The Yamaha Scorpio has been derided as a hopped-up farm bike, but in Asia it’s the perfect commuter machine. It’s also a bike that Deus Bali has put on the operating table more than once. This is Deus’ latest cafe racer, the Café Scorpio, and once again, it’s a remarkable transformation. The 225cc Scorpio is now a light and elegant machine (and reminds me of the amazing 50cc motorcycles popular in Europe forty years ago, like the Malanca). Everything unnecessary has been stripped away, from bodywork to frame tabs, and a sleek new tank fitted. The brake and clutch controls are now polished aluminum alloy, set off with stylish new grips and instrumentation. Classic Firestone tires add a retro touch, with Daytona rear shocks tightening up the handling and a custom exhaust giving a performance boost. A perfect case of less is more.
[Thanks to Tom Hawkins for the images.]