This would be the first time that Yamaha has used the Yamaha XV950 for a custom build. This build has been created by Swiss builder GS Mashin, who’s frontman Tom Mosimann comes from a previous stint with the ‘Niners’. The ideology of GS Mashin is to create a new design language that is then combined with solid handcrafting. But Tom takes full efforts not to stop there, his builds are usually created with a very functional approach, making them properly road worthy and technically functional while looking astoundingly different.
In the true fashion that all Yamaha Yard Build machines are made, this Yamaha XV950 ‘ULTRA’ too has not borne any cuts or weldings to the original chassis… which is quite hard to wrap one’s head around, seeing the extremities of the final outcome. The colour scheme used in the build is absolutely stunning, and the stance the ‘ULTRA’ has is sure to be a head-turner. For the same, Tom’s imaginations wandered into Gothic architecture, that brought out the inspiration behind this very radical build.
The Yard Built XV950 ‘ULTRA’ has its fairing made entirely by hand, cut from a 1.5 mm steel sheet, and its mounts cut from a stainless steel pipe. A small Bates light finds its home in the sharp shield-like fairing. The fuel tank is a custom piece, made by hand out of a similar 1.5 mm steel that mixes in with the lower section cut out from the original XV950 tank. The super-clean rear suspensions come from the house of K-Tech, and are based on the Bullit units.
The tail section of the machine is handbuilt in steel and wraps around a Shin Yo rear taillight. In the middle, there is a beautiful custom made seat that comes from Jose Rey Saddlery. For the wheels, GS decided to use original hubs from the XV, while mashing them in with an 18-inch rear and 21-inch front rim and spokes.
There is lot of certainty that the Swiss builders will find themselves a huge creed of following after showcasing a build as dramatic as this. More is needed…
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