Yamaha’s Yard Built programme returns to the workshops of master Taiwanese builder Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts fame. After the receiving much appreciation for the XJR1300, The Guerilla Four, in 2015, Yamaha chose Rough Crafts for the first custom build of this year with the Sport Heritage range middleweight champion XSR700 as a base.
With no cutting or welding to the frame Winston was free to work his signature style on the punchy, mid-range XSR700. The result is not one, but two custom motorcycles. The simple-to-change kits transform the XSR700 in under an hour between a café racer style street machine, ‘The Corsa Scorcher’ and a dirt track ready scrambler style bike, ‘The Soil Scorpion’. achieve the one bike, two builds concept, he went to the Shark Factory for their X2E fully adjustable remote control digital suspension, making the set up adjustable on the fly for tarmac riding or dirt fun.
Winston designed a set of triple trees that can run a set of YZF-R1 forks along with R1 axle, brakes and wheels designed for the R1 front end. He then used the same design rear wheel made for the 700 to get a direct bolt on front and rear custom wheel with inverted forks.
The cafe racer version of the build features ultra lightweight carbon fibre wheels from Rotobox and clip-ons from Gilles Tooling, an Akrapovič titanium tail pipe for the YZF-R1 wraps up the performance side. The scrambler version features lightweight forged wheels from Wukawa Industry Co., a handmade flat bar, and an Akrapovič titanium XSR700 high pipe modified to be tracker style. Whilst the cafe racer makes its statement with velocity stacks, the scrambler runs Sprint Filter waterproof filters to make it safe to play in the dirt. Both builds share trusted custom brake set ups from Beringer.
The ‘Faster XSR’ body kit itself was made with a full carbon fibre mono body with a smaller aluminium tank underneath, fully bolt-on without any modification, fabricated by MS Pro.
The detail on the Corsa Scorcher café racer look pretty impressive, with a Rough Crafts custom header on the exhaust. The rear brake caliper is standard XSR with a Beringer disc set up. A Wukawa Industry sprocket runs the rear, with Gilles Tooling rear sets and MS Pro foot pegs. MS Pro controls keep everything on point on the bars, next to Rough Crafts custom grips and Rough Crafts custom Fin Style Risers. There’s more signature in-house work with the Rough Crafts Grill type headlight, fuel cap and of course the carbon body unit. Last but not least Rough Crafts velocity stacks set off the motor itself.
The Soil Scorpion transformation sees the Beringer brake set up retained on the Wukawa Industry forged wheels. The new riding position is helped by Rough Crafts signature Fighter Bars and MS Pro controls. The build is finished with two subtly different paint jobs by long time Rough Crafts collaborator Air Runner Custom Paint.
Check out the Yard Built Rough Crafts video below. Do let us know your views about the custom ‘double-style’ Yard Built XSR700 through the comments section.
Here are some more images of the motorcycle: