BMW’S R NINET has become a very popular platform for customizers, and Germany’s AC Schnitzer has just completed its own conversion bristling with specialist
parts to tempt owners. Overall the company went for reduced
weight and improved stability and handling. Chief among the
changes is a wider drop forged aluminum rear wheel to match
the new Conti RoadAttack EVO tire, plus a range of high quality anodized CNC-milled aluminum components to make the
Schnitzer’s conical Stealth silencer is fitted, saving 6. 6 lbs.
and giving an increase of 2 hp together with a deeper growl.
Improved stability is provided by a new triple clamp which complements the company’s three-axis clip-ons to allow the owner
to create an ideal sports riding position. Additionally, there are
new brake and clutch levers, and the footrest assemblies are
mounted in a higher position to increase cornering clearance.
In collaboration with Touratech, the concept’s suspension is
a significant part of the “improved stability and handling” target
with the monoshock fully adjustable for sport or touring needs,
while the forks incorporate Touratech Hyperpro springs and
are likewise completely adjustable to provide performance to
suit any riding style. Finally a Touratech CSC steering damper
completes AC Schnitzers’s handling aims.
The rear of the bike is modified with a new integral tail/
brake light which is almost invisible until it is switched on.
The nose cone and belly pan also stand out, but look closer
and more custom details are revealed. Overall, it appears to
be a beautifully crafted machine with performance to match.
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YAMAHA HAS JUST announced its latest “Sport Heritage” model for the European market, the XSR700. Working with US bike builder Shinya
Kimura, owner of Chabot Engineering in Azusa, CA, it
expresses what Kimura calls the “Faster Sons” philosophy, retro style combined with the latest technology.
Based on the FZ-07, it’s powered by the same 689cc
liquid-cooled, 270°, DOHC 4-valve parallel twin producing 67 rwhp 9200 rpm. Fuel injection and digital
ignition give it excellent driveability, and the handling benefits from a lightweight diamond frame.
Total weight is 410 lbs. and fuel tank capacity
3. 7 gals.
Supposedly inspired by Yamaha’s old XS-650
vertical twins, changes that contribute to the
Sport Heritage image include the bolt-on rear
subframe and leather seat, classic headlight unit,
aluminum fuel tank, fenders and brackets, side
panels with lightening holes and a stubby muffler–
a credit to Yamaha and Mr Kimura.
AC Schnitzer’sR NineT