Yamaha have been unveiling their incredible Yard Built projects all year and during the summer some of the European Yamaha dealers were given the chance to participate in the first ‘Dealer Built’ competition!
Dealers from around Europe were invited to create their own custom bikes using the current Yamaha Sport Heritage range as a base and the results were stunning. The creations were all displayed on Yamahas website and the public themselves got to choose the winners.
The winning entries from each category were finally announced at the famous Glemseck 101 custom bike event in Germany.
French motorcycle dealership Liberty Yam took the gold in the the VMAX class, the winners entry pictured below is the rather beefy and aggressive Café-Dragster build which was nicely finished in the 60th anniversary yellow and black paint colours. This big beasty named 'V-Speed' by its french fabricators comprises of many bespoke pieces to give it a stunning and unique look, Dragster meets Cafe racer, we like it!
It was the entry from Motorrad Klein of Germany that took the win in the XJR1300 category. It's not a surprise the 'Klein' took the win with its stunning appearance, you can really see that Klein paid attention to every aspect of their build to make sure the bike looked perfect. A truly raced designed bike with noticeable styling towards Japanese motorcycle racer Noriyuki Haga with the deep red livery and 41 race number proudly displayed.
Yamaha Motor 7
It was victory for Yamaha Motor 7, the motorcycle dealers from Portugal won with their classic scrambler styled design named the'M7#001-Twins'. A found memory of the 70s and 80s motorcycle scene where the iconic scramblers and Motor 7 paid homage with their scrambler inspired entry. One half of the bike donned Yamaha's 50th anniversary colours and the other of course was in the popular yellow and black colours of their 60th anniversary, nicely played Yamaha Motor 7, your XV950 is a brilliant celebration and great flashback to a popular time in motorcycling history.
Moto Madrid hailing from yup you've got it Spain, took victory with their highly modified SR400. Moto Madrid wanted to do things their own way with a bike they themselves would like to see and not get to heavily influenced by other styles already out there. With a massive list of modifications inc lights, handle bars, pedals, brakes, speedometer and even exhaust to name just a few of the efforts Moto Madrid went to it's not a surprise they are a category winner of this years build competition.
It’s also worth mentioning some of the stunning bikes our own UK dealers put together, although they did not make the final vote their quality and style are still impressive!
Dudley Motorcycle Centre
Dudley Motorcycle Centre created the impressive ’XV950 Black Country Bobber’, a striking black and orange bobber style XV with many custom parts.
From CMC Motorcycles the ‘EX-JR1300’. A powerful and stripped down take on the latest XJR1300 model in YZR-500 OW23 race colours.
And finally from Tamworth Yamaha the XJR1300 ‘Bullet’. Another modified XJR1300 embodying the ‘dark side of japan’.
After such a great year of Yard built creations form Yamaha, we can’t wait to see what comes next!
You can see the full range of entries on the Yamaha Yard Built Website
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