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One Speed’s Yamaha XS1100 – ‘Shokker’

Posted on March 17, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat. 39 comments

All hail the dark(ness) lord – meet One Speed’s latest little surprise

“Sensible.” It’s a word that has scuppered more good ideas than any blatant negativity or nay-sayers. It’s also the difference between goodness and greatness. Doing everything by the book can only get you so far, but the sign of a true thinker is the way they ignore the “right way” and somehow find logic and magic in the unexpected, or the path less travelled. And in Ontario Canuck Trevor Daley’s case the path was less travelled probably because he sprayed the ashphalt into the sky with a turbo-charged 1100cc engine the way a wood chipper dispatches trees. Meet the bike most likely responsible for the first piece of bitumen in outer space – One Speed’s “Shokker.”

More patina than Keith Richards – better looking, too

Here’s Trevor. “The name says it all, “one speed.” My personal background stems from years of racing and fabrication on open wheel and endurance prototype cars. That experience, working in a custom hot rod and Harley shop, combined with riding motocross bikes from the age of 3 and now competing in the Canadian Superbike championship series at the age of 26 has given me many years and many different genres that I have drawn inspiration from in developing my own personal style of bike building.”

Looks like spaghetti, sounds like the devil gargling

“If I’m working on preparing a race bike or building a custom vintage, my approach is the same. #1 performance, #2 function and #3 style and the way I see it is if it’s fast and rides well and appeals to my personal taste, it can’t help but be bad ass to those who like the same styles as me… and even maybe for those who don’t. I approach each bike build as if I were doing it for myself, and then add a personal touch for each individual customer.”


“my goal was to be able to roll onto the throttle
in almost every gear and smoke the rear tire”


“In my experiences I have seen many builders approach bike builds differently, some strive very hard to be different, while others look to current and past builds for inspiration. This bike was my first “vintage” chop that I did and has seen a few different looks in the process. I purchased this bike from the original 1978 owner out of a barn full of chickens where it had sat since 1986; initially I got the bike running, moved some suspension pick-up points around to make the bike fun to ride, and removed all the clutter it came with from the dealer. It soon there after had a turbo charger on it from an Audi with a complete custom turbo setup I built. Again “one speed.” My goal was to be able to roll into the throttle in almost every gear and smoke the rear tire – and it sure did.”

“As my shop grew and i built other bikes, interest in the sale of this bike came up. A slightly more conservative power set-up was decided upon… no more turbo. So again I looked at this bike and though, “what would I do next if i were to continue to ride it?” The end result is what you now see.

FZR clip-ons, a CBR front brake master, Triumph 675 triple rear shocks along with electric no-lift GP shift were just a few things I did. This bike I named the “Shockker”… not to be confused with the popular hand gesture. It refers to how I changed from the convention rear mount shocks to a custom built dual shock, rocker system for the rear suspension. I cut the frame at the neck and rebuilt the back bone to fit a ’78 XS-650 gas tank, built a custom seat supported by a titanium rear push rod I built for my last years race bike (Ducati 749r). Braided lines, Bridgestone tri-compound tires, tuned ignition and lots of time jetting the bike made it fast and fun to ride. One part on this bike that maybe over shadows the frame changes is the exhaust I built to replace the turbo setup.”

“A good man died to get us this information” – a rare shot of the bike with the lights on

“It remains to be one of the craziest set of headers I’ve built and the reality is I didn’t build them for looks at all. The largest difference from cylinder to cylinder in pipe length is 4mm – this is the reason behind the wild curves and routing of the pipes.

All said and done this bike is simple looking and the more you look, the more you see that jumps out. It feels much lighter than it once did with the original suspension setup and it keeps up with new age sport bikes as it shoots a flame a foot out the pipe on each upshift with the shift kill.”

Trevor with the Shokker in a previous, more insane incarnation

If you like what you (just) see here, why not head over to One Speed’s Facebook page and check out some of their other builds? You’ll find some pretty interesting stuff both past and future… and trust us when we say that Trevor looks to have some more amazing bikes on the way. You’ll see ’em here first.

[photos by the obviously talented Brendan J Watts]

  • Nerg

    I don't see the oil cooler. Put it back on. Other than that, absolutely brilliant


    Pics are too dark. Not liking the seat suspension or design. Pipes appear dope from what can be seen.

    More work put into artsy photography than fab which always detracts from what should be shown.
    Looks like he probably accomplished his goal of smoking the tires.

    And Other than the rear end, it looks good.

    • Gramr

      Photos are good. Bike is hot. But that’s my opinion, I could be wrong.

