Go­ing the ex­tra yard

‘It’s a tough-look­ing, strip-backed scram­bler that has char­ac­ter and ride­abil­ity’ Yamaha Europe’s Cris­tian Barelli

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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

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