R1 Powered Yamaha Raptor + Video
If we’re honest, some of the “hybrid” ATVs we’ve come across leave a lot to be desired. We love the creativity of cramming a Hayabusa engine into a 450R chassis, but when the finished product looks like the only tools used were a hacksaw and a cutting torch, we have a hard time considering that project a success. This, on the other hand, is an example of an incredibly clean R1 conversion. This guy managed to put a Yamaha R1 street bike engine into a Yamaha Raptor chassis and retain all the original plastics to make it appear relatively stock. At least until he fires it up.
Growing up in Oregon, most of Seth's involvement in the powersports world was limited to what he saw in magazines and videos. Following a brief stint in the corporate world, Seth took a flying leap (literally) and moved to California to pursue a career in freestyle motocross. Though short lived, the opportunity immersed him in the industry and is now a well-established off-road writer.
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