We’re going off toll street this week, with a shocking Paris-Dakar R nineT from Switzerland and a pair of Yamaha twin sports activities: an XT600 Ténéré from Italy and a TT600R from Greece. We’ve additionally obtained the latest information and specs of the Honda GB350 about to begin in Japan.
BMW R nineT ‘Paris-Dakar’ by VTR There’s a taste of R nineT for all tastes at the present time, and one among the ample is the Metropolis G/S. Impressed by the model new R80G/S, it’s certainly a restyled R nineT Scrambler that’s further at dwelling on backroads than dust tracks.
The inventory bike seems to be terrific, however in case you want one factor further irregular, that you may fetch BMW’s novel sad-and-gold ‘40 Years GS’ restricted version. Or give VTR Motorrad of Switzerland a reputation, and fetch them to fabricate you one factor even wilder.
This VTR ‘Paris-Dakar’ manufacture seems to be closely modified, however is deceptively easy. It makes use of a tools from Unit Storage, which comprises a shorter tank, a model novel seat with a detachable rear half, and novel aspect panels.
To this VTR personal added novel mirrors and a license plate holder from Rizoma, itsy-bitsy Kellerman Atto LED blinkers, and a killer paint job and decals.
The tip result’s severely in-your-face, however moreover supremely ample and TÜV accredited. And it’ll seemingly be reverted assist to inventory at any time. While you occur to’d be happy your R nineT to face out from the group, right here is an spirited novel chance. [VTR Motorrad]
Japan will get a model novel Honda GB350 Attention-grabbing information from Honda: it’s tweaked the Indian-built and awkwardly named H’Ness CB350 and may per likelihood nicely nicely begin it in Japan in July. It’ll be known as the GB350, there shall be an up-spec ‘S’ model [below], and it’ll be keenly priced too: the MSRPs at present equate to $4,970 and $5,370 in American cash.
In its dwelling market, Honda expects to advertise 4,500 GB350s a 300 and sixty 5 days, and is pitching the GB350 as a ‘conventional roadster’—the latest in a lineage that goes assist to the GB250 Clubman and the GB400TT/500TT of the mid Eighties.
Love these bikes, the GB350 is refreshingly easy: it’s an air-cooled single cylinder ‘customary’ with appealingly conventional styling. But it surely hides fashionable doodads, reminiscent of ABS, switchable traction arrange watch over and a slipper seize.
The ‘S’ mannequin retains the 20 hp engine, however drops the rear wheel down a dimension to 17 inches, has a particular seat and blinkers, and a a restricted bit further ahead using put aside of abode.
Anyone who feels a kinship with the Nineteen Seventies Honda CB sequence is at risk of certainly really feel a pull on the heartstrings at this information. We’re hoping the bike shall be exported to further markets, and suspect that it’s going to seemingly be.
The GB sequence was present as a grey import throughout the UK, and there should be room throughout the US and European markets for a low-priced commuter bike to compete with Royal Enfield. Fingers crossed that Honda can arrange the pricing low if it does choose to assemble the GB350 obtainable throughout the West. [More]
Yamaha XT600 Ténéré 3AJ by North East Customized Builder Diego Coppiello describes this third-generation XT600Z (3AJ) as a “day by day bike with a barren area soul.” It’s additionally doubtlessly mainly probably the most distinctive of the Ténérés, due to the the whole fairing with twin headlamps.
“When it arrived in our workshop, it wasn’t in acceptable state of affairs,” Diego remembers. “Its years had been very seen. Nonetheless the Ténéré is a weak glory from the 80s, and deserves a restyling. It’s an agile and simple-to-race bike.”
North East added just a few inches of excessive to the entrance fairing for further emphasis, and reworked the assistance conclude completely, with novel aluminum aspect panels and a fender. The symptoms are smaller than the originals, and the padding of the re-covered seat has been trimmed a restricted little bit of to decrease excessive. It’s an enormous enchancment on the a restricted bit clumsy look of the model new.
The novel medium gray paint has precise the marvelous quantity of stealth, with further pop coming from crimson and unhappy highlights. It’s specified by a affect that’s such because the second technology (1VJ) Ténéré. [North East Custom]
Yamaha TT600R by Billy Tziatas Greek photographer Billy Tziatas focuses on sort, however he likes his bikes to be purely useful. He’s precise achieved rebuilding this TT600R, and it’s able to amass him to the dustiest corners of Thassos, the island he calls dwelling.
“I’m no licensed engineer or the leisure, I precise be happy discovering out novel stuff and experimenting,” he tells us. He’s performed an nice job then again, making the rugged single-cylinder further neat and even further ample than peculiar.
The engine and suspension personal every been rebuilt, and there’s a complete novel wiring loom with water resistant connectors, powering novel LED lights. Billy then put aside in a 20-liter Acerbis tank to current him further differ, and wider bars on novel risers.
The entrance fender is from a YZF450, and the rear fender (and lights) is a modified KTM EXC unit. Right above is a customized tail rack and hidden beneath is a toolbox [below], designed in CAD and 3D printed in thermoplastic polyester.
The star of the current is the ‘rally tower’ although. “I designed it in CAD, and a buddy who has a machine store plasma lower the aluminum components for me,” says Billy. “The windshield is fabricated from 3mm thick Lexan/polycarbonate, and the lights are two pairs of Cree U5 and Cree U7, modded to disable the strobing sides and to emit a broader beam than inventory.”
The mounts (and the GPS/telephone mount) had been designed in CAD too, there’s a built-in USB charger, and a Trailtech Persistence II tachometer replaces the inventory instrument.
Subsequent on Billy’s guidelines are upgrades to the forks and brakes, an oil cooler, and a guidance damper. However we’d fortunately personal this Yammie precise as it’s. For a self-professed newbie, Billy has nice skills. [Billy Tziatas]