Sam Todd’s ”Back in Black” Road Star

Sam Todd's ''Back in Black'' Road StarIt’s been a little while since I have posted a Serious Custom so I thought I would get my act together and upload one from the many I have backlogged waiting patiently to be published. So what we have for you today is Sam Todd’s Custom Road Star, “Back In Black” which is also the first Privately owned Serious Custom to be featured on RoadStarMagazine.com. Unless you happen to live in Todd’s neck of the woods, RoadStarMagazine.com is about the only other place you will see this great machine as Sam doesn’t have a website at this point. So naturally we’re more than happy to host his bike for him here for the entire world to see!

Back In Black

'Back In Black'

A bike that is best ridden to the strains of ACDC’s “Back In Black”! Sam has put a lot of work into his ride and it looks fantastic with its set of awesome wheels and the custom machined matching pulley that Sam made himself! Enjoy.


Back In BlackName: Sam Todd
Location: Galax VA USA
Model: 1999 Yamaha Road Star “Back In Black”
Modifications: Click here to see the modification list
Paint: Corvette Black applied by Kevin Coldiron

After riding my original 99 Roadstar for a few years and seeing all the great professionally built customs I decided I wanted one of my own.

“Back In Black” was purchased to become a custom. It started as a lightly Awsome Rotor, Wheel and Pulley!used (3500 miles) 1999 crimson and ivory standard Roadstar to which the former owner had added a Silverado package.

After selling the windshield, bags, and some other accessories, the process began. It was decided from the beginning not to disturb the frame geometry as to allow returning to original Roadstar if desired. Currently, nothing but the padlock bracket on the steering neck has been removed. That may change, however, as more radical ideas are on the forefront.

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Modifications Include:

  • R C Components “Sabre” wheels, pulley and brake rotors 21×2.15 front 18×5.5 rear
  • Metzler tires 90 90 / 21 front 180 55 / 18 rear
  • Wide Glide Billet Front Fork Set from Midwest Cycle
  • Legends USA Forward Controls, Rear Light and Mirrors
  • HHI Brakes
  • Thunderbike Side Covers
  • Corbin Seat from Yamaha
  • Many Chrome Goodies from Yamaha
  • Bobbed stock Rear Fender
  • Sampson “Slashers” Exhaust
  • Front Fender from Drag Specialties
  • Billet Pulley CoverHead Light from J&P Cycles

Custom Parts from my machine shop:

  • Billet Air Filter
  • Front Pulley Cover Insert
  • Mirror Stems
  • Billet Oil Filter Cover
  • Adapters for Front End, Forward Controls and Rear Light

Thanks To The Following:

  • Patton Yamaha – Galax VA
  • Kevin Coldiron – My friend who applied the Corvette Black Paint
  • Keith and Scott – C&S Custom Cruiser Accessories – Winston-Salem NC
  • Mike Phillips – Grandeur Cycle – Jonesville NC

Special Thanks to:

  • My Wife, Rhonda – for putting up with all the hours spent on the project
  • Dan K. “DOC” Patton, 80 years young, founder of Patton Yamaha and living proof that:

“Growing Old is Unavoidable – Growing Up is Optional”

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