Yamaha XT600 Cafe Racer
Nothing beats a hand me down, especially when it's in the form of a motorcycle. When Christian was given his Dad's old Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré he knew it wasn't going to stay standard for long. The motorcycle he'd had his eye on for years was finally in his possession and he'd had plenty of time…
The Yamaha’s engine had always appealed to Christian but the rest of the bike had to go. To start with he replaced the forks with a Ducati 916 front end and swapped the bars for a set of clip-ons. The alloy top yoke was modified to house all the controls and indicator light and the original tacho was mounted inside a cut downmilk cup from…wait for it…IKEA.
The engine also received an upgrade with a forged, high comp piston, polished and ported head and “hotter” cam. Fuel delivery has been improved with a Keihin FCR 35mm and exhaust gases escape via the custom exhaust that winds it’s way through the bikes frame to sit just below the tail section.
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