This rare Yamaha TZ750 above and its' sister the TZ700 would make wicked streetfighters, but who would put something as valuable as that on the street? Well, I've yet to see it.
But the two-stroker Yamaha below is something probably equally as rare and definitely streetable if you can ever get the carburation right. Nice metalwork on this bike.
This 1984 Yamaha RD350 Streetfighter sport's a frame and wheels blasted and powder coated, tank stripped to bare metal ,all painted by racepaint. Rebuilt using either mint used parts or new. New parts include rear disc, seatcover, grips, pads, chain, sprockets, levers, screen and tires (160 rear).
Looks like a brand new factory effort!
Lovely Yamaha RD YPVS with RGV front and rear ends. It has all the running gear, wheels and brakes of the famous RGV, giving the handling and stopping power that the RD lacks.
Seems the RD350 is a favourite for streetfighter builders to use as a foundation for some really professional projects!
We'll see more of these sweet rides here no doubt, as they seem to lend themselves nicely to transformation to streetfighter machines.
Check out some more Yamaha streetfighters below.
Just as Kawasaki came out with the modern iteration of the Z1 with the Z1000, and made it into a factory streetfighter to boot, so too has Yamaha prouced a factory fighter/power-cruiser.
Wouldn't take much to make this baby a mean machine. Start by lopping off those cow-horn mirrors. Please.
It will be interesting to see if Yamaha goes streetfighter with this unit. Those of you reading this no doubt hope so!
Then get rid of some visual bulk at the rear end. A general lightening of the MT-01 and you start to get the idea.
No doubt it's already been done somewhere. Love to see the results!
Raider Motorsport out of Australia created this hot Yamaha SR400 streetfighter
"The frame has been removed of all unsightly and unnecessary brackets and mounts, sandblasted and anti-corrosion sealed before painting. The engine has been disassembled, all clearances and OEM tolerances checked and refined prior to reassembly. Engine cases are hand polished while the barrel and cam cover are treated with a high temperature coating before hand finishing of the aluminum cylinder cooling fins.
Whilst a great deal of the bike's accessories are hand-made, there are also several unique and off the shelf items newly purchased including blinkers, handle-bars, LED warning lights, digital multi-function speedometer, braided brake lines, mirrors, rear-a-set billet aluminum foot-peg assemblies, coil-over gas shocks, seat & upholstery, new Michelin tyres, wiring and battery, and of course, new custom paint".
...has come up with this great way of improving the look of Yamaha cast-spoke wheels that were used on the XS series bikes as well as other models and brands. Let's face it. The stock wheels are ugly, heavy and don't do a cafe-racer any justice.
The idea is cunning in it's simplicity and elegant in execution. Let me see if I can get this right.Take the wheels off the bike. Take the tire off the wheel. Drill the spokes in even patterns and paint the wheel (powder coat preferably)a bright happy colour. Reinstall.
Brilliant! Lots of us have classic Japanese bikes with these wheel types. Instead of swapping them out for spoke rim alloy units and going through the lacing and fitting hassles, this is a great alternative. Plus you can get creative with the drilling and wheel colour. And best of all, it's cheap!