Pure sports?

This is a new Yamaha XV950 customised by Italian magazine LowRide and a cast of thousands

‘Yard Built’ is the latest thinking, where bikes are built with individual tastes and Yamaha has embarked upon a few of these projects. LowRide’s editor Giuseppe Roncen, said: “We had so much fun riding the new Yamaha XV950 on the sun-drenched, winding roads up and down the hills of California during its international press launch, so we’ve tried to unleash the XV950’s sporting soul, hence the Yard Built XV950 Pure Sports was born.”

Using the base of the XV950 with ABS and the broad concept from the team at LowRide, styling was by Oberdan Bezzi Design and assembly by Radikal Chopper. Metal Bike constructed the sheet aluminium half fairing, cowling and tail cowl and fitted the items to the bike. Replicating the original FZ750 paint scheme was completed by Kaos Design, while a stainless steel two-into-one exhaust pipe was made by HP Corse to give this machine some bark.

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The only thing we would say is that few of us have the disposable income to buy a new bike and then do this sort of thing to it. Also these bespoke machines built by a committee seem to be the way of things at the moment – even the weekly paper seems stuffed full of them. We would rather have a working modern classic engineered on a budget but with boundless ingenuity any day!

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