Yamaha Yard Built 'Son of Time' revealed

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Based on a stock XV950, this latest bike in Yamaha’s Yard Built series comes from Amsterdam custom bike shop Numbnut Motorcycles but has also been done in collaboration with Dutch watchmakers TW Steel, and is called ‘Son of Time’.

Numbnut’s Roderick Seibert spent the winter locked in his Amsterdam workshop stripping a Yamaha XV950 back to the bones in preparation for the bike’s rebirth as a tribute to the salt flat racers of the world. In chasing the look of the salt flat racers, a stretched frame meant losing almost all of the Yamaha parts except for the engine. Bespoke parts including engine covers, air intake, seat and fuel tank give the bike a minimal look.


Fellow Dutch custom builders Nozem built the exhaust to add the right snarling soundtrack whilst Dymag carbon wheels save weight in the quest for speed. Brakes to match the performance sees Brembo monoblock calipers, Brembo 320mm floating discs and a Brembo RCS19 master brake cylinder added to the build.

‘Son of Time’ also gets a major suspension upgrade from K-Tech using their fully adjustable front fork and rear shock for total control. Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres are a rare custom bike addition as are a Dynojet Power Commander and Dynojet Quickshifter – both present to make the most of delivering the XV950’s power. 


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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter