Special Feature: TZ Tribute R1 Tracker

Gregg’s Customs YZF-R1 Tracker, MotoGP meets Miler.

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In Cycle World's first installment of "World's Coolest Bikes," (in the February, 2010, issue) we featured one of the most radical customs to come along in awhile, the Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker. The very idea of a 160-horsepower, MotoGP-inspired streetbike stripped to its core and rolling on 19-inch dirt-track tires absolutely defines cool.

The crossplane-crank 998cc engine barks to life with a raucous, staccato boom reminiscent of a 427 Cobra. The engine's unique cadence is instantly recognizable, albeit about 10 times louder than stock because it erupts through a stubby carbon-fiber Graves exhaust silencer that juts out beneath your right foot.

Chassis highlights include a nickel-plated frame and Gregg's Customs single-sided swingarm, Performance Machine dirt-track wheels, A&A triple clamps and a dirt-track handlebar, a custom fabricated fuel tank, a First Klass Glass dirt-track tailsection and a fabricated aluminum front "numberplate." The icing on the cake is the beautiful gold-metalflake/gold-candy paint—with subtle Yamaha tuning-fork watermarks—sprayed by Roberto Serangeli at Blue Cat in a custom riff on the traditional Roberts bumblebee scheme.

Yeah, yeah, eye candy is bitchin'. But to be truly cool, there has to be some other form of stimulus to permanently burn the entire experience into your brain. That can only come from a butt-puckering ride on the Adrenaline Express. With full literbike fury and a new, stripped-down dry weight of 380 pounds (minus 62 from stock!), GC's Tracker delivers like no other: It snaps, spins, spits and wheelies with outright aggression all while making so much racket that you're positive that someone must already have dialed 911.

Speaking of 911, when we turned the bike over to resident nutter Mark Cernicky for photo modeling, he returned more wild-eyed that normal. "This is the closest I've ever come to riding a 'drift motorcycle,'" he said with a mad laugh. "It's a mega-horsepower literbike, but with a narrow seat and high, wide bars to hang onto, allowing you to exercise the outer limits of control over those dirt-track tires. There aren't words to describe how much fun I had riding this thing!"

That's why we took photos and shot video... Enjoy!

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker

Gregg's Customs 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Tracker