Yamaha motorcycles

  • 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 ,,

    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 a bike… 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 »

  • Classified Moto “Ripper” XS650

    Classified Moto “Ripper” XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE When he was 13 years old, John Ryland was obsessed with BMX bikes. And his favorite was the legendary P.K. Ripper from SE. “It was the pinnacle of cool and I was sure that if I had one, I could get 15 feet of… Read more »

  • Custom Yamaha XS650

    Custom Yamaha XS650

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you follow Ze Last Chance Garage, you’ll know that Paris-based “Sonic Seb” has immaculate taste. This gorgeous Yamaha XS650 is his personal ride, beautifully captured by the photographer Dimitri Coste for Sideburn magazine. Seb works for a major European motorcycle manufacturer, and he’s a… Read more »

  • Deus Yamaha Scorpio

    Deus Yamaha Scorpio

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Sydney’s congested traffic, scooters and smaller motorcycles reign supreme. It’s good news for younger (or learner) riders but there’s a downside: most small-capacity motorcycles are somewhat lacking in the looks department. Unless you choose a road-legal dirt bike, you’re stuck with bland “commuter bike”… Read more »

  • Radical Yamaha XT600

    Radical Yamaha XT600

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha XT600 is one of those iconic enduro bikes that refuses to die—in more ways than one. The virtually bulletproof 595cc single was first released in 1983 and was the first “Ténéré” model, capitalizing on Yamaha’s profile in desert rallies. The early XT600s are… Read more »