britt additionally has a core group of painters, fabricators and metalworkers ensconced at his dealership that he can depend on to deliver his visions to fruition.

roadster headlights

Though a lot of the focus is on the huge rear wheel, the Roadster seems like a beast from finish to finish.

Dean Groover


Florida’s Daytona Bike Week 2000 was the Roadster’s debut; a inventory 1999 Street Star body and engine have been the bike’s basis. Truly, says Britt, the bike was constructed extra round its Texas-sized Metzeler rear tire and a custom-fabricated swing­arm than anything. Remarkably, these two objects got here from sources exterior the dealership.

One such supply was the fertile thoughts of longtime customizer Jeff Pahlegyi, who was given the un­enviable activity of stretching a working swingarm across the rim of the huge tire and marrying it to the body. These aware of Pahlegyi’s work (see our October 1998 concern) know his propensity for crafting Yamaha Stars; his artistic touches on the Roadster’s focal factors don’t disappoint. Together with a sophisticated disc protecting a robust pulley and belt system, the swing­arm is a sleek counterpoint to the monolithic rear tire; Pahlegyi’s eye for spacing ensured all the rear finish accommodated Efficiency Machine (PM) brakes and calipers into the bizarre dimensions. On the dealership, fabricator Mark Roberts’ seamless welds joined all the pulley drive system to the swingarm for a flowing, molded rear meeting.


These Bub pipes are prototypes, however they need to be accessible for the general public quickly. The engine wears Patrick Racing power-enhancing parts.

Dean Groover

And that rear tire—effectively, there’s no getting across the corpulent, 230 Metzeler rubber, actually—it’s on a PM rim that’s eight.Zero inches large, for goodnessake. Vans ought to have tires like this, not bikes. The wheel holding the rubber is a one-off, modified sculpture, made particularly for Britt on the 11th hour.

As the remainder of the bike fell into place across the tire, fenders have been obtained from Milwaukee Iron. Manufactured from heavy metal, the fenders have been despatched in with the welding free, in order that Britt and his crew may match them as they wished to the body. That’s proper—the rear fender was welded onto the body, and the entrance was married to the fork legs. The ensuing rig is so robust you possibly can simply sit on the fenders they usually’ll assist you.


The paint job by Scott Britt and the pinstriping by in-house fabricator Mike Baumgartner captures the gestalt of Roadster.

Dean Groover

However lest you suppose the entire thing’s a rolling, inflexible backache machine, perceive that the Roadster sits—or moderately, squats—on inventory suspension parts. The bike was lowered just a few inches, however Britt tells us there’s 2.5 inches of journey within the rear shock to soak up no less than just a few bumps. The entrance wheel rolls on 21.Zero-inch Avon rubber, surrounding a sophisticated PM entrance wheel. All the trick entrance brake meeting can also be from PM.

I Want It Yesterday

Britt solely had a month to find out the place he was going to go along with the design, however, he explains, “We’ve been coping with Yamahas for therefore lengthy, we knew what seemed good, what we wished and what to ask for on this bike.” Good factor, as a result of Britt had simply 10 days from the time he acquired the swingarm and the wheel to the day he needed to fireplace up the machine for its large debut.

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The bike was assembled so rapidly as a result of a lot of the work was performed in-house—at Britt Motorsports. Britt says he has full-blown paint capabilities on the store, and he created the easy, stylized flame paint job on the Roadster’s Fats Katz aluminum tank, which was stretched and formed to suit the bike’s muscular traces. Elegant pinstriping and lettering was added by longtime colleague Mike Baumgartner on the entire bodywork, together with the tucked-in aspect covers. The covers have been stuffed virtually below the body, minimally protecting up the electrics, for a spare look that enhanced the rawness of the Roadster.


Many of the rear finish was designed by Jeff Pahlegyi. Discover the attractive pulley system mixture. The belt guard was welded onto the swingarm at Britt Motorsports for a seamless movement.

Dean Groover

Britt’s entire group was in on this mission. The trace of a seat, as an illustration—a refined strip of leather-based barely seen amidst the sweeping bodywork—was designed and shaped by fabricator/steel employee Mark Roberts. His uncommon design known as for the seat to be countersunk an inch deep into the fender, thereby creating the hidden phantasm. Roberts’ welding additional blended any ragged edges right into a seamless entire.

What Planet Are You From?

There’s no lacking the polished motor lurking throughout the bike’s inventory body, however the engine itself isn’t precisely inventory. The 1602cc V-twin has been blessed with a Patrick Racing high finish, for efficiency extra befitting the Roadster’s stocky character. From the circumstances up, modifications embrace flowed and ported heads with high-compression pistons and a sophisticated Patrick Racing Air Cleaner, full with a 42mm Mikuni flatslide carb residing beneath it. Funneling the spent gasses out the again are prototype, chopped Bub exhaust pipes—one of many first units on this nation. We’re advised the pipes must be accessible to the general public quickly. Under the circumstances? Britt felt the Street Star inventory backside finish was stout sufficient because it was, so he left effectively sufficient alone.

rear wheel

We have not seen this a lot rubber since Shaquille O’Neal’s fitness center sneakers—eight inches of torque-splitting rear rubber, courtesy of Metzeler. The PM wheel is a one-off design performed particularly for Britt.

Dean Groover

However “effectively sufficient alone” didn’t imply “darkish and uninteresting,” so chrome cosmetics have been pressed into service to spice issues up. Planet Cruiser’s otherworldly bolt-ons endowed the entrance finish with loads of angle—the bike’s ahead lighting sports activities unique twin European headlights from Planet Cruiser’s thick catalog. Entrance flip indicators are set flush into the decrease triple clamp for a stark, sci-fi look, and spare, sculpted billet ahead controls additional reinforce the clear traces of the body. A refined fork and triple tree shine up the steering meeting, and mirrors and grips full the bike’s menacing snarl. Perched atop all that chrome is, paradoxically, a home made merchandise—a easy piece of 1.Zero-inch uncooked pipe, courtesy of Jeff Pahlegyi. Britt and his mob bent the bar right into a dragbar form, made helps after which mounted and welded it on—no risers obligatory.

The effective tuning continued on and off from there—a aspect license plate bracket right here, a kickstand from White Brothers there, metal brake and oil traces from Baron Customized Equipment—till the showbike you see right here reached its current type. Showbike or not, the machine can also be a runner that Scott Britt likes to software round on, the rumbling sound and low experience matching the snarling visage of the Roadster. Someway it’s reassuring to us bike this handsome isn’t just a pile of chromed elements stuffed into an engine bay and a elaborate showbike body. Roadster looks like a musclebike that really does what it seems prefer it ought to. Reality in promoting—what an idea.

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