Most custom bike builders tend to select donor machines with traits that lend themselves to the particular style of sled that they’re piecing together. However, with enough hard work, creativity, and dedication, almost any motorcycle can be turned into the bike of your dreams, as superbly evidenced by this unlikely vintage-style scrambler owned by Viktor Dikanchev.
Created through a joint effort between Viktor and his local customs shop in Sofia, Bulgaria The Box, this stunning retro-themed build actually began life as a 1982 Yamaha XS400, though the no-frills twin-cylinder commuter bike is now almost completely unrecognizable. Now riding on spoked wheels shod in knobby Continental TKC80 tires, the Yamaha’s been given an off-the-shelf alloy tank, a revised subframe, an Aprilia swingarm paired with a rear shock off of a Royal Enfield Himalayan, and a modern inverted front-end off of the same Aprilia. Helping to cement the retro scrambler aesthetic is a set of vintage Honda CB fenders and a fully-bespoke two-into-one exhaust with a period-correct-looking high-mounted pipe shrouded in a heat shield plucked from a vintage Triumph Scrambler. The bike’s bare alloy finish is complimented with blue accents on the headlight shell, saddle, handlebar pad, rear shock, and brake calipers. Not only is this an absolutely gorgeous scrambler build, but it’s equivocally one of the most impressive overall two-wheeled transformations we’ve ever seen.