In the world of motorcycle customization, there are a handful of bad apples — a number of which have garnered their reputation as “the most problematic platforms” for modification. Yamaha’s XSR700 is one such example. But, for Yamaha Portugal’s official Yard Built series, the stubborn scrambler has been handed off to Nuno Capêlo and Ricardo Santos, a pair of talented builders hailing from the country’s deep-rooted customization scene.
The Yard Built Yamaha XSR700 you see here is the result of two creative minds working toward a common goal. To bring the cycle’s powerplant (and exceptionally strong off-road capabilities) out of hiding, Capêlo and Santos replaced the front suspension with a pair of 43-millimeter Showa forks, adapted the bike’s rear to a fully-adjustable Showa linkage, and installed a pair of knobby enduro tires from Mitas. A 74-horsepower, parallel-twin cross-plane crank motor powers the rambunctious bike, while bespoke modifications like sheet metal number boards, shortened fenders, and waterproof upholstery give it all the gumption it needs to head off the grid.