T7. Transform a too young motorbike in a long ride rally competition beast

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by gpmucci, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    This post will be blaspheme for many Yamaha fans.
    It’s hard in Italy get a new T7 because the require for a new bike is higher than the offer, so when we decided to cut his frame in parts.....

    I can say about this bike that is really simple and practice and an incredible good base to create customized off road creature.
    However the idea was to get a bike ready for a friends for his preferred game, the Montecarlo-Dakar, now called Africa ECO race.
    The experience we can match is good so we started.
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    In this sketch you can see ( it is in Italian) the various target.
    Mains were to free the rider position, take off weight, and position the 35 ltrs gasoline we need as lower as possible, so to lower the center of gravity.
    Also we need to replace the very nice front light area because the original is in the wrong place for our purpose and too near to the driver.
    Also, rally instruments are heavy, and the tower should resist to do each day a 800-1000km long off road run for 10-12 days, so we replace all the area and we put another anchor point welded on the frame.
    When the bike come to me had a suspension update with 300mm travel and new plates. Rear there is a fantastic system from Air Tender.
    Also all exhaust system was a full titanium from Italian SC.
    IMG_5133.jpg The position of fuel in the original bike is here, and we can’t think to put 35 ltrs in that position and “free” the driver position. So we change the full idea.

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    So the full idea was replace the original subframe and do all the remaining things.

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    And so we did.

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    Over it’s me
    Down there is the mind and heart of Kapriony team, Paolo Caprioni, winner of various desert racing with big twins.
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    So what we get?
    We get a -21kg lighter bike.
    A lower center of gravity.
    35 ltrs fuel
    A shorter bike ( meaning more stable), the axle to axle is the same, just the frame and weight are near to the center of the motorbike.
    300mm racing and very high tech suspensions.
    All the bike is very very tough and think to crash without destroy itself.
    +8bhp.

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  2. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Mad max films spring to mind
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  3. Gedrog

    Gedrog 1000 mile stare a 1000 stories to tell

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    Looks good Would love to see more details on the suspension especially at the front
    Looks like a WP Cone Valve with a custom triple
    Rear shock http://airtender.it/yamaha-tenere-700/
    Love the RAM Air duct
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  4. Z50R

    Z50R Not lost yet

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    Bellissima!

    Are the wings/radiator guards part of the front fuel tank or just welded to them? How many fuel pumps and gas caps? I am impressed that you were able to shave that much weight while adding features, what did you get rid of that contributed the most? Exhaust and lighting?

    My favorite Feature is that the only plastics are those with a real function: fenders and fork guards. Well built!
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  5. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    The full rear itself (tanks, seat, tail and frame) is 7kgs lighter than original iron and plastics.
    Front tower is heavier. Then there is silencer, abs, front suspension and breaking system more simple.

    All the part from gasoline cap to engine guard is a unique tank.
    The tanks are 4 with 4 separate caps.
    Fuel pump is the original and is placed in front left tank.
    Probably that before a severe competition we will fix another one in the right tank.

    An important thing I did not mention is that with 2 Allen keys and unscrewing 8 Allen very comfortable to reach, seat, and tanks is dismounted and you remain with frame and engine.
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  6. Yammybound88

    Yammybound88 Adventurer Supporter

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    I am in awe of the design and craftmanship shown. Really enjoyed watching Lyndon Poskitt and his team in Africa - can't wait to see this Tenere in action.

    cheers
    -Bob
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  7. tonyubsdell

    tonyubsdell Ténéré Supporter

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    congratulations on a very nice and professional built. you are a master of all classes. like it very much.

    stay fit and healthy, cheers,
    wolfram
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  8. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Whoever did the drawings was really good
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    515 Been here awhile

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  10. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    My kind of art.

    " The full rear itself (tanks, seat, tail and frame) is 7kgs lighter than original iron and plastics.
    Front tower is heavier. Then there is silencer, abs, front suspension and breaking system more simple."

    Does the bike still have ABS, or how did you modify it ?
    Old skool dog here with two newer bikes with ABS ( KTM 990ADV & KTM 690Enduro)...so far not a fan.....would rather delete the extra weight too, but still on the fence.
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  11. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    Abs system was the first to go obviously.
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  12. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    Now all screw will be replaced by the team with titanium, and every detail will be studied wit the goal to take away some other kgs.
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  13. gpmucci

    gpmucci gpmucci

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    I did drawing, cutting, bending, welding...
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  14. Salzig

    Salzig Long timer

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    Sborone... :lol3
    (translation: now you're showing off)

    Impressive job as always man :clap
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  15. DKCJ

    DKCJ a life behind bars

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    Any manufacturers listening????
    Obviously a mass pro bike will have more compromises but why are some bikes (...AT) so damn complicated to work on?
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  16. DKCJ

    DKCJ a life behind bars

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    I have to admit that I am completely smitten by this bike.
    I keep coming back and looking it over and every time it gets better as I notice something else that is cool.
    Oh, to be rich or have a third kidney...
    As a Dakar fan from the days of the twins, this is my new dream bike.
    Amazing concept and execution!!
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