Riding the Faster Wasp
Roland Sands called on his childhood fascination with Kenny Roberts and his firebreathing TZ750 to create this Faster Wasp, using Yamaha’s snarling 900cc triple engine.
Yamaha turned to the famous Californian bike builder to create a retro-stlyed machine based on the already-popular MT-09. His brief was pretty open and the result is simply stunning. It looks great and goes just as well.
Pulling gently away, the first impression is one of poise, power and noise. The Two Brothers exhaust system growls deliciously at every slight twist of the throttle.
The Roberts influence is clear – not least from the yellow and black speedblock paintshceme – but there are other things going on here too. Sands, an EX-AMA 250cc road racer (and winner), bestows a nimbleness and willingness that he enjoyed so much when racing and road riding on a TZ250. It’s like he’s mixed the handling of a 250 with the gumption of the TZ750 four-cylinder two-stroke screamer.
Beyond the engine and chassis is a meticulously delivered rolling work of art. Mudguards, number plate, tank, inlet ducts, radiator covers and the duck tail seat unit are all made from aluminium.
It is an exercise in seamless craftmanship. No bubble, no wrinkle, no rub mark, no matter how small, has managed to settle on the slender body of the Wasp. This is not a mere DIY creation that is only impressive at a distance, when viewed through squinted eyes, but something that gets better and better the closer you get.
Sands said: “The triple package is really lightweight and performs well. It’s not a race bike but it brings that level of race performance into a consumerfriendly bike, which is great because it brings the fun factor. I’m really happy with the end result.”
Bespoke rearsets, wheels & chain guard A snarling triple motor and top-notch parts make this one fast motorcycle The Faster Wasp takes styling cues from Roberts’ TZ750 Stylish tail unit built by Sands
Roland Sands was inspired by Roberts