Tag: Yamaha motorcycles

  • Sound of Single by Kingston Custom

    Sound of Single by Kingston Custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The biggest cafe racer event in Europe is the Glemseck 101. It’s held in the ancient town of Leonberg in southern Germany, some ten miles west of Stuttgart. Every year, hundreds of motorcycles descend for a petrolhead celebration of speed and style. The highlight of… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ900 custom

    Yamaha XJ900 custom

  • Greg Williams Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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. Now 42, the builder says he’s been interested in motorcycles… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR250 by Moto-Mucci

    Yamaha SR250 by Moto-Mucci

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two years ago, Dave Mucci scored a king hit with his Honda CX500 custom—one of our most popular bikes of all time. And now he’s back with another build, a lithe Yamaha SR250 with clean lines, thoughtful details and a natural palette. It’s Dave’s first… Read more »

  • Doc’s Chops Yamaha Virago XV920

    Doc’s Chops Yamaha Virago XV920

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Are there any remaining doubts about the resurrection of the Yamaha Virago XV920? If so, this latest build from Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops should eradicate them. “My inspiration for this bike was an old DT360 my neighbor had when I was growing up,” Greg… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1200 by it roCkS!bikes

    Yamaha XJR1200 by it roCkS!bikes

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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. ‘Sunburn’… Read more »

  • Yamaha Bolt by Chappell Customs

    Yamaha Bolt by Chappell Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Yamaha has embraced the new wave custom culture by giving its new Bolt to eight builders in North America—and giving them carte blanche to rework the bike. We’ve already seen Roland Sands’ tracker-inspired Bolt, and now it’s the turn of Chappell Customs. Rob Chappell is… Read more »

  • Yamaha Bolt by Roland Sands

    Yamaha Bolt by Roland Sands

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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. The stock Yamaha Bolt has pleasingly minimal looks, with hints of… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

    Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The paint is still wet on the walls of Deus’ new Italian workshop, but the Italian boys have been dropped in the deep end already. They were commissioned by Yamaha Europe to revamp an XJR1300 as part of the ‘Yard Built Specials’ project—which you may… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

    Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Lying forgotten in the corner of a garage in Italy, this 1988 Yamaha XT600Z was on life support before Christian Moretti of Plan B Motorcycles decided to apply the defibrillators. Not that he wasn’t up for the challenge. According to Christian, Plan B was born… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS400 by Spin Cycle

    Yamaha XS400 by Spin Cycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many Yamaha XS400 customs around: The compact, air-cooled twin is often overshadowed by its XS650 larger brother. But the light and nimble XS400 is perfect for zipping around town or commuting, and with a curb weight of around 400 lbs, it’s an… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 custom by An-Bu

    Yamaha XS650 custom by An-Bu

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Where to next for the custom motorcycle scene? Over the past ten years, raked-out choppers have faded away and ‘Brat Style’ bikes have dominated. The genre is named after the Tokyo-based workshop run by ‘Go’ Takamine, one of a handful of Japanese builders who took… Read more »

  • 1982 Yamaha XS650

    1982 Yamaha XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ever since I saw the Yamaha built by Frenchman Sonic Seb, I’ve had a thing for slammed XS650s. Granted, they’re not the most practical of customs, but sheesh—they look good. This one comes from Taiwan, the country best known for giving us Rough Crafts. Builder… Read more »

  • Analog Yamaha SR500

    Analog Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles has built his reputation with a raft of elegant, mid-capacity customs: the perfect bikes for barhopping and cruising around town. This 1979 Yamaha SR500 has more of a raw edge though, and a name to match—‘Bruto.’ It was commissioned by… Read more »

  • Classified Moto XV920 2.0

    Classified Moto XV920 2.0

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two years ago, John Ryland finished his first customer build—a groundbreaking Yamaha XV920 that effectively launched Classified Moto onto the custom scene. The bike was a huge hit, and prompted a flood of requests from customers for similar builds. One of those requests was from… Read more »

  • Modern Motor Cycle Company XS650

    Modern Motor Cycle Company XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a lot to be said for low-key aesthetics. And this back-to-basics Yamaha XS650 is as subtle as they come. It’s the fifth build from the Modern Motor Cycle Company, based in Melbourne, Australia. Owner Andrew Cook wanted a custom that was simple and clean,… Read more »

  • Motohangar Yamaha SR500

    Motohangar Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then, a bike comes along that captures the state of the neo-custom scene right at this moment in time. This is one of those bikes, from the Virginia-based workshop Motohangar. It’s not a big-budget build and it’s not a fire-breathing monster, but… Read more »

  • Reborn Yamaha SR250

    Reborn Yamaha SR250

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This slim and agile Yamaha SR250 street tracker is the first product from a new Barcelona workshop called Reborn Motors. Light and maneuverable, it’s perfect for tight city streets and gravel tracks further afield. Reborn Motors has an impeccable pedigree. The workshop is run by… Read more »

  • Analog ‘The Messenger’ XS400

    Analog ‘The Messenger’ XS400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you detect a feminine influence on this elegant Yamaha XS400, well spotted. It’s the latest from Analog’s Tony Prust, built for a customer’s wife, and he’s taken his signature clean finish to a new level. The customer was Mike Tomasian, who contacted Prust after… Read more »

