1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer by Roland Snel

Jun 28, 2016

Category: Rides

The Yamaha TR1 was one of those editions that never quite caught on in the bike community. I mean, we’ll hand it to Yamaha, a V-twin tourer sounds like a great ride, but unfortunately it was one of those “time and place” issues that never allowed the edition to escalate; the ‘80s were a strange decade.

So, 30 years later we’re excited to see the cafe racer treatment that builder Roland Snel offered this 1984-spec Yamaha TR1. The initial motivation came from the stock bike’s chain drive, which made it easy for Snel to outfit the bike with a wider rear tire. The Yamaha’s original Showa forks were replaced with the company’s more modern USD forks from a Ducati 916 and the rear shock was lifted from a Triumph Speed Triple. The wheels were upgraded as well with Metzeler Roadtec Z8s wrapped around a pair of aluminum Akron rims and since the engine only had 29,000 kilometers on the odometer, little work was needed in that department.

However, the carbs needed some help so Snel hooked the Yamaha up with a Dynojet stage 1 kit with modified headers to enhance the bike’s ceramic-coated MAC mufflers and the engine now pops thanks to machined cooling fins and added matching fins to the crank covers to give the build a more custom ‘70s look. All told, it’s a fiery build that brings to life the potential of Yamaha’s forgotten TR1. [Via: BikeExif]

1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer By Roland Snel 1

1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer By Roland Snel 2

1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer By Roland Snel 3

1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer By Roland Snel 4

All Photos: John de KoningAll Photos: John de Koning

1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer By Roland Snel 6

1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer By Roland Snel 5

More From Rides

Dango's Aerospace-Grade T01 Is The Only Wallet You'll Ever Need

Securing your important items under top-grain leather and CNC'd aluminum.

Posted By Chris West

Partner

Batch Puts A Quadruple-Stitched-Spin On A Timeless Fashion Staple

Up your shirt game with this reinforced yet refined button-down.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner
Featured Image

Only 24 Of Hennessey’s 1,200HP ‘Resurrection’ Camaros Will Be Built

The Texas outfit's first "hyper-muscle car" is a sight to behold.

Posted By

Nov 12, 2019

Featured Image

Kia’s Futuron Is An Autonomous Electric SUV With ‘Dragon Skin’ Scales

Proving that the South Korean company is a step above of the rest.

Posted By

Nov 12, 2019

Featured Image

This Willys Jeep Pickup Is A Perfect Period-Correct Classic Truck

A domesticated variant of the lauded military transport vehicle.

Posted By

Nov 12, 2019

Featured Image

MV Agusta Unleashes An Aggressive Carbon Fiber 212HP Superbike

A highly-stylized naked from the house of "Motorcycle Art."

Posted By

Nov 11, 2019