Of all of the retro scramblers available on the market, this may be the most authentic of them all. Part of Yamaha’s new Sport Heritage line, the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 is a scrambler derived from a very unlikely machine—the Yamaha Star Bolt cruiser. That’s the kind of thing we used to see in the 1960s, if you can remember that far back.The 2017 Yamaha SCR950 shares the same powerplant and basic chassis as the Yamaha Star Bolt, but by using different wheels, handlebars, seat, exhaust and rear subframe, the Bolt is turned into what Yamaha claims is a legitimate dirt-worthy scrambler.
Disappointingly, the Yamaha SCR950’s suspension is unchanged from the Yamaha Star Bolt C-Spec, and we would like to see more than 2.8 inches of travel from the piggyback reservoir shocks if we’re going to go off-road, but we’ll reserve final judgment until we ride the bike.The ergonomics are sound, with high bars and the mid-placed foot controls. The seat has plenty of room to move around, and is helpfully flat. Even if it is limited in the dirt, the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 should be a capable machine on the deteriorated pavement you’ll see on back roads and in the urban jungle.Yamaha claims the SCR950 is more than just a styling exercise based on the Yamaha Star Bolt, and we can’t wait to find out.Read our Yamaha SCR950 Scrambler 10 Fast Facts.Visit the Ultimate MotorCycling Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Yamaha SCR950 Scrambler Specs:
Motor: SOHC 4 vpc V-twin
Bore x stroke: 85 x 83mm
Displacement: 942cc (58 ci)
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel delivery: Fuel injection
Ignition: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
Final drive: Belt
Front suspension: Telescopic forks; 4.7 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Dual piggyback shocks; 2.8 inches of travel
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.