Tag Archive for Custom

Supercharged Yamaha SR400 by Krugger

The latest addition to Yamaha’s Yard Built lushness is this inconspicuous SR400 retro racer. Built by Belgian custom builder, Fred ‘Krugger’ Bertrand, the 1970s lookalike takes inspiration from one of Valentino Rossi’s mechanics, Bernard Ansiau – who has also spannered for the likes of Wayne Rainey and Kenny Roberts.      This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you take a previously… Read more →

Yard Built VMAX ‘CS_07 Gasoline’

Yes, this is a VMAX, albeit an unrecognisable VMAX that triggered social media uproar today. The whimsically named ‘it roCkS!bikes’ duo from Portugal are responsible for this piece of art: the radical ‘CS_07 Gasoline.’ Yamaha’s European-inspired Yard Built project continues to produce some striking one-offs. This retro dragster is Alexandre Santos and Osvaldo Coutinho’s third Yard Built custom, clearly beefing… Read more →

A Trio of Sexy Scramblers

Living in Italy has its obvious benefits: exquisite coffee, proper pizza, beautiful cities and architecture, just as beautiful ladies, sunshine in the summer and lashings of snow in the winter. Limoncello rhymes with Mugello. The list is endless but we’ll finish with Verona – the home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Julian – and this weekend’s Motor Bike Expo. The sometimes-maligned… Read more →

‘Faster Wasp’ by Roland Sands

Legendary custom builder, Roland Sands has joined Yamaha’s Yard Built project with this naughty little number – his fifth collaboration with the tuning fork firm. Although there’s no official mention, the ‘Faster Wasp’ is based on the MT-09 and decorated in the renowned Speed Block colours, paying homage to Kenny Roberts’ iconic TZ750. The MT’s 850cc triple and aluminum frame… Read more →

JvB-moto Yamaha XSR700 ‘Super 7’

Yet more Yard Built goodness from Yamaha, this time in the shape of the firm’s all-new retrosexual XSR700: a bike based on the popular MT-07 that’s currently being launched and ridden by the world’s press. Our invite was lost in the post, or something… German-based JvB-moto has created the ‘Super 7’, which is a striking naked and the first Yard… Read more →

Yamaha XJR1300 ‘GUERILLA FOUR’ by Rough Crafts

Yet more Yard Built custom goodness from Yamaha: say hello to the ‘Guerilla Four’ by Rough Crafts and Taiwanese builder, Winston Yeh (we hope that’s his real name). Based on the 2015 Yamaha XJR1300, Winston used the traditional outlets on the streets of Taipei to customise the Yammy into this thuggish looker. As per all Yard Built bikes, the frame… Read more →

Kingston Customs’ Yamaha XV950

Without overly championing beards, hipsters and grinders, we’re convincing aficionados of Yamaha’s Yard Built series. The latest addition is this XV950 Café Bob: ‘The Face’ by German builder Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Customs, and another class example of how to transform a dreary, budget bike into something fucking cool (if you like bobbers)… The Face is another take on Yamaha’s… Read more →

Yamaha XJR1300 CS-06 Dissident

You should know by now we’re massive fans of the Yard Built project: Yamaha’s efforts at working with Europe’s top custom bike builders/designers without the prerequisite (and over-exuberant) hipster beards and angle grinders. This is the XJR1300 CS-06 Dissident by Portuguese outfit, ‘it roCkS!bikes’ Celebrating 20 years of the XJR1300, Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos got all dissident with Yamaha’s… Read more →