Any custom Yamaha XSR700 we characteristic is bound to spark dialogue concerning the base bike’s design. The XSR700 attracts criticism for its cluttered mechanics and hunched gasoline tank—and each of these are arduous for custom builders to get round.
This closely upgraded XSR700-based scrambler rises above each these challenges. It’s a collaboration between Portuguese builders Nuno Capêlo (Capêlo’s Storage) and Ricardo Santos (Elemental Rides), and was constructed for Yamaha Portugal.
It’s not the primary time Nuno and Ricardo have labored collectively for Yamaha Portugal—they constructed an SR400 two years in the past that clearly impressed.
This XSR700 was commissioned as a part of Yamaha Europe’s Yard Constructed program, with builders from 9 totally different international locations delivering bikes. The venture’s theme was ‘Again to the Dust,’ and this XSR has grime creds by the bucketload.
“I talked with Ricardo,” Nuno tells us, “and he was completely in. His first concepts have been similar to mine, so I ended every part I used to be doing and began sketching. After numerous drawings exchanged with Ricardo, we shortly received to the ultimate picture of the bike.”
The XSR700 has good bones and a punchy and versatile motor. However Nuno and Ricardo needed to enhance its off-road functionality—and provides it a neo-retro look, impressed by the long-lasting Yamaha grime bikes of the 70s and 80s. So that they known as it the ‘XSR700 TT’ for ‘True Tribute.’
They began by swapping out the XSR700’s suspension for one thing a bit extra dirt-worthy. On went a set of custom 43 mm right-side-up Showa forks. They’re adjustable for compression and rebound, with 230 mm of journey.
The rear shock’s additionally from Showa, totally adjustable and hooked as much as a detachable linkage to match the front-end’s journey.
The wheels have been switched out for a custom set that includes Talon hubs, Excel rims and stainless-steel spokes. They measure 18” up entrance and 17” out again, and put on enduro tires from Mitas.
Nuno and Ricardo additionally upgraded the entrance brake with an EBC disc and Brembo caliper, and switched the brake traces out for Teflon ones. They usually eliminated the ABS to drive residence the XSR700’s off-road intentions.
With gutsy efficiency from the 74 hp parallel-twin crossplane crank motor, there was no have to fiddle with the internals. The blokes merely switched the airbox for a pair of froth filters to make room for the brand new bodywork. Then they modified the rear sprocket from a 40T to a 52T, and fitted a heavy-duty O-ring chain from DID.
A lot of the visible mastery is going on up prime. The gasoline tank’s a custom-built metal unit, and we’re informed it was “impressed by 1970s bikes just like the Yamaha XT500.” Nuno and Ricardo received across the XSR700’s awkward body traces by including cutouts for the rails, in order that they may mount it low and stage.
To tighten up the rear finish, the duo modified a Yamaha DTR fender, and added a pair of sheet steel quantity boards. Up prime is a solo saddle, wrapped in an artificial, waterproof cloth. And simply behind it there’s a tidy little baggage rack, with an LED taillight cleverly built-in into it.
The entrance fender’s from a Yamaha DT125MX, and was shortened to go well with the XSR. For the MX-style headlight, the fellows grabbed a nacelle from Portuguese model HP. Then they tweaked it to suit the forks, added LED internals with a custom daytime operating gentle, and constructed a grill to guard the lens.
Simply behind is an Acewell speedo and a set of scrambler handlebars. The battery was switched for a Lithium-ion unit with Bluetooth connectivity (as a way to monitor it out of your smartphone).
Different custom bits embrace guards for the radiator and oil filter, a brand new bracket for the rectifier, and aluminum foot pegs. The skid plate’s a one-off too, as is that radical, high-mounted twin exhaust system.
With a lot off-road heritage to attract from, choosing the XSR700’s new livery was difficult. “We have been instantly thrown again to these yellow, white and black racing blocks,” says Ricardo.
“However after just a few arguments, we went for a distinct colour choice, impressed by the Yamaha IT fashions.”
We applaud their alternative. The XSR700 wears the basic IT scheme extraordinarily properly, and with the engine elements all blacked out, is visually much less busy too.
Nuno and Ricardo’s XSR700 TT is a smash hit. It’s positive to be a ton of enjoyable within the woods, and would look even higher soiled than clear. It’s simply the type of fashionable basic we want the Japanese producer would produce.
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