Rough Crafts create easy to change kits for Yamaha XSR700

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Taiwanese builder Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts has released two style kits for the Yamaha XSR700 as part of the firm’s Yard Built programme for 2017.

Previous Yard Built bikes have been completely one off custom builds, but Yeh wanted to design two different XSR700s that customers could easily modify at home. The result is two easy to install kits transforming the XSR700 into a cafe racer or street tracker.

“This is our first ‘double-style’ custom build from one machine,” commented Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator, Cristian Barelli. “The build really proves for me the versatility of the XSR700 as a base for customization. Whether you want to create a café racer, or a scrambler, this proves that you can do both, without losing the core soul and rideability of the original machine.”


The cafe racer version, named The Corsa Scorcher, features lightweight carbon fibre wheels from Rotobox and clip-ons from Gilles, while an Akrapovic titanium tail pipe for the YZF-R1 wraps up the performance side.

The scrambler version, or The Soil Scorpion, features lightweight forged wheels from Wukawa Industry Co., a handmade flat bar, and a modified Akrapovic titanium XSR700 high exhaust. Sprint Filter waterproof filters make it safe to play in the dirt. Both builds share trusted custom brake set ups from Beringer.

“The XSR was an amazing base to start with,” commented Winston. “I love the tubular frame of the 700, and the power to weight ratio is perfect for a motorcycle. With the newly designed shorter frame and detachable rear frame loop you really don’t need to cut the frame to make a proper custom shape.”

“I found myself having a hard time deciding should I go with clip-ons and make it a cafe racer, or with flat bars and make it a tracker, that’s where the idea came in: why not make the shaping as a body kit, and customers can use their own idea to mix and match suspension, wheels, brakes, handlebars, to build the bike they want?”

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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer