Holographic Hammer’s Cafe Racer R1M!

Holographic Hammer Unveil The Ultimate Yamaha Cafe Racer!

Updated August 13, 2018

So, what would a café racer version of the Yamaha YZF-R1M look like? The guys at Holographic Hammer have an answer, in the form of an awesome concept rendering. The question on your mind might be “why would anyone want to turn an already exciting and powerful R1M into an exciting Yamaha cafe racer?” and we’re unable to give you a satisfying answer. However, given that Yamaha has a recent penchant for re-releasing their classic models with updated gear, perhaps they could also be onboard with taking their cutting edge machinery and “retro-ing” it back a little – if that makes sense?

Yamaha Cafe Racer R1M

The R1M Concept – The Ultimate Cafe Racer?

Or maybe Holographic Hammer have gotten a little bored with the tedium of seeing everyone with a beard and a spanner making “bespoke, custom, boutique (et cetera)” motorcycles and have decided to take separate the men from the boys in the custom building world? We doubt it it’s that either, but whatever their ambition behind this concept, we’re happy to see the word “café racer” accompanied by an image of something that’s not a “vintage” Honda CB or Yamaha SR. It’s fresh, it’s unique and we like it.

If you’re not familiar with the R1M, it’s the exclusive step stone between the R1 and M1. In essence, it’s the closest thing you can buy to Rossi and Lorenzo’s MotoGP quality M1 prototype – it’s Yamaha’s primo superbike. Pushing north of 200hp, it’s a definite lethal weapon, and in terms of quality, price point and onboard technology, it’s unlikely that we’re going to see one of these roll off of the floor of your weekend builder’s workshops.

Having said that, if Yamaha ever had the balls to part with one of these babies for their Yard Built campaign, and a bolt on kit was made readily available for the stock R1, we reckon we’d see a few of these flying around in no time at all. It would be nice to ride a stylish looking café racer, with the modern performance of one of the world’s favorite sports bikes at your fingertips.

There would be obvious downsides to riding something like this though: the lack of fairings in contrast with the power available would be a wind battering experience, but that’s not really the point of the exercise, and if you were riding something like this, you probably wouldn’t even push it to the speeds where turbulence is an issue. But seeing something like this does make one consider the FZ-10 as a more suitable machine for the job instead. It still has some incredible performance, an engine tuned for a broader power band, and more comfort all around. Put this style on the FZ-10, and you’re onto a winner – it could be the ultimate, and usable, Yamaha cafe racer.


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