After the first Yard Built and get to understand more into the program, I got very excited to express my interpretation of the how it could be.
and lucky enough, Shun gave me the green light of a second build, the XSR platform was an amazing base to start with, but I was struggling to choose between the 700 and the 900, I prefer the tubular frame from 700 and the power of 900 was appealing too, since I never ridden either of those, I try to talk to Shun for the suggestion, and what he told me just clear my mind, "it's not always about more power, it's the power/weight ratio that counts." and I knew I have to go with 700!!
with the newly designed XSR700 shorter frame and detachable rear frame loop, the "no frame cutting" strategy was made possible so I started drawing, after I'm satisfied with the shaping, I found myself having a hard time deciding should I go with clip-ons and make it a cafe racer, or with flat bars and make it a tracker, cause the shaping actually works well either way, that's where the idea came in: why not make the shaping as a body kit, and customers can use their own idea to mix and match suspensions, wheels, brakes, handlebars, to build the bike they want? And that's exactly what I did, mold 2 sets of body kit and paint it differently, got 2 sets of wheels and tires, different sets of handlebars, and 2 sets of exhausts, and I got 2 bikes with one build!!
I want the kit to be as versatile as possible, so I designed a set of triple tree that you can run a set of R1 forks along with all R1 axle, brakes, wheels that's made for R1 front end, and you just get the same brand/same design rear wheel that's made for 700/900 and you get a direct bolt on front and rear custom wheels with inverted forks.
To make this 1 bike 2 builds works even better, I went to Shark Factory for their X2E fully adjustable remote control digital suspension, so you can adjust on the fly for tarmac riding or dirt fun.
so here it is, a cafe racer version we called Corsa Scorcher and the scrambler version we called Soil Scorpion, named after the tires Pirelli generously provided: the Super Corsa and Scorpion Rally
the cafe racer version features ultra lightweight carbon fiber wheels from Rotobox and clip ons from Gilles Tooling, a Akrapovic titanium tail pipe for R1 wrap up the performance side of it, and for the scrambler version eatures light weight forged wheels from Wukawa Industry Co., a hand made flat bar, and Akrapovic titanium XSR700 high pipe modified to be tracker style. and not like cafe racer one with velocity stacks, scrambler one runs Sprint Filter waterproof filters to make it safe to play in the dirt. Both runs top notch brakes from our trusted friends from BERINGER.
the body kit was made with full carbon fiber mono body with an smaller aluminum tank underneath, the whole thing is fully bolt-on without any modification, the only thing we cut out from the stock frame is 4 tabs that holds the airbox that's no longer there. Didn't get the chance to weight the scrambler version, but the cafe racer version with the R1 fork and Rotobox wheels makes the whole bikes from the stock 186kg to 168kg!! a 18kg (10%) weight loss with most of the electric still in place include the stock key ignition relocated and ABS system still in place.