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Sub Zero Cool: A Yamaha GTS 1000 from the Arctic Circle

Sub Zero Cool: A custom Yamaha GTS 1000 built in a remote village in Norway's frozen north.
The bike looks like a marvelous piece of work, but does it ride well? “Due to the low center of gravity, it’s very stable on the road and it rolls very cleanly,” says Roel. “The bars are wide enough for a good grip, and the footpegs are placed way back—so your knees aren’t at an uncomfortable angle.”

“On a modern sportbike, the seating position can get cramped after a while. But with the GTS, you can easily make a long road trip—as long as you know where the gas stations are, because the ten-liter tank doesn’t get you very far!”

Sub Zero Cool: A custom Yamaha GTS 1000 built in a remote village in Norway's frozen north.
“A taller front tire would make the side-to-side movement better, and the steering stops kick in very soon. You have the turning circle of a small truck, but luckily you don’t notice it during normal riding.”

The spec list is endless: We haven’t even mentioned the smaller things like the new wiring loom, the modified Harley-Davidson headlight with mini-grill, or the Yamaha R6 shock that now does its thing at the front. But the engineering skill is obvious to see.

Sub Zero Cool: A custom Yamaha GTS 1000 built in a remote village in Norway's frozen north.
It didn’t take long for word of Roel’s abilities to get around town. Velfjord is home to a lot of farmers, who constantly face machinery problems and breakdowns. “Milking machines, mowing machines, outboard engines…you name it, I try to fix it,” says Roel.

“Then a local newspaper did a huge interview with me and put me on the cover. I’m now a celebrity!” he laughs.

Sub Zero Cool: A custom Yamaha GTS 1000 built in a remote village in Norway's frozen north.
We reckon it’s time Roel Scheffers became famous in the custom world too. He’s already started on his next project, a Suzuki GT750 two-stroke machine that will get the complete ‘Scheffersstyling’ treatment.

Photographer Meisner has already seen the work in progress: “I can tell you, that is going to be a very, very special one. I’m already planning my next trip to Norway.”

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Sub Zero Cool: A custom Yamaha GTS 1000 built in a remote village in Norway's frozen north.

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