Sometimes after the day is done, we lay in bed thinking about the world around us. Will Sarah Palin run for President in 2012? Will the North Korea continue to escalate matters with South Korea and the de-militarized zone? What would the love child from the alien in Predator and an Yamaha R1 look like after the pair had a lurid one night affair fully of empty promises and awkward moments at breakfast the next day?
These are all important questions for the new year, and we’ve set about to find some answers to them. While we’re not quite sure on how things will pan out with Palin (The GOP directors seem to think she can win) and North Korea (multi-lateral negotiations with China and US seem to be par for the course), we do have a pretty good idea on the Predator/Yamaha progeny: behold the Dragon TT Atila 1000 R.
A collaboration between Spanish designer Dragon TT and Madrid based builder MotoYE, this Spanish duo is responsible for this blaintaintly “love it or hate it” motorcycle, which debuted at the 2010 EICMA show. At the core of the bike is the 1000cc Yamaha R1 inline-four motor, which puts down 160hp to the tarmac. The chassis has been derived from a 1990’s Yamaha GTS1000, which features one of the first single-sided RADD designs from James Parker, a man whose work you recently saw on the Mission Motors Mission R electric superbike.
The Atila 1000 R further raids the Yamaha parts bin with its R6 headlights, while aftermarket parts come from Brembo, Öhlins, and Moriwaki. The “ass up in the air” look isn’t really our style, but harkens to the original streetfighter scene, making the Dragon TT Atila 1000 R have a bit of old school meets new school flare.
Pricing and availability haven’t been set yet, but this is yet another hot custom coming out of Spain in recent months (have you seen the Sbay Flying 1800 Custom Café Racer?). It decidedly isn’t for everybody, but you have to respect the fact that the Atila has no problems with being outspoken and in your face, and like Popeye, is what it is. We like that in motorcycles.
Source: Next Moto