The totally cool Marais area of Paris was the place, the 19th Century Carreau du Temple was the venue for the 2015 Bike Shed Paris show. Could there have been anymore of a perfect venue for Yamaha to showcase their Yard Built Motorcycle range alongside the best that Europe has to offer from the custom world.

Thousands of fans and riders of all motorcycle breeds came together at the exclusive venue and took the opportunity to get a hands on view of a few select Yard Built project creations. Copenhagen builders the Wrenchmonkees showcased their Yard Built creation, the stunning XJR1300 ‘Skullmonkee’. Based on the 2015 XJR1300, the ‘Skullmonkee’ is a masterclass in creative customisation. With no cutting or welding the Danish duo put a real Wrenchmonkees twist on the new Sport Heritage bruiser using a carefully chosen and modified selection of aftermarket parts, making an accessible custom that can be replicated by any new XJR owner looking for the extra custom twist.

Also on display and one of the main attractions was the awesome VMAX ‘Infrared’ by German builder JvB-moto, which proved to be hugely popular. Completing the custom Yard Built display was the inspired XV950 El Ratòn Asesino by fellow German builder Marcus Walz.

Alongside the custom machines were the standard 2015 XJR1300 Racer and XV950R. Yamaha admit that both bikes were in part inspired by the creations of Marcus Walz and the Wrenchmonkees and were very comfortable sitting in the company of the custom machines.

Yamaha France took advantage of the sunny weather and assembled bike lovers, organising a city ride out with selected journalists on a mix of old, new, custom and standard Yamaha machines. The journalists were able to enjoy everything from Yard Built projects to proper old school YAS 2-stroke wonders, sealing a perfect weekend.

The Bike Shed show now moves to London on 23rd/24th May where Yard Built will be back and pulling the covers off at least two exciting new projects!

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