Yamaha’s Dark Side of Japan platform just got a lot darker (or florescent, depending on where you look), as the company unveiled one of the surprises of the EICMA Show in Milan, the MT-10.
This is the first four-cylinder machine in the MT (branded FZ in the U.S.), line-up, and is a return to the ethos of the extremely popular FZ1 machine, a nakedbike that borrowed its powerplant from the YZF-R1. FIRST LOOK: Yamaha MT-10 - Cycle News
Me? I think this is gorgeous! Purposeful. Stout. You?
Mr. Roland Sands is generally a polarizing guy when it comes to his custom creations. Either you love 'em, or you don't. The Faster Son concept built by Shinya Kimura a short time ago wowed a lot of people and was sponsored by Yamaha. Yamaha announced the XSR700 shortly after, and the XSR700 looked a hell of a lot like the Shinya bike.
It seems like Yamaha is tapping some custom builders to crank out a fantastic looking custom bike, deconstructing it, and reverse engineering it into a production bike. They tapped RSD for the Wasp bike that we saw earlier this week, and if you dig deep enough into the internet, you will find that Yamaha has made some interesting purchases last month. On the 29th of Oct, they purchased yamahaxsr900.com, xsr900.com, and yamaha-xsr900.com along with other urls.
As we know with this site, they were not always the quickest on the uptake on urls, so they may have learned a lesson. Anywho... RSD has made a blog entry that chronicles the build of the Wasp and it looks pretty damned cool. I would kill to have a shop as equipped as his. Check it out here: RSD Wasp - Blog - Motorcycle Parts and Riding Gear - Roland Sands Design
We enjoy loads and loads of freedom here in this great country of ours, and I know that I certainly don't think about it enough. We get on our bikes every day and enjoy the open road without worry about many of the things that people on the other side of the world have to worry about. There are those that have to worry about physical harm coming to them just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are fortunate enough that we don't have to think about that.
I would like to take a moment to thank those that have served in our armed forces and helped to keep our country's boarders free from invasion. You are my heroes and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Nick from Stoltec Moto has even taken this one step further. Check out what he has to say.
Originally Posted by Stoltec Moto
The 2015 riding season has just about come and gone. Rides with friends, time at the racetrack, and blitzing through the woods – our concerns limited only to having fun, reducing lap times, and returning home without broken bones. We’re fortunate to live in such a blissful state of moto-euphoria.
The word lucky comes to mind, but really, luck has nothing to do with it. Our freedom to live and play is linked directly to the men and women in uniform who have committed to protecting our nation. Their service is devoid of political affiliation. Their service is blind to race, religion, or sexual orientation. Their service is an ideal that we should all strive to possess.
Stoltec Moto would like to thank each and every service member who have selflessly dedicated their lives to protecting our people, our land, and our way of life. Service takes its toll on the mind, body, and spirit and we do not take those sacrifices lightly. For those who need a little extra support back home, Stoltec Moto will donate all profits of each order placed on November 11th, 2015 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. In addition, Stoltec Moto will match the donation up to $500.
Wherever you are, wherever you go, take the time to thank a vet today.
Yamaha has been taking their 60th Anniversary pretty damned seriously releasing loads and loads of bike and UTV porn in the yellow and black livery this year. Not everyone likes it, but I freaking LOVE it. But now they have partnered with one of the busiest men in custom moto building to turn the FZ-09 into a bad ass street tracker.
gif stolen from Lanesplitter directly and unapologetically
Roland has the tendency to turn regular motorcycles into snot streaking rockets as he has done with several Indian motorcycles in the last two years. His history as a racer is showcased in this little video, but ironically mostly his crashes and shortcomings. I feel like this is to set the mood of him rectifying past missteps with this bike. It also pays homage to the past when one of the great racers, Kenny Roberts, makes a cameo followed by a "To Be Continued..."
Hopefully Yamaha is testing the US market for the XJR1300 and will make use of the Sands bike like they did with Shinya Kimura's Faster & Sons bike and the XSR700.
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