At an age when most other guys are content to chase pimple-faced tail or play beer pong with their frat buddies, Andy Carter of Pangea Speed churns out custom motorcycle partslike a seasoned vet in the chopper trenches. This 23-year-old progeny from a family of industrial designers and fabricators first drew attention to his craft by building the bike you see here. Andy's Yamaha XS650 is brimming with details you won't find on custom bikes of significantly higher pedigree.
Name: Andy Carter
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: The engine and front of the frame are an '83 XS650. There are a ton of modifications to the bike, most of it is hand made
Frame: stock front hoop, with a hand-built rear section using Pangea axle plates. The wheelbase is stock, I liked the proportions of the stock bike and it rode well, so it it ain't broke, why fix it?
Fork: Stock fork with shaved legs and a GSXR750 steering dampener
Chassis mods: Shaved most stock tabs minus engine mounting locations; custom rear section; internal cable and wire routing
Tire/wheel size and style: 19/16 Speedmaster front with Firestone knock-off rear
Favorite thing about this bike: I really like the Pangea fork badge that I built the mold for and cast. I like that I can say I did everything on this bike from chassis fab, to paint, to stitching the goatskin seat cover
Next modification will be: Go through and fix all the little crap
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: I like the hand shaped electrics box. It goes unnoticed but it really pulls the back end of the bike together, and in traditional Pangea fashion it's super lightweight because I used 0.032" 5052 AL for its construction. I like the twist in the pipes too. It took a while to wrap my head around how to build that transition. That's the stuff I get stoked on, the tricky little details that make you want to kill yourself but when you get it done you're super stoked on how it came out
The very first time I rode this bike I hopped on it and rode 750 miles to Arizona. I also really love to ride the hell out of her, I tend to ride it more like a MX bike and less like a chopper--jumps, dirt, skids, doughnuts, etc.
Thanks to: My dad big time for allowing me to take over his shop. All my friends that are super suportive, and Jessica Garcia for hanging out at the shop late at night through this project