For Sale: The W07 Project by Wayders…
Introduced in 2005, the Yamaha MT (Master of Torque) series of standard / naked bikes has been a highly-lauded hit among moto journalists and everyday riders, and the parallel-twin MT-07 has remained a top dog in the middleweight naked class:
“The MT has been one of Yamaha’s best-selling motorcycles in the US since it was introduced, as a FZ, in 2014, with a total of 25,000 sold… What is it about this machine that gives it such broad appeal?” –Cycle World
CW contends the sporty standard delivers on several fronts: ready torque and agility, easy to ride nature, and value for the money. What’s more, most successful bikes have an X factor, a character or spirit you can’t quite nail down on paper — and the MT-07 seems to have it.
That said, we’ve never been very drawn to the stock MT-07’s aesthetics, and some veteran riders have wished the bike were honed into a sharper tool in terms of performance.
That’s where our friends Didier Hermann and Olivier Nadrin of Belgium’s Wayders stepped in. Didier has quite the technical pedigree as the founder of Tuning Box, while Olivier has a wealth of design and communications experience — you may remember the duo from their Yamaha XT600 street tracker we featured in 2021.
Now they’re back with “The W07 Project,” based on a 2020 Yamaha MT-07. Below, they give us the full rundown of the modifications, which come together to create a striking custom with a brat / café racer flavor…which is now for sale!
MT-07 Custom: In the Builder’s Words…
Starting with the front, a USD Yamaha MT-09 fork was adapted and installed, the original yokes were modified, and a 3D-printed piece was designed in order to mount a new speedometer.
We’re placed some adjustable clipons with Brembo brake/clutch levers perfect for that racy look, as well as a round LED headlight with a handmade support.
The tank is an extensively modified unit. The original fuel cap has been integrated and a hydropainting has been made, taking inspiration from a Bell Bullitt carbon helmet finished with a milled aluminium Wayders logo.
The rear frame was completely redesigned. We also 3D-printed a support and integrated an LED tail light. Lifting the magnetic seat will reveal a handmade matching wallet from Trip Machine Company.
Then there’s a Wilbers rear shock, an SC Project exhaust, and some velocity stacks with a grid. For a more aesthetic look we placed a rear brake master cylinder with an integrated oil tank and a set of understated milled footrests.
A custom handmade chain guard was made and also we 3D-printed radiator cover as well a custom engine chain guard.
Finally we chose to fit some Pirelli Rally STR tires to give a scrambler touch; we might install some race tires soon with yellow stickers on them.