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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. 

XV950 ‘Playa del Rey’ by Matt Black Custom Designs

San Pedro based Spanish design house Matt Black Custom Designs have paid tribute to the board track racers of 100 years ago with the beautifully crafted Yard Built XV950 ‘Playa del Rey’.

An impressive list of custom machined billet bolt on parts include 21inch rims front and rear, rear pulley with cush drive system, the plexi-glass cam gear cover, left side crankcase cover and right side generator cover. The small right side cover and front pulley cover were also machined and an air filter adapter plate was created to go with a cool Crime Scene Choppers air filter cover. 

There are also some unique, bespoke parts created just for the build, these include the handmade fuel tank, both the electrical and battery side panels and the rear fender.

The standard Yamaha XV950 headers flow into a one-off custom collector and modified MIVV Ghibli Silencer. A custom battery box is hidden internally and the modified XV handlebars deliver a genuine board tracker look. The custom work continues with stunning custom foot peg adapters, a front bash guard and a modified wiring loom. 

The ‘Playa del Rey’ build is completed with a selection of custom aftermarket parts including a Rebufini springer front fork and Ohlins rear shocks. A Crafty B custom fuel cap sits on the handmade tank and a locally engraved engine cover sets it off.  A Vitys headlight and grips add attitude at the front with mini hand controls and switch housings by Rebufini. Rizoma Bullet indicators and foot pegs and a Motogadget speedo and housing add bling. Stopping power gets an upgrade with PM calipers and a set of risers by LA Choppers adds to the west coast vibe. 

Matt Black Customs have made it easy for XV950 owners who want to add some of the Board Tracker style with bolt-on parts available directly from their website. They will go further and develop an even wider range so the options look set to grow and grow!

If you want to trick out your XV in the board tracker style click the link and visit them directly: www.mattblack.eu

2015 Yard Built XV950 ‘Playa del Rey’ by Matt Black Custom Designs