Yamaha recently gave their spanking new Star Bolt to 10 custom bike builders, letting them build whatever they wanted. A few days back, we showed you the custom from Doc’s Chops, the one that clinched the gold.
Avec le nombre d’ateliers qui se sont créés ces dernières années, il est peut-être devenu un peu plus difficile aujourd’hui de se faire remarquer, de se faire un nom, mais je vous parie que nos camarades bruxellois vont sortir de l’ombre en moins de temps qu’il ne faut pour le dire ! Il n’y a qu’à voir leur 1ère réalisation, cette Yamaha XS 400 que vous avez sous les yeux, pour en être convaincu.
Working in a small garage with a minimal collection of tools, Dimitar Kostadinov of Sofia, Bulgaria, produced this breath of fresh air. Based on a 1984 Yamaha XJ900, even Dimitar’s choice of machine defies convention.
Think of a custom Yamaha, and you’d probably pick a mid-size SR or XS model. But it looks like the spotlight is now drifting towards the mighty XJR. And if that means more machines like this low-riding XJR1200 from Portugal, we’re all for it.
“One of the nicest things about the hungry beast that's Pipeburn.com is that you get to meet new people. We literally make contact with half a dozen new builders every week who all keen to show us their wares.”
“Harley’s evergreen Sportster has some serious competition these days. And the biggest threat is the new Yamaha Bolt. It weighs less, handles better and has much improved ergonomics—with dirt track-style bars and mid-mounted footpegs.”
Last year Yamaha started asking motorcycle customizers to provide inspirational ideas on how to transform modern Yamaha motorcycles into what they have dubbed ‘Yard Built Specials'. It's only been a few months since Deus Ex Machina...
Dustin Kott has become a well recognised and respected builder thanks to his impressive portfolio of custom Honda CB Cafe Racers, so to see him turning a wrench on a Yamaha XS650 (or XS2 as they are sometimes known) is something of a surprise.
Today I begin a new section, the bike of the month. This month, the winner is the Yamaha TR1 Cafe Racer that Marteen (Yellowrider) just sent me. "It's an TR1 Yamaha 1000cc from 1996. I build the bike last winter 2012/2013. The front is from a yamaha, the wheels from a Kawasaki Z650, custom made seat / exhaust / subframe R6. And a Benelli Mojave tank. " Great work Marteen!