BUNKER MENTALITY

Bunker Cus­toms took Yamaha’s mild-man­nered XSR700 and gave it some tracker at­ti­tude

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Gary Pinchin

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

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