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    Yamaholic Mike's Custom FZ-07


    Cruizin

    This 2017 Fz-07 was built by Greg Hageman of HagemanMC.  It’s the fourth bike Greg has done for Mike, and it is the youngest by 35 years.  Greg and Mike are both in Their early 50s, and though they never met, they both grew up in Dubuque, Iowa.  Greg makes his home in Davenport, IA.  Mike live's in Leawood, KS. 

     

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    In 2010 Greg was featured in season one of Café Racer TV.  Greg reworked a Yamaha Bolt and won a Yamaha-sponsored worldwide competition.  Later, Yamaha approached Greg to attend to the xsr700 in advance of its U.S. debut, and soon Greg had an Fz-07 in his garage upon which he could familiarize himself with the bike ahead of taking delivery of an xsr.  Yamaha liked Greg’s early work on the Fz and quickly asked that he turn his attention to the xsr.  Greg completed a gorgeous xsr, complete with a matching 70’s xs650 restomod. The pair were used in an xsr700 Yamaha Faster Sons TV commercial in which Greg makes a cameo appearance.  Meanwhile the Fz-07 sat.  It rested as a work in process, a styling exercise on pause. 

     

    Greg offered to let Mike break the bike in, and he just fell in love with it for all the reasons well known to the Fz07.org contingent. Mike bought the bike, rode it all he could, and waited for a gap within Greg’s stream of commissioned builds. Jake Green of MantraMoto fashioned a full stainless exhaust featuring twin slash-cut cans.  Why the slash-cuts?  Cannot say for sure, but Greg and Mike had been working off a potential Fz design brief where the bike would be made to look a bit older and racier.  The curves in the header pipes did not fit that ethos, so Jake made the pipes straight, simple, and tucked-in under the bike.  It was about that time when Mike joined the Fz07.org group and posted a pick of the bike.  In early 2018 Greg had some time, so the bike went back to Iowa and the transformation began.

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    The design brief continued to get refined.  We were after a bike that was cleaned up, worked with the stock tank panels, and something that looked like an early streetfighter with TZ race bike cues.  That meant no wavy brake rotors, no twisty-spoke wheels, and a redo of the tail section/subframe.  With respect to the latter, Greg hand-formed the cowl in steel and matched it to an xsr700 solo seat.  The rear of the cowl has black mesh which conceal some trick round taillights that mimic those from the Ferrari 488 GTO.  The tail treatment gives the bike a sexier hourglass shape when viewed from above.  Racy side panels offer a conventional and vintage look. The stock tank scoops and tank trim panels were replaced with matte carbon fiber, and remaining body parts were treated to a candy gold with Yamaha speedblocks.

     

    From there, it was all about executing on several details.  A Hordpower airbox eliminator and 2WD ECU reflash aligned everything with the free-flowing exhaust.  Fat bars and ProTapper added some drama.  A traditional headlight bucket holds a round headlight with integrated turn signal LEDs.  A round xsr700 gauge replaces the stock gauge.  A Rizoma hugger front fender blends nicely, while the rear has  a Puig hugger.  Ohlins cartridges and rear shock transformed the ride and handling.  Pirelli Phantoms offer a vintage tread pattern on a modern radial.

     

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    All this resulted one sexed-up Fz-07.  One of Greg’s enduring talents is that his bikes have an exotic presence that distances his products from the donor bike beginnings, and yet the cohesiveness and realism of the final product provides the illusion, just maybe, the factory could have produced the bike.  Pity the riding season is pretty much over in the Midwest.

     

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