Yamaha Yard Built – XSR700 by Workhorse to race the Sultans of Sprint

Yamaha Yard Built – XSR700 by Workhorse to race the Sultans of Sprint


Motorcycling has been my life
since I was a little kid. I’ve learned almost everything on my own,
reading books and watching videos… and hitting my head
on the walls of the workshop. I do it because I love it,
but I have no real reasons, I think. Sultans of Sprint is not only a race,
you also have to find a character. Brice is a bit crazy, very friendly.
He’s totally perfect for this kind of atmosphere. The inspiration for this build comes
from the bike of Christian Sarron for Sonauto… who rode at the Bol d’Or in France in 1985. I chose this one because she’s really scary
with this flat face. I really love it. We started the Yard Built project with a
Hypermodified custom build with V-Max in 2012. Since this date, we presented 65 bikes prepared
by the most famous bike builders in the world. After 65 bikes, it’s not that easy to find
a new project and new inspiration. When we got the idea to race the Sultans
of Sprint, we had to change the rules a bit. The XSR-700 is really interesting
for drag racing because it’s really light… and the engine is locked at a 180 degrees angle. So that gives you really a lot of torque,
actually. We let Workhorse and Brice go a bit further,
modifying both the frame and the engine… to reach the top performance of the bike. The engine has been a bit upgraded,
the body is shaped from aluminium… so all the fairing, the seat, the fuel tank. The main modification is the nitro system
with the computer. The list is really long, so I could talk
for a few hours about the modifications. This bike is going to race in four different sprints,
in four different countries with four different pilots. For now we keep the four pilots a secret… but stay tuned because the pilots
are quite crazy, like the bike. This is the craziest Yard Built
we have ever presented since the beginning. We pushed hard. This bike is extreme,
so I think it’s going to catch people’s attention. It was a nice gift from Yamaha to offer me
to make this and I’m happy about what I’ve done. So, nothing more to say.
Just: Let’s race it.

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