Yuriy Shif is a famous Byelorussian customizer who designs and constructs motorcycles and then creates their doubles.
Going to his office through the workshop. It smeels like paint here. The squeal of the buffing machine is followed by the knocks of some tools and the work never stops here. On the floor there are two cups reminding of the former wins.
There are a lot of bikes in the room, but it is a bad omen to take pictures of those which are not ready yet.
He didn’t study well at school, but had a strong desire to ride on something. So, his career began when he adjusted a motor to his bicycle by himself, which was not difficult for him. However, he made his his first custom Silver Stork only at age 41. Do you want to know what he’d been doing all that time in between? Who doesn’t!
He was a manager of a karting team which also had a success which he is proud of as well.
He studied in Germany and the designs he creates, do not come to him in dreams as some people think. Each motorcycle is a result of hard work.
It so happened that customizing is considered underground in Russian and post-Soviet countries, but Yuriy disagrees with that saying that he’s won contests in the USA and Germany, so what he does cannot be underground by no means.
The secret of his success lies in the fact that he always tries to work harder that he should to make his bike as close to his ideal (like Silver Stork) as possible. There are lucky and unlucky streaks in is work but he never gives up.
Silver Stork. The idea to name his bike Silver Stork is not accidental. In the US and Germany a stork is associated with Belarus.
Some bikes have their doubles, made at the requests of his customers. They may have a different color or name, like Silver Stork 2. Some of his bikes go for serial production which he is very proud of, like it happened with his Мinsk М4 200 bike. Its high-quality and not too pretentious at the same time.
To make a motorcycle, they have to make a draft, a model, an experimental model, a production piece, and then they receive a serial production model.
He says that some of his bikes reflect the character of thier owners which is hard to achieve, and adds that he has two criteria for his work: I’m not ashamed of it and I’m proud of it.