Known for his legacy of cool custom Yamaha motorcycle creations over the past 20 years, Southern California-based builder Jeff Palhegyi and the team from Jeff Palhegyi Designs have become quite adept at developing conceptual artwork into functioning machines. Starting with a customized Royal Star from the Star Cruiser Line by Yamaha line-up back in 1995, Jeff Palhegyi Designs has envisioned and produced everything from radical Raider cruisers to dirt track Bolts to a "TT" SR400. Over 70 custom motorcycles have been built by the company since their initial collaboration with Yamaha in 1995, and the introduction of the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 made it a natural choice for customization by Jeff Palhegyi Designs.
"The SCR950 is a motorcycle that can serve multiple needs for a rider," commented Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator Cristian Barelli. "Whether you want to cruise to the beach or get lost in the mountains, it's a really versatile machine that can deliver totally different riding experiences without losing the fun and true riding spirit that is found in all Yamaha's Sport Heritage machines. We really love Palhegyi's build. He's managed to create a really stunning, tough looking stripped back scrambler machine that loses none of the recognisable character or rideability of the standard SCR950."
It is Palhegyi's diverse conceptual skillset that drives his current projects, based on 29 years of research and development experience with Yamaha Motor Corporation that has included ATV and side-by-side projects in addition to motorcycles. He owns and regularly shows several rare Yamaha vintage motorcycles, including TZ750's and XS dirt track racers. With this passion and heritage in mind, the latest Yard Built project from Jeff Palhegyi Designs drew inspiration from a 1966 YDS3C Big Bear Scrambler.