  • Mule Yamaha XS Street Tracker

    Mule Yamaha XS Street Tracker

  • David Edwards Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By David Edwards—So this is what happens when two old surf dudes get together. Richard Pollock, our favorite street-tracker builder, was a semi-pro surfer in his youth. Motocross was a way to pass time when the waves were flat, which led to a gig as… Read more »

  • Custom Yamaha SR500

    Custom Yamaha SR500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Amongst all the slick pro builds, the edgy new-wave customs and the oddball art-moto machines, it’s good to show a clean home build now and then—the kind of bike built over several weekends in a backstreet garage. This neat Yamaha SR500 is one such build,… Read more »

  • El Solitario ‘Winning Loser’

    El Solitario ‘Winning Loser’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s stating the obvious, but some bikes are easier to customize than others. If you’ve got a Ducati SportClassic or Harley Sportster sitting in your garage, you’ve got a head start. But what about the real bread-and-butter bikes, the unloved small-capacity Japanese machines with gawky… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Yamaha XJR1300

    Wrenchmonkees Yamaha XJR1300

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always liked the Yamaha XJR1300. It’s an uncomplicated bruiser of a bike, an unassuming retro-style naked powered by a air-cooled motor with a lineage over a quarter of a century long. Yamaha knows that if it ain’t broke, you don’t fix it. But the… Read more »

  • ‘Buzz Saw’: custom Yamaha Virago

    ‘Buzz Saw’: custom Yamaha Virago

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Erick Runyon of Choppershotz is one of the hardest-working photographers on the custom motorcycle scene, so he gets to see a lot of bikes. And after working on the Cafe Racer TV show, he’s got to know many of the builders too. Erick’s now built… Read more »

  • Icon Low Down & Shifty XS650

    Icon Low Down & Shifty XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most moto clothing brands take themselves very seriously. But there’s a thick seam of irreverence running through the DNA of Icon. They don’t play games with their motorcycle apparel, but the bikes they build are eclectic, original and often downright crazy. “Low Down & Shifty”… Read more »

  • Spirit Of The Seventies S7

    Spirit Of The Seventies S7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Somewhere, on the glorious roads of rural Scotland, this beautiful Yamaha XS750 custom is carving corners and blasting down the straights, at the command of its new owner. But it was built hundreds of miles away by Spirit of the Seventies, the English workshop that… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 by CR351

    Yamaha XS650 by CR351

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s a textbook example of a clean, low budget Yamaha XS650 custom. A 1972 machine, it was rescued from the junkyard and built for Hugo Ramos, publisher of the Portuguese café racer magazine REV. It’s a relatively simple build as far as customs go, but… Read more »

  • Custom Yamaha XS400

    Custom Yamaha XS400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    At first glance, I thought this was an OEM bike—perhaps a mid-80s enduro. But it’s actually a heavily modified and beautifully crafted Yamaha XS400, built by Seth Hensler. The distinctive XT350 tank dominates the look of this machine, but that was the easiest part. Seth… Read more »

  • Yamaha SR500 cafe racer

    Yamaha SR500 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A few weeks ago I was in Brighton, on the south coast of England. It’s a spiritual home for the English cafe racer scene, and I was pleased to see the odd custom zipping about—with many riders sporting open-face helmets and goggles. Most of these… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

    Yamaha Virago XV750 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This Yamaha Virago XV750 was Eric Meglasson’s first attempt at building a custom motorcycle. By the time he’d finished the bike, the Oregon-based architect was running a small custom motorcycle company—his own. The chain of circumstances started when Eric bought a lightly-modded but very classy… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

    Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Modern race bikes leave me cold, but vintage machinery gets my motor running. It’s mostly because you can actually see the bike with older machines, rather than a garish mish-mash of graphics fighting for your attention. This clean, sharp-looking Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker is a… Read more »

  • Classified Moto XV1100

    Classified Moto XV1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Classified Moto are just turning out winner after winner. It’s hard to believe the Richmond, VA-based hotshop has only been operating for two years, but owner John Ryland now has orders for 13 bikes on the go. This is his latest, based on a 1989… Read more »

  • Yamaha XS650 by La Corona

    Yamaha XS650 by La Corona

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Spain is not an easy country to import a motorcycle into. But perseverance has paid off for the four guys at La Corona Motorcycles. After months of paperwork and weeks of wrenching, they have a sharp XS650 cafe to be proud of. It’s a classic… Read more »

  • Yamaha Virago by Doc’s Chops

    Yamaha Virago by Doc’s Chops

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It seems like Greg Hageman can do no wrong at the moment. A few days ago, his retro-themed Yamaha XV1100 custom was a hit. And now his latest build, this radical XV920 Virago transformation, has just been showcased in Motorcycle Classics magazine. Hageman’s strength is… Read more »

  • Yamaha XV1100 by Doc’s Chops

    Yamaha XV1100 by Doc’s Chops

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. And motorcycles are often about memories, as well as speed and aesthetics. The best retro throwbacks marry classic looks with modern performance, and this is a perfect example. It was built by Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops, who also built… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJ600 custom

    Yamaha XJ600 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha XJ600 flies under the radar in the motorcycling world. Released in 1984, it’s often dismissed as yet another Universal Japanese Motorcycle. But this machine was the first 600cc inline four—making it the granddaddy of today’s 600 super-sports. And it had mono shock rear… Read more »