Yamaha XSR700 by Macco Motors
The Yamaha XSR700 has always been a good conversation starter, thanks to its impressive aesthetics – some would say controversial, but that’s OK. However, there’s a damn fine motorcycle hiding underneath, and here’s a project that proves just that. The Yamaha XSR700 by Macco Motors is an incredible transformation, with the retro bike looking ready for anything the 21-st century will throw at it.
The owner wanted his bike to look cool yet still be legal for Spanish roads, which is why the subframe has been retouched, or better yet rebuilt, while a lower, custom-made solo seat accommodates the rider. The passenger peg brackets have been removed, the rear fender is now shorter and new street legal running lights were mounted around the license plate holder.
This refreshed Yamaha packs the 689cc inline twin engine, reworked to be smooth and punchy. Thinking about riding experience, the shop dropped the forks by over an inch, adding anodized alloy fork sleeves and rubber gaiters in the process. The tight exhaust system, courtesy of SC Project, seems to fit the overall theme. Rest assured that the Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tires will handle their business.
From an aesthetic point of view, a keen eye will notice the fiberglass side panels, covered by a layer of vinyl, as well as the front fender, rear reservoir, and crash bobbins from Rizoma. A stout seven-inch headlight mounted on hand-made brackets makes a bold statement. The XSR700’s stock speedo is still there, while the bars and levers were swapped for LSL units and a pair of Avon grips. The gold livery was inspired by the 1979 Arrows A2 F1 car, with subtle satin black touches from place to place.