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Yamaha XSR900 custom

Auto Fabrica have turned the standard Yamaha XSR900 into this custom café racer work of art called the Type 11

As the basis for a custom bike project, Yamaha XSR900 isn’t a bad starting point. It has a silky smooth and powerful 900cc, 113hp engine, a decent chassis and ergonomics that make it accessible yet exciting out on the open road.

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But it doesn’t quite tick all the boxes when it comes to a sleek, café racer aesthetic. Luckily enough for this bike, the team at Auto Fabrica looked beyond the slightly awkward styling of the original when they were looking for a donor bike for a project.

The bike was created by Auto Fabrica in London and is a culmination of work that included building three working prototypes before settling on the machine you see here. The bike has been completely stripped back and rebuilt, with a stylised fuel tank that swoops above and below handlebars being the most striking feature.

Speaking about the project on their website, they said:

The Type 11 is a project that explores the boundaries of craftsmanship and conceptual design. Auto Fabrica has become renowned for their style and coach building; in this project we see their design and production capabilities applied to the next level as they set out to build their most progressive and captivating motorcycles to date.

“Three prototypes were created to inform and inspire the process and aid in the project’s evolution. It all began with a state of the art Yamaha 900cc Triple at its foundation, of which the first two of the prototypes are based. The third prototype, based on a classic Yamaha 750cc Triple and being more traditionally designed and built, evolved to inform the first two contemporary builds.”

The bike is going to be built in very limited numbers and to the customer's individual specifications. With that, comes expense! And that’s one thing the team don’t mention on their website.

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The Type 11 is a project that explores a new reality! So happy to have it!Before buying it I've read a lot of reviews. has the useful reviews as well. Thanks

It’s a nice bike. It has tons of power, handles pretty well, stops pretty good, and puts a big ole grin on the face of anyone atop it. I’ve gotten to write about it several times now and, each time, I find the article coming off quite positive. Sometimes even more positive than I initially intend for it to but, when I go back and look to try to edit my thoughts, I can find no fault with my feelings about it.
And then I realized what the problem was: it's just too much. The XSR is billed as this around town/fun bike, but it's actually a naked sportbike that's just nicer to look at than most of the others. It's the same reason I've always gravitated toward the FZ-07 over the FZ-09 (and why multiple friends have thanked me months after talking them into purchasing the 07 instead of the 09). This doesn't mean it shouldn't exist, but it does mean that I think it isn't the bike you want. Before buying it I've read a lot of reviews. has the useful reviews as well.
While the XSR900 is great, the bike you really want is the Yamaha XSR700 - the bike that Yamaha still claims they have no plans to bring Stateside. Because it's just the right amount of bike for the riding position and the way most people looking to buy this bike want to ride.

Japanese version of my Triumph Speed Triple! Sounds great! Bike sounds amazing. Reminds me of my FZ1, which I miss a lot.
It`s useful reviews. Usually I don`t leave reviews, but some times I`m writing here, at It`s better to read reviews before buying.
And, when it comes to the wind issue, I have an Ermax windscreen on my XSR900, and it does an amazing job breaking up the wind at highway speeds.

Interesting looking bike, not that I'd be opposed to trying it out... Wonder how it would compare with my Ducati? Faster, probs not. It is a cafe racer though, which I've thought one would be fun to have so. Anyways, less questions , more action right? My business funds all this by the way, here it is "

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