The “Yard Built” bikes are a series by Yamaha commissioned with top builders to show the versatility of customizing their modern bikes. “Normally the VMAX would not be the typical JvB-moto bike,” says Vom Brauck. “But once you feel the power delivery, you are addicted and forget about the weight. And you just cannot find a better bike for a dragster-meets-café racer concept…” With 174 hp on tap, the VMAX does not require any performance upgrades. “When you accelerate, you feel the brutal power of the V4 engine,” says Vom Brauck. “So I wanted to bring out the bike’s dragster genes.” The look is flatter and more purposeful, with a low-profile carbon fiber tank cover and new air intake scoops modeled after the ones on the first-generation V-Max. Carbon is also used for the custom headlight bucket, the wheel covers and the tail unit, which sits on top of a modified subframe. It’s an exceptionally pert and attractive back end, and the plan is to make a fiberglass version for retail.