We don’t get the Yamaha XSR700 here in the North America, which is a shame, even though we do get its larger sibling, the XSR900. No, you’d have to go to Europe for the FZ-07-based retro roadster. And if you went to Turkey, you could see this one-off scrambler-style XSR700 by Bunker Customs.
Brothers Can and Mert Uzer of Bunker Customs created the one-off XSR700 as part of Yamaha’s Yard Built series which tasks some of the world’s top customizers with reinterpreting Yamaha models. The Uzer brothers hand crafted the side panels, front and rear fenders, radiator covers, seat plate and fuel tank covers from 2mm aluminum. The fuel tank covers are held together by a CNC-milled aluminum spine, sanded and left unpainted to create a distinctive stripe along the tank.
To make the custom XSR700 more off-road capable, Bunker Customs increased the ground clearance from 5.5 inches to 7.9 inches by replacing the underslung silencer with a high scrambler-style exhaust and replacing the 17-inch cast wheels with the Super Ténére’s wire spoked wheels (including a 19-inch front). The stock forks were also replaced with the FJ-09’s upside-down fork which also increased front suspension travel by about a quarter inch.
Renthal bars help create an off-road riding posture, while the new suede-covered seat was raised by 2.4 inches using a bolt-on extension that can be fitted to any XSR700.
Bunker also pulled several parts from Yamaha’s accessories catalog including a billet hand levers, pegs and side-stand risers. The finishing touch is the circular halo headlight that’s somewhat reminiscent of the Ducati Scrambler’s lamp.
The Bunker Customs Yard Built XSR700 is a one-off build, but like some of the other Yard Built models, some of the components may eventually be offered in a kit.