The goal of the Yamaha Yard Built program is to show regular Yamaha owners what’s possible by asking professional custom shops to go to town on a Yamaha and build a bike that’s both exciting and inspiring. The bike they’re getting from Hookie Co is all that and more. We’ve long been fans of the German shop — their garage/coffeeshop/motorcycle community space has put Dresden on our must-visit destination list — and this Yard Built custom proves once more that owner Nico Müller and co are still building to impress.
The Grasshopper as they’re calling it, draws influence from motocross bikes with flat-track touches throughout. Keeping true to the anyone-can-build-a-custom ethos, Hookie Co. stuck with a stock frame and chassis and used original mounting points for most of the add ons. On/off road Pirelli MT60 tires were added to the XSR700’s 17-inch wheels.
But what you notice first are the orange acrylic panels mounted over the tank. Wrapping up and over the on-board electronics, they give the bike a bight modern look, especially when paired with the custom squared-off aluminum tank. Keeping the acrylic theme going, the tail light treatment features three fins that take on brake light, indicator, and tail light duty. And in a move we’re only seeing more of in custom bikes, the mounting for all acrylic panels was fashioned with 3D printing.
Take the Grasshopper as inspiration and get out your tools, or call up Hookie Co. for a custom build. They’ll soon also be offering a DIY Moto-Kit for the XSR700, which you can preorder now.