Diamond Atelier: Yamaha XSR900

Best creations happen when there are no restrictions in work process. So when teaming up with TW Steel for their this year’s promotion bike and having full control over the project itself, the crew from Diamond Atelier knew this was going to be big. Both brands do what they do best: TWS builds a watch and Diamond Atelier builds a bike to go with it. More specifically Yamaha’s 2017 XSR900.

Diamond Atelier could quickly tell what was the most striking feature of the bike: Its frame. The organic shape hugging the three cylinder engine can’t be seen any where else before in such purity.

But as today’s bikes are packed with enormous amounts of electronics and things such as secondary air systems, ABS pumps and the like you can only guess what’s underneath. Thus the goal was to reduce the XSR to the bare minimum and unclutter it as much as possible to expose the real core of a 2017 production bike.

First Diamond Atelier ripped everything off the bike solely leaving its chassis, main frame and engine and came up with a rather unusual design. Given Yamaha’s Japanese descent, the new body shape and execution details were strongly influenced by today’s prevailing car customization trends in Japan. The edgy and willingly parted panels as well as the exposed bolts and rivets originated style-wise in the early Bosozoku scene and are nowadays adopted by brands such as TRA Kyoto and Liberty Walk. Combined with the XSRs signature frame shape the result was an ultra aggressive, yet minimalistic design.

Due to the tight schedule Diamond Atelier approached KRT with the fabrication of the bodywork for the bike. Company owner Marvin faced the challenge and agreed to knock out the design from aluminum in no time. A few chassis parts that would suit the urban, yet lightweight look of the bike were selected. Up front all black ABM Multiclip handlebars which lowered the black anodized forks were installed. Continuing with the color scheme ABM supplied black/red steel braided brake lines and to further improve handling Pirelli super slick tires were wrapped. Supporting the fresh air flow a set of K&N filters was installed, whereas a bespoke SC-Projects exhaust system now takes care of everything after the combustion process.

The result is a completely different design approach defying what people thought could be done. This is what progress means.