A Japanese-Italian Smoker from Moto Vera…
Yamaha’s aptly-named Banshee 350 is likely one of the most legendary quads of all time. Launched in 1987, it earned a cult following for the staggering pump-gas energy potential of its 347cc liquid-cooled two-stroke parallel-twin engine — a non-YPVS (Yamaha Energy Valve System) model of the motor discovered within the Yamaha RZ350.
In inventory trim, the engine put out 34 hp and 40 lb-ft on the rear wheels, however that was just the start — the 347cc mill was a tuner’s dream:
“We’ve seen dyno charts with set of pipes and an consumption alone including 15 horsepower to the Banshee’s belt. In that type, the Banshee will stroll previous most 450s within the dunes and belt out a brain-melting soprano scream from the silencers that’s unmistakably Banshee. Merely put, there isn’t any different sound prefer it on the market. Should you haven’t heard one, you’re lacking out.” –Grime Wheels Journal
How would such an engine carry out in a contemporary two-wheeled chassis, it’s possible you’ll ask? Nicely, our associates Matt Sarale (@8o8wrx) and Dylan Johnson (@dyno_dylan) of Moto Vera determined to seek out out.
Final we talked to this pair of greatest associates who share “a mutual love of issues that go quick,” they’d simply accomplished their 2008 Ducati 848 turbo — a forced-induction tackle a contemporary cafe racer. Not surprisingly, they opted for a Ducati donor as soon as once more. Says Dylan:
“I really like my day job (more often than not) but when anybody is aware of me, I’m at all times wrenching on one thing in my spare time. And it’s in all probability a Duc…”
They picked up an ’07 Monster S4Rs, touted as a “true superbike sans bodywork.” The very best-spec machine within the Monster lineup, the S4Rs featured included fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension, light-weight Y-shaped 5-spoke wheels, radial-mounted Brembo brake calipers, and extra goodies straight from the 999R.
Matt and Dylan discovered a whole donor at worth, took out the inventory Testastretta L-twin, and set to work swapping in a stroked Banshee mill. Alongside the best way, they detabbed and modified the OEM body, fabricated engine mounts, redesigned the swingarm pivot, and constructed up a brand new subframe. Then they moved onto the bodywork:
“We determined to do a multi-plane tank to maintain some uncooked welding and match our “flat tracker/quad” mash up.”
The tail received the identical therapy, and the boys determined to maintain a lot of the trick Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and light-weight wheels.
The finished “Ducati Banshee” was invited to 2 of the nation’s most prestigious customized reveals, The One Moto 2022 and Handbuilt Present 2023, the place we received a lot of the images you see right here. Should you’ve received a hankering to have this one-off Banshee-Monster in your storage, the duo might be promoting the bike quickly to fund their subsequent venture.
Beneath, Dylan provides us the complete rundown of the construct in his personal phrases, and we’d wish to thank our photographers Fouad “Moh” Mohiadeen (@astronaut_bear) and Kody Melton (@kodymelton), who shot the bike on the One Moto and Handbuilt Present, respectively.
Banshee-Powered Monster: Within the Builder’s Phrases…
From Dylan Johnson, one half of the Moto Vera group: The bike began as a 2007 Ducati Monster S4Rs. We selected that bike as a result of we needed to make use of that swingarm and a Ducati trellis body, however got here throughout the entire bike for reasonable. The plan was to swap a two-stroke engine into it. We had been capable of get our fingers on a stroked (4mil) Banshee engine and the construct started. That is our second bike construct from begin to end and the eagerness is within the course of, in addition to the product. Designing, fabricating, and constructing one thing distinctive to us is the most effective feeling.
We began by chopping off the bits of the body we didn’t need or want, and smoothed issues out. Then constructed a subframe for the seat that match our fashion higher. After positioning the engine the place we needed it to take a seat, we made three mounts for the engine.
One of many mounts was constructed off of the swingarm pivot since we would have liked to revamp that fully anyway, because the inventory Ducati arrange runs the swingarm off the engine. We went with a tubular design and had buddy mill out aluminum inventory to simply accept new bearings. I feel that’s considered one of our favourite elements of the bike.
We determined to do a multi-plane tank to maintain some uncooked welding and match our “flat tracker/quad” mash up. Then used that idea for the rear tail part the place we home the sunshine and a few electronics.
Add the entrance plate with an eccentric headlight and the bike was actually taking form for us.
Among the inventory items we stored had been the Öhlins suspension, wheels, brakes, radiator, and handlebars. In any other case, largely all the pieces was handmade or transplanted.
Matt has been round issues that go quick his total life. It’s been cool to look at his expertise and expertise develop through the years.
We hope to have the Ducati Banshee on the market shortly. And provide you with one other enjoyable concept.
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