Wolf Moto got the commission for this Yamaha TW200 from Louis Nel—a talented South African builder based in Nelspruit, whose work we’ve featured before. Louis has a knack for balanced lines and meticulous attention to detail, but he also has a busy career and a blossoming family. So his projects are usually after-hours endeavours.
Louis and the Wolf team of Kyle Scott and Chris Clokie agreed: the TW200 was the perfect candidate. With a low seat height and sedate power delivery, it’s loved in South Africa. Just ask any farmer looking for a runabout, or a riding school needing a basic mule.
Wolf sourced an original condition 2008 TW200 from the other side of the country, and dragged it into the workshop. “Our initial brief was to build a ‘custom’ TW200,” says Kyle, “which left the options wide open.”
“The project gained direction when we tested our tracker seat from another Wolf Moto bike. Louis liked the idea of a tracker build—and so the Yamaha ‘Fat Tracker’ was born.”
Above the rear monoshock is a flat track-style seat, set into a fiberglass unit produced by Wolf and capped with suede upholstery. It sits on a neat custom-fabricated subframe.
When it came to finding a fuel tank to match, Wolf struck gold. Bike Hospital in Johannesburg had a “new old stock” 78-model XS250 tank, still in its original packaging. Barring a few nicks it was in good shape, so the guys left it ‘as is’ to preserve an air of period-correctness.
The rest of the bike got a thorough clean-up. The engine was stripped, serviced and repainted, and the frame was coated in fine-textured Ferrograin powder. Wolf also ditched the airbox, and fitted a Uni filter via a hand-made stainless steel intake pipe. Then they swapped the battery for a smaller Antigravity Lithium-ion item, tucked away under the seat.
Wolf dropped the front forks internally by just over an inch, and rebuilt the rear shock, powder-coating the spring in the process. The front fender comes from Goods Company in Japan, but the chain guard and aluminum bash plate were made in-house.
The TW200 wouldn’t be competitive on a race track, but Kyle and Chris couldn’t resist adding some ‘race’ bits. There’s an oil cooler from Holley USA, plumbed with fittings from POSH Japan. And there’s a new Yamaha brake disk and a braided brake line.
Up front is a 6¼-inch PIAA 520 Halogen light; out back is an LED strip from Custom Dynamics, handling taillight and turn signal duties. The handlebars are from POSH, kitted with Pro-Taper MX grips.
It might not have the go to match its racy new vibe, but we reckon it’ll put a smile on Mrs Nel’s face.