XSR’s up the mountain – Highway Rider Journal

Followers of Yamaha’s XSR700 and 900 not too long ago got here collectively for a cool trip and get-together in Queensland.


Yamaha tells us all about it:


Yamaha twins and triples summit Tamborine Mountain

A surprising Autumn morning in one among Brisbane’s leafier suburbs noticed 39 XSR’s collect for the second annual Queensland XSR Proprietor’s Trip.

The assembly level was Brisbane’s vastly widespread Fonzie Abbott espresso roastery the place the native brew was served to intensify the senses for an epic trip.

After a fast briefing from trip co-ordinator Jock Houston from Kelpi Customized Moto, it was onto town’s motorway to get the hell out of Dodge and discover some notoriously twisty roads to lap up.

The group met one other six XSRs and their house owners en path to bolster whole attendees to 45, then headed to one of the picturesque areas on the Gold Coast – Mount Tamborine.

As soon as the group shot had been captured on high of the mountain, riders headed south and alongside a lot much less crowded roads meandering via countryside that seemed prefer it was prepped for a journey documentary. By now a number of sub teams had shaped the place everybody was having fun with themselves within the tighter and tougher twisties that lead throughout the Queensland border and into Murwillumbah, NSW.

It was now time to high up these CP2 and three engines earlier than heading again throughout the border and grabbing lunch at Iron & Resin Storage in Currumbin, the place juicy burgers hit the starvation spot. Loads of bench racing ensued protecting the epic strikes made all through the day and who had the most effective wanting bike.

As Jock famous, Yamaha’s XSR appeals to each genders: “We had 5 ladies be a part of us for the trip which was nice! There’s no motive why the XSR vary must be male solely, so it’s good to have extra ladies than we’ve beforehand seen out on rides with us,” says Jock. “And it’s protected to say we received the total spectrum. We had a lady on a 700 who’d simply handed her check and had by no means ridden highways, group rides or twisties earlier than. In distinction, we had one of many organisers of On2Crew who hosts pretty spirited night time rides on her XSR900, and Yolande who’s managed to do greater than 40,000kms on her 700 in below two years,” continues Houston.

Prizes had been awarded in Currumbin earlier than the group headed for house. Due to Kelpi Customized Moto for organising a enjoyable day. In case you’d like to listen to about related future occasions, make sure you be a part of the Yamaha XSR 700 / 900 Australia Fb group.

Roll on 2024!


XSR House owners Trip? Inform us extra!

Jock Houston explains extra about Australia’s tightknit XSR group

Who’s the trip chief?

The trip chief is Drew Mansini. He and I we run the Australian XSR discussion board and have constructed a few bikes collectively through the years. He’s additionally the engineering thoughts behind the XSR700 Desert Sled; a dust bike conversion on these bikes that finally ends up with related specs to the T7 however 20kg lighter. I’m fortunate to name him a good friend, and he’s been part of most of my favorite rides on the XSR.

How widespread is the XSR Trip?

We left Fonzie Abbott with 39 XSR’s and picked up an additional six on the two regroup areas. To place this into perspective, the primary group XSR trip in Brisbane was 10 riders, then 15 on the second, so to get that many riders of the identical area of interest bike collectively is very large… it positively made for a gradual begin while we went up Tamborine. However as soon as the trip had filtered into quicker and slower teams we managed to select the tempo as much as develop into a bit extra energetic for everybody. We did have a Ducati V4 Panigale be a part of us for that leg, and I’ve zero sympathy for his wrists after that snail path up the primary mountain!

Who received which prizes?

Will Yeti received the Kelpi prize pack of a Fielder Oilskin Jacket and Gripper gloves, and Paul Ingram received the Yamaha $500 elements prize pack. Each blokes trip early gen XSR700s that they’ve modified. We’ve additionally determined to present Trent Challenger a set of latest mirrors for his bike, as he had near 14 hours of journey backwards and forwards from St George to be with us, and that form of dedication ought to at all times be rewarded! For the primary two prizes we handed out raffle tickets and drew the winners at Iron & Resin after the trip.


Something so as to add?

These rides at present occur about annually in Brisbane and Sydney in the mean time, however we’re at all times in search of new methods to carry the XSR group nearer collectively round Australia. It’s the group that supported me after I first began Kelpi Customized Moto, and I need to hold supporting it as a lot as I can. Large due to Yamaha for approaching board and supporting local people run occasions like ours, we’ve made some nice reminiscences and I’m certain there will likely be even higher issues to return down the monitor!

The spectrum will get wider each time we host one among these with wilder customized builds, from cafe racers, scramblers, classic replicas, flat trackers and extra. In the future I’d like to see one among these occasions double as a customized bike competitors the place folks can have their builds voted on by native XSR riders within the scene, or perhaps even construct one thing customized that’s path is democratically determined by the house owners of those bikes in Australia.

There are only a few bikes you should buy now that may be modified simply right into a monitor bike, a dust bike or a customized street bike – and that’s the largest motive we love the XSRs and work with them nearly every day.

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