Cool cus­toms

Yamaha’s new SCR950 goes on a Brat at­tack

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

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’

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