Yamaha FZ-09 Street Tracker by Droog Moto
Arizona’s Droog Moto
has quickly established their own rough-and-ready style, building
post-apocalyptic desert sleds that put the “wild” back in the Wild
West. Now the husband/wife team of Max and Erica Droog is back with a
slight departure from their knobby-tired norm: a Yamaha FZ09 street
tracker/fighter/hooligan machine nicknamed the “Street Sled.” This is
one of their personal street bikes, and it looks like a three-bore blast
The Yamaha FZ-09 (MT-09 outside of North America) makes a great
platform for such a build. It has a 115-hp inline triple, and we all
know that there is something inherently sexy about three cylinders
instead of two or four. Cycle World ranked the bike the “Best Standard of 2015,” and Roland Sands based his incredible RSD Wasp on the platform. Even Yamaha themselves launched a Sport Tracker edition for the Euro market — a sort of MT-09 street tracker.
Initially, the Droog duo envisioned a burly desert sled of a machine.
However, the low oil pan steered them toward a more street-based build.
Below, we get the full scoop from Droog Moto on this genre-busting
Droog Moto FZ-09 “Street Sled”: In the Builder’s Words
I purchased this bike about two years ago when I was working as a
Service Writer at a BMW Moto Dealer. It came in on trade with like 1100
miles on it. I had never ridden one, but given the reviews and response
it was getting, I was pretty much sold.
The bike started life in the graphite color with what Yamaha calls
“blurple” wheels. I was going to sell the bike because I honestly had no
idea what to do with it. The powerplant that Yamaha put into this bike
is simply amazing. You have three different ride modes, it’s incredibly
light, and the best part it’s a triple!
We at first wanted to do a big burly desert sled out of it, but it
has such a low oil pan and exhaust setup it’s best used for the street.
We first stripped the gas tank down, as we usually do to give it that
rad raw aged look. This one was a bit different as the bike was pretty
much brand new, we are used to stripping 30+ year old gas tanks.
Once stripped, we got to work on the rear of the bike. We decided on
an integrated tail light into the subframe hoop which gives the Sled a
nice clean look. We re-worked the subframe and added some 1/8” siding to
put our electronics into and do something a bit different for seat
Moving forward we did a hand built tracker plate and front fender. We
had a local friend who does CNC work cut out the opening for a 6 pod
LED headlight. The tracker plate was then given a makeover to make it
look old and ratty.
Lastly, we wanted a high-mount exhaust. We had seen that Akrapovic
made one for the XSR and the MT-09 but wasn’t a fan of how it flowed. We
wanted it tight to the bike and very minimalistic. The pipe has a lot
of bends to it, but in our opinion flows very well with the lines of the
bike and it sounds just as aggressive as the bike looks.
Happy to have this bad boy as one of our personal bikes! This will
probably be our last build out of Phoenix, AZ. We are planning a big
move to the PNW so stay tuned for some rad shit!
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