Following a second collaborative project with custom motorcycle builder Deus Ex Machina, Yamaha has revealed the ‘Eau Rouge’ Yard Built special at this year’s EICMA Show in Milan.
Having unveiled the Yamaha XJR1300 back street special they entitled Project X in July, Deus Ex Machina’s latest creation is inspired by endurance machines of the 1970s and 1980s.
Eau Rouge aims to be a modern interpretation of those iconic retro racers. Encapsulating the lean and single purpose looks of an endurance bike, Deus have given a modern twist to the semi-faired 1970s style through the incorporation of straight line and angular aesthetics.
The hand-built seat unit, petrol tank and ‘Cyclops’ nose cone have all been designed to give the over-all impression of an endurance bike while still appearing relatively modern in their style. Finished in a special paint that replicates bare metal and finally completed with the Yamaha ‘speed block’ design, this twenty-first century machine utilises specialist components to ensure it can live up to its racing exterior.
At the front, retro-styled Öhlins right way up forks grip a Marvic five-spoke gold wheel while solid discs and engraved Discacciati calipers complete the look. Moving backwards, the bike features a titanium stubby 4-into-1 exhaust system as well as twin Öhlins shocks and machined aluminium rearsets.