YAMAHA has taken the wraps off a new café racer variant of its XV950 entry-level classic-styled cruiser model. Christened as the XV950 Racer, the V-twin bobber gains a significantly enhanced exterior to match its ‘Racer’ name.

The XV950’s new café racer outlook was apparently the result of Yamaha collaborating with some of the world’s leading custom motorcycle designers. In fact, the XV950 Racer draws much inspiration from the “El Raton Asesino” bike created by custom bike designer Marcus Walz.

Compared to stock, the Racer version gets its seat height raised 75mm higher to 765mm, with Yamaha claiming the new ergonomics improving handling by centralising all its mass. Notable exterior additions include a front headlamp cover and surround, a new rear fender, new switchgear, different levers, and newly positioned indicators mounted on the lower triple clamp.

Despite the sporty new exterior, the XV950 Racer remains relatively stock underneath as the 942cc aircooled V-twin retains its stock output 50hp and peak torque of 79.2Nm. Instead, the XV950 Racer gains with new front and rear suspension, which were developed specifically for the model to offer more travel, and gains with ABS brakes as a standard feature.

Completing the fan fare is a rich array of optional accessories. The list includes a sports air filter, an Akrapovic exhaust system, billet levers, as well as styling parts supplied by Rizoma. Yamaha has yet to reveal the XV950 Racer’s pricing, but did confirm it will hit markets starting May this year.


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