By Chase Hadden
Biker-Builder ‘Bad Winners’ Disrupts Yamaha’s Yard Built Contest
Yamaha chose the XSR700 for this year’s ‘Yard Built Contest’; a contest that has been spitting out radical and elegant custom motorcycles since 2014.
Already having a vintage heritage styling with the Yamaha XSR700, you know designers will be keen to provide builds similar to the ones they throw together with older traditional classic resto-mods: flat trackers, cafe racers, and the like. Most of these builds featured in the contest really did look like older bikes that were modded-up to today’s standards, and I think that’s a key point in the design features of the stock XSR700.
The contest video features 4 designers that built 4 separate bikes, and I can’t believe the passion these guys put into the projects featured. The Yamaha ‘Yard Built Contest’ is a great project because it provides us with pure competition-backed motorcycle designs that we can all froth over together.
The ‘Disruptive’ build won the contest, of course. It features an extreme stripped-down flat-tracker look (street tracker, as the designer puts it). Bad Winners, the shop behind this build, slapped on an R1 front-end to increase the performance capabilities of the bike while featuring a ton of other bolt-on parts they custom fabricated for the project. The motorcycle has a very threatening and hard-lined yet minimalist/industrial look to it, with my favorite touch being the solid spokeless rim featured in the rear. It also has a full Akrapovič exhaust system and a beautiful seat that gives the top line of the motorcycle a very simple and angular look.
My second favorite of the bikes would have to be the …read more