Aug 25, 2010
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From a press release
Rapper T.I.'s customized Yamaha YZF-R1.
AKOO Unveils Custom Yamaha YZF-R1 at Magic
Cypress Calif. - On Wednesday, August 18th at the Magic International Trade Show Rapper T.I.'s AKOO Clothing Company unveiled a stunning custom Yamaha YZF-R1 that captures the essence of style expressed by the AKOO brand.
Prominent custom sportbike designer and builder Rob Uecker of Voodoo Industries is known for his ingenuity and precision, and the collaboration between Uecker and the AKOO Clothing design team has produced a Yamaha R1 that takes sportbike customization to a new realm of innovation.
"What makes this Yamaha R1 so unique is the unusual mixture of textures and materials" explains Uecker. "When I look at the AKOO brand I see classic, rugged American styling. But I know T.I. is a serious rider, so it was important to me to accentuate the R1's aggressive street stature. I worked closely with the AKOO design team to translate those aesthetics onto the Yamaha canvas, and the result is the best sportbike I have ever built."
"Rob Uecker creates custom inspired creations, each one better than the last. The AKOO Yamaha R1 is truly one of these inspired creations" AKOO Principal Ralph Reynolds notes. "From a design, power, and style perspective the combining of our two different brands, VooDoo Industries' magic has brought about truly inspired beauty. Rob being the artist, the Yamaha R1 being the medium, and AKOO being the inspiration, we are fortunate and extremely appreciative to have been involved with this project."
The AKOO YZF-R1 backs up its luxurious exterior with a soul carved from pure torque and power. Instant throttle response ensures the AKOO R1 will hook up instantly even with the addition of the massive Avon 300 MM custom back tire, while a one of a kind single sided swingarm built by C&S Customs shows off the forceful contrast cut styling of the RC Components Czar Eclipse custom wheels.