Yamaha cafe racers, scramblers and trackers
Mellow yellow: a selection of the best Yamaha-based custom motorcycles, including official Yard Built projects. Plus cafe racers, bobbers and scramblers built…
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Josh Merrill's XSR900 takes Yamaha's beastly triple, and wraps it in 90s race bike styling to create a flawless modern classic. [Image by Brooke Tilidetzke]
Most dudes give roses or chocolates... but Uwe Kostrewa is a true romantic. This is the second time he's built a flat track race bike for his girlfriend. This one uses a 1979 Yamaha SR500 as the donor, with a DT50 fuel tank mounted in its original condition.
This plucky Yamaha SR400 from Ken Ken Motorcycles blends the stance of a flat tracker with the vibes of a chopper. It's an unlikely mash-up... but there's no denying it works.
Despite the workshop's name, there’s nothing misshapen about Crooked Motorcycles‘ latest custom bike. This svelte Yamaha XS650 café racer from the German shop is straight as an arrow—and a whole lot lighter than stock, too.
It's easy to spot Simone Conti's custom motorcycles... they look fast, aggressive and futuristic, like two-wheeled mechanical aliens. This one's his wildest yet, combining a Yamaha XS650 motor with a fully custom chassis.
Jeff Palhegyi builds flat track TT-winning Yamaha race bikes for Estenson Racing. Now he's built one for himself, using parts left over from the last few prototypes he's worked on.
Fresh from Zero Motorcycles and Huge Design: the Zero SR-X concept. Wrapped in retro-futuristic bodywork, it's a radical example of what electric motorcycles can look like, with enough imagination.
Mike Chen's wanted a TW200 since he was 18. He's finally got his hands on one, and he's customized it to great effect.
Brazilian bike builder Renato Frateschi has fond memories of the iconic Yamaha RD350. So when the opportunity arose, he built a custom version with an R3 sportbike engine — and a turbocharger on top, for good measure.
The Taiwanese custom scene is booming—and the SR150 is a popular donor. Hide Work Custom has just turned the humble commuter bike into a stylish street tracker. Proof that small ones are more juicy?
The little brother of the Yamaha SR400 gets a stunning makeover. This SR150 is the work of Twentytwo Custom, part of the Taiwanese moto culture and apparel brand Persist. They've transformed it from a bland delivery bike into a cool city runabout.
By day Alex Winkler is an industrial mechanic. But by night, he restores and rebuilds vintage bikes. When the weekend rolls around, Alex wheels his creations out of the garage and goes racing. These are his latest weapons: a stunning pair of Yamaha SR500 and XS650 flat trackers.
Dutchman Maarten Poodt turns Yamahas into retro sportbikes with factory fresh finishes. He builds one a year, and this is his latest: a 2000-model Fazer, rebuilt as a nod to the iconic TZ500.
With factory-level finishes and discreetly modified stance, this Yamaha SR400 feels more like a restomod than a full-on custom job. But the magic lies in its subtlety. There’s no one big centerpiece here—instead, Wedge Motorcycle of Japan have treated the Yamaha to a flurry of well-judged tweaks.
This incredible SR400 bobber is the first client build from Copper Chopper, and it's one hell of an entry into the world of pro custom work. You can count the off-the-shelf parts on this Yamaha on one hand: the front wheel, the rear sprocket-brake setup and the headlight. The rest is the builder's own handiwork.
Ever heard of the Yamaha SR150? Neither had we—but the little brother of the iconic SR400 scrubs up very nicely indeed. It was manufactured exclusively for the Taiwan market, and the local shop Twist.Co has done a great job on this custom scrambler.
Canadian Kevin Bergeron built a custom frame inspired by fixed gear bicycles and installed 21-inch wheels and a Yamaha XT250 engine. "I rode it three or four times and hated every minute of it. It weighs just over 150 lbs, so it’s way too fast to be a rigid!” 😀
This custom TMAX from Ortolani Customs looks completely bonkers. Commissioned by a Yamaha dealership in Nice, France, it's sporting completely custom bodywork and 17-inch Aprilia RSV4 wheels.
You don't see many Yamaha GTS1000 customs, probably because it had a front swingarm setup similar to hub centered steering. But this stunning café racer from Aki Suokas reveals its potential.
Proof that Yamaha SRs still make great cafe racers. This sweet SR250 comes from Spain's deWolf Moto Co. “Why can’t small bikes be fun, perform better than stock and be classy?” says builder Santi deWolf. “The objective was to build a café racer with modern flair on a very tight budget. It was a non-runner—wrecked but cheap.”
Dressed in vintage French bike parts, this chic Yamaha XT600 thumper is the ideal scrambler for lazy summer days. Beautiful work by Pierre Dhers of Freeride Motos.
Nothing screams "weekend" like a 2-stroke street tracker. Excellent work on this 1976 Yamaha RD400 by Ontario-based Smyth Innovations.
The MT-07 is one of the bestselling bikes in Europe. This brilliant debut build from the Belgian shop Wayders shows how you can make yours look a little different (and better, dare we say).
The latest build from MotoRelic just oozes nostalgia. Powered by an XS650 engine, it's essentially a Schwinn Orange Krate for grown-ups.
Low, loud and black: this XS650 cafe racer from Motocrew ain't subtle, but hits the spot.