In the 2008 movie Babylon AD starring Vin Diesel, there were so many things that did not sit right with all film lovers, but one thing we all agreed on was how perfectly Frenchman Ludovic Lazareth customized the motorbikes for the movie. Lazareth is not done turning heads and making history because he is about to do it again. He is currently rebuilding the chassis of the 1999 Yamaha YZF-R1 that was used in Babylon AD more than nine years ago.
Lazareth is taking some time away from his daily program to rebuild the bike after it was specifically built then got crashed in the film. Lazareth does not share the sentiments of most purists. He makes his bikes and rides them.
He is recreating the 1999 Yamaha YZF-R1 for a futuristic cafe racer feel and look. The previous look and customized variance of the R1 was used in another movie which forced Lazareth to build a new front end using a swing arm. The bike now includes single side swing arms on each side clutching 17” Triumph Daytona 955 rear wheel. That is just the beginning of the unusual changes. He has custom built units for the shocks all from TFX Suspension and a free linkage system at play out back.
Since the bike is being customized for a different feel, the structure has been significantly altered to make it work for the futuristic idea. It has been reduced at the back and added a rest on that fits with the increased exhaust pipe. The taillights are LEDs fixed on the end cap.
Lazareth has introduced the use of carbon fiber which has a more futuristic feel and texture. The tail bump, abdomen, other body sheets and the outside of the fuel tank are all made of carbon fiber. Due to chemical reactions, the inside of the fuel tank is made of aluminum.
There are other changes all built to make this a dream machine for all bikers. Lazareth says, “The R1 is like any other street bike but with all the attention. If you would like to try it out, I am offering the opportunity to experience it at €50,000 or $53,000 for those on the other side of the Atlantic.”