1996 Yamaha TRX850

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Tom Statham, Coven­try Owned for: just over three years So far: made it how I thought it al­ways should be What’s next? wait un­til it gets warmer and do some road trips

Man­u­fac­tur­ers never seem to build a bike quite how I like it, so I had to mod­ify one to how I thought it should be. I have a TRX850, so I bought a sec­ond one and set about it. Quite how it had an MOT I don’t know – it had loose discs and no rear brake. It now has an R1 front end, VFR750 back end, Honda front wheel, SV1000 seat unit and a two-in­toone pipe with a car­bon can. I also went dig­i­tal with the clocks, a KOSO RXN1.

I was able to get parts – mainly spac­ers – ma­chined up at work. The most ex­pen­sive bit was the paint. Most of it came about from look­ing at what other peo­ple had done, and I brought their ideas to­gether. It rides bril­liantly, too.

“IT CAME ABOUT FROM LOOK­ING AT WHAT OTHER PEO­PLE HAD DONE, AND THEN BRING­ING THEIR IDEAS TO­GETHER“

KOSO digi-clocks and SV1000 seat unit

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