Primarily based in a rustic the place sub-250cc bikes rule, it’s no shock that Okay-Pace has a critical knack for remodeling small-displacement fashions into imply, menacing-looking machines.
Regardless of the Thai store’s proclivity for pint-sized initiatives, Okay-Pace has labored with all method of donors, together with full-size fashions—which once more, shouldn’t come as a shock contemplating it accomplished nearly 5 dozen builds in 2018 alone.
This newest construct was commissioned by Yamaha Thailand to be launched along with the brand new XSR155 mannequin. Presently restricted to only the Thai market, the XSR155 is the newest addition to the tuning fork firm’s ‘Sport Heritage’ lineup.
Providing the identical modern-vintage aesthetic as its 700 and 900cc siblings in a small-displacement bundle, the child XSR makes use of a 19hp, 155cc SOHC single with variable valve actuation—the identical motor employed by the MT-15 and YZF-R15.
This isn’t the primary time a producer has given Okay-Pace a brand new mannequin to customise and promote upon its launch. Again when the 2018 Tremendous Cub was launched, Honda Thailand laced the store up with an instance to restyle.
Along with garnering an infinite quantity of media consideration and spawning a number of extra Okay-Pace Tremendous Cub initiatives, it was additionally Bike EXIF’s hottest (by way of views) construct in all of 2018.
Similar to with the Tremendous Cub, the producer solely gave Okay-Pace 30 days to finish the construct from begin to end.
The construct started with eradicating the inventory subframe and changing it with a customized flat unit with a built-in baggage rack. A sliver of a customized leather-based saddle adorns the brand new subframe, positively including extra type than consolation factors.
Often called ‘Path Breaker,’ the design of this Yamaha was impressed by journey and off-road type components. Proper out of the gate, Okay-Pace head honcho Eak wished to provide the small-displacement retro a extra muscular and rugged look—so a sturdy crash cage was fabricated to envelop the engine, body, and forks.
Beneath it there’s a military-esque bash guard that shields the entrance and backside of the 155cc single, offering ample safety and giving the powertrain a burlier look.
A customized one-into-two full exhaust winds by way of the Delta Field body and below the brand new subframe, ending in a pair of black conical mufflers with contrast-cut ideas. The taped exhaust routing additionally fills in would-be-negative house within the small engine’s profile.
Although it’s been barely modified and painted, the Path Breaker retains the donor’s inventory tank and tank covers, making it rather more readily identifiable as an XSR, regardless of the novel transformation from its manufacturing facility spec.
For extra leverage within the dust, the child XSR’s been given a brand new set of tracker-style bars, fitted with customized vintage-style switchgear and grips.
The inventory instrumentation has additionally been moved again from behind the headlight to the highest of a set of one-off risers. Instead of the manufacturing facility foot controls is a extra off-road-friendly MX-style setup with toothed pegs.
The funds inventory calipers have been modified out for Brembo items fore and aft, whereas the clutch and brake grasp cylinders had been binned in favor of recent Takegawa items.
The now-fortified USD manufacturing facility forks stay in play, although the rear shock’s been upgraded to a unit from Okay-Pace’s go-to suspension provider (and fellow Thai outfit), YSS.
To additional the off-road theme, Eak has ditched the inventory 17-inch alloy rims for a set of spoked aluminum hoops wrapped in outsized dual-sport rubber.
Everything of the inventory lighting is not any extra, with headlight duties now carried out by a pair of dual side-by-side round LED headlights fastened to the crash cage in entrance of the fork, together with some assist from a set of auxiliary LED spotlights mounted on both facet of the SOHC mill.
Out again, sandwiched in-between the under-seat exhaust and baggage rack is a single spherical taillight. A flask resting in a bespoke leather-based case is connected to a conventional entrance quantity plate. Okay-Pace calls it “a gimmick for a thirsty rider.”
The customized livery was dealt with by Okay-Pace’s paint associate ‘Artroom24,’ who gave the crash bars, skid-plate, and tank a coat of primer gray with a distressed, weathered end.
The highest tank-cover, subframe, and different small items had been painted in a matte black, and Yamaha’s seldom-seen classic script brand has been emblazoned on the edges of the tank.
Okay-Pace has delivered an off-road-capable construct with out merely churning out one other run of the mill scrambler. No determine was given, however we reckon the crew have additionally shaved a substantial quantity off of the inventory Yamaha’s already svelte sub-300lb moist weight.
The chances afforded by the little XSR155 are on full show with this construct. Path Breaker doesn’t simply look the half—it’s a rugged little runner, constructed to thrash, crash, and repeat.
In contrast to its (barely costlier) 155cc siblings, the XSR155 welcomes customization. It has the potential to show legions of younger riders in SE Asia onto the customized bike scene, and that’s one thing I believe we will all agree is an effective factor.
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