Most of the mods were coordinated by Murray with the help of the Yamaha Yard Built program, and Murray says he wanted to be able to tackle aggressive backcountry riding in variable weather and demanding terrain, adding, “The XSR700 is an excellent platform for Northwest roads. The ease in which we could upgrade suspension, bolt on performance accessories, and [make] modifications to carry specific loads made it incredibly versatile so we can “tune” the bike to meet the specific riding style.” Achieving that design brief is a modified rear subframe that combines the fender, taillight, turn signals, and license plate holder into one detachable unit in case additional cargo space is needed for, say, an extra fuel cell, tool roll, or bag. To offer more adjustability on the Rural Racer, Race Tech hand-built a G3-S rear shock unit, which allows the suspension to be fine-tuned by weight and environment. The Rural Racer XSR700 also sports a Yoshimura R&D exhaust with a new, specially designed catalytic converter that’s more powerful, lighter, and environmentally compliant in all 50 states. And check out the wicked Cyclops front headlamp, which is sure to blast a brightly illuminated path through shadowy forests. There’s also a drone mount on the fuel tank, with a DJI Mavic Pro ready to aid in scouting various riding locations, as well as help locate personnel in remote environments.