Yamaha Yard Built SR400 – Over the past three years, the project Yard Built by Yamaha, based on collaboration with the most famous international customisation workshops, creates new bikes able to renew the spirit of the Sport Heritage range.
Now Yamaha collaborates with the famous customizer Fred “Krugger” Bertrand. The Belgian creates an exceptional motorbike based on SR400. The new Yamaha Yard Built SR400 celebrates the Japanese brand’s history in MotoGP. Fred’s inspiration for this new challenge was the close friend and colleague Bernard Ansiau. The MotoGP’s mechanic of Valentino Rossi.
Fred and Bernard agreed on the choice of using the essential and iconic SR400 as a base. They wanted to highlight the Racing spirit of the 70s. So, it’s a tribute to the Yamaha TZ and Bernard’s career. “This new Yard Built is a unique work of art.” said Cristian Barelli, Marketing Coordinator of Yamaha Motor Europe. “Because I think it’s really hard to create a special, better than this one. It helps you to breathe the Racing’s history of Yamaha.”
Yamaha Yard Built SR400: MotoGP inspires It
Taking inspiration from the GP competitions, the two friends revisit the historic SR engine. They add a volumetric turbocharger Aisin 300. The exhaust system was built ad hoc. While the carburetor S/S is 48 mm, without an electronic injection system. They lowered and balanced the traditional fork. The tires are Dunlop K81.
These are just a few of the details. But we understand the Fred’s attention to the perfection. Behind the mini fairing custom, there are motogadget speedometer, controls and knobs. Brake and clutch were also improved. The tail customized instead. It hides all electrical components. So, there is a surprising interpretation of the livery. With the classic graphics Yamaha Speedblock. In blue and white. So, here we can watch the names of all the drivers. They accompanied the career of Bernard.