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Japanese Custom Scooters

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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.

Suzuki Skywave

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.

A Stock Suzuki Skywave

A Stock Suzuki Skywave

And "Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

And "Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

"Modded" Suzuki Skywaves

Honda Forza

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?

A stock Honda Forza

A stock Honda Forza

Modded Honda Forza

Modded Honda Forza

Modded Honda Forza

Modded Honda Forza

Honda Fusion

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.

A stock Honda Fusion

A stock Honda Fusion

Modded Honda Fusion

Modded Honda Fusion

Modded Honda Fusion

Modded Honda Fusion

Yes, that's an Akira mod on a Fusion.

Yes, that's an Akira mod on a Fusion.

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.

KYBELE Cyber Scooter

KYBELE Cyber Scooter

KYBELE Cyber Scooter

KYBELE Cyber Scooter

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.

Modded Yamaha Maxam CP250

Modded Yamaha Maxam CP250

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 Maxam 3000

Yamaha Maxam 3000

Yamaha Maxam 3000

Yamaha Maxam 3000

Another Yamaha Maxam

Another Yamaha Maxam

Modded Yamaha Maxam CP250

Modded Yamaha Maxam CP250

Yamaha Grand Majesty

Further proving that the companies take the techno scooters seriously, we have another Yamaha, the Yamaha Grand Majesty.

A stock Yamaha Grand Majesty

A stock Yamaha Grand Majesty

Modded Yamaha Grand Majesty

Modded Yamaha Grand Majesty

Modded Yamaha Grand Majesty

Modded Yamaha Grand Majesty

Japanese Custom Scooters Comments

String on November 11, 2011:

Scooters originated very early on in the development of motorcycles generally to address problems that some felt were inherent to common motorcycle design.

rpthompson on September 07, 2010:

Sleek as heck!

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on July 09, 2010:

Linda MS Enos: You are too kind, thank you!

Linda Mi Suk Enos from Beautiful Manoa Valley on July 08, 2010:

This was another great hubpage to post on my facebook! Great looking gas saving motor-go-go's, Hawaii's gonna love it!

AnithaPriya on July 07, 2010:

Super 32

Mahesh Kamal on July 07, 2010:

Wonderful 32.

John B Badd from Saint Louis, MO on July 06, 2010:

I am not in to scooters but I like that black Skywave a lot. And I was thinking jetson when I saw the Kybele even before I read the description. Very cool hub Saber.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on July 05, 2010:

Rockerzz: Thank you, and thanks for stopping by

Mike Lickteig: I want a KYBELE Cyber Scooter and I want it to make the Jetson car noise when I go by!

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on July 05, 2010:

Some of these look like they should be able to fly me to the moon and back! The ones that don't look like they could fly should at least be able to float. (Given the rain we are getting here today, I could use something that could float, BTW...) What an amazing array of machines. One wonders what else they can do to make a scooter look different. I must admit some of them are pretty impressive.

Thanks for a peek at the future of scooters. They are pretty impressive.

Mike

Rockerzz on July 05, 2010:

nice hub