Yamaha’s Yard Built lineup is ever increasing and the latest masterpiece, a custom XSR700, was created by Greg Hageman from Bettendorf, Iowa. Describing himself as “just a guy working in my garage”, Hageman has years of customizing experience under his belt and more than a decade ago revealed the world his "Fast Father" 1972 Yamaha XS650.
A love of vintage Yamahas drove him to produce dozens of custom bikes, so we suppose it was only a matter of time until he delivers to fans a Faster Son XSR700. In fact, it was Hageman himself who proposed the project idea to Yamaha Motorcycle Project Manager Shun Miyazawa, after finding out that the XSR700 was headed to the U.S. market.
Unlike some modified motorcycles out there, Hageman wanted to produce something that even a modifying novice could duplicate on their bikes, so fans won’t be seeing prohibitively expensive spoke wheels or a bespoke fuel tank. Probably costing the most is the Akropovic exhaust system, which could be swapped for something more affordable. Aside form that the lower handlebars on lower-profile Yamaha Virago risers, seven-inch LED headlight, turn signals borrowed from the Fast Father, sculpted front fender, retro fork gaiters, and silver powder coated wheels on Shinko radials should be affordable.
The look is completed with a coat of paint to match the 1972 XSR650 Faster Father and some classic Yamaha badges.