Here’s one out of left field, or more correctly out of east field. I think it’s fair to say that Belarus isn’t exactly known for custom bikes… come to think of it, I’m not sure what it’s known for. Until now, that is. Say “Вітаю” to The Machine, a bespoke creation from Minsk’s Yuri Shif Customs and the best thing to come out of Belarus since, um, since ever.
Some of you might remember Yuri’s previous creation, the very baroque Ducati Duster, which made quite a spalsh back in 2010 at the Verona Expo when it took out the Best International Bike Builder award. Not one to rest on his laurels, Yuri apparently sketched this bike out in his hotel room after the show and hey presto, he shows up with this creation at the AMD Custom Bike Building World Championship later in the year. Either Yuri’s a guy with a lot of free time up his sleeve, or there ain’t jack to do in Minsk. Either way, I think we should all be thankful that a guy with pretty much zero local help or custom bike culture can come up with something as amazing as this. Sorta makes you feel a little lazy, don’t it?
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