The Yard-built XV950 ‘ULTRA’ looks radically different from the standard Yamaha version thanks to extreme modifications and the Yard Built principles. Inspired by Gothic architecture, Mosimann worked to create a low, racy looking machine with big narrow wheels and clip-ons in a stand out color scheme.
What the owner of GS Mashin has created with the XV as his base is really a radical look and incorporating the most vital factor, rideability. He’s kept the soul of the XV950 and wrapped it in a really original look without any cutting or welding to the frame. What is perhaps also very impressive is that 95% of the work he does is completed with just a few tools such as an angle grinder, a bag of sand and a hammer.
The Yard-built XV950 ‘ULTRA’ fairing is handmade from 1.5mm steel sheet with the mounts cut from a stainless steel pipe. A small Bates floodlight sits inside the fairing with the two Highsider turn signals. The custom fuel tank is also hand crafted from 1.5mm steel with the upper edge made with a trimming press. The lower section is cut from the original XV950 fuel tank. One of the standout elements of the build has to be the super clean prototype rear suspension units built by K-Tech, based on their signature style Bullit units.
The hand crafted steel tail unit wraps around a Shin Yo rear light unit and the seat is again a hand made affair with leatherwork by Jose Rey Saddlery. The beautiful aluminium upper fork crown is machined by Asic Robotics and is super clean without the holes for the risers. The wheels are a work of art, the original hubs were used then 18-inch back and 21i-nch front rims were added with new spokes, with ABS.
The final result of the XV950 ULTRA stood out as another totally original Yard Built line-up, and the intricate work put GS Mashin firmly on the road map.