Built by Deus Ex Machina’s Milan shop, this bike was commissioned as the third project — and first sidecar build — in Yamaha’s increasingly prestigious Yard Built program. Based on the Tuning Fork Company’s XV950, this project, entitled “D-Side”, began when Fillipo Bassoli, CEO of Deus Ex Machina Italy, was traveling for work in Spain and stumbled across what he described as a “beautiful sidecar”, prompting the CEO to get the ball rolling on a Deus sidecar scoot.
Stripping down the Japanese V-Twin, the guys at Deus’s Milan operation lopped off the stock subframe, tacked on a new bespoke unit, and capped it off with a custom alcantara seat. A new brushed aluminum tank was also fabbed up, as were a trio of new one-off fenders. The XV now breathes through a handmade air cone filter — with brushed steel cover — and spits burnt fumes via a trick SC Project exhaust with dual cans. Six-piston Discacciati brakes were also added to the mix, as was a new set of Firestone rubber.
Next the shop added a new sidecar with a 19” wheel, a surfboard rack, wooden storage platform, custom vintage sports car-style windshield, second headlight, gascan secured via leather belts, and a vintage racing seat. The sidecar is supposedly inspired by nautical designs, which can be seen in the car’s front-end. Other highlights (on the two-wheeler) include MX bars with a dedicated riser, LED lighting, Motogadget speedo, and a paint job from Kaos Design.
This one-off side-hack build was fittingly unveiled at the 2015 Wheels and Waves Festival in Biarritz. Obviously any one-off build from any of Deus’ shops is special, but the fact this is both a Deus build, and part of Yamaha’s Yard Built program makes it a pretty elite custom. Also, it’s worth noting the sidecar can easily be detached so the bike can be ridden in its normal single-track fashion.
In addition to all the photos that exist of this build, there’s also a cool little promo video on Yamaha Europe’s YouTube channel:
You can find this Yamaha XV950 from Deus Ex Machina Milan and Yamaha’s Yard Built Program for sale here on TheBikeShed in London, England with a price of $28,700 (or £22,500).