Spanish styled Yamahas
“Why submit one if you can write about three in the same post”?
That’s what Juan Carlos from San Sebastian based Café Racer SSpirit answered to my question why he wanted us to write about the bikes featured in this article.
He had sent us a note about the bikes and when we spoke he mentioned that they had done a cool photo shoot. “It would be a real shame if we would stick to just one of the bikes” he said. “They are all part of the Yamaha heritage, but with a very different feel”.
We could not argue with that.
However as the Bikebrewers editorial team were showered with beautiful pictures taken in the stunning Basque countryside, we decided to focus more on the shots than bombarding our readers with our view on things.
We keep it minimalistic and let the Yamahas do all the talking.
1989 XT 600
With the XT the crew stayed somewhat close to home.
Building a scrambler based on a Yamaha XT600 is a logical step.
It already has the lines set and with minimal modifications you can achieve major results.
We dig the outcome. CRSS have managed to give the bike a lovely contemporary look without losing too much of its heritage.
Nice touches are the tiny fuel tank from a Puch minicross bike and the Montesa Cota taillight.
A true Spanish finale!
Yamaha XT 600
• year 1989
• 2kf model
• crss seat
• nx650 handlebar
• puch minicross fuel tank
• supertrapp exhaust
• air filter
• crss fenders
• bates 5 ¾ headlight
• mini blinkers
• mini speedometer
• montesa cota 348 tailight
1982 XV 750
Just like Honda’s iconic CX500, the Virago was definitely not on our wishlist when it was presented by the factory back in the days.
However, just like the CX500 the XV750 is a marvellous platform for creative builders to sink their teeth in. Many of those ‘ugly ducklings’ have been turned into beautiful swans in the past decade.
The CRSS produced wheels are no exception. The Spanish squad have done an excellent job.
You can tell that a lot of love was sprayed onto this machine. It came out a caféracer with a maximum vintage look. Much of this is owed to the 60th anniversary colour scheme on the tank.
All in all a very good contender to Bikebrewers upcoming chart of best builds for the first six months of 2019.
Yamaha XV 750
• year 1982
• crss subframe
• crss seat
• battery relocation
• yss sport shock
• ducati forks with double brake
• crss 2-1 exhaust system
• crss fender
• tarozzi clip-ons
• digital speedometer
• biltwel grips
• simplified commands
• koso turn signals
• tarozzi footrests
• dark tailight
• v-rod headlight
• k&n air filter
• 60th aniversary yamaha painting
• firestone champion deluxe tyres
“….and now for something completely different”
Juan Carlos’ train of thought must be hard to follow sometimes we guess.
When you visit Café Racer Sspirit website the link to fine art is not far away. The boys often work closely with abstract painter Jorge Cardarelli. His works are of an intriguing beauty.
Intriguing is exactly the word we need to use describing the Yamaha XS700-R.
We guess you either love it or hate it. The discussion is still raging on at our editorial department. Most votes are in favour still.
The 70’s racer look is heavily visible in this build, in large part thanks to the rear end of the seat on this bike.
It breathes speed and looks as mean as a bull facing a matador in the arena. Ready to attack at any moment.
Whilst talking about taking a bull by the horns; we are not really sure on the choice of handlebars. Yes they add to the mean look of the bike and link Japanese ancestry to Spanish culture, but this element keeps on sparking the discussion about loving or hating the design.
We leave it up to everyone individually to decide, but would love to have your feedback.
YAMAHA XSR 700 (XS700-R)
• year 2017
• yamaha xsr 700
• “xs 700-r”
• vintage crss single seat
• yamaha xv 750 (1982) front fender
• yamaha xv 750 (1982) headlight
• yamaha xv 750 (1982) footrests
• yamaha inverted xsr abarth model handlebar
• k&n air filter
• rizoma “legend” grips
• rizoma “club s” turn signals
• rizoma fuel cap
• rizoma oil cap
• rizoma adjustable levers
• “vintage white” painting
• yamaha xvs 650 side engine covers
• pirelli supercorsa tyres
• motogadget simplified commands
• m-unit “blue” motogadget
• hagon rear shock
• exan exhaust complete exhaust system
• aluminum wheel covers by grabolaser
• 3d-printed tank, cown & side covers by tumaker 3d
Bikebrewers are proud to present the creativity of the Café Racer Sspirit unit. The proud Basques have their own view on things and go about their business as they feel fit. That is what we call ‘true Sspirit”!
We will be looking South with even more interest now and as soon as we can find the time, the Bikbrewers team will plan a visit to the San Sebastian workshop!
Photo credits: Gorka de la Granja