The latest Yard Built project sees the return of long-time Yamaha collaborator Jens vom Brauck. Founder of JvB-moto, German custom builder Jens is predominantly known for his minimalist bike designs.
His first Yard Built special was the 2015 VMAX ‘Infrared’, a dragster-meets-café racer that marked the 30th anniversary of Yamaha’s VMAX cruiser. The VMAX was then followed by the ‘Super 7’, the first customised version of the new XSR700 that re-imagined the stock bike without any cuts or welds to the frame.
Four years later and JvB-moto has returned for another round of customisation, with Jens projecting his vision onto the 2019 Yamaha XSR900 to create the ‘CP3’. The bike was first presented at the 2019 Café Racer Festival where it received the Best of Show prize.
“The biggest retro influence is on the lines and proportions. I am a big fan of 70s and 80s concept cars and got a lot of inspiration for this build there. The bike has an understated, clean look and has more of a concept bike ‘feel’ than a typical custom bike,” say Jens about his latest creation.
Modifications include carbon-fibre wheel covers that house the Pirelli Super Corsa tyres, with Behringer front brake disks packing extra stopping power.
The new dark blue Yamaha racing colour used has also been darkened even more and made matte, highlighting the new bodywork. There’s a new seat too as well as Lightech footrests that help reduce weight.
And while the XSR900’s 850cc 3-cyclinder engine remains unchanged in the customisation, a Termignoni exhaust amplifies the sound of the triple and provides a small boost in horsepower.
“I wanted it to look fast without looking aggressive, for it to be less retro and more minimalist, with a reduced and purposeful design,” adds Jens.
Yamaha says JvB-moto is now developing a kit that will be available to customers in early 2020, and which will enable them to either reproduce their own CP3 or just adapt parts of it.