Motorcycle News - Testbed: An XSR900 crammed with cutting-edge tech
A lot of builders now prefer computers to sketch pads, and 3D printers over English wheels. And that’s fine by us—if the results are as good as this radical Yamaha XSR900. Built by Dab Motors of France, the metal parts have been created using ‘laser beam melting’ and the bodywork is crafted from flax fibers.
For Simon Dabadie—the man behind Dab Motors—modern is where it’s at. He’s based in Biarritz, and deliberately eschews traditional processes to create what he calls “a new kind of custom motorcycle.”
Now he builds customs in “a totally antagonistic way to the old school spirit, integrating new technologies into the creative process.” And he has a growing network of talent that he ropes in for help.
One of those new technologies is metallic additive manufacturing—a specialty of Dab’s partner on the project, Poly-Shape. Through a process called laser beam melting, their machines effectively 3D print objects out of anything from steel to titanium.
The subframe’s particularly interesting—it bolts straight onto the XSR900, with a distinct shape that would have been near impossible to execute by hand. The new parts are also 50 percent lighter than before.
Back in the workshop, Simon shaped up the final parts using ampliTex flax fibers. “The flax fiber is completely natural, which is not the case for carbon and fiber glass,” explains Simon. “It has good mechanical properties, it’s translucent and it has a beautiful aesthetic.”
A full LED headlight system shines through the front fairing, thanks to the fiber’s natural translucency. In these photos, we only catch a glimpse of the daytime running light—but there’s a powerful projector in the center too, suitable for night riding.
It’s an impressive, high-tech reworking of the XSR900, but it’s not all that’s going on here. Simon’s also thrown a bevy of go-faster bits at the Yamaha.
The bars, mirrors, grips, brake reservoirs and gas cap are all Rizoma bits, and the rear sets are from Gilles Tooling. The stock speedo is still in play, but it’s been relocated to a cutout in the new tank cover. Simon also installed a DNA performance filter, and an IXIL SX1 exhaust.
Qwart Helmets supplied a one-off version of their Phoenix helmet to match the bike, and Velomacchi sent over their Speedway pack and gloves. (Like we said: every last detail.)
“ALTER was born using new technologies, and is inspired by them. We want to stimulate people’s curiosity by using new kinds of materials, by being critical and by testing every idea that we have. It’s about not limiting yourself, and opening your mind to potentially revolutionary ways of doing things.”
Do you prefer the look and feel of hand-hammered metal—or are you curious to see where this leads?
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
June 18, 2018 at 12:10PM