‘double-style’ is a Yamaha XSR700 with both, cafe racer and scrambler.
What if you come to know that somewhere in the wild, there is a motorcycle, custom or otherwise, that has the capacity to be transformed into two completely different machines that are miles apart in character. You would be inquisitive about how could such an oddity exist. What Yamaha Motor Europe and Taiwan-based Rough Crafts have created is something similar.
It’s called ‘double-style’. Underneath the skin, it’s a Yamaha XSR700. A machine that Yamaha brought out specially for the custom market, the XSR700 is probably one of the few machines where such a conversion can be made possible. The modular subframe of the 2-cylinder motorcycle makes it easy for custom builders to play around with the appearance of the machine without cutting off any part of the motorcycle that would make the changes irreversible.
The concept behind ‘double-style’ is a motorcycle that can live a dual life. On one side, the Yamaha XSR700 can be used like a very dapper cafe racer that could be used on the daily. On the other side of the build lies a rugged and trashy scrambler that one could imagine muscling around the woods during the weekends. According to Yamaha Europe the transformation from cafe racer to scrambler or vice-versa takes merely an hour, which makes the whole thing a lot more interesting.
While BMW & Ducati plan to keep a clear segregation between their cafe racer and scrambler lines, essentially asking customers to purchase two separate motorcycles; Yamaha’s custom build blurs those lines by offering two kits that fit perfectly fine on one single motorcycle.
To make the Yamaha cafe racer XSR700 ‘double-side’ as versatile as possible, Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts used the front section from a Yamaha YZF-R1 that included the triple clamps, inverted forks, axle wheel and brakes. To have a suspension system that worked both on as well as 0ff the road, Winston approached Shark Factory for their X2E fully-adjustable remote controlled digital suspension system that is capable of changing settings from dirt to road on the fly.
For the Yamaha XSR700 cafe racer version of the, ultra lightweight carbon fibre wheels from Rotobox were used while clip-ons came from Gilles Tooling along with an Akrapovič tail pipe from the YZF-R1 that would give out a proper howl from the XSR’s 2-cylinder crossplane engine.
For the scrambler version, Winston used lightweight forged wheels from Wukawa Industry Co. along with a hand-made flat bar and Akrapovič titanium XSR700 high pipe. The scrambler also gets Sprint Filter’s waterproof filters to make it safe to use on dirt while the cafe racer uses velocity stacks. For brakes, both versions of the build use Beringer brakes front and rear.
The body kit that sits on top of the Yamaha cafe racer XSR700 frame is a monocoque design that is made entirely out of carbon fibre. Underneath the body is a smaller aluminium tank with along with the body kit is completely bolt-on, requiring no alterations whatsoever.
What Rough Crafts and Yamaha Motor Europe have created is a unique concept that works well for anyone who is looking to have a stylish daily driver while at the same time also have the same machine address weekend dirt riding sessions. While the dirt version might not be a proper off-road machine in the true sense of things, its is a great alternative for someone who is looking for light fun on dirt. Add in the ease of swapping parts on an off the Yamaha XSR700 cafe racer with such relative ease, the ‘double-side’ is a fantastic approach that more custom motorcycle builders should pursue.
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