Yamaha launches Dealer Built specials competition

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Yamaha is showing further commitment to the building and backing of specials and custom bikes with the launch of a new Dealer Built competition where bikes built by Yamaha dealers across Europe will go head to head for the public vote.

Yamaha started all this a few years ago with the Yamaha Yard Built series which saw specials and custom builders get to work individualising current Yamaha production models to show off what could be done with some imagination. Yamaha’s Yard Built idea has gone from strength to strength over the last few years.

Yard Built has quickly grown in scale as some of the world’s best customizers have collaborated with Yamaha to create ideas based on the current Sport Heritage range.

Recent collaborations with builders such as the Wrenchmonkees, Matt Black Custom Designs and it roCkS!bikes have adhered to new rules which see all the work done without any cutting or welding to the frame to make it more accessible for less experienced builders.

Now, official European Dealers have taken up the challenge and are entered into the Yamaha ‘Dealer Built’ contest to see who can create the best custom from the Sport Heritage range.

The Dealers have been busy over the last few months with some very simple rules; the bike needed to be from the current Sport Heritage range, no cutting or welding to the bike was allowed and a number of genuine aftermarket accessories had to be used.

There are four bike categories open to voting; SR400, XV950, XJR1300 and VMAX and Yamaha wants the public to vote for the winners in each.

The entrants can be found from today online at www.yamaha-yardbuilt.com

Voting closes on the 20th August the winning bikes will be shown at Glemseck 101 show in Germany from 4th to 6th September. Later this year the competition will be opened up to the general public to show what they can do.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter