Ever looked at your bike and wondered if you could turn it into a Scrambler one day and a Café Racer the next day? No, us neither. But, that hasn’t stopped the latest machine in Yamaha’s Yard Built project doing exactly that, by building a kit that is essentially two bikes in one.
Working with renowned Taiwanese custom bike builder Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts Experience, Yamaha gave him a standard Yamaha XSR700 and let him work his magic.
What he came up with is two bikes in one that Winston is calling ‘The Corsa Scorcher’ and ‘The Soil Scorpion’.
Yamaha say the kit allows keen mechanics to switch between the Café Racer and the dirt-ready Scrambler in under an hour, plus a change of tyres of course.
Already a huge success in the modern custom world, Yamaha’s standard XSR700 was the perfect base for this new project.
Yamaha’s Cristian Barelli said: “This is our first ‘double-style’ custom build from one machine. The build really proves for me the versatility of the XSR700 as a base for customization. Whether you want to create a Café Racer, or a Scrambler, this proves that you can do both, without losing the core soul and ride ability of the original machine.”
The bike features a full carbon-fibre body kit, a carbon tank cover and an aluminium tank underneath. There’s lightweight carbon-fibre wheels on the Café Racer, and forged aluminium wheels on the Scrambler.
Both versions use Beringer brakes and an Akrapovic titanium exhaust silencer.
Winston said: “The XSR was an amazing base to start with,” commented Winston. “I love the tubular frame of the 700, and the power-to-weight ratio is perfect for a motorcycle. With the newly designed shorter frame and detachable rear frame loop you really don’t need to cut the frame to make a proper custom shape.”
“I found myself having a hard time deciding should I go with clip-ons and make it a cafe racer, or with flat bars and make it a tracker, that’s where the idea came in: why not make the shaping as a body kit, and customers can use their own idea to mix and match suspension, wheels, brakes, handlebars, to build the bike they want?”
If these kind of bikes are your thing, then get yourself along to the Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock in London on the last weekend of May, 2017. It features the best new bikes from the custom/café scene in Europe, and we hear a rumour that the bike you see here may just make it to the Bike Shed show. For more information and tickets go to: https://www.universe.com/events/bike-shed-london-2017-tickets-MGVR1X