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Roland Snel’s 1984 Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer Will Get You Excited

Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer

Let’s be honest, the Yamaha TR-1 or XV920R didn’t really catch on as expected; it was a bit popular in Europe right after its official launch, back in 1981, but in the US the biker community almost ignored it, even though a V-twin tourer sounds like a great ride. We guess it was all a matter of timing, and we all know that the 1980s were a strange time to be – so to speak.

But after more than 30 years this bike comes back on our radar, showing off a gorgeous cafe racer treatment, courtesy of the skilled custom bike builder Roland Snel. This 1984 Yamaha TR1 now shows off a wider rear tire, modern USD forks from a Ducati 916, a Triumph Speed Triple rear shock, as well as aluminum Akron rims wrapped around in Metzeler Roadtec Z8 rubber.

Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer

Since the engine had been put to work for only 29,000 kilometers, the bike builder decided no major work was needed. But the carburetors now benefit from a Dynojet stage 1 kit, with modified headers to enhance the bike’s ceramic-coated MAC mufflers, while the engine shows off machined cooling fins right now and matching fins on the crank covers as well.

The red hot paint-job seems to fit this gorgeous bike perfectly, and we’re thinking this is what Yamaha imagined the TR-1 should have looked like, since it still gives us some serious retro vibes. But it’s all brought to modern times, with cool elements and a stunning dose of thrills. We’d love to have this bike, or at least one that’s a similar, in our garage.

Yamaha TR-1 Cafe Racer


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