  • woodie

    Stop taking Arty Farty Fotos and let us see the bikes,! !

    From what i can see it is certainly different, but not a fan of the “I can’t be bothered to paint it” look..

    • micahshaw

       …OR the” i cant be bothered to find a tank that fits”.
      oh wait it’s PATINA.

  • truthmusic

    I actually love the “rat rod” feel. To often builders have to hide behind lots of chrome because the rest of the bike is garbage…. Killer build.

  • Another funky front-end exhaust (Trillion Industries ’79 Honda CB650 Wednesday, January 4, 2012). Not sure what I think of that yet. I kind of like and don’t like for various reasons. Bike seems all business, which is cool. Lame pics; too dark and don’t show enough of the bike.

  • David Brancheau

    I think I would like this if I could see it.  I want more exhaust detail.  Please repost with better photographs.

    • vachequipis

      Pipeburn searches the web to bring us interesting bikes, I am sure they don’t have their own photographers! If you want better pics, go search them yourself! 

      • Vach – I like you. I’ve never met you, and I really like you…

  • vachequipis

    To buck the trend, I Iike this build. I can’t  wait to see more. 

  • Nrg

    I don’t see the oil cooler. Put it back on. Other than that, absolutely brilliant

  • Davidabl2

    Maybe it’s just me, but do all these photos seem to be lit like that Sigourney Weaver movie “alien?”

  • Hatredishuman

    I tried to Find him on facebook, and It wasn’t there, any one have the link ?

    • Click the link in the opening paragraph, H.

      • Jan

        • Bwatts

  • AlwaysOnTwo

    I like his format of fast first, everything else follows.  No POSER here.  I admire the “this is how I roll like it or leave it” mentality.  That’s Biker to me.  I like the built it myself and didn’t buy the someone else’s do dadads to be cool.  I like the raw welds showing the hand built skill in the exhaust.

    Can’t say I like the “too rushed to take it apart and apply a decent finish” look that would stand up to the effort of the mechanical style.  Doesn’t need chrome or pipe wrap or $500/gal HOC paint, but even a clean single stage job and a little cleanup of dirt that must date back to the ’70s would show personal pride in more than wrenching and welding.

    But as a rat, it rocks.

  • Bob Wark

    So many critics, he built it so suit himself, it does. Appears safe and a fun ride. Job well done

    •  Being critical and offering a critique are two different things. We get both on here.

  • Corey

    I would love to see this bike, but I can’t see through all the photoshop. 

    • No photoshop, I’m afraid Corey – or at least very little. It’s just the way the guys have chosen to light and photograph it…

  • truthmusic

    Here is the link requested for his facebook page… Also some less “artsy” photos will be posted to his page this coming week.

  • I love the concept but just cant agree with the execution of it. He openly said he’ll take power first and everything else later and it definitely shows in a bad way. I mean you can put power first and still come out with a decent bike that doesn’t flaunt the IDGAF attitude. 

  • JURP

    Yes sir! That looks like a good time. Nice work and effort!

  • SmokeyTheBear

    I wish it was still turbocharged. Keeping up with modern sport bikes on a 70’s bike is one thing… smoking them is another.

    • BWatts

      Trevor built this particular bike for me, and it just happens to be my first bike….. didnt want to wind up in a tree somewhere. So he took the turbo off for my sake….

      • SmokeyTheBear

        Ahhh. well in that case i suppose its understandable. Im sure its much more ride-able without the turbo, not as ridiculous though. Try not to drop her, shes a beautiful beast. 

  • BWatts

    Also photos of the bike outside in the light have been uploaded for the people who didnt like the creative shots.

  • Twistedchildturnsmadmonk

    At least no one’s gonna put PIPEWRAP in this… might just be impossible.

  • Yirg

    “It remains to be one of the craziest set of headers I’ve built and the reality is I didn’t build them for looks at all.”
    I don’t think I’ve encountered more bull$#% in one sentence in my entire life.

    • Assholewelder

      You should have a talk with my mother in law them !!!

    • Truthmusic

      The headers are within 3mm of each other…. The twists and turns are intentional.

  • Trent Reker

    gnarly. great job on many levels. unique.

  • Simon Lovelace

    Great fotos, great looking bike. Street Tuff 😉

  • Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. – 
    Albert Einstein

    • xschop

      I like the look and execution…

  • Brian Degand

    Very nice bike!! Indeed. Just purchased 79 eleven. For $150. 8400 mile. Sat for 14 years . An got 100 mph out of her today.An I’m commenting on this really cuz I’m trying to tune my carbs in but still no luck. I would really appreciate some tips .. thankss.