Yamaha will be sending eight new custom bikes from its Yard Built program to the Wheels & Waves event that runs June 14 to 18 in Ocean City, Biarritz, France. The Yamaha XSR700 and XSR900 served as the platform for builds that were completed by custom shops in eight different countries.
Builders were not allowed to make any major engine or frame modifications, but the rest of the bike was fair game. Trackers or some variation dominated the majority of this year's custom Yard Built bikes.
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OMT Garage of Italy was the only team to use the XSR900 for its build, creating what it described as a high performance scrambler.
German-based Marcus Walz of WalzWerk Motorcycles, Cafe Racer SSpirit of Spain, Portuguese-based builder Maria Riding Company, Jigsaw Customs of Greece, Swiss builder Young Guns Speed Shop, Down & Out Motorcycles of the UK, and French builder George Woodman all based their builds on the XSR700 instead.
Marcus Walz, Jigsaw Customs and Young Guns Speed Shop will be some of the more well-known of the eight builders involved in this year's Yard Built program. Jigzaw Customs was a winner at last year's show with its take on a Yamaha XJR1300.
"As the Yard Built platform continues to evolve and find roots across Europe in each country, we see more and more unique flavors coming through in the builds," said Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator, Cristian Barelli. "Each build also makes one simple, yet strong statement."
Wheels & Waves is an annual multi-day event celebrating motorcycle and surfing. It is held on the beautiful shores of southwestern France near its border with Spain.
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