You know what Yamaha’s Yard Built program is, don’t you? It is the Japanese bike maker’s ego-erasing program that brings together would-be competitors to create bikes that otherwise would never see the light of day. Oh, and this program does not just rely upon the talents and creativity of motorcycle guys and gals. No, it recruits creative folk from a wide range of industries.
Yamaha’s Yard Built program most recent creation is the XJR1300 Iron Heart, featured on The Bike Shed and built in celebration of the XJR’s 20th birthday. To build this beautifully unique bike, Yamaha joined forces with Iron Heart, a Japanese selvedge denim company, to join forces, and Ken Nagai of Ken’s Factory. Iron Side’s founder, Shinichi Haraki, was thrilled to get a chance to work on the bike build project knowing exactly what he wanted to make” a real motorcycle for grown ups.
“The bike is designed to be for a mature rider, not a kid. Nothing has been modified or added that makes it shout more than it should, there is no design influence without function.”