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VTR Customs Builds the Strangest Eddie Lawson Tribute You’ve Ever Seen

VTR Customs is a well-known custom builder associated with a BMW dealership in Switzerland.  If you think about Swiss culture (including mechanical watches), you get a clue of the meticulous nature of the builds coming out of VTR customs. You can take a look at their website, but the video below will introduce you to six recent customs (mostly BMWs, of course), including the Eddie Lawson tribute pictured above.


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31 Comments

  1. slipjoint says:

    Any pictures of it before the accident?

  2. carl says:

    Junk, would make a good boat anchor.

  3. Motorhead says:

    all those negative comments I made about the recent transformer bikes from Japan? I take them back.

  4. Artem says:

    We have to khow. That girls do not love JK from “Jamiroquai”. So, he reacted.

  5. thrus says:

    Seems useless to me, based on the tires and not using a kickstand it is a track bike but has no fairing and no crash guards. It has no mirrors or decent turn signals so isn’t going to be used on the road, and under the tail it has some stupid brand thing hanging down to bang around when the suspension compresses. End result it will be rode once or twice and then parked in a garage.

  6. Frank says:

    Pretty no….unique and cool, I think so.

  7. GKS says:

    Other than the number 21 painted on the tank, I do not see anything that has any connection to Eddie Lawson. Perhaps it is the first in a series of “tributes”, a number 2 for Kenny Roberts, a number 46 for Valentino Rossi and so on (all on identical bikes).

  8. MotoMaster39 says:

    Looks like they were trying to create a fighter jet styled naked bike. Did he used to style his helmets like a pilot? Kind of a strange tribute to a motorcycle racer, but I don’t think it looks that bad.

    The strangest thing for me is whatever is dangling off of the shock reservoir.

  9. Gary says:

    Strangest I’ll agree. Would I want this thing? No way. Beautifully built, probably, but that’s about it. Don’t get these customs at all. Most are not so attractive by any means and always for too much money.

  10. Randy in Ridgecrest says:

    It is very angular and beautiful

  11. Grover says:

    Only one word to describe a bike like that- “gauche”.

  12. Gary says:

    I don’t think I’d hit my dog in the butt with that hideous thing.

  13. Scott says:

    Y’know… In a way, I can see a little Eddie Lawson in this bike. Picture his old KR500 GP bike with the bodywork and tank removed. Paint the monocoque frame with a #21 and some stripes, and you’ve got something very close to what we see here!

  14. North of Missoula says:

    Pretty bike. At first I thought that was a stripped own R Nine T until I saw the vertical intakes of the water boxer. That is a 2016 R1200R with a dramatically shortened rear sub frame which really shows off the beauty of the current generation paralever rear drive assembly.

    That water boxer really hits the power delivery sweet spot when it comes to a street bike motor. Lots of low end and mid range, with enough of a top end to give the rider a bit of a thrill.

  15. Butch says:

    It goes without saying, the boxer motor is a great engine.
    Albeit, not very pleasing to my eyes.
    It’s just too damn wide.
    So is a CBX.
    But it’s got an excuse for being wide . . . . . .

  16. Jeremy in TX says:

    Perhaps it is more appropriate to call it an Eddie Lawson “tribute?”

    It is nothing I would call beautiful, but I still like it.

  17. Norm G. says:

    admittedly from that pic I was initially put off. however (comma) having gotten over myself and watched the video, I see they do amazing work. the Lawson’s gotta whole “Bizarro Superman” thing going on. I’ve certainly seen stranger work specifically from German customizers, as they are the Heavy Weight World Champs of WONKY. a lot of the time when they finish a build they shouldn’t even be ridden, but rather immediately crushed. in contrast, these are keepers.

  18. Craig says:

    sometimes things are so unique (ugly) they actually come full circle to be beautiful… I can see plenty of ugly in this bike, but darn if I don’t find it interesting and cool for many reasons as well.

  19. RD350 says:

    A BMW is an odd choice for Eddie Lawson KZ1000 Rep. Oh well .. Eddie was my first GP hero so I’ll give it a pass.
    What I would really like to see is an ’86 Eddie Lawson FZ750 Daytona Rep which was a really good looking bike imo. The FZ-10, FZ-09 or FZ-07 would all be a good donor bikes. All need serious help in the looks department.

  20. Rae says:

    A replica? I guess.

    Of an Eddie Lawson #21 bike? NOT

  21. mickey says:

    I’m not even going to voice my opinion lol

  22. Curly says:

    No comment

  23. dt 175 says:

    like fz-10, cutting edge function wants/needs/has cutting edge looks…

  24. Jabe says:

    I have to wash my eyes out with soap…

  25. Rosscoe says:

    I’m sure Eddie is very flattered . . .

  26. Ricardo says:

    Strangest and ugliest in my opinion. Why not invest in something more appealing?

  27. Holygeezer says:

    Their builds may be meticulous but beautiful they are not. At least not this one.