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Yamaha's Yard Built projects have led the way in the revival of the cool custom world. Developing relationships with the rock stars of motorcycle customising, the project has delivered an incredible line up of unique and breath-taking one-off Yard Builts based on the Sport Heritage range of motorcycles. Legendary customizers from across the globe have turned their skilled hands to proving how easy it is to customize one of Yamaha's very flexible retro machines. The exercise provides inspiration and has set new trends in the motorcycle world, making it a reality for everyone to make their Yamaha their own. 

XJR1300 ‘Monkeefist’ by Wrenchmonkees

The first custom builder to take up our challenge is Danish special builder Wrenchmonkees. “We have watched with interest Yamaha’s other projects such as the Hyper Modified VMAX and TMAX,” said Per Nielsen, Crew Chief at Wrenchmonkees. “Generally we work on older bikes and have modified Yamaha SR500s and XS650s, but it has been really nice to show what we can do to a modern machine such as the XJR1300.”

“With the XJR we were determined to showcase what you could do with the bike, how cool it could look with a café racer style. We really wanted to push the boat out and make something inspirational for XJR fans."

"Hopefully our bike will inspire XJR owners who want to modify their machines into something even more special."

“Hopefully our bike will inspire XJR owners who want to modify their machines into something even more special. Now we have built our bike as a prototype we are looking to see how we can create unique aftermarket XJR1300 kits to allow owners to replicate some of our ideas in their home garages. Anyone can build their very own Yard Built Yamaha to reflect their individual personality.” Wrenchmonkees can be contacted via their website www.wrenchmonkees.com.

2014 Yard Built XJR1300 ‘Monkeefist’ by Wrenchmonkees