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Yamaha Cafe Racers

Yamaha’s first motorcycle appeared in 1955. The 125cc two-stroke YA-1 went straight to the racetrack and started winning titles. Yamaha has built on those race credentials over the years, winning at the IOM TT and the Paris Dakar. Yamaha continues to run a successful factory race team in Moto GP. Yamaha’s contribution to the custom motorcycle world includes the highly successful and long loved SR400 and SR500 singles we see in so many café racer builds. Other Yamaha custom favourites include the seventies XS650 twins and more recently their XSR700 and XSR900 Sport Heritage range.
Return of the Cafe Racers - La 23 – Bolt Motor Co. Yamaha RD 350 YPVS

La 23 – Bolt Motor Co. Yamaha RD 350 YPVS

Adrián Campos and the crew at Spain’s Bolt Motor Co. are back again with yet another impressive build. This time Bolt has tackled a two-stroke donor in the form of a 1989 Yamaha RD 350 YPVS F2. The Yamaha RD 350 series is legendary amongst those who were in their teens during…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Trellis TRZ – MotoGod TRX850 Cafe Racer

Trellis TRZ – MotoGod TRX850 Cafe Racer

It wasn’t until I featured our first Yamaha TRX850 cafe racer back in 2013 that I learned of their existence. Some would say I must have been living under a rock, and rightly so. The TRX850 was a bold move by Yamaha aimed at stirring things up in the European market. It…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - TOP 10 Yamaha Cafe Racers

TOP 10 Yamaha Cafe Racers

Thanks to their continued support of custom workshops, Yamaha Motorcycles have played an integral role in the growth of the “new-wave” custom bike scene. Their Yardbuilt series has generated an impressive portfolio of jaw-dropping builds based on current models in the range. But Yamaha also has an extensive back catalogue of bikes…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Leading by Example – 500King Yamaha SR400

Leading by Example – 500King Yamaha SR400

Few motorcycles have the cult status of Yamaha’s SR400. During the past decade, the SR has come into the spotlight in the western world thanks to custom workshops like Dues Ex Machina who launched their brand with a series of SR based builds. Yamaha has also done a great job of increasing…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Veronica – Fly Wheels XS750 Cafe Racer

Veronica – Fly Wheels XS750 Cafe Racer

Buying any customised or incomplete motorcycle can be fraught with danger. That’s why we recommended against it in our 10 cafe racer mistakes article. Unfortunately, some “bargains” are too hard to resist. Occasionally you might get lucky. More often than not you’re inheriting another person’s mistakes. Sadly this is how this story…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hossy Rocket – Kenny Roberts Inspired XS650

Hossy Rocket – Kenny Roberts Inspired XS650

During the early 1970s, Kenny Roberts shot to stardom as a rider in the American Yamaha racing team. In 1973 he knocked the top dog of the dirt track, the Harley Davidson XR-750, off its perch riding a seemingly outgunned Yamaha XS650. When his racing moved to sealed surfaces he piloted his…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - House of Cool Yamaha Yardbuilt XSR700

House of Cool Yamaha Yardbuilt XSR700

Yamaha’s Yardbuilt series is the brainchild of the companies visionary project manager, Shun Miyazawa. The series kicked off back in 2011 and since then its lead to the creation of over 65 collaborative custom builds. The Yardbuilt series has been so successful that it has contributed to the trend for manufacturers to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Spellbound – The VooDoo Virago Cafe Racer

Spellbound – The VooDoo Virago Cafe Racer

There are a handful of motorcycles that became the poster children of the “new wave” cafe racer scene at the start of the last decade. Some were obvious choices like the Honda CB750 due to its historical significance. Then there were a few less obvious ones like Honda’s Moto Guzzi wanna be…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Cafe Racer Kits Yamaha Fazer

Cafe Racer Kits Yamaha Fazer

It’s getting easier and easier to build a cafe racer. It used to be that you’d either have to pay someone a lot of money to do it for you or you’d need to sink a heap of time into learning fabrication and mechanical skills. Thankfully these days there’s an increasing number…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Twin Shock – CAPÊLOS XSR700 Scrambler

Twin Shock – CAPÊLOS XSR700 Scrambler

All hail Yamaha. As part of their Yard Built series they’ve been sponsoring some of the wildest, genre-pushing builds we’ve ever seen. They know the formula works. They know they’re onto a good thing. And that’s why they’ve recommissioned Capêlos Garage and Elemental Rides to build this custom Yamaha XSR700 Scrambler for…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Zero Excess – Andy Megerle XS650

Zero Excess – Andy Megerle XS650

“Stop dreaming, just start building!” These are the words you’ll find on Andy Megerle’s Instagram profile. I’ve featured a couple of the German-born moto enthusiasts projects on these pages before. So when an email from Andy turns up in my inbox I’m always eager to see what he has in store for…

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