Made in Taiwan and solely bought regionally, the Yamaha SR150 was a success amongst commuters and supply riders. However it was a motorcycle purchased for its affordability and practicality, not its seems to be. Resembling the legendary SR500 solely in identify, the inventory SR150 seems to be similar to you’d anticipate a supply bike to; blocky and bland.
That hasn’t stopped workshops in Taiwan’s blossoming customized scene from tearing into the snack-sized SR to make it simpler on the attention. And this beautiful SR150 café racer reveals simply how a lot potential the donor bike has.
It’s the work of Twentytwo Customized, the customized department of the Taiwanese motorbike tradition and attire model, Persist Bike Firm. When Twentytwo first opened store, they promised themselves that their fifth construct could be an inside venture. That is that construct.
“The proprietor of this Taiwanese-made Yamaha SR150 is considered one of our personal employees members, Purple,” explains Twentytwo founder, Dong Lin. “She has been in command of the design enterprise at Persist for practically three years. Most of our visuals come from her designs.”
Given her sharp eye and her function within the firm, Purple clearly had rather a lot to contribute to the design. “Twentytwo ’05’ is an try and fuse and pay tribute to all her favourite issues,” says Lin, “like sci-fi motion pictures, cyberpunk comics and 90s JDM road racing vehicles.”
“Out of nostalgia, and a passionate love we have now for this domestic-made mannequin, discovering a approach to protect the soul of its authentic look was an additional problem we set for ourselves. We intentionally saved the unique gas tank, and saved the modification of the principle body to a minimal; hoping that via its model new look, the unique silhouette of the Yamaha SR150 might one way or the other nonetheless be seen.”
The venture was shortly dubbed ‘Neo Nostalgia,’ and work was underway. Straight out the gate, Twentytwo roped in fellow Taiwanese store and frequent collaborator, Robust Tracker, to deal with all of the metalwork on the venture. Collectively, they remodeled the SR150 from day by day beater to slick café racer.
With the OEM gas tank in place, the crew set about fabricating a set of physique panels to provide it a sharper edge. Up entrance, a set of ‘winglets’ have been mounted to the edges of the tank to provide it a extra trendy, sporty vibe. Additional again, Robust Tracker made a pair of origami-style aspect panels out of aluminum.
The tail unit seems to be fundamental, but it surely’s really made up of a number of items that may be disassembled. “For the form, we pulled references from 90s Japanese sport bikes—then tried to construct a single seat piece that goes effectively with the SR150 tank,” Lin explains. A easy LED taillight is tucked in below the rear hump.
Up entrance, Twentytwo and Robust Tracker determined to eschew the standard bubble fairing model for one thing a little bit extra aggressive. A comparatively shallow 6” headlight sits inside a hand-made nacelle, designed to suit tightly with the forks and yokes.
A bone inventory Yamaha SR150 is hardly going to set the streets ablaze, however Lin was adamant about injecting at the very least some efficiency into the standard single. Beginning with the suspension, Twentytwo put in a set of modified SYM Wolf 125 forks up entrance, with the yokes from a FZ-series Yamaha. The rear shocks are from MJP Manufacturing facility, whereas the prolonged swingarm comes from Mark Bike.
The wheels have been swapped out for an 18F/17R set, shod with respectable Dunlop Sportmax rubber. A single Brembo caliper provides an additional hit of braking efficiency.
Not one to neglect the engine, Lin tasked Efficiency B in New Taipei Metropolis with rebuilding the Yamaha single. It’s been bumped to 230 cc, with a retrofitted Yamaha TW225 cylinder head and an upgraded cam shaft. Efficiency B additionally did some porting work, strengthened the crankshaft and put in an upgraded connecting rod.
There’s additionally a Yoshimura Keihin FCR-MJN28 carb, fitted with a Ok&N filter, and a bolstered clutch. The trendy exhaust system comes from one other native outfit, Banai. Its flowing kind was a deliberate alternative, to counterbalance the blockiness of the bodywork.
Ending off the construct are a bunch of delicate and tasteful modifications. A set of clip-ons and a Daytona speedo do responsibility within the cockpit, with new foot pegs mounted decrease down. Twentytwo additionally trimmed the subframe, and rewired the bike.
“Imagining that it is a motorbike that might seem in a sci-fi film, we used each shiny and matte black, and grey, as the colour palette,” Lin tells us. “Then we intentionally blacked-out different elements of the bike, in order that the neon yellow Brembo caliper would pop and act as a visible spotlight—bringing out the florescent, JDM-ish vibe.”
With a lift in efficiency, ultra-modern seems to be and suspension adjusted for her weight and using model, Purple now has a day by day runner that we’re greater than a little bit envious of. Who ever thought a supply bike might look this good?