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Don't Get Stung by the Roland Sands Design Yamaha Yard Built 900 "Faster Wasp"

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When Yamaha Europe wanted a custom flat track bike build, they turned to Roland Sands - a man with a predigree on and off the bike that is difficult to match. The build itself was based on the Yamaha FZ-09, a bike that Sands took and ran with - creating this yellow and black "Faster Wasp" bumblebee color scheme made famous by Kenny Roberts' own TZ750. Right off the line, the Yamaha FX-09 delivers strong performance thanks to an inline triple that produces 115 HP set within a lightweight aluminum frame. From there, the Roland Sands Design team proceeded to update the stainless steel headers paired with an RSD Slant muffler and upgrade to the brake system with custom rotors, calipers, lines, and master cylinders. The suspension also gets a tweak with a new fork with 17-inch wheels, which are balanced with a new leather seat, hand-fabricated gas tank, tail, and intake scoops with eye-drawing Renthal Fatbars. The only downside is that it won't be going to production, but Yamaha did commit that the concept is going to help drive future development, which is, of course, great for all of us.