Yamaha SCR950 gets Yard Built treatment

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New Yard Built SCR950 from Jess Palhegyi Design

Yamaha have been at it again. The first machine of 2017 to be a part of their Yard Built Project has been unveiled, this time with their new SCR950 in the capable hands of Jess Palhegyi Design.

The Yard Built project has been about for a few years now and has been growing in stature  with some mind-blowing builds from some of the finest custom workshops in the world.

The new SCR950 has already been given the Yard Built Treatment in the hands of Go Tekamine, the man behind the custom kings Brat Style. This time, however, it was entrusted to veteran US custom builder Jess Palhegyi Design


Californian Palhegyi is no stranger to Yamaha, he owns several rare vintage Yamaha motorcycles and his repertoire boasts over 70 builds that he has taken on since first collaborating with Yamaha in 1995 with a Royal Star motorcycle. A 1966 YDS3C Big Bear Scrambler provided the inspiration. He said: “It was during the press introduction ride that I saw the Big Bear Scrambler displayed next to the SCR950, and it ultimately became the inspiration for the build.” 

From this, he designed a custom subframe and sidepanels. The swingarm was also shortened and complimented by the rear suspension with a pair of Fox RC1 Podium shocks. The bike also features custom made front and rear mudguards that were inspired by vintage off-road machinery.

The Renthal bars have a Duane Ballard custom leather wrap that also matches that which is used on the seat and the front tool pouch. The headlight bracket and bash plate were both fashioned from aluminium and made specifically for this machine.

Marketing Coordinator for Yamaha Europe, Cristian Barelli commented: “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 seems that Yamaha have gotten their Yard Built programme off to a flying start in 2017, we’re looking forward to seeing what else they bring to the table this year now.

See Yamaha Yard-built bikes at the Carole Nash MCN Show from February 17-19 at London’s ExCel. Buy tickets now! 


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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer