I spent great amount of time riding this new model bike during the shoot, and build of Rhapsody in Blue.
its simply eye-opener experience.
First over 100hp, Inline 4 ,bit intimidating, once I get used to it. I felt its core concept of sports riding without extreme aggressive attitude, and but with plenty of performance with control-ability. With its well-thought new design has its attractive styling but still leaves plain canvas for personal touch, I have no doubt that people see its potential and envision their take like the way I do.
Rhapsody In Blue project opened lot of doors for me. this was my first full-on custom on Japanese In-line 4 bike. I may be known for American V-twin based custom bike. but My passion is custom motorcycles, It doesn't matter what the brand is, If I see potential and freedom to create my take on a bike, I wouldn't hesitate to execute it. whether its outcome will be accepted by whole or not. as far as I'm concerned, customizing bike is turn one's vision into reality for one.
in this Rhapsody in Blue project, it was for Yamaha Europe. they were bit taken back by my ideas. But I wanted to break the rules of what Supposedly-Supposed-to-be without extreme approach. Bottom line is that this is a concept project. I delivered my concept. Some may like it, others may not. but Yamaha Europe was happy with result, and I am proud of it. one for one.
I am forever grateful that I was given opportunity by iconic brand,Yamaha to follow thru my vision, considering that other Yamaha motorcycles had big part of my motorcycle life in past.