Perhaps you’re tired of sticking to tarmac on the XSR700 and want more out of the bike, maybe even go off road with it. A Taiwanese custom parts company called Rough Crafts has you covered with their Soil Scorpion kit. There’s also a café racer kit called the Corsa Scorcher, but we’ll concentrate on the Scrambler for now.
"This is our first 'double-style' custom build from one machine," commented Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator, Cristian Barelli. "The build really proves for me the versatility of the XSR700 as a base for customization. Whether you want to create a café racer, or a scrambler, this proves that you can do both, without losing the core soul and rideability of the original machine."
Included in the kit is a set forged aluminium wheels by Wukawa Industry with Pirelli Rally tyres and stock R1 discs. They may look similar to the factory tyres’ spoke pattern and style, but the forged wheels are more refined and lighter.
Not only did the tires get an upgrade, so did the suspension. A Shark Factory X2E rear digital shock is fitted and the settings can be adjusted via your smartphone for some dirt or tarmac fun.
Other features the Soil Scorpion has consists of an Akrapovič scrambler pipe from the official accessories catalogue, which has been modified to sit lower on the body, and an air filter from Sprint Filter. This is the same company that supplies air filters to MotoGP, WSBK, Moto2, Moto3 teams and their patented filter material was designed to keep everything but air out.
Completing the package are Rough Crafts finned risers, Fighter handlebar and a grey camouflage finish. What makes this custom kit stand above the rest, aside from its contents, is how easy installation is so long as you have some tools and a bench.