We don't cover much in terms of motorcycles but figured these could use a mention.
Yamaha will be sending eight new custom-built bikes from its Yard Built program to the Wheels & Waves event that runs June 14 to 18 in Ocean City, Biarritz, France. Wheels & Waves is an annual multi-day event celebrating motorcycles and surfing. The Yamaha XSR700 and XSR900 served as the platform for builds that were completed by custom shops in eight different countries.
Builders were not allowed to change the engine or frame modifications, but the rest of the bike was fair game. The OMG Garage of Italy was the only team to use the XSR900 for its build, creating; what they describe as a high-performance scrambler.
German-based Marcus Walz of WalzWerk Motorcycles, Cafe Racer Spirit of Spain, Portuguese-based builder Maria Riding Company, Jigsaw Customs of Greece, Swiss builder Young Guns Speed Shop, Down & Out Motorcycles of the UK, and French builder George Woodman all based their builds on the XSR700 instead.
One of the more well-known of the eight builders involved in this year's Yard Built program is Marcus Walz of Jigsaw Customs and Young Guns Speed Shop. Jigsaw Customs was a winner at last year's show with its take on a Yamaha XJR1300.
It looks like a blast of note, we'll definitely take one!