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'Double-style’ Yard Built XSR700 by Rough Crafts is a Two-Faced Beast
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'Double-style’ Yard Built XSR700 by Rough Crafts is a Two-Faced Beast

Yamaha has put forth all its efforts and hard work for 2017 with its ‘Yard Built’ project. The first bike of the year is from a Taiwanese builder Winston Yeh and he has introduced two unique and amazing style kits for the Yamaha XSR700. Yamaha has provided him with a standard Yamaha XSR700 and he has truly created magic. The bike built by Winston is two machines in one with a sexier, sleeker and a user-friendly carbon fiber. Winston is the same builder of the very tasty the Guerilla Four in 2015 and MV Agusta. He has truly set a high level of expectation for the riders keeping a track of his previous work.

XSR700 can be considered as the perfect base for the first custom build of this year. Winston wanted to build a bike that riders could easily modify at their garage and the result of this is transforming the XSR700 into a street tracker or cafe racer. The result is two masterpieces that Winston calls as ‘The Soil Scorpion’ and ‘The Corsa Scorcher’ which is truly amazing. Yamaha says the simple-to-change kits allows XSR700 a dirt track Scrambler and a Cafe Racer in an hour. Winston has created signature style magic on the mid-range XSR700.

Winston went to the Shark factory to achieve the two builds concept and to know about their remote control digital suspension of the fully adjustable X2E. Winston wanted the kit to be flexible, so he designed wheels and brakes for the R1 front end and the set of triple trees to run a set of YZF-R1 forks. It usually takes an hour to switch the bike between the road and scrambler versions. The tail section and the bodywork of XSR700 are built from carbon fiber and it helps to hide the aluminum fuel tank which is custom built.

The Cafe racer version of the bike is bundled with many unique features that include clip-ons from Gilles Tooling, wheels that are lightweight from Rotobox and an Akrapovič titanium tailpipe which improves the performance of the bike. The Scrambler version of the bike has a handmade flat bar, forged wheels that are lightweight, waterproof filters and an Akrapovič titanium to enhance the look and feel of the bike. Both versions of the bikes: Cafe racer and Scrambler has custom brake set ups that will improve the performance and provide security for the riders.

XSR700 has a set of triple clamps that will help to accommodate upside-down forks very easily. Other custom work includes velocity intake stacks and fuel cap with Custom Paint providing the paintwork and Rough Crafts Grill type headlight. There is a “Soil Scorpion” scrambler model created by Winston which is created by transforming the cafe racer by swapping parts in very less time. Though Winston was not allowed to cut or weld into XSR700 frame but this did not stop him from creating something unique and giving a new look to Yamaha’s popular street bike.

Both versions of the bike from Rough Crafts are very interesting and unique. Rough Craft has always showcased the best engineering excellence and push the performance of the bike to a new level. Winston has introduced some excellent set of parameters in the architecture of XSR and proved to be the best custom built builder of Yamaha.

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