PBM Honors Yamaha Scorpio Z with a Ravishing Transformation

It may host a humble 223cc powerplant, but it certainly looks the business.
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Let me tell you, the aftermarket artists over at Australia’s Purpose Built Moto are no amateurs. The Gold Coast-based enterprise prides itself with a remarkable portfolio that hosts just about anything from lighting kits and custom mufflers, to handlebar switches and even air filters. Besides developing some truly majestic items, these moto specialists also go about crafting one-off entities that’ll have you drooling.

A few years back, the PBM crew stunned the two-wheeler realm with a mighty work of mechanical art, based on a 2007 Yamaha Scorpio Z225. The donor in question is powered by an air-cooled single-cylinder SOHC engine, with two valves and a displacement of 223cc.

This little devil will deliver up to 18 bhp at 8,000 rpm, along with 13 pound-feet (18 Nm) of twist at around 6,500 revs. A five-speed gearbox is tasked with transmitting the mill’s power to the rear 18-inch alloy wheel via a chain final drive. Last but not least, the whole thing has a wet weight of just 313 lbs (142 kg).

The Purpose Built Moto team kicked things off by removing the Scorpio’s stock bodywork. In its stead, you will find a handsome fuel tank that boasts some of the smoothest curves we’ve ever seen, as well as a tiny tail section housing a bespoke LED lighting unit.

Additionally, there is more LED wizardry to be found at the front end, in the form of a vintage-style headlight module. The beast crawls on a pair of custom laced hoops that keep things looking sexy. The Aussies browsed their very own range for an assortment of top-grade components, such as fresh switches, a couple of beefy exhaust mufflers and LED turn signals, to name a few.

To wrap it all up, the entire structure was blessed with a two-tone color scheme that brings about a tasty blend of dark blue and silver. Now, this is what I’d call a handsome makeover!


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