Yamaha V-Max Hyper Modified: turn for the French mind of Ludovic Lazareth
Yamaha V-Max Hyper Modified: turn for the French mind of Ludovic Lazareth

I do not remember exactly what was the first modification that I saw, the first great preparation that I had before my eyes. I do know she was European, that's for sure, and most likely from our neighboring country, France. The culture of adaptation to consumer taste has been ingrained there for years. At this very moment comes to mind the number of magazines, websites and blogs dedicated to just one style; streetfighters, café racers, bobbers… there is something for everyone. Despite the number of variants that enjoy passing the Pyrenees one cannot help but relate them directly to wide handlebars, high footpegs, aggressive front ends and sharp cols, sometimes pointing to the sky.

That is, for me, the Gallic style, that of the streetfighter or the most radical supermotard. Taking a look at the past and the background of Ludovic Lazareth we see reflected these characteristics in most of his creations that, as you will see if you take a look at his website, they deal with almost all the vehicles available. With that perception in the head we get fully into the Yamaha VMAX that Ludovic He prepared for the challenge of Yamaha, leaving, for the time being, his competitors Marcus Walz and Roland Sands.

Lodovic on the VMAX

The French recognizes that this job is different from the others. With the experience he has accumulated since 1998, he usually works from scratch, building his ideas based on the engine. With the propeller in front of the lines, the layout and the shape of the vehicle begin to emerge. However, with the VMAX you have not followed these guidelines, leaving it to tuning fork muscle bike keep on keeping type, but with a different look. As standard it is a muscle; after going through the Gallic workshop treatment, a bodybuilding champion.

Although it works and treats the carbon fiber in a good part of the bodywork, we find a good dose of aluminum in every corner of the Yamaha. This is how we find it present in the ram-air intakes, much more voluminous and angular than the originals, or on the exterior of the exhaust system, treated and cared for down to the last of its details. This, obviously, is also made of stainless steel inside. As many parts were made of polyester.

Perhaps it is that abundance of materials, or paint, which gives a feeling of being in front of a mass-produced motorcycle. And I mean it in the best of senses. The perfection of the details and the abundance of them make it seem that we are seeing a strange motorcycle, but possible and real. Particularly striking are some points of this VMAX that bear a remarkable resemblance to the Suzuki B-King. And it is that, entangled between his works, I come across preparations with the same pattern, coming to think that what we have before us is the same Japanese machine.

Wide handlebar, very wide, and flat. Minimalist mirrors. The signature of the preparer present but without detracting from the sobriety transmitted by its colors. The tail is almost non-existent and as flat as the handlebar that precedes it on the front axle. Without a doubt, a work by Ludovic. But that style is so marked, Is it for him or against him? Soon it will be the turn of Roland Sands and we will be able to judge with the cards on the table

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