In the spirit of a little more Yamaha news today (the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 will debut in less than a month, if you didn’t hear), here’s something we are sure that will stoke your moto-lust.
It’s no secret that the adventure-touring market is hot right now, with virtually every OEM scrambling (no pun intended) to bring dual-sport machines that can go long distances, no matter what the road conditions are, even if they are completely lacking.
This has lead to a wide range of designs, with different levels of on-road and off-road prowess. This has also lead to consumers creating their own ADV/dual-sport machines, based off a variety of machines.
The most intriguing build we have seen thus far though has to be this one, which is based off the Yamaha FZ-09. It’s awesome.
The concept of this machine is nothing new, but to see someone take the idea, and make it a reality – well, that’s our brand of crazy.
Debuting in Japan, we have surprisingly few details about this machine (if you have any, point them our way in the comments section) other than it was made by the folks at Dirt Freaks, though it looks like long-travel suspension has been added, with wired-wheels and Metzeler Karoo 3 tires fitted.
The front wheel looks like it’s a 19″ hoop, and there are countless carbon fiber bits to enjoy, including a fly screen, hand guards, and front fender.
With 115hp and 418 lbs (wet) in stock form, the Yamaha FZ-09 has the spec-sheet of a surprisingly good adventure-tourer (for reference, the Triumph Tiger 800, which is also a three-cylinder ADV bike, makes 95hp and weighs 432 lbs DRY).
Source: Dirt Freaks