Ludovic Lazareth builds some of the world’s most extreme custom bikes. You know the type: they appear on websites that wouldn’t normally feature motorcycles, just because they’re so outrageous.
So when Monsieur Lazareth decided to build a bike for himself, we expected to see the ultimate clickbait. Instead, he’s exercised more restraint than usual and created this beautiful ‘neo classic’ Suzuki RG400 Gamma.
The RG400 is not a common bike outside of Japan. And Lazareth came across this example in a most unusual way: Via a phone call from his friend Franco Sbarro, of the Swiss sportscar company, asking if he wanted to take away some motorcycles that were lying around in the Sbarro factory.
It weighs a mere 153 kilos (337 pounds), and is based on Suzuki’s contemporary square-four racebike.
But the heavy-set fairing of the original has now gone. There’s a new tail unit to match the refurbished stock tank, and the cream-and-black paint is immaculate.
So M. Lazareth has left it alone, and focused his efforts on creating a new chassis with slim, elegant tubing.
They’re hooked up to 17-inch Excel rims shod with Michelin superbike rubber. Other top-shelf goodies include an Öhlins shock and a full Brembo brake system with plate-sized 340mm drilled discs up front.
Lazareth can fabricate almost anything he wishes in his factory, so he’s gone to town on the exhaust system—with four custom-made pipes and expansion chambers, hooked up to simple cylindrical mufflers. He describes it as sounding like “four engines in one.”
As a point-and-squirt bike, it looks like huge fun. And we’re guessing it’s a little easier to ride than Lazareth’s most famous creation, a motorcycle powered by a 4700cc Maserati V8 …