Motorcycle manufacturers often team up with professional designers to make kick ass custom creations. The bike shown above is the Rural Racer Project crafted by Yamaha Motorcycles and Oregon-based design firm Velomacchi. It's a bike based on the XSR700 platform designed to show both companies' roots in moto heritage, and it's a true work of art.
The point of the project was to design a bike that showcases the mod-ability of the XRS700 platform while still paying homage to American urban adventure motorcycle culture.
"We wanted to build a bike that spoke to the modern urban dweller who uses their bike both to commute to work and escape on the weekends." said Kevin Murray, Founder and Chief Designer at Velomacchi.
The Rural Racer XSR700 isn't just some attempt to recapture the feeling and look of an old bike, though. It's a modern motorcycle. The team is working to build an ignition system that uses smartphone facial recognition software, GPS navigation and other capabilities. Also, there's a drone mount on the fuel tank that can provide overhead camera perspective while riding.
All that technology sounds cool and looks interesting from a design standpoint. but personally, I'd take the bike without the gizmos. That said, it's certainly an impressive effort.
A work-in-progress version of the bike appeared at the One Moto Show in Portland Oregon in February. The finished project will be unveiled in Austin, Texas, at the 2018 Handbuilt Show in April.