When Joaquin approached Mad Crow Garage with his Yamaha 650 Dragstar, there was little idea on how to go about the build. Well, for starters, the bike had to have the widest rear tyre possible. It was only after the crew started removing bits and bobs – till they ended up with just the frame and the wheels – did they start to visualize the end result. The short rear fender is complemented a springer fork at the front, numerous Harley-Davidson sourced components, Kuriakin air filter and exhaust pipes, and more. The neat blood red triple-coat paint job is accompanied by floral designs in gold and outlined in white. Continue reading →
Urban traffic congestion is a major problem in many cities, and is set against a background of increased environmental awareness and the squeeze on many consumers’ disposable incomes. The landscape of personal mobility is set to change drastically, and Yamaha is working to develop New Mobility solutions designed to facilitate and encourage the adoption of a new mindset amongst urban commuters. Continue reading →
It has just been revealed by Yamaha’s U.S. Road Racing Teams that, during their recent on-track test at Thunderhill Raceway Park, the teams’ riders and crew were under near-constant surveillance by unknown entities throughout the two-day event.
The Bike Shed recently posted this one about Oregon-born 23 year-old Colin Darling’s first build. After being rejected from an engineering school in Germany, the aspiring mechanical engineering student splashed some dough he had saved for his planned Germanic excursion on a donor bike and start some home schooling. Colin tracked down an ’82 Virago 920 because he was taken with the simplicity and narrowness of the first generation twin, and set to work on the build with minimal initial visualisation, preferring a block by block approach to design. Continue reading →
The ‘Bristol Bulldog’ is England-based Old Empire Motorcycles’ seventh build, a Yamaha Virago 535 inspired by the 1920s biplane fighter used by the Royal Air Force. In order to achieve the stocky look, OEM slapped on a set of USD forks and re-laced the wheels onto 16” rims wrapped in Avon SM MK2 rubber. Continue reading →
Custom Yamaha XV750, “Cosmic Love” by ER Motorcycles.
Having travelled from the other side of the world, only to land in a new country, mostly alone, Brad found that his life in Sydney, Australia only really begun when he rediscovered his love of motorcycles on the back of a Yamaha SR400.
By virtue of being among the best-selling motorcycles in Japan over the last 30 or so years, the Yamaha SR400 is also one of the most customised bikes in the world. OZ-based Gasoline Custom Motorcycle have turned this one into a classic thumper mixed with some modern attitude. The raw finish of the Yammy is accentuated with a simple chrome headlight, hand fabricated rear seat base, LED shark tail light and satin black mini bullet indicators. While the calipers and master cylinders were, again, sourced from USA, most of the other bits have been custom fabricated by the guys in their East Sydney workshop. The stock exhaust also gets ditched in favour of a handcrafted piece from High Tech Mufflers. The rims, which came from a totaled Yamaha XS650 in the USA, are powder coated and set off with 18″ and 19″ Shinko Trials tyres and mean-looking black-coated disc rotors. Continue reading →