NAME: Michael Fröelich / David Wong(owner)

BIKE: ’82 Yamaha SECA 400*

LOCATION: Venice/America

BEHIND THE BUILD: This bike was originally acquired by David Wong as the “Zissou”, built by the Deus team, as part of the Junkyard Bike Build-off and raced at Del Mar as a flat-tracker. David saw the bike at Deus when visiting with his 2-year old daughter, Zoey, who seemed intrigued by it and they both thought it was a fun and interesting bike, especially after learning the story behind the Life Aquatic theme and being a Wes Anderson fan.

David wanted to make some mods to the bike and get it street-legal so he enlisted the help of Michael Fröehlich of Fröehlich Motowerks, who was the mastermind behind the build. David and Mike had a vision to transform the bike into a fun, street-legal urban tracker and the design-build process was underway.

When Mike received the bike, it was in what he called “race shape”, evidenced by signs of crashes so he knew his work was cut out for him. The first thing he did was strip the bike down to get a clear view of the lines. The entire sub-frame was cut and re-fabricated to bring the rear up and get the riding position a bit more aggressive. He wanted this bike to be able to cut through LA traffic in the streets and rip in the dirt. The flat track tires and massive sprocket were suitable for the dirt, the 6-speed transmission and 10k RPM redline got it up to speed on the streets.

Mike found a rusted, dented gas tank sitting in a scrap pile at the shop, as well as all the other parts on the bike from the stout fork brace to the massive Baja headlight. A big thanks to Jay at Dust, Rust & Oil and his parts pile that the team depleted in the process of the build!

Mike fabricated the entire rear seat cowl of the bike and integrated all of the electronics within, which includes just 2 simple connectors and a bolt to remove everything. The “finish” of the bike is a very important aspect of building motorcycles to Michael and he was going for a “Mad Max in a tuxedo” look. All of the paint was painstakingly done via rattle can as he repeated the phrase “all black, everything” as he sprayed.

Every part on the bike was touched and at 6pm the evening before the build-off, she looked more like adult Legos than anything road-worthy. As the clock ticked on, the team finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel, with much-needed help from Alex Pierre of Patina Motorworks and David Wong with his unique brand of moral support.

They worked throughout the night and by 7:30am, a sleek, devious-looking machine glimmering in the early morning orange light was born. One press of the starter button and she fired right up, surely waking up some nearby residents in the process.

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