With the Yamaha Yard Build program, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer is aiming his arrows at the booming custom motorcycle scene. The program seeks for inspirational ideas on how to transform modern Yamaha bikes to something “special”.
It’s “Faster Sons” philosophy, where modern bikes are inspired by there ancestors gave us the already legendary Yamaha XSR700 and it’s big brother the XSR900. Both built to customize, with a complete range of aftermarket (bolt on) accessories. The Yamaha XSR700 Scrambler “Super 7” by JvB Moto, is already one of my favorite custom bikes.
But this is something else: it’s a Yamaha XJR1300 Café Racer built by Motorrad Klein from Germany. They turned the rather bulky (but powerful) XJR1300 in a great looking café racer and upgraded it to a high spec, fast & mean machine with amazing details. They called it “Ronin”.
Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.