1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer by Roland Snel
‘Odd’ and ‘unique’ seem to be two concepts that somewhat mix together, adding to confusion and allowing some people to come up with ridiculous projects; this isn’t one of those, obviously. This 1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer by Roland Snel was inspired by a V-twin tourer from the 1980s. The café racer treatment was done by an amateur, at least in theory, and the result are astonishing. Roland works for Yamaha, in Holland; although not a professional mechanic, his skills have become obvious once he completed t his project. He went for a 1984 TR1, once he considered the chain drive and the possibility of adding a wider rear tire.
The vintage look was the goal of this custom bike, but handling and modern dynamics weren’t about to be sacrified for aesthetics. With that in mind, the modern USD forks were sourced from a Ducati 916; furthermore, a Showa shock from a Triumph Speed Triple can be seen at the back, while an Öhlins steering damper, a combined digital speedo/tacho, and a frame-mounted Bates-style headlight have also been included in the project. This Yamaha now rides on aluminum Akront rims, matching the bike’s color theme.
Continuing with the cool yet practical ideas. Roland decided for the Metzeler Roadtec Z8s tires, with Brembo 4-pot brakes and wave rotors keeping it safe at the front, while the rear wheel benefits from a Honda CB750 drum. No work was done on the engine, since the air-cooled 75-degree V-twin was low on mileage and was in perfect shape. The carburetors were upgraded, with a Dynojet stage 1 jet kit, modified headers and ceramic-coated MAC muffler offering the proper thrills.
If you’re thinking the bike looks cool, you are not far from the truth; in order to make that happen, Roland machined the cooling fins and added matching fins to both crank covers. Also worth mentioning are a Motolanna seat and a Benelli tank, as well as a flatter rear frame to keep those looks vintage yet sleek. The attention to detail is incredible all the nuts, bolts, brackets and clamps were replaced with new stainless steel fittings, and it certainly adds to the overall appeal of this Yamaha. You like?