Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Yamaha XSR700 Modern Cafe Brutality and Style

"The XSR700 represents yet another example of how versatile Yamaha's new range of motorcycles can be.." 

In case you thought that the Yamaha Yard Built program reached an end, it would be funny to see the looks on your faces when you meet Otokomae, the latest Ad Hoc Cafe Racers' creations. Some may call it crazy, while some may call it ugly; the fact is that this XSR700 will not pass unnoticed and have a very powerful personality.

Part cafe-racer, part street tracker, and part streetfighter, the Otokomae ditches all the fancy attributes in favor of a blunt, assertive styling. Radical and at the same time inviting, this custom XSR700 represent yet another example of how versatile Yamaha's new range of motorcycles can be when arriving in the right hands.

Ad Hoc's David Gonzalez wanted to build a bike that exuded individuality without compromising rideability. The front end was changed entirely, with an MT-09 stem and handlebar attached to a host of parts sourced from a YZF-R6. The R6 DNA embedded in the Otokomae consist of the forks, rotors, and the master cylinder. Borrani supplied the rims that are now shod with Pirelli Anakee 3 tires, while an older MT-01 delivered the smoked-lens headlight and its bracket.

The airbox was tossed, and the space remained devoid of any parts, adding to the radical looks of the bike. For the sake of compactness, the radiator was painted black and thus "hidden" from sight, now being better integrated with the engine.

Even though the tank remained stock, Ad Hoc crafted a modular structure that embraces it and changes the attire of the entire machine. A rear subframe was designed without taking into consideration the potential passenger, and a short solo seat covered in cowhide.

Miniature LED taillights and turn signals have been installed on the XSR700, with the front ones integrated into the brake and clutch levers and a Gears Racing rear monoshock lifting the seat a bit. The exhaust is an aggressive, MotoGP-look SC Project unit and we are not sure if it is street-legal.

Some might argue that this XSR700 is not exactly the embodiment of "Handsome" as its Japanese name states, but we'd just say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

When we spoke he was agonising over the final few details and some minor issues with the paint that he wasn’t happy with, but he needn’t have done so. The bright, neon paintwork and heavy, black componentry were enough to draw the eye and that menacing stance did all that it could do make you forget about any tiny surface defects.

Now – a month or so later – Yamaha have finally released the bike to the world and David can rest knowing that he’s been able to iron out the final, few remaining nags on his conscious.

This is a street-tracker with style, and one that unlike so many custom bikes of the moment intentionally makes its presence felt. It’s not just a paint work special either.

To get the Ad Hoc look, David started at the front, adding a number of genuine Yamaha parts from other models. These included an MT-09 stem and handlebar set, front forks, disc brakes, brake master cylinder and clutch from the YZF-R6 and front light and bracket from the MT-01.

Borrani rims and Michelin rubber keep everything the right way up and the original fuel tank remains, cleverly hidden by a custom shell built in four modular parts. The radiator was painted black to blend with the engine block and the air filter box has been removed and replaced with power filters to open up central space.

The standard XSR700 exhaust has been removed in favour of a rather more aggressive sounding full SC Project system and a rear subframe is custom made to bolt on, allowing access to tools and battery. Ride height gets a lift by 15mm with a Gears Racing shock and a custom seat is added with high quality cowhide.
David has named this bike the ‘Otokomae’. Our vague Japanese translates this as a Handsome or a True being.

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