Yamaha’s new SCR950 goes on a Brat attack
For the very first custom build of the new Yamaha SCR950, Yamaha turned to legendary Japanese builder and Cal ifornia resident, Go Takamine of Brat Style. With an enviable reputation for shaping custom motorcycle culture - so much so that his style has defined a genre of motorcycles built by others that are now termed as ‘brat style’ – he was the obvious choice.
To create the Chequered Scrambler Go cleaned up the front end, adding wider handlebars for better off-road control and a new smaller headlight. Brat-style signature engraving can be found on the beautiful fuel cap, paying tribute to Yamaha’s Faster Sons platform, as well as a beautiful engraved custom air filter cover.
“I fabricated most of the key body components,” says Takamine. “Fuel tank, seat, fenders, side covers, exhaust pipes and handlebars. The fuel tank was especially challenging. I scrapped the finished fuel tank a couple of times to make it perfect! Also the fuel pump integration was tricky. I took out quite some weight from the bike, and now it’s even more fun to ride!”
Custom rear suspension by Works Performance is added for greater travel and ground clearance, and a handmade sub-frame and rear mudguard cleans up the back end to match the front. Chunky off-road tyres are added to prototype wire rims while custom exhausts run both sides of the bike and a handmade heat shield keeps the legs from cooking!
A handmade seat unit by Mauricio Aguilar and old-school paint designs featuring vintage Yamaha graphics and chequered flags by Denis Babin on the tank complete the bike.
“I really like the SCR950,” says Takamine. “It is powerful, comfortable, and very easy to handle. I had great fun riding it on the street, but also on unpaved dirt roads. I also like the colouring as it takes some design cues from the old Yamaha dirt bikes. I enjoyed customising it!
“Having worked on the SCR950 I think it has got good potential for customising. The bike allows you to add your personal touch without changing many parts. ”
Brat-style SCR from the godfather of the genre
‘ The front end was cleaned up, adding wide bars for offroad control and a small headlight’