Keino and Yamaha Collaborate on ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ Concept
Yamaha's Yard built initiative has been facilitating some really great builds since it's inception. The XJR1300 'Monkeefist' by Wrenchmonkees, SR400 ‘Lightening’ by Deus, XV950 'Pure Sports' by Low Ride, and Greg Hageman's Yamaha Bolt Scrambler (as featured in Issue ELEVEN) are all some pretty killer examples of what happens when a manufacturer hands over the creative keys to some talented builders. It shines a light on the unique potential within Yamaha's modern motorcycle line.
This newest build comes out of the Brooklyn based workshop Keino Cycles and is built from the XJR1300 base. In its stock state the XJR is a pretty standard naked roadster but Keino Cycles has put a pretty radical spin on it. The work here is quite extensive including a uniquely modern springer front end, hand shaped and slimmed down fuel tank, and a custom rear subframe replete with custom tailpiece. Keino also swapped the air filters, outfitted the bike with Brembo brakes, and for a little extra "vintage" flavor added the taillight of a classic MG sports car. With a blue vintage Yamaha inspired paint job combined with a snarling new quad scrambler style exhaust the bike stands out.
Yamaha explains that Keino's "inspiration for the XJR build comes from the 90s, fueled by the Japanese classic street performance machine’s powerful inline four air-cooled engine" and that "the stripped back, raw iconic design proved the perfect base for Rhapsody in Blue."
We'll be keeping our ears to the ground to hear what Yamaha has in store next for the Yard built project as well as keeping a watchful eye on Kieno Cycles. The work here is a testament to the success and inspired nature of the project.