6 Facts About The Yamaha Roadstar Bobber
If you have a similar taste like Steve Hoffman, then you sure to love this slick air-cooled metal flake gold bobber, a big pushrod motors. Hoffman had the bike since it started its life as a hoard 1999 Yamaha Roadstar while it was over 82,000miles ago. The bike has changed a bit around four times maximum and now it looks like what you see.
Steve Hoffman lived in California on a Central Coast and he used to ride the bike along the beach, mostly on Cayucos and Morro Bay area. Also, he used to ride through a lot on the coastal mountains. He says, he grew up on dirt bikes, motorcycles, motocross, and several other street bikes. He also mentioned that for a long time he wanted to design a Neo-Vintage Bobber.
At last, he bought a stock of 03 Roadstar (Yamaha Wild Star) 160cc five-months ago in mint cond that has only 17k miles on it. He said in his blog that he couldn’t wait to get this beauty home and get started. To make his dream project come true, he bought some parts already and he started planning to integrate to build the bike.
The Yamaha Roadstar was once a very beautiful and classic looking bike that gives a retro feel. The bike had included a lot of chrome and stylish silver flame paintwork. The bike made you feel like you are looking at a 50’s machine with its real presence. However, Steve Hoffman was a true bike lover who was always seeking to make upgrades and changes to the bike.
After using the bike for some time and driving tens and thousands of miles, and bashing and rebuilding, Hoffman decided to go big as he felt it is the right time. He felt that the classic retro look must go, and in its place he wanted a metal flaked monster bike.
The monster bikes come from the big 98inch motor that was already being changed into a belt cracking torque monster 108- inches. It was made with a 108 big bore kit, Orient Express pistons, and Yamaha roller cams. Ken Sexton ported the heads in NY and oversized valves were provided by Orient Express. The monster bike also features adversary ingestion and true S & S “G” carb, and you cannot expect this kind of magnitude motor to be brought to life using the old stock started. This allows you to upgrade with Ultima starter that Hoffman felt was a better option compared to the Warrior starter that many people used on their big-inch upgrades.
Steve Hoffman was a CG Artist Educator and he used different software like Autodesk, CAD Inventor, and Photoshop to preview some of the work. He said that he wanted to follow the old school theme and clean work with a simple color pattern using Red, Black, and Brass enunciations.
Also, he a huge desire to include wood into the construction of a bike, so he started using redwood to make the battery cover and footboards under the seat, and also he used wood for one of the swingarm plug-covers using a redwood piece fencing material. He stained the redwood to match the tank and he sealed with h MV (Marine Varnish) for durability.