Stripped Down Yamaha SR Winning Loser Is All About Bare Minimum Hardware

by Daniel Patrascu from It’s Two-Wheeler Month here at autoevolution, so expect to see some of the craziest builds in the industry being featured here over the next 30 days, no matter the category they play in: motorcycles, scooters, bikes, and anything in between. For what it’s worth, we’ll be trying not to flood your screens with Harleys and such because, believe it or not, there are other motorcycles out there that can be customized just as easily, and with probably the same spectacular effect. Take this thing here. This rat rod of a motorcycle was once a Yamaha SR 250, but was modified and christened Winning Loser. It was according to the Spanish garage that made it, El Solitario MC, its first “ever bike to be built from scratch.” The build as you see it in the gallery above was created as the company’s first project, meant to take part in the now defunct Metamorfosis Masiva build-off competition held in Spain. It wasn’t expensive to make, just €1,000 ($1,100) having been spent on it, but it sure required quite a lot of time to get in this shape: 500 hours, according to El Solitario. Riding very close to the ground, the motorcycle is stripped even of its most essential hardware. There is no battery (replaced by a “68.000 microfarads capacitor” to provide the needed sparks) and not even a properly sized fuel tank – the tiny one fitted on it can hold just 0.8 gallons of fuel (3-liters). The motorcycle was made to look beat down on purpose, and that effect was mainly achieved by using things one doesn’t usually use in bike making, like metric wrenches that are used as struts to help the rear go down, and bicycle handlebars fitted upside down on flanders risers. The […]

Stripped Down Yamaha SR Winning Loser Is All About Bare Minimum Hardware Read More »

Stripped Down Harley-Davidson Muscle Bike Is the Treat to Wait for in 2021

by Daniel Patrascu from Despite the fact that it is probably the world’s most famous motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson seems to be struggling to come to grips with the realities of the age. Plagued by financial problems, Harley recently lost its CEO, and more stormy weather seems to be looming ahead. There are however plans in place for a turnaround. These plans cover everything from new models to the reinvention of the dealership network. As far as new products are concerned, we already talked about the two new motorcycles Harley plans to launch by the end of this year. Both – the Bronx and Pan America – are built on a new middleweight platform and use new Revolution Max family of engines. But perhaps more exciting than anything is the return of the bike maker to the custom scene, with a yet unnamed motorcycle announced for 2021. Previewed at about the same time with the other two, the custom machine is described as one with “a muscular stance, aggressive, stripped-down styling and 1250cc of pure performance.” Officially, that’s about it when it comes to this product fom now, but by the way it looks (see in the gallery above) and given the fact that the Pan America will use the same 1250cc Revolution Max engine with 145 hp and 90 lb-ft of torque, we expect the specs on the custom to be even more extraordinary. All the bikes we mentioned here are part of a plan meant to reinvent the company by 2022 and increase the number of Harley customers by 1 million by 2027, for a total of 4 million in the U.S. alone. “The bold actions we are announcing today leverage Harley-Davidson’s vast capabilities and competitive firepower – our excellence in product development and manufacturing, the global appeal

Stripped Down Harley-Davidson Muscle Bike Is the Treat to Wait for in 2021 Read More »

Scroll to Top