Yamaha XS750 Cafe Racer

Yamaha Cafe Racers

Yamaha has produced some of the most popular platforms for cafe racer builds, including the XS, SR, and two-stroke RD series of bikes. More recently, the company has sponsored the Yamaha Yard Built series, asking pro builders and dealers to build cafe racers and other custom specials based on their contemporary platforms, including the XSR700, XSR900, SCR950, V-Max, Bolt, and more. Below, you will find a wide selection of such Yamaha cafe racers, built in yards, sheds, garages, shops, and even in some living rooms.


Yamaha Virago Cafe Bobber Handbuilt in Texas: Jackson 5AM V2.0 - "We don’t build custom Yamahas, Hondas, etc. We build Jacksons." The XV750 Virago, launched in 1981, was Yamaha's first entry into the V-twin cruiser arena. It was a slightly funky machine, with an air-cooled 75° ...read more
Yamaha SR400 Cafe racer Yamaha “SR534” Cafe Racer by Yuya Ueda - "Mechanical vibes like an old piston engine fighter..." Few motorcycles have garnered the cult following of the air-cooled, single-cylinder Yamaha SR series. Part of the appeal must be the straightforward, no-frills nature of the SR's ...read more
Yamaha SR500 Cafe Fighter Yamaha “SR534” Cafe Fighter by Hilt’s Chopper’z -   The Yamaha SR500, introduced in 1978, was an air-cooled, big-single street bike powered by a 32-hp version of the XT500 engine. In order to make the SR as easy to use as possible, the ...read more
Yamaha XS400 Custom “La Gypsy”: Yamaha XS400 by Kacerwagen - The Yamaha XS400 was built from 1976 to 1982, offering a 36-hp parallel twin engine and 6-speed gearbox, along with some nice features like an automatic petcock and self-canceling turn signals. The bike came in ...read more
Yamaha Virago 750 Cafe Racer Yamaha Virago 750 “GTS” by 074 Customs - When Yamaha engineers were designing the XV750 -- aka the Virago 750 -- they surely didn't realize that this funky V-twin cruiser -- Yamaha's first! -- would be resurrected as a cafe racer some forty ...read more
Yamaha XSR700 Cafe Racer Yamaha XSR700 “Cafe Tracker” by Espiat - The Yamaha XSR700 was designed with the help of none other than Shinya Kimura of Chabott Engineering, one of the world's most esteemed custom builders. Yamaha wished to build from the classic aesthetics of the ...read more
Yamaha RD350 Track Bike Track Racer: Yamaha RD350 by Moto Exotica - The Yamaha RD350 is one of our favorite two-stroke street bikes, a 39-horsepower parallel twin that featured Autolube oil injection and a similar frame to the Yamaha TZ350 racer. In most countries, the bike was ...read more
Yamaha XV750 Virago Cafe Racer Yamaha XV750 Virago Custom by De Stijl Moto - The Yamaha XV750 -- aka the Virago 750 -- was a V-twin cruiser with an air-cooled, 55-hp engine and shaft drive. Introduced in 1981, the middleweight Virago would remain in production until 1998 -- one ...read more
Yamaha R5 Cafe Racer Yamaha R5 Cafe Racer by Zanutto Engineering - The Yamaha R5, introduced in 1970, was the first of Yamaha's new generation of two-stroke parallel twin "giant-killers" -- a design architecture which would evolve into the RD350, RD400, and even the liquid-cooled RZ350/RD350LC. Lee ...read more
Yamaha XJ650 Cafe Racer “Cafe Sleeper” Yamaha XJ650/900 by Eastern Spirit - For Sale: 900cc "Cafe Sleeper" from the Polish Master... The shaft-driven Yamaha XJ650, introduced in 1980, is an often-overlooked machine. The bike boasted an air-cooled, twin-cam, 650cc inline four good for 73 horsepower. With a ...read more
Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer Sick RD: Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer - Yamaha RD350 Giant Killer from California... The Yamaha RD350 is one of our favorite two-stroke street machines of the 1970s. The 39-horsepower parallel twin could compete with larger bikes due to its excellent power-to-weight ratio, ...read more
Yamaha RD350 Cafe Racer Ideal RD: Yamaha “RD380” YPVS Café Racer - The ideal RD, built by the man who wrote the book on Yamaha Two-Strokes... The Yamaha RD350 YPVS type 31 -- sold in the US as the Yamaha RZ350 -- was one of the most ...read more
Yamaha SX225 Scorpio Cafe Racer Yamaha Scorpio Cafe Racer by Jowo Kustom - The Yamaha SX225 -- aka the Scorpio Z -- is a 223cc thumper popular in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia, where it's often used as one of the country's Learner Approved Motorcycles (LAMS). The air-cooled, ...read more
Yamaha RZ350 Restomod Yamaha RZ350 Restomod - "When you downshift, people look around like the antichrist just landed..." The Yamaha RZ350 was one of the most modern two-stroke street bikes ever sold in North America.  It had triple disc brakes, 18-inch wheels, oil ...read more
Yamaha XS750 Cafe Racer Yamaha XS750 Cafe Racer by Riko Loos - Silver Triple: 1979 Yamaha XS750 cafe racer! The Yamaha XS750 was a well-balanced, 67-hp Triple whose "exhaust note alone is worth the price of admission," said Cycle World. The bike is one of our favorite ...read more
Yamaha RZ350 Custom Restomod Yamaha RZ350 Restomod by Keith Carlson - Dragon Slayer: 2-stroke weapon built for the Tail of the Dragon... Indiana's Keith Carlson, who specializes in two-stroke builds, is one of our very favorite builders. Each year, Keith and his friend Steve Hoy of ...read more
Yamaha XS400 Custom Yamaha XS400 Custom by Reier Motors - A lovely yellow lady from Austria... While its larger siblings get much of the attention, the Yamaha XS400 is quite the lovable machine. The 392cc air-cooled straight twin offered a punchy 32-36 horsepower, allowing the ...read more
Yamaha Scorpio Cafe Racer Yamaha SX225 Cafe Racer by Jowo Kustom - Jowo Kustom has quickly become one of our favorite workshops operating out of Indonesia -- a custom culture hotbed. Founder Anes Marse credits many of the country's other talented craftsmen for influencing him to "build ...read more
Custom Yamaha TW125 Custom Yamaha TW125 “Tank” by Atelier Medusa - Today, we are thrilled to feature this 1999 Yamaha TW125 "Tank" -- a post-apocalyptic custom from Atelier Medusa, an up-and-coming workshop out of Northeast France. The engineering students behind Atelier Medusa share a love for ...read more
Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer by Magnum Opus - The Yamaha XS650 is one of our favorite bikes of all time. The 650cc parallel twin, recalling the British twins of old, is simply one of the handsomest motors of the era, and sounds terrific ...read more
Yamaha RZ350 Custom Cafe Racer Yamaha RZ350 “Lab Rat” by Swinndustries - The Lab Rat - a modern two-stroke screamer... The RZ350 was the final evolution of Yamaha's two-stroke RD series street bikes -- a liquid-cooled, dual-carb street weapon with 60 horsepower on tap, a wild powerband, ...read more
Yamaha RX 115 Cafe Racer Yamaha RX 115 Cafe Racer by Yohansuper - The Yamaha RX 115 is a lightweight 2-stroke naked bike had enjoyed a production run of more than 25 years, from 1981 to 2008. With a 15-hp engine and top speed of 99 mph, the ...read more
Yamaha XS850 Cafe Racer Restomod Yamaha XS850 Restomod by Brick House Builds - "Triple Trouble"...a three-cylinder Yamaha with modern upgrades... One of our favorite young builders in the country -- nay, the world -- is Bj English of Missouri's Brick House Builds. Bj has a penchant for building ...read more
Yamaha Fazer 600 Yamaha Fazer 600 Streetfighter by LV Custom - "Impressive things are made with small details." This is the motto of LV Custom, a workshop founded in southwest London by partners Ludo and Clarisse. Ludo, who is from the south of France, studied bodywork ...read more
Yamaha TR1 Cafe Racer Yamaha TR1 Cafe Racer by Moto Adonis - Daan Borsje and the crew at Moto Adonis keep turning out some of the classiest custom bikes in the world. Recently, they were tasked by a client to build a cafe racer inspired by Coco ...read more
Yamaha SR250 Custom Yamaha SR250 Restomod by Jadus - Jake Snowdon is a mechanical engineer living in Malmö, Sweden, who started his company, Jadus Motorcycle Parts, designing and producing a range of high-quality custom parts for specific models like the Yamaha  SR250. Jake loves ...read more
Yamaha SR250 Brat Yamaha SR250 Brat by Greasers Garage - The Yamaha SR250 makes for a sweet little runabout -- particularly when it's touched by the hands of a gifted builder. This '83 SR250, nicknamed Diavoletta (Little She-Devil), was built as the city run-around machine ...read more
Best Yamaha SR250 Customs 5 Next-Level Yamaha SR250 Customs - (Written by Jake Snowdon of Jadus Motorcycle Parts. Our highlights.) There are many SR250 custom bikes. I could have made a top 50 list of my favourite SR250 customs actually, but these ones I present ...read more
Yamaha XT600 Tracker Yamaha XT600 Street Tracker by Redonda Motors - The Yamaha XT600 was one of the most popular all-purpose enduros of its era, produced from 1984 to 2003 in a range of variants. The air-cooled single offered 34-39 horsepower, and this particular specimen is ...read more
Yamaha XS1100 Cafe Racer Yamaha XS1100 Cafe Racer - "The XS is a Rolls Royce with a blown Chrysler Hemi motor..." So said Cycle Magazine of the Yamaha XS1100, aka the XS Eleven or XS11.  When it was introduced in 1978, the XS1100 was ...read more
Yamaha R1 Cafe Racer Yamaha R1 Cafe Racer by Vintage Addiction Crew - We are big fans of Vintage Addiction Crew (V/A), having featured their XS400 cafe racer and DR600 scrambler. One of our favorite things are the shop is that they don't rely on the same platforms ...read more
Yamaha SRV250 Cafe Racer Yamaha SRV250 Cafe Racer by Speedtractor - Speedtractor of Tokyo is one of our very favorite custom builders in the world. They're motto is "dirty good fun," and each of their builds is a vehicle for just that. The shop got its ...read more
Yamaha XS400 Cafe RAcer Yamaha XS400 Cafe Racer by Vintage Addiction Crew - "To lead the orchestra, you have to turn your back to the crowd." That's the philosophy of Barcelona's Vintage Addiction Crew, who built this mad little Yamaha XS400 cafe racer, sporting four-spoke mags and GP-styling ...read more
Yamaha XS850 Cafe Racer Yamaha XS850 Cafe Racer by Therapy Moto - Few of us would argue that building and riding bikes is good therapy. Not free therapy, mind you--but good. Lars Engelsviken of Norway's Therapy Moto has taken that notion to heart. He says: "Therapy Moto ...read more
Yamaha XV750 Cafe Racer Yamaha XV750 Cafe Racer - Today we're thrilled to showcase a Yamaha XV750SE cafe racer by one of our favorite builders, Moto Adonis of The Netherlands. Daan and crew consistently turn out some of the most innovative and well-proportioned bikes ...read more
Yamaha XS750 Cafe Racer Yamaha XS750 Cafe Racer - Here at BikeBound, we're suckers for triples.  There's something about the harmonics of three cylinders that rev the blood.  Unfortunately, the Yamaha XS750 (and later XS850) never seem to get the same love as the ...read more
Yamaha RX King Cafe Racer Yamaha RX King 135 Cafe Racer - Teguh Setiawan, an engineering student in Indonesia, built this beautiful two-stroke cafe racer in the garage of his boarding house with nothing but makeshift tools, Youtube videos, the help of a few close friends, and ...read more
RD400 Custom Yamaha RD400 Custom by Keith Carlson - There is nothing quite like the blood-singing mania of screwing the throttle of a big two-stroke. Sadly, there are few of these blue-smoking screamers still around. Even at their height, the suspension and brakes of ...read more
Virago XV250 Cafe Racer Yamaha Virago 250 Cafe Racer - Some of our favorite builders started as racers, and Matt Fuller of Land O' Lakes, Florida, is such a one.  A supermoto and flat-track veteran, he brings a purpose-driven focus to this '97 Yamaha XV250 ...read more
Yamaha XV920 Custom Yamaha Virago Tracker by Chavazs Machmoedov - Chavazs Machmoedov of The Netherlands is like a lot of us.  He has a full-time job, and building custom bikes is a way to escape the stresses of daily life and give shape to his ...read more
Yamaha XS750 Yamaha XS750 Cafe Racer by Backdoor -   The Yamaha XS750 and XS850--both triples--don't receive nearly as much attention from custom builders as the wildly popular XS650 parallel twins of the same era.  However, the three-cylinder XS750 was lauded as a "Bargain ...read more
Virago XV750 by Down and Out Cafe Racers - Down and Out Cafe Racers builds some of the sweetest custom builds to come out of the UK. This Virago is no exception. It sports R1 forks with billet yokes, a MotoLanna seat unit, and ...read more
XS650 Tracker Yamaha XS650 Scrambler by Ironwood Motorcycles - We've always been big fans of the Yamaha XS650. It's simple, well-built, has good grunt and sound, and it just lends itself to customization, whether it be bobber, tracker, cafe racer, hard-tail, or scrambler.  On ...read more
Yamaha-TR1-Cafe-Racer-1 1981 Yamaha TR1 by Fast Sally Customs - In 1981, Yamaha introduced the 920cc Virago XV920R, marketed in Europe with slightly larger displacement (980cc) as the TR1 and also the XV1000. It had the mono-shock suspension that has made the Virago series so ...read more
Minimalist XS650 Cafe Racer Faves: The Minimalist XS650 By Auto Fabrica - The Type 6 By Auto Fabrica: Minimalist Beauty The Japanese aesthetic design theory Kanso embodies simplicity within the Wabi-Sabi approach--not only to material, but life itself. The basic belief is that... ''Virtue and civility can ...read more
XJR-1300-Cafe Racer Faves: Iron Heart XJR1300 Cafe Racer - 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. ...read more
Yamaha-Scorpio-Cafe-Racer-6 2005 Yamaha Scorpio Z Cafe Racer - There seems to be a trend toward small-displacement customs, a trend that started in Indonesia and Southeast Asia and now seems to be spreading globally. Today we're happy to present this 2005 Yamaha Scorpio Z ...read more
1983 Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer 1983 Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer, “Dorotea” - Most first-time builds look like first drafts. They are big on effort, but lacking in execution. Not so with this 1983 SR400 cafe build by Carl Johansson of Sweden. This has to be one of ...read more
XJR1300-Cafe-Racer Yamaha XJR1300 Cafe Racer, “The Widow Maker” - We're thrilled to bring you this 2000 Yamaha XJR1300 cafe racer built by Jay Gwyer of Jarrow, UK.  Jay and his brother, Karl, are partners in a custom bike-building business called Old Skool Customs. Their ...read more