The Yamaha XSR700 has proven a popular base for custom builders this past couple years. And now, renowned custom bike builders Rough Crafts, headed by Taiwanese builder Winston Yeh has shown off two new style kits for the popular cafe-racer inspired Yamaha XSR700.
The builds come as part of the Yamaha's Yard Built programme for 2017, but with a twist; Yard Built bikes from previous years have been completely one off custom builds. For this project however, Yeh wanted to create two different XSR700s that even the most wrench shy could get a handle on.
What he has come up with is two easy install kits that can radically transform the look of the XSR700, pushing it further into cafe-racer territory, or the opposite way, into a mean street tracker.
"This is our first 'double-style' custom build from one machine," commented Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator, Cristian Barelli.
"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 rideability of the original machine," says Winston.
"I love the tubular frame of the 700, and the power to weight ratio is perfect for a motorcycle." Winston explains how the newly designed shorter frame and detachable rear loop make the XSR "an amazing base to start with", that results in a bike where "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?"
The marketing video for the two bikes was recently shot in London, you can check it out below:
For more info visit: www.roughcrafts.com
Ducati are offering the chance to ride a 959 Panigale on track starting in May.
It’s part of the ‘Ducati on track’ experience hosted by the California Superbike School.
Whether you’re riding on a track for the first time, or simply want to put the Ducati through its paces, then this may be an opportunity not to be missed. This experience is tailored towards riders who want to try out the Ducati in its natural environment, and see why it has become such an icon on the race track for £285.
‘Ducati on track’ will take place on the hallowed ground of the Silverstone circuit, home of the British MotoGP and F1 Grand Prix and will take place on the National circuit. The first event will take place on May 17th, followed by two more on June 7th and 2nd August.
For those who want to test their metal, 20 of the acclaimed 959 Penigales will be available on the day. Bikers will be eagerly circling their calendars and chomping at the bit for May to hurry up.
In advance of Suzuki's new V-Stroms hitting UK dealers late next month, Suzuki have announced pricing for the updated models.
The standard V-Strom 650 gets a £7399 price tag, while the off-road biased V-Strom 650 XT that features spoked wheels and handguards (among other things) is £7899.
Updates for 2017 see the 650 get an engine revision with new pistons, exhaust camshaft and fuel injection system, upping the power and torque, and of course meeting those Euro4 regulations.
The bikes also get a new exhaust and electronic assistance from the traction control, easy start and low-rpm assist functions for smooth low speed performance.
Bigger brother V-Strom 1000 also updates with new electronics, including cornering ABS and the same easy start and low-rpm assist functions.
The V-Strom 1000 comes in just shy of ten grand at £9499, while the XT variant, with those spoked wheels and tapered handlebars comes in at £9999.
There are good people out there. Regional Traffic Dublin Castle came across what appeared to be broken down bus on N2 at M50 jct last night. pic.twitter.com/sjhiicEImM— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 14, 2017
What happens when you're on your bike, it's freezing cold and you find yourself broken down on the side of a busy M50 junction. Well for this lucky rider, in Dublin there happened to be a compassionate bus driver who picked him up, along with his bike.
Seeing this unfortunate soul stranded by a busy M50 junction, the bus driver took pity and let him on the bus, with his bike, then dropped him off at a safer location so he could get on with making arrangements.
Good to see there are those out there looking out for us riders.
Prices have now been announced for the 2017 Triumph Street Triple Range. Lighter than its predecessor with higher-specification brakes, tyres and suspension, the highest level of finish ever and that all-new gullwing swingarm, the base model, street rider friendly Street Triple S is £8,000.
For your next level of performance, with higher specs the Street Triple R will cost £8,900 when it hits UK dealers. For the vertically challenged, a dedicated low ride-height version of the ‘R’ with its own unique suspension and seating set-up will also be available at the same cost. Metallic paint options are also available at a cost of £125 on the ‘S’ and ‘R’ models.
The range-topping RS model with track day capabilities has been priced at just shy of ten grand at £9,900.
And for A2 riders it's happy days, the dedicated A2 licence version of the ‘S’ is also available with its own unique 660cc engine for £7,700, making the Street Triple more accessible than ever.
If you want to see the 2017 range in the flesh, head on down to the MCN London Motorcycle show at the ExCel exhibition centre from 17-19 February, 2017.
Triumph Motorcycles’ UK & Ireland marketing manager, Martin Hough, said: “Since its launch in 2007, the Street Triple range has been a passion point for Triumph fans worldwide.The feedback on the new models has been incredible and we’re looking forward to seeing what our many fans think of the range when it arrives in UK dealers this year.To register interest in a test ride and find out more about availability, please contact your local Triumph dealer.”