Desperado by Macco Motors

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Macco Motors design philosophy has always focussed on vintage style using modern techniques, creating a unqiue blend of retro aesthetics and power.

Stripping back their Yamaha XSR700 to its component parts, they went about rebuilding the chassis, adding a custom steel subframe and tail section. At the front of the bike, the top yoke was machined and the ignition moved to the right side of the frame. The speedo and tacho are standard, just the mount that holds the assembly behind the bikini fairing is different.

The riding position is more aggressive thanks to LSL clip-ons and levers canting the rider over the tank. Ah yes, the tank. It’s a carbon fibre creation that took hours of cutting and shutting to get it to fit.

Thrown into the mix are a three-into-one SC-Project exhaust, YSS progressive rear suspension, Kineo spoked wheels and a

myriad of other tweaks. The result is a bike that’s apparently a joy to ride. To match Macco Motors’ work, TW Steel began with a 45mm Maverick 316L steel case, sandblasted it with PVD black coating and added a double-layered dial.  

Macco Motors’ Jose Garcia said: “We wanted to build something modern, but with classic elements. We both wanted a rough, but classy bike, using the best components, parts and solid colours. The bespoke and handmade work on some parts of the bike, including the most important parts such as the carbon fibre fuel tank and the steel tail section,

was something we talked about too. “We used the dark colours in combination with the official TW Steel red, took weight out of the bike and improved the suspension and the general performance to give it a sportier riding position.

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We wanted to build a bike for the daily ride, not just for shows.”Auke Possel of TW Steel said “Macco Motors’ trademark style fits our Maverick collection, the base model of the Special Edition, perfectly. Their modern take on vintage flair made our designers very happy. Looking at the bike, it’s gone past all of our expectations. It’s the perfect mix of modern and classic, very exciting.”

“We took weight out of the bike as we wanted to build a bike for the daily ride, not just for shows”

“We took weight out of the bike as we wanted to build a bike for the daily ride, not just for shows”