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The Gold Flake Yamaha TR-1 Tuned By Benders Brothers

From a small town just outside of Stuttgart, Germany, the Benders brothers routinely put out some magnificent bikes. This 1983 Yamaha TR1-based number is nicknamed Jericho, precisely because it sports biblical performance. They completed the build a few months ago, and now the bike’s up for sale.

The seat and tank combination, as well as that gorgeously wrapped, looping exhaust system were all built in-house. It might look good from a distance, but when you get up close and personal you really start to see the incredible attention to detail at play as the brothers chased perfection.

Everything from the handlebars right down to the kickstands was either built entirely from scratch or very heavily modified to fit the look of the bike.

After completely refreshing the engine and routing the aforementioned exhaust, they tossed on carburetors to help the motor breathe and give it some extra oomph. As soon as it was completed, they ran it in a sprint race and won.

You can’t really see it from this angle, but there is a series of trumpets painted onto the tank as a reference to a Bible verse about the walls of Jericho crumbling in battle—a reference to their belief that this bike can’t lose. Which, actually, doesn't make sense, since the walls eventually fell over.  


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He knows pretty much nothing about the Bible, but he does know good fabrication work when he sees it.