Skilled custom bike manufacturer Roland Snel has set its sights on a model that never really became very popular in the US even though it had a rather impressive V-twin engine. We’re talking about a 1984 Yamaha TR1, which now flaunts an exquisite café racer treatment. Some of its most important modifications include a wider rear tire, contemporary USD forks borrowed from a Ducati 916, aluminum Akron rims enveloped in Metzeler Roadtec Z9 tires, as well as a Triumph Speed Triple rear shock.
Fortunately, the engine only ran for about 18,000 miles, which means that it didn’t require much work. However, the carburetors received a Dyonjet stage 1 kit, as well as modified headers that improve the bike’s ceramic-coated MAC mufflers. The red-hot paintjob looks perfect and reminds us of “the good old days” when Yamaha used to build bikes for pure riding pleasure.