Video: Yamaha SCR950 is a little Brat

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Yamaha’s new SCR950 gets a taste of the Brat treatment by legendary Japanese custom builder, Go Takamine.

Go Takamine of Brat Style, was commissioned by Yamaha as part of their Yard Built project to customise the street scrambler styled SCR, dubbing it ‘Chequered’ - the custom-guru fitted wider handlebars, a small headlight and chunky off-road rubber.


The SCR also gets fresh springs at the rear for better ground clearance and longer travel, a handmade sub-frame and posh custom exhausts. And of course, a chequered flag on the tank (in case you were wondering about the name).

"I fabricated most of the key body components to make this into a Brat Style machine; fuel tank, seat, fenders, side covers, exhaust pipes and handle bars," explained Go. "The fuel tank was especially challenging, I scrapped the finished fuel tank a couple of times to make it perfect! Also the fuel pump integration was tricky. Having worked on the SCR950 I think it has got good potential for customizing. It's a simple, clean pipe frame with a good looking rear sub frame. That means it's easy to swap around the exhaust pipe, seat & fenders. It wasn't hard at all to clean up handle bar area as well. I believe that without changing many parts, SCR950 will allow you to add your personal touch to it!"

It employs the air-cooled 943cc V-twin motor used in the Yamaha XV950 and comes with a 17-inch rear tyre and a higher seat than the XV, which allows for a comfier riding position.

The SCR950 was revealed at Intermot earlier this month and was introduced to the States earlier in the year. Both the stock SCR950 and Yard Built 'Chequered' model will be on display at Motorcycle Live, NEC Birmingham 19-27 December. Expect the production model to hit UK dealers by mid February 2017. Prices will be announced at the NEC. 

For more info on the 2017 SCR950 click here.


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Andy Davidson

By Andy Davidson

Former MCN Feature writer