One of our favorite promotional series at the moment is the Yamaha Yard Built Specials, which sees a wide variety of bike customizers sought out by Yamaha to provide inspirational ideas on how to transform modern Yamaha models for the general public who perhaps aren’t as confident in their ability to modify their pride and joy. The best thing is that once debuted, the parts from each Yard Built Special are available direct from the customizers, allowing interested ones to recreate the bike in full or in part.
The latest builds are the Yamaha XV950 ‘Playa del Ray’ by Matt Black Custom Designs and the roCkS!bike XJR1300 ‘CS-06 Dissident’.
The XV950 build was a labor of love for nearly the entire Matt Black Custom Designs team. Anthony Partridge worked his magic with metal, making the beautiful tank by hand as well as several other trick parts; master technician Kurt Lohse used his electrical genius to ensure ‘Playa del Ray’s’ stunning switch gear is function as well as form; project manager Dom Kelly used his 3D design skills to bring the concept alive on screen before a single part was made as well as machining several of the parts for the build. No Yard Built is complete without a memorable paint job and the Matt Black build is no exception. Paint wizard Ray Hill added the finishing touch with a beautiful co lour scheme and intricate pin striping as well as contributing to the bodywork and finalizing of the build.
Matt Black Customs have made it easy for XV950 owners who want to add some of the Board Tracker style to their rides by providing a selection of bolt-on parts available directly from their website. The Spanish custom team plan to go further and develop an even wider range so the options look set to grow and grow – you can check out what’s available at the moment on www.mattblack.eu.
The second new addition, the XJR1300 ‘CS-06 Dissident’, the team works in a small workshop just outside Porto in Portugal since 2013. Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos are civil engineers by day and it roCkS!bikes by night. Their engineering skills are plain to see in their builds with precision and attention to detail focused on creating their signature ‘monocoque’ one piece tank, seat and tail units in all their creations.
The Yard Built XJR 1300 ‘CS-06 Dissident’ is no exception, with a single handcrafted metal flowing unit stretching from just behind the triple clamps all the way back to the end of the tail. The build is a masterclass in clean, simple, elegant design with a staggering attention to detail. The rear hides recessed LED taillights in its form.
YZF-R1 upside down forks take the pressure at the front, modified to fit the XJR1300 steering column. A host of Motogadget pieces make an appearance on the LSL clip-on café racer bars, including aluminium grips, M-Blaze turn signals and a hi-tech Motoscope pro dashboard mounted on a custom CNC machined aluminium bracket designed in-house. The stock engine covers have been replaced on both sides of the block by lighter aluminium pieces with glass windows, revealing the heart of the machine.
XJR owners can take any or all of the CS-06 Dissident pieces directly from it roCkS!bikes to personalize their own machines. Contact them here to make the first step: www.itrocksbikes.com.