Yamaha XV 950 Racer – Low Rider meets Café Racer

yamaha_xv950-racer_460Inspired by a work of legendary German custom builder Marcus Walz Yamaha have developed a new Version of the XV 950 – the Racer.

»El Ratón Asesino« is the name of a custom bike based on the Yamaha XV 950 built by Marcus Walz. The bike, part of the »Yard built« project, has been used as pattern for the new XV 950 Racer.

Conceptually the bike is influenced both by low rider style choppers and café racers. What distinguishes the new XV 950 Racer from other models is its forward-leaning riding position. This has been achieved by the use of forged aluminium 22.2 mm diameter clip-on handlebars that are positioned 156 mm further forward and 78 mm lower than on the XV 950/R models.[print_gllr id=2128]
The clip-on handlebars are equipped with compact new switchgear and clutch/front brake levers and the front brake’s master cylinder has also been reduced in size. Classic-looking single instrument pod is centrally positioned above the headlamp.

As well as the use of the clip-on handlebars, the XV 950 Racer also features rear-set footrests that are 150 mm further to the rear and 29 mm higher than those fitted to the XV 950/R. The Racer’s slim new single seat is 75 mm higher than the XV 950/R models.

The front and rear suspension systems on the XV 950 Racer have been developed to match a more sporty character of the machine. The 41 mm forks offer 144mm travel, 9 mm more than on the XV 950/R models.

The twin rear piggyback gas shocks have also been developed to suit the new Racer model, and give 116 mm of rear wheel travel, 6 mm greater than the XV 950/R.

El Raton Asesino by Marcus Walz
The original: El Raton Asesino by Marcus Walz.

Yamaha have developed a wide range of accessories designed for customizing the new XV 950 Racer.

The new Yamaha XV 950 Racer will be available from May.

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