The Æon Yamaha XSR900 From Diamond Atelier And TW Steel!
TW Steel and Diamond Atelier unite to create a fearsome Yamaha XSR900
Updated August 21, 2018
When two exclusive brands like Diamond Atelier and TW Steel join forces to build a custom Yamaha XSR900, you know that the result is going to be sensational. Internationally acclaimed watchmakers TW Steel have teamed up with the Munich based Diamond Atelier to create a rather unique motorcycle that brings together two very refined design aesthetics: the sleek and elegant world of TW Steel’s premium watches and the bold and striking machinery produced by Diamond Atelier.
Dubbed the Yamaha XSR900 “Æon” – a companion piece to TW Steel’s already renowned Æon timepiece – the motorcycle is a minimalist and unconventional work of rolling art. Here’s what the website’s press release quotes had to say about it, with all the usual trimmings and hyperbole:
“Crossing boundaries and leaving comfort zones fuels free thinking and inspired designs. Blessed with a fearless attitude and a healthy dislike of anything standard, Diamond Atelier and TW Steel embarked on a mission to design two bold, trailblazing statements. In line with the Son of Time philosophy, the ‘Æon’ designs encourage you to break away and go out in style.”
The Æon Yamaha XSR900
That kind of marketing spiel usually makes us gag, but this one isn’t too far from the truth. The Æon definitely is a remarkable looking machine, and we are already familiar with Diamond Atelier and their work: this is more than just a show piece. While the team definitely had to take a few styling cues from the watchmaker, they added in a key ingredient of their own: a touch of the early Bõsõzoku scene. A bit of retro-Japanese flair.
The result is an odd mashup that strangely works, a motorcycle slap bang in the middle of high-society elegance and Akira-esque dystopia. And it works. But this cunning Yamaha XSR900 is more than just a collection of brushed aluminum and exposed bolts. It has some very nice after-market parts tucked in for good measure.
The front forks are now lowered USD units, while the rear is a custom Black Line unit from Wilbers. The original bars were scrapped in favor in ABM multi clip bars, complete with Kellermann bar end indicators. The Yamaha’s foot controls and rear sets are Gilles units, and the old exhaust system was scrapped and replaced with a tidy system from SC-Project. To keep things looking sharp, Diamond Atelier also replaced the brake lines with steel braided units from ABM and re-shod the rims with Pirelli rubber. If that wasn’t enough, they also incorporated a TW Steel watch into the build to further emphasize the fusion of the two companies.
“Looking at the watch; we love it and we think the bike is a perfect match for it,” Tom Konecny of Diamond Atelier explained. And we have to agree with him.