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Spy Shot: Royal Enfield 750 to arrive in both Café Racer and Street variants



New image gives clearest indication of Indian manufacturer’s strategy and planned move into ‘big’ bikes.

Usually spy shots leak onto the internet and it’s huge news because photographs of unreleased bikes are rare, and most people aren’t aware of the details of the bike being spied upon.

But with the new Royal Enfield 750cc machine, it’s been impossible to browse the web without stumbling across images of it out testing – we’ve ran essentially the same story at least twice – and it feels like we know pretty much all there is to know about the proposed 750cc ‘big’ bike by now.

Now, with this latest photograph found on the ‘Behind The Handlebars’ Facebook page, we have conclusive evidence of Royal Enfield’s plans and the TWO new versions of the 750cc twin that have reached the final stages of development.

The biggest difference between the two models shown would be in the seat and tank area.

Whilst the GT-Continental’esque Café Racer shows a sculpted seat and sharper lines/knee recesses within the tank, the Street version would appear to be aiming towards a more standard, flat bench seat (suitable for pillions) and a smoother, rounded fuel tank. A closer look would also seem to indicate higher, flatter handlebars compared to the sportier, clip-ons seen on the Café Racer.

This sportier stance would also appear to be reinforced with heel plates behind the Café’ Racer’s footpegs and a slightly different mirror set-up.

Outside of these changes, the two engines seen on the bikes within this photo would appear to be identical – it’s the same, air-cooled, parallel twin motor and even the suspension and brake set-ups looks similar.

On top of the data we can glean from these photographs, Motofire has also heard rumours coming from sources from within Royal Enfield itself that suggest that when it’s finally revealed at the Milan motorcycle show (EICMA) in November that the bike’s capacity will actually be closer to the 800cc category.

And that would make it a direct competitor of bikes like the successful Triumph Street Twin.

Game on!

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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