Yamaha Frankenstein Cafe Racer
When Frankenstein created his monster it was labeled an abomination. In reality though what he had made was a man better than most. He was stronger, bigger and much more resilient than the average Joe but thanks to the good doctors skills with a needle and thread, he was ugly as sin. Our latest…
The rebuilt engine is a 900cc Yamaha TDM with a realigned output shaft for matching the chain and sprockets correctly with the YZF rear hub. An 850 TDM head allows the use of the 850 carbs and made mounting the engine easier as it uses the same front mounts as the TRX. The bottom end was also converted to use an 850 dry-sump oil tank slightly modified to fit the 900 cases.
“The bike handles very well and everything works like it should. The 900 engine is newer than the TRX and is a big improvement over the original 850 lump. The 6 speed gear box provides lighter gearshifts, it has a better clutch and loads more low down torque. There’s no oil consumption due to the Nikasil cylinders and it is faster and much lighter than the TRX or the TDM ever were.“
Other custom one-off items on the bike include the carbon fibre exhaust mounts and carburettor housing, aluminium front sprocket cover and a long list of mounting brackets and linkages. The mustard yellow and white custom paint scheme is unorthodox just like the rest of the bike, but you won’t be hearing any screams from the people it encounters, it’s more likely to be camera clicks and curious questions.
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