Yamaha’s Yard Built Project has extended beyond the Bolt and XSR900 models to include the first custom SCR950. The “Checkered Scrambler,” as it’s called, was built by Go Takamine of Brat Style, a now California-based shop (it was originally started in Tokyo) well versed in modding Yamaha models, particularly SR400s and 500s.
Takamine described the SCR950 build process in a Yamaha press release:
“As usual, I fabricated most of the key body components to make this into a ‘Brat Style’ machine, including the fuel tank, seat, fenders, side covers, exhaust pipes, and handlebars. The fuel tank was especially challenging. I scrapped the finished fuel tank and started all over again a couple of times in an effort to make it perfect. Also, the fuel-pump integration was tricky. I took out quite a bit of weight compared with the stock SCR950, and now, the bike is even more fun to ride.
“Having worked on the SCR950, I think it has good potential for customizing. It has a simple, clean, tubular frame with a good-looking rear subframe. That means it’s easy to swap around the exhaust pipe, seat, and fenders. It wasn’t hard at all to customize the handlebar area, as well. I believe that, without changing that many parts, the SCR950 will allow you to add your own personal touch to it.”
In terms of function, Takamine enhanced the scrambler aspect of the SCR950. This included utilizing Works Performance rear suspension to improve travel and raise ground clearance. He put on a set of off road tires and wire rims along with high-mount exhaust pipes and handmade heat shields. The new, wider handlebars contribute to its scrambling prowess as well. The seat was handmade by Mauricio Aguilar.
“The SCR950 is a fun and versatile bike for the street, but it has the capability to go beyond asphalt,” added Yamaha Motor US Motorcycle Project Coordinator Shun Miyazawa in the company release. “After working with Go Takamine for an SR400 build several years ago, the finished custom far exceeded our expectations. Once again, with the SCR950, he has perfectly captured the spirit of the scrambler, and his influence and style are clear in the build.”