Going the extra yard
‘It’s a tough-looking, strip-backed scrambler that has character and rideability’ Yamaha Europe’s Cristian Barelli
Yamaha’s new SCR950 may not have been tested yet, but it’s already been customised.
Veteran US custom builder Jess Palhegyi Design was invited by Yamaha to create something special for their Yard-built programme.
Californian Palhegyi is no stranger to the brand, he owns several rare vintage Yamahas and his CV boasts more than 70 builds that he has taken on since first collaborating with Yamaha in 1995 on a Royal Star.
It was seeing a 1966 YDS3C Big Bear Scrambler that inspired his latest creation. He said: “It was during the press launch ride that I saw the Big Bear Scrambler next to the SCR950.”
From this, he designed a custom subframe and sidepanels. The swingarm was shortened and complemented by the rear suspension with a pair of Fox RC1 Podium shocks. The bike also features custom-made mudguards inspired by vintage off-roaders.
The Renthal bars have a Duane Ballard custom leather wrap that matches the leather on the seat and the front tool pouch. The headlight bracket and bashplate were both fashioned from aluminium and made specifically for this machine.
Yamaha Europe Marketing Coordinator Cristian Barelli commented said: “Jess has 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.”
■ See Yamaha Yard-built bikes at the Carole Nash MCN Show from February 17-19 at London’s Excel.
We’ve not ridden one yet and there’s already a special
Fox shock and a shortened swingarm