Hometown Hero: A Yamaha SR150 Scrambler from Taiwan


Yamaha’s beloved SR has are available an array of sizes through the years, all intently resembling one another. Of all of them, the SR150 is an outlier. The now-defunct single was manufactured in Taiwan completely for the Taiwanese market, with just a few visible variations from its Japanese cousins.

Although the SR150 didn’t fairly have the identical timeless vibe as the remainder of the vary, it nonetheless bought like scorching muffins. Because it was constructed regionally, it incurred much less gross sales tax—so it was low-cost and available. Tough Crafts frontman Winston Yeh’s first bike was a second-hand Yamaha SR150, and it value him simply $700.

Yamaha SR150 scrambler by Twist.Co
This tradition 1997-model SR150 scrambler is simply as cute as another SR-based {custom} we’ve seen. It’s the work of Twist.Co—a two-man {custom} store based mostly in Taichung Metropolis in central Taiwan. They’ve been in enterprise since 2016, and break up their time between constructing {custom} bikes and making components.

Twist.Co obtained the fee for this construct from a consumer, with a mandate to construct one thing “easy and chic.” With some tasteful tweaks and tidy fabrication, they knocked it out the park.

Yamaha SR150 scrambler by Twist.Co
The 1st step was to tear the bike right down to its body, and bin the inventory bodywork. The duo modified the subframe subsequent, and prolonged the swingarm to fettle the general proportions. Sitting atop the brand new subframe is a svelte three-quarter size seat, wrapped in leather-based with contrasting stitching.

A brand new set of shocks was fitted, and the inventory drum brake hubs have been laced to 19F/18R rims, to assist bulk up the petite SR150. They’re shod in Taiwanese-made Duro tires.

Yamaha SR150 scrambler by Twist.Co
Twist.Co wished so as to add a singular contact to the bike, in order that they settled on fabricating their very own gasoline tank somewhat than repurposing one from elsewhere. Placing their metallic shaping abilities to work, they constructed a teardrop-shaped unit with a sophisticated chrome steel ridge working excessive, and a pop-up filler cap.

The tank wears the one splash of shade on the bike. A 3rd get together painted it in a shocking blue, white and gold livery, with ‘swooshed’ Yamaha logos that mimic basic Triumph branding.

Yamaha SR150 scrambler by Twist.Co
The aluminum fenders, aspect covers and entrance sprocket cowl are all Twist.Co’s handiwork too. These components have been handled to a buffed aluminum end, including a uncooked metallic really feel to offset the vivid gasoline tank paint. The engine was cleaned up too, and now appears manufacturing facility contemporary.

Yamaha SR150 scrambler by Twist.Co
Subsequent, Twist.Co turned to fellow Taiwanese {custom} store, 2LOUD, to bend a set of {custom} handlebars. They put on vintage-style grips, levers and mini-switches. A single mirror is cleverly mounted off the highest yoke.

A classic center-mount headlight sits up entrance, mounted with a custom-machined spacer to place it. The remainder of the lighting, from the bullet flip indicators to the beneficiant taillight, appears equally retro, as does the compact analog speedo.

Yamaha SR150 scrambler by Twist.Co
Elsewhere, the fellows put in a NIBBI Racing carb; the pink knob you see on the aspect operates the built-in choke. A hand-made chrome steel exhaust system finishes the bike off properly.

This charming scrambler could be based mostly on a lesser-known variant of the enduring SR, however you wouldn’t say so by it. Due to Twist.Co, it’s a worthy inclusion into the annals of Yamaha SR customs.

Twist.Co | Photos by Ken

Yamaha SR150 scrambler by Twist.Co



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