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Yamaha has been giving us some pretty funky new bikes recently. The updated VMax, the cafe racer XJR1300 and the full-on mini-retro SR400. Now the firm’s added this XV950 Racer to the ‘Yard Built’ line-up.

Yamaha says that this XV950’s versatility and customizing potential is clearly demonstrated by the ‘Boltage’, a stripped back street racer built by Christian and Raphael Bender – while the inspiration for the new XV950 Racer has come from the ‘El Ratón Asesino’ – a stunning café racer produced by legendary German custom builder Marcus Walz.

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Producing maximum torque of 58ft-lb at 3,000 rpm – and maximum power of 51bhp at 5,500 rpm – the 942cc air-cooled 60-degree V-twin is more a drag race bike for city riding than long-range tourer option for the cool brigade.

What distinguishes the new XV950 Racer from other models is its forward-leaning riding position. That’s thanks to aluminium 22.2mm diameter clip-on handlebars that are positioned 156mm further forward and 78mm lower than on the XV950/R models.

The fact that the bars are 22.2mm diameter – as opposed to the larger diameter designs used on the other XV950/R models – enables the use of slimmer supersport type handlebar grips.

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The clip-on handlebars are equipped with compact new switchgear and clutch/front brake levers and the front brake’s master cylinder has also been reduced in size.

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The XV950 Racer gets newly positioned flashers that are mounted on the lower triple clamp. There’s also a new slimmer seat and rear-set footrests. The front forks are 41mm diameter and give 144mm of travel, 9mm more than the standard XV950.

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