The busy paint job sports several layers for extra depth.
Imagine the horror of spending hundreds of hours building your dream bike only to come home one day to find it missing. That's exactly what happened to Alonso Flores of Wak Kreations in Phoenix, Arizona. After finishing the build that would showcase his work, Flores' Yamaha R1 was stolen. Friends had spotted it running around the city streets, but rather than send out a hit squad, Flores purchased a replacement to outdo the one that was taken.
Flores started Wak Kreations after leaving the Marine Corps to pursue his love of bikes and painting. He is an accomplished airbrush artist and wanted to showcase his talents on his favorite bike. The new, replacement R1 serves as a rolling canvas, demonstrating his abilities as both a bike builder and an artist. "I built it similar to the previous R1 that had been stolen just three weeks after we finished it. I wanted it to be brightly colored but I had to make sure the tones complemented one another. I wanted something with lots of graphics that appeared to be overlapping and had depth. We wanted to make sure that the bike looked good but could still be ridden every day."
While the thief may have gotten away with the original bike, Wak Kreations got a second chance to make a first impression.
Front end: Lowered 2 inches, Cyko Racing "Typhoon" wheel, Galfer Wave rotors
Rear end: 6-inch-over swingarm with 240mm rear tire, lowered 2 inches, Cyko Racing "Typhoon" wheel, Race Tech rear shock spring and valve, Vortex sprocketMotor: High-compression gasket, Boz Bros Moira exhaust, Factory Pro velocity stacks, BMC air filter, Power Commander III, custom map by Jeff Zeliadt, Cycle Analysis Performance
Paint: Alonso Flores, Wak Kreations
Polish/chrome: Wak Kreations
Accessories: Blue LEDs, Graves Motorsports bar endsBuilder: Wak Kreations
Owner: Wak Kreations