The new XV950 Racer has just been presented by Yamaha. The newly revealed bike is a sport version of the already sporty Bolt. It share the same chassis and the same V-Twin engine.
The new Yard Built custom motorcycle is inspired from Marcus Walz’s El Raton Asesino and combines classic sport lines with Cafe Racer touches. The 950 V-Twin engine has remained unchanged and develops the same 52bhp as in the past. Th Handlebars are lowered for a more aggressive riding position. Speaking of the handlebars, they are now clip-on mounted. Ground clearance has been increased as the footrests are moved 150mm in the back. Also the foot-pegs are now 29 mm higher giving the XV950 Racer much better control options. Other changes include a new 41mm in diameter fork that allows a bigger front wheel.
The back end has also been changed having now a 6mm longer suspension travel. In the cosmetic department, we can see that the XV950 Racer benefits from a single design, although we think that the back cover might be removable and replaceable with a passenger seat. Also new side number panels are mounted to the motorcycle along with a small fairing for a genuine vintage racing approach.
Yamaha also has available a long list of accessories in order to make each machine unique. With the new XV950 Racer as with the older Bold, Yamaha is attacking the Harley Davidson 883 Sportster on all flanks. Aimed at younger riders, the XV950 family has a promising future within the custom world.