In May 2015, Yamaha will be
launching in Europe the new XV950 Racer, a bike inspired by the 'El Ratón
Asesino' - a stunning café racer produced by legendary German custom builder
Marcus Walz and part of Yamaha’s Yard Built project. Aimed at free thinking
riders looking for a unique, characterful and sporty motorcycle that refuses to
follow convention, this authentic new bike dares to be different by mixing
V-twin low rider style with timeless café racer attitude.
Bikes such as the VMAX,
XJR1300 and SR400 have inspired generations of riders and have become an
established part of motorcycling folklore, and the new XV950 Racer is ready to
continue in this tradition.
Yamaha is working closely with
some of Europe's most innovative and exciting custom builders in order to
develop a range of unique and evocative Yard Built specials. The XV950's
versatility and customising potential is clearly demonstrated by the 'Boltage',
a stripped back street racer built by Christian and Raphael Bender.
With its muscular air-cooled
V-twin engine, as well as a compact and agile handling chassis equipped with
clip-on handlebars and rear set footrests, the bold new XV950 Racer adds
another dimension to the Sport Heritage line up.
Featuring raw, minimalist and
original styling that draws on low rider and café racer influences, this new
model represents a new concept in sport V-twin design, and underlines Yamaha's
on-going commitment to the development of original and exciting motorcycles in
the Sport Heritage range.
Producing maximum torque of
8.1kg-m (79 Nm)at 3,000 rpm - and maximum power of 52.1PS (51.38 bhp) at 5,500
rpm - the 942cc air-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine is built to deliver strong
acceleration from low engine speeds. The bike's short and low chassis ensures
agile handling performance both in the city and on twisty back roads, and this
combination of a gutsy engine and agile chassis - as well as the special mix of
low rider style with café racer ergonomics - makes the new XV950 Racer a truly
unique and exciting motorcycle.
What distinguishes the new
XV950 Racer from other models is its forward-leaning riding position that gives
the rider a great sense of unity with the motorcycle for a sporty riding experience.
This has been achieved by the use of forged aluminium 22.2mm diameter clip-on
handlebars that are positioned 156mm further forward and 78mm lower than on the
The fact that the bars are
22.2mm diameter - as opposed to the larger diameter designs used on the other
XV950/R models - enables the use of slimmer supersport type handlebar grips
that reinforce the sporty character of this gutsy and agile V-twin.
The clip-on handlebars are
equipped with compact new switchgear and clutch/front brake levers that
reinforce the sport-oriented feel, and the front brake's master cylinder has
also been reduced in size. The fitment of a black coloured aluminium plate on
the handlebar crown highlights the bike’s racer-looks - and the classic-looking
single instrument pod is centrally positioned above the headlamp.
To complement the compact and
sporty look of the frontal area around the new clip-on handlebars, the XV950
Racer features newly positioned flashers that are mounted on the lower triple
As well as the use of
exclusive new clip-on handlebars, the XV950 Racer also features newly developed
rear-set footrests that are 150mm further to the rear and 29mm higher than
those fitted to the XV950/R. The Racer's slim new single seat is 75mm higher than
the XV950/R models, and the new ergonomics help to centralize the rider/machine
mass for sports handling performance together with improved cornering and high
levels of riding comfort.
The slim new single seat is
fitted with a compact and lightweight cover that blends beautifully with the
steel rear fender. Together with the clip-on handlebars and rear-set footrests,
this gracefully curved cover enhances the bike's café racer styling.
The XV950 Racer comes equipped
with a mini café racer cowling that, together with the single round headlight
and clip-on handlebars, perfectly captures the spirit of the original café
Another feature that marks
this machine out as an original are the aluminium side number plates. Featuring
three 'weight reduction' style holes, these plates - together with the cowl and
seat cover - underline the bike's café racer soul and emphasise the metallic
rawness that makes this air-cooled V-twin so desirable.
The front and rear suspension
systems on the XV950 Racer have been developed to match the sporty character of
the machine, and the 41mm forks offer 144mm travel, 9mm more than on the
XV950/R models. Classically styled fork boots are fitted to the new
black-coloured forks, reinforcing the bike's timeless good looks that are
designed to appeal to riders who appreciate attention to detail.
The twin rear piggyback gas
shocks have also been developed to suit the new Racer model, and give 116mm of
rear wheel travel, 6mm greater than the XV950/R. These changes enable the rider
to enjoy the bike's strong engine and chassis performance while also
maintaining the high levels of comfort associated with all of Yamaha's Sport
For a balanced and sporty
look, the air-cooled V-twin engine is equipped with a new V-bank cover.
Manufactured from resin and featuring circular holes that match those on the
aluminium sideplates and exhaust system, this cover is mounted on the engine's
left side in the same position as the right side mounted air cleaner.
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