Japanese Custom Scooters
Incredible Modified Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki Scooters From Japan
I have seen tons of custom made motorcycles, but I had never seen a custom scooter until just a few days ago.
These unusual vehicles come from the Land of the Rising Sun, the same people that brought us Godzilla, Harajuku fashion, anime and manga.
You know, sometimes I wonder if Japan has patented strange and unusual things....
Anyway, take a look at some of these scooters in their normal state, then modded and see what you think.
First off we have the Suzuki Skywave, which seems to lend itself quite well to the Japanese custom scooter craze.
Also known as the Suzuki Burgman, this scooter is powered by a 638 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine and starts out at a little over $6,000.
According to the Suzuki website, only the Burgman 400 ABS and the Burgman 650 are being offered.
The Honda Forza seems to be pretty modification friendly as well.
Even before you customize it, it looks fairly sleek.
The only thing I worry about is how this "low rider" look does in real life.
30 mph + speed bump = ER?
Another very popular scooter to mod is the Honda CN250 or Fusion.
Heck, the Fusion is popular anyway in just standard mode. It stayed in production in Japan from 1986 to 2009. I can’t find out if it's still going or not.
The Fusion holds a special place in the hearts of Japanese modders.
With aftermarket parts you can lower it, install a full size stereo system, add neon ground effects lighting and add a trippy digital speedometer that displays a change of color in a "rainbow" effect continually.
And that's just a few of your options.
KYBELE Cyber Scooter
If you wanna see some heavy mods (and my favorite ones besides the Akira mod) take a look at these scooters called KYBELE cyber scooters, made by Gull Craft.
Yes these Jetson worthy scooters started out as Honda Fusions, but they have had heavy body mods.
The only thing missing is the laser cannons mounted starboard and port.
Yamaha Maxam CP250
This is the Yamaha Maxam CP250, not a mod, although it did start out as a concept scooter back in 2005.
Even street stock this scooter is pretty sleek.
Yamaha Maxam 3000
This one isn’t a modded scooter either, it's another concept scooter made by Yamaha, showing you how seriously the Japanese take the idea.
I think you could slap a bar of blue lights on it and have the perfect futuristic police pursuit bike for the inner city.
Yamaha Grand Majesty
Further proving that the companies take the techno scooters seriously, we have another Yamaha, the Yamaha Grand Majesty.