Yamaha Yard Built - XSR700 by Maria Riding Company
XSR700 'Orbiter' by Maria Riding Company
Who is Maria?
Maria is all of us. The ones that get inspired and seduced. The ones that are demanding, rooted and committed. Maria is a brand with a wide broad concept. We've been building motorcycles, making surfboards and stuff that makes us excited to work and play with, but most of all, it's a "place" where we invent and create without fear or boundaries, with the joy of working with detail and attention, making no compromises at all. At Maria we do our own thing, and the recognition we've been getting in the last years is mainly due to that commitment we always made whenever working in a project, we think. Maria Riding Company saw the day light for the first time in 2010, but was already living in our minds and hearts for years. Its soul goes back to a time when everything went slower but its inspiration is in the few who had the power to speed things up. That strong individualism, which cannot be bought nor copied, is what most seduces us.
Where is the inspiration of the concept / design coming from?
The Orbiter is a new approach to a dirt bike. A bike developed to search and explore fields with freedom and fun. The combination between the vivid 689cc engine and the light chassis, and the new front with more responsive suspensions will make it an easy and reactive vehicle to drive around uncharted fields and tracks.
Striped from the unessential and revamped to reach for all of the XSR agility potential, the Orbiter is perfectly suited for reconnaissance missions in rough and inhospitable terrain.
The look gets something from space rovers and military tech mixing it with a vintage motocross vibe, resulting in an original and sporty overall visual.
What are the technical / design specification?
What does the bike builder like in the XSR?
After test-riding this bike, one of the things we liked the most was the fact that it is a twin cylinder bike with a nice balance between torque and power. And that would make our finished project very fun to ride for sure, and that's important. The bike is fast and aggressive without being too powerful and uncontrollable and that gives you some inspiration. Another very positive point is the driving position that is comfortable and fun. The bike is light too and very well balanced and gives the driver a good ride control even in more off road radical tracks. And because the bike is high, that fits together for some adventure spirit. All this gives a bike builder a lot of enthusiasm towards making something fast, fun and sporty out of a XSR. And then there's the fact that the bike is really simple and easy to change. The frame has a nice geometry and many of the components are easy to relocate, making it a very friendly bike to modify.