WE COULD NOT AGREE MORE with the jury that decided to bestow this bike the honour of winning the ‘Craziest Bike’ Award.
To be brutally honest Yamaha’s Niken has been far from being a favourite amongst our team of editors. It does not happen very often that we all are in full agreement, but ever since this machine was introduced in 2018 we just steered as far away as possible from it.
However Karma has its own way, via which the Yamaha entered our premises using the Eastern route.
Polish manufacturer of custom motorcycles Game Over Cycles (GOC) in cooperation with Yamaha Motor Poland proudly unveiled what they can rightfully consider a unique vehicle.
Unique & different
Created from the revolutionary Niken tricycle, Game Over Cycles built a unique custom bike, which is world’s first fully customized Niken.
It was presented to the rest of the world in the German town of Bad Salzuflen during the ‘Custom-bike show 2019’ which the organization claims to be the largest trade fair for modified motorcycles in the world’*. It was the jury at this even who were responsible for giving it the “Craziest Bike” award.
The Niken debuted on the global market in 2018 and is based on a unique Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) technology developed by the Japanese company. Except for two front leaning wheels the extraordinary construction of the motorcycle consists of four steering heads and dual-tube upside-down forks.
Game Over Cycles is a company known for modifications carried out on predominantly American motorcycle brands, but this time the Rzeszów based company decided to work on the Japanese model.
Having seen the machine we were so intrigued we needed to find out what was going on in the head of Stanisław Myszkowski, GOC’s main man, and what prompted him to go for this bike.
His response: “Niken to many people is revolutionary, to others a controversial bike. This is exactly how people also tend to react to our custom bikes. That’s why I got interested in it right from the beginning. In terms of technology there is nothing that requires changing in this machine. The Japanese technical solutions at the highest level provide Niken’s great driving abilities, but from the first moment I saw it in real life, I felt we could modify its appearance and give the machine a little different character.”
GOC are indeed known for audacious designs and the crew are not afraid to wander in to territories that other designers dare not enter. At Bikebrewers we usually encourage that kind of attitude.
Sharpening the knives
Shaping their vision they decided to change the whole body. All plastic elements have been replaced by aluminum, thanks to which the vehicle’s shapes have become more sharp, even aggressive, without losing its aerodynamic properties.
“Bearing in mind Niken’s speed, one can say, that after our treatment this motorcycle cuts through the air almost like a samurai sword “- Myszkowski explains, grinning from ear to ear.
He continues: “During the work on the motorcycle a special challenge was the combination of machine functional mechanisms with its appearance. While creating different aesthetics of the vehicle, the designers had to build and adjust all new body parts in such way, that in every position of the motorcycle, both when turning and leaning on both sides, no elements would collide with one another. Niken’s front suspension moves in many dimensions, so proper balance between the new visual elements and the original driving solutions was the most challenging part of motorcycle’s modification.”
What’s in a name?
GOC’s custom Niken refers to the country of its origin not only by the name, but also by the presence of Japanese language on the construction. The Game Over Cycles crew incorporated onto the vehicle Japanese characters denoting the name of Niken model, as well as a thought written in Japanese and taken from the Yamaha brand philosophy, which means “Courage to set higher goals without fear of failure” (失敗を恐れず、もう一段高い目標に取り組む).
Whatever the jury in Germany may have said or thought about the bike, Bikebrewers applaud the Polish team for their absolute craftsmanship and the gutsy move to make this bike look the way it does. There is no doubt about the improvement, but for us there is way too much that meets the eye and adding it to the collection in our sheds is a thought that may make us wake up sweating in the middle of the night.
*According to the organizers, this year’s event was visited by 32,000 people, over 300 exhibitors took part and over 1,000 custom motorcycles were presented. Every year the finale of the event is one of the most prestigious custom bike competitions in the world.
• All aluminum parts are handmade.
• Work on modifying the motorcycle consumed 1,400 man-hours
• Elements modified by GOC:
– steering wheel cover & brake fluid container housing
– brake and clutch levers
– speedometer cover
– front fenders
– rear fender with the rear section of the motorcycle
– Akrapovic exhaust element
– frame holding the seat
– seat base
– fuel tank
– air filters
– cooler and its cover
– battery box
– engine and suspension covers
– front lamp covers with lens sleeves
• Elements without lacquer and polished to the bare aluminum:
– all wheels
– rear fender handle
– rear swingarm
– whole front suspension
– footrest holders
– engine covers
– whole frame
• Leather seat: WB Line
About the builders
Game Over Cycles (GOC) is a Polish custom motorcycles manufacturer formed in 2012. The Rzeszów based company is known for its original creations. Machines created by Game Over Cycles have won awards at some of the world’s biggest custom bike competitions. The company has already won 22 awards, including 15 international ones, of which as many as eight trophies were received at the European Bike Week (EBW), the largest motorcycle festival in Europe. The company also won awards in the birthland of the customization, so the US. In 2017 The Recidivist received first place trophy in the “Most Unusual” category at the Rats Hole Custom Bike Show – the most prestigious custom bike competition in the world organized every year at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – the world’s largest motorcycle rally (South Dakota, USA, 490 000 participants in 2019). Since September 2018 the company has been running GOC Yamaha Rzeszów – the only official dealership and authorized Yamaha service center in south-east Poland.