Bunker Customs took Yamaha’s mild-mannered XSR700 and gave it some tracker attitude
It’s that time of year – when the snow gives way to sunshine, then back to sleet again all within 30 minutes. This means that spring is upon us and that it’s time to start preparing our bikes for the annual pilgrimage to the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz. As we get ourselves in a frothed excitement for all the new customs that will emerge, we cast our minds back to one of our favourite bikes from last year’s Yard Built programme.
Brothers, Can and Mert Uzer are not your typical custom bike builders. Can is a top-level skateboarder with the Vans Turkey Skateboarding Team, while Mert recently gave up a career in Digital Advertising to build custom bikes.
They run Bunker Customs in Istanbul and grabbed the attention of Yamaha with their distinctive 1982 Yamaha SR500 build, which led to the collaboration with Yard Built and this XSR700.
To create their tracker-style Bunker raised the seat position and increased ground clearance by relocating the exhaust as well as changing the front wheel to a 19in rim for all-terrain riding. Stock body panels were ditched for hand-beaten 2mm aluminium items. Renthal bars suit the new riding position and the seat height has gone up by 6cm, thanks to a bolt-on extension that can be fitted to any XSR700 stock frame.
Also gone are the stock forks, replaced with MT- 09 Tracer upside down units. The standard rims are also ditched in favour of Super Ténéré spoked wheels on Goldentyre GT201 rubber. The exhaust is handmade from stainless steel and incorporates an Akrapovic cat where the muffler and the two-into-one headers join.
‘Bunker wanted to create a clean Tracker look’
This XSR700 is now in fla t-tr ack attack mode
What a lovely muffler
Classy paintjob is not trying too hard
The face of an off-road hooligan
Hand-beaten ally side panels look ace