ROUGH AND TUM­BLE

This stun­ning MV Drag­ster street scram­bler could soon go into pro­duc­tion

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By James Archibald JU­NIOR WEB PRO­DUCER @MCNNEWS mo­tor­cy­cle­news

Rough Crafts cus­tom builders were called in to give MV Agusta’s 2015 Drag­ster 800RR a guerilla-fighter feel.

The Guerilla Tre was com­mis­sioned by MV Tai­wan who in­sisted the ma­chine be built with a view to mak­ing it a pro­duc­tion ma­chine – a limited run is on the cards.

That gave Rough Cus­toms a real chal­lenge as most cus­toms take hun­dred of hours, some­times even thou­sands, to reach com­ple­tion with many be­spoke parts made along the way.

Win­ston Yeh picked up the project and he’s al­ready built a fear­some rep­u­ta­tion in the cus­tom bike world by build­ing dis­tinc­tive ma­chines that are al­ways mean and moody – and black!

Yeh said: “This is the first bike ever that has not been our own take on things and where we have had to work with ex­ist­ing com­po­nents.

“I have to ad­mit it’s chal­leng­ing to make sure the de­sign works with the pieces and still make a new con­cept state­ment.”

The wheels are the 17in six-spoke forged wheels built by Wukawa In­dus­try. Yeh added: “I de­cided the bike needed to go down the ur­ban scram­bler route be­cause MV don’t re­ally have this type of bike yet, and I re­ally wanted to ap­ply our Guerilla phi­los­o­phy to it.

“And with Pirelli’s MT60RS, I was able to get the scram­bler vibe without los­ing street per­for­mance.”

Stop­ping the bike is an up­graded master cylin­der at the front, calipers and cus­tom discs – all pro­vided by Beringer. Pro­vid­ing a sound­track for that won­der­ful triple is an HP Corse Hy­dro-tre ex­haust sys­tem.

Ac­cel mo­tocross bars ac­com­pany the en­duro-in­spired Rough Crafts head­light de­sign and keep­ing things clean are Mo­to­gad­get grips, mir­rors and bar-end in­di­ca­tors.

The head­light was in­tended to work well with the tracker-in­spired rear of the bike while a Gears rear shock takes care of the sus­pen­sion.

There’s never a dull mo­ment at the Rough Crafts work­shop with Win­ston now putting the fin­ish­ing touches to a Du­cati Scram­bler build. He is also work­ing on a Har­ley that he says will be a real head-turner.

So are we re­ally likely to see the MV Guerilla Tre in pro­duc­tion any time soon? MV are re­fus­ing to con­firm plans for a pro­duc­tion run, but if this bike is well re­ceived it could well hap­pen.

‘It’s chal­leng­ing to make sure the de­sign works’

The MV Drag­ster just got even more ag­gres­sive Mo­to­gad­get grips, in­di­ca­tors & mir­rors Tidy rear end is sharp and stylish